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The Bankes Arms Hotel Restaurant

East Street | Corfe Castle, Dorset, Corfe Castle BH20 5ED, England
0129 480206
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Ranked #10 of 10 restaurants in Corfe Castle
Price range: $0 - $34
Cuisines: English, Seafood, Steakhouse, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: A real foodie haven, the Kitchen at the Bankes arms is always bustling with chefs chopping herbs, making specialty herb oils, rolling freshly ground beef for burgers, making dough for pizza, singing and smiling as they buzz along. The team source and cook fresh daily, bread is baked next door at Dragons Bakery, Local fisherman and butchers supply the freshest catch, the dairy is down the road and the food offer is superb.The menu has a strong Mediterranean influence and a traditional Italian stone fired pizza oven makes our pizzas simply delicious. The abundance of fresh seafood in nearby waters allows us to have fresh scallops, crab, lobster, plaice and bass on offer together with a superb selection of steaks.
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is a busy tourist place and has been very hit and miss recently. For a while it was appalling but last year we had a decent meal. Garden is gorgeous and you can watch the trains go by.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Ate here during stay in Corfe. While other hotels were busy, there were very few in Bankes. Ploughmans was acceptable. Beer is not exciting. On a red hot day the specials menu consisted of suet puddings !!!!!

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colchester
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

staff friendly beer good ,i had fish chips and mushy peas which was ok but chips were creamated,sat out in garden which was nice,wife had steak and ale pie which was very tasty and would recommend but again chips so ovecooked,nice place though so worth a try.

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Devon
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Having spent the morning strolling round the Castle we relaxed over a pleasant lunch with good friendly service. Highly recommend

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We visited this pub for an evening meal with some friends for our last evening in the Swanage area. We asked for two pints of Grolsch and a Gin Tonic, to be told they had no Grolsch and no tonic. Disappointed. We ordered Dressed Crab salads, which was mostly salad (too much). To be fair the crab was nice. We... More

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london
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Went for a drink in the garden to take in the view.only thing this place has going for it.......the bar staff were the most unfriendly and dis interested I've ever met. Ordered three drinks had to repeat myself 3 times because he couldn't be bothered to listen to what we ordered we nearly walked out terrible place,such shame because we... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Whenever my friend and I visit Swanage, we come here. This time we managed the walk along the coast path so had deserved our lunch. It was the nicest ploughman's I think I had ever had, sitting out in the fab garden looking out to sea. It was a busy Saturday in June but we hardly had to queue, and... More

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Surrey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Great location but once inside dark and dingy , no local beer, staff appeared miserable. Great garden but the pub is working on its location and not delivering anything special or friendly. Big disappointment.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Called in today as passing trade,& ordered 2 bacon, Brie & cranberry baguettes, just before 2pm. We were told there would be a wait for food, tho only after we had paid - and our lunch took an hour to arrive, after we chased it up with the waitress. In fairness the sandwiches were very tasty. The steam train passed... More

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london
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The waiter was clumsy, spilling orange juice over my food. He offered to replace it with another meal, but unfortunately re-delivered the same food on a different plate but still with orange juice flavoured chicken. Appalling service, vastly overpriced, just relying on passing trade from day trippers who probably wouldn't go back there anyway.

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