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Ferndown, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This pub is very popular with walkers and sightseers. When the weather is warm and you want to sit out in the garden there are lovely views over to Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight on a clear day. When we went at the beginning of February the food was good and very reasonably priced and we were...

Thank chrisadams2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you for the amazing time even if the weather was rainy and cloudy :) we drink very good beers and on the fire we get warm and dry :) Little puppys played around :) it was lovely :) thanks and dedinately we gonna make a trip again :)

Thank chokd504
Swanage, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to finish a walk We did not eat there although there was a good selection of food on offer. Pub had roaring fire and in addition to a range of local beers tea, coffee and hot chocolate was available. Staff were friendly and helpful Dog friendly

Thank Spot32
Ascot, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 20, 2017 via mobile

Great service, beer, atmosphere and view but the food is consistently bland and pricy. We've been here a couple of times and succumbed to the menu - but it doesn't live up to expectations. I'd challenge anyone to differentiate their trio of sausages which were murdered by being deep fat fried, probably with their chips. A real shame when this...

Thank IanRLesA
paul d, local that loves my pub kms at The Bankes Arms, responded to this review

We don't have to compete with pig (sorry rip off) on the beach remember this a proper pub ... Urinate back to ascot and leave a lovely public house as it should be loooozer

Southampton, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

Stopped off for a drink and bite after a walk. Should probably have walked on. We shared a cheese baguette and a bowl of chips. For £7.25 this was a rather overpriced yet very average cheese baguette, and £3.50 for very bland frozen chips. It was a refuel and we won't be returning for an evening meal this week. Sticky...

Thank Helen J
Wareham, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Had a great lunch here today for my daughters 21st. Was incredibly busy considering it was just after new year. Food was excellent and good value for money. Service was ok. Beautiful location, shame about having to pay NT parking prices! Very convenient for a trip to the beach or a longer stroll up Old Harry. We will definitely return....

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Winchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed January 3, 2017 via mobile

We just popped in to get out of the wet. It was warm, cosy and offering some the best UK beer brewed here! What a find! And you can stay here too... very tempting on another occasion. Great menu too and the food looked good although this time we did not eat.

Thank Independent_Joe
Steyning, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 30, 2016

I visit the swanage area in dorset regularly and always stop off for lunch at the Bankes Arms Inn, Studland Bay. i've been there for years, it's a smashing pub, great food, lovely staff, smashing atmosphere! however this time I came away with a bad taste in my mouth - not from the food which was good but from the...

Thank hilde m
paul d, mr purbe at The Bankes Arms, responded to this review

Oh want a shame the staff Are wonderful are you a resist nothing has changed and so sorry but I've been here longer than you have visited. DCB

Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 29, 2016

My husband and I used to come here during the summer months whenever we were in the area to enjoy a drink in their beer garden with stunning views over the sea. This Christmas we were staying nearby with family so decided to visit for lunch on Christmas Eve. Buzzing and friendly, the food was great pub grub and a...

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Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

Arrived in the early afternoon to find all tables occupied by empty glasses and plates, in turn we had to clean them ourselves and provided our own napkins with no assistance from the many waiters around. After sorting out our order and table we waited for our meal. As two parties occupied our table we expected our meal to arrive...

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Additional Information about The Bankes Arms

Address: Manor Road, Studland, Swanage BH19 3AU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Isle of Purbeck > Swanage > Studland
Price Range: $78 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
The Bankes Arms Hotel Studland
The Bankes Arms Studland, Dorset
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“No.1 with sea view, but probably couple of others as well.”
 of 5 bubbles ninah155, Oct 25, 2016 | Read review
“Room 10 for the double windows to enjoy a great view.”
 of 5 bubbles Bertdor72, Oct 21, 2016 | Read review
“Sea views from front of building”
 of 5 bubbles astisan2015, Jun 29, 2016 | Read review
“Sea view from many of the rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles jc48448, Apr 20, 2016 | Read review
“The rooms the family stayed in had either sea views or country views - so good all round”
 of 5 bubbles 345carolg, Dec 18, 2015 | Read review
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