We very much like this little restaurant and only manage to get there every other month as we live some 36 miles away. The fact is that the Guildhall Tavern is by far and away the main reason why we make this journey to Poole!
It has a very genuine French feel to it which is hardly surprising as the owners and staff are all charming French people. It is smart, well decorated and a lovely dining venue, and so much cleaner than some French restaurants we like to frequent when in France!
However, the main reason we keep choosing the Guildhall Tavern is the wonderful food they serve, and in particular the seafood which is clearly very fresh. I have not yet tried their beef steak, but will be very tempted next time as the one on the next table to us seemed to be nice and thick and very rare, which is just how I like it. The only small problem with their menu is that the choice is just too great. We really to stay nearby for a week so that we can try out all of it!
Some reviewers make the point that it is not cheap, but the quality, quantity and excellent service makes it really good value. Last time we visited was for a late lunch when we tried, for the first time, their very inexpensive lunch menu (which can be ordered early in the evenings as well, except for the weekend I believe), and this was wonderful value. The portions were still very generous and I had made the mistake or ordering a crab soup off the main menu to come before the smoked salmon, (a large portion as a fish course), and then the perfectly cooked panfried hake. It was almost too much, and the value incredible. I don't know how they manage to do it for the money.
We look forward to our next visit to this near perfect restaurant.
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