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The Poet Laureate

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner
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Atmosphere

Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings

Location and contact

About
Lunch is served 1200-1430 Dinner is served 1800-2100 Carvery available on a Sunday and advisable to book due to popularity.
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really pleasant surroundings. Clean & beautifully decorated. The staff were really helpful & super friendly. Nothing was too much trouble, they were all fabulous. The food was delicious, well cooked & fabulously presented. We will definitely be back & plan to treat visitors to a...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank FranMuk
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If you like mussels, you have to try their bar snack or main. Have enjoyed this dish all over Europe and was stunned to find the very best on my doorstep. New chef in town! Sausage rolls in apricot also well worth a try.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank paulfL1239MM
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a former Poundbury resident with many friends still living in the area I have visited before, the last time (under previous management) was very poor. However I had heard there was a new chef, so tried again. Positives, the sea bass, duck and Wild...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank Haynes-view
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in for a quick lunch whilst visiting Poundbury for business and I’m so glad I did! Wow! Really friendly bar staff and a warm relaxed setting on a snowy winter day. Opted for the chicken on the specials menu (tough decision as all appealed...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank Outsideguy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my wife, parents and my in-laws for a family birthday. The restaurant was cold and un-comfortable with a badly broken chair almost causing me to hit the floor.. The food took over an hour to arrive, despite the restaurant not being busy. When...More

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank hungryresident
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My Mother is in Castle View residential nursing home and I live 150 miles away, so on my fortnightly visits to my mother I eat at the poet, it's clean and tidy and the staff are very attentive. A good selection of food

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Bryan T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

having had a very good experience previously (under old management) we decided to book as early as October for Christmas Eve dinner the special Christmas menu looked very good. Despite confirming our booking a week before Christmas Eve. We arrived no one took any notice...More

Date of visit: December 2018
3  Thank Louisa P
Reviewed 12 January 2019

We had the worst pub meal here about six years ago, but thought we ought to give it another chance. Beer ok, wine ok, cheaper than the Duchess, but the lighting is far to bright to have a comfortable drink

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Peter W
Reviewed 7 January 2019

Visited on a quiet midweek January lunchtime. Staff were friendly and attentive, food service was prompt and the quality of food good. This was our first visit and we will come back.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank iansI67SD
Reviewed 6 January 2019 via mobile

First visit to the Poet Laureate found on trip adviser when in the area. Found ahead by 15 minutes to book a table for 2 for Sunday lunch. Staff were very accommodating. Busy but friendly pub serving good food. The carvery was first class and...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Tony B
30 November 2017|
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Response from Nicky F | Property representative |
We are dog friendly and have two allocated tables in the bar area for people with dogs. You are also more than welcome to sit with them in the 'snug' area. It is advisable to phone ahead and book if you know you are coming... More
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cleggt
31 January 2017|
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Response from Nicky F | Property representative |
Hi, We have been under the same management for two and a half years, some of the staff have changed in that time. I remember you leaving a review in which you weren't particularly happy and all I can say is please try us... More
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cleggt
25 October 2015|
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Response from Nicky F | Property representative |
Hello, at the moment we have fillets of trout on our specials board which will come off once it is sold out and our regular cod and chips which is a permanent specials board fixture! We vary our specials but will always try... More
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