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The Cruel Sea Bar - CLOSED

5 Bank Chambers | Penn Hill Avenue, Poole BH14 9NB, England
+44 1202 736362
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good16%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“tapas” (92 reviews)
“oysters” (35 reviews)
“chilli squid” (17 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Fusion, Seafood
5 Bank Chambers | Penn Hill Avenue, Poole BH14 9NB, England
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Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Fab idea to serve fish & shellfish tapas style. Great staff & all food cooked to order so you know this is fresh & have a kitchen focussed on quality. Great venue to share & enjoy good food & fab wines. Give me a call...More

Thank Trustytraveller2000
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Visited with family and friends for a birthday celebration - service was excellent, friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Food delicious and well pricex and atmosphere great. Would thoroughly recommend!

Thank Fiona E
Reviewed 18 July 2017

The Cruel Sea offers seafood in small plates and it's very good indeed. The owner is, I gather, a fisherman, and prides himself on fresh fish. He certainly knows his stuff. I was there a month ago, when the oysters ( in a Bloody Mary...More

Thank Nightflight
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

My husband and I have been meaning this visit this restaurant for a couple of years and finally went yesterday. We weren't disappointed! The restaurant itself is beautiful, you can sit inside or outside. We had the tapas, which was lovely! We had crevettes in...More

Thank Frostyjo
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Decided last minute to meet a friend after work at The Cruel Sea and we were not disappointed with the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and great value tapas - excellent chilli squid, crab cakes and monkfish washed down with a few beers at the bar. Also...More

Thank pauljV4318KH
Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

We came across this place by chance. The restaurant is cosy and the food was the best we have tasted. The oysters were amazing, we had 12 and could have ordered more. Service was attentive and the prosecco was delicious.

Thank markymark44whu .
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Me and my partner came here for dinner on Thursday and the welcoming was friendly as we were shown to a seat straight away. The girl serving us presented us with the menus and later on asked us if we had any questions about the...More

Thank Kells72
Reviewed 19 June 2017

The table was booked for 8pm on Saturday night for 15 of us. We were running a bit late and we rang to tell them...Don't worry they said which was good. On arrival we sat at the table which had been reserved for us. What...More

1  Thank Vivienne L
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

With hindsight we should have left when we found they had no stock of the first 3 wines we choose from their small wine list. We eventually found a wine they did have. The good part was the service (attentive and friendly) and the Tapas....More

Thank Me99
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Highly recommended for a great night and quality, fresh food. Suitable for all types of occasions, relaxed atmosphere and top service. Seafood unparalleled anywhere in Poole or Bournemouth

Thank trotter1892
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  • Address: 5 Bank Chambers | Penn Hill Avenue, Poole BH14 9NB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Poole
  • Phone Number: +44 1202 736362
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The Cruel Sea is an atmospheric Bistro bar. Our bare brick walls, wooden furniture, low lighting and artwork by the famous Frank Bolan (featured in the Tate Modern) create a wonderfully unique ambience. Serving fresh, locally sourced fish, shellfish, meat and game alongside a contemporary fine wine list ~ We offer a full A la Carte menu as well as smaller tapas style dishes, meaning we are able to create perfectly tailored dining experience. Owned by Local Fisherman and Oyster producer Pete Miles, we believe in using only the freshest of produce, and keeping it as local as possible. Pete's oysters are some of the finest in the country, and are supplied to restaurants such as River cottage and HIX.
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