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The Poet Laureate

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££ - £££, British,
5 Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GW, England
+44 1305 251511
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Overview
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good18%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burger” (18 reviews)
“wild boar” (7 reviews)
“onion rings” (6 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
££ - £££
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LOCATION
5 Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GW, England
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1 - 10 of 220 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived on spec towards the end of lunchtime service, we received a warm and friendly greeting from the girls behind the bar and they confirmed we were just OK for lunch. The ale chosen was very good and we enjoyed our drinks and the...More

Thank Marlerboy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just enjoyed excellent fishcake and brilliant proper chips cut and cooked on the premises. Thanks to all the lovely staff at the Poet. We will be back!

1  Thank John M
Nicky F, Owner at The Poet Laureate, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you John, we look forward to welcoming you back!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a returning customer, what I love about The Poet is how welcoming and homely the pub feels since the makeover- the landlords take such good care of the place. The food was delicious as always- I opted for something new and tried the Cajun...More

1  Thank LauraPLondon
Nicky F, Owner at The Poet Laureate, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much, we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited this pub several times over the years at lunchtime, as it is easy to park and provided good food. This visit was disappointing. Not the crowded bustling place it used to be on a Dorchester market day. Booked tables were ‘laid’, available...More

Thank Gaddspam
Nicky F, Owner at The Poet Laureate, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, I'm very sorry that you had a bad experience on your visit this time. I remember you telling me about your chips and on taking your finished plates back into the kitchen we all tried them and agreed that they tasted normal. I also...More

Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

We were after an early evening meal and the Poet ticked all the boxes. The ales were great and the meal efficiently prepared. My risotto was as good as any and the restaurant area was clearly popular with families and couples A really pleasant early...More

1  Thank James B
Nicky F, Owner at The Poet Laureate, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your great review, we're really happy that you enjoyed your evening and hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 4 April 2018

We thought it was about time we tried the Poet for a meal after living in Poundbury for a while. What a good choice it turned out to be..... Three of us selected the Burgers - one Halumi which was excellent with sweet potato fries...More

1  Thank Fussy662016
Nicky F, Owner at The Poet Laureate, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Thank you so much for your review, it is really appreciated. We're so glad that you have now discovered us and hope to see you again in the future!

Reviewed 14 March 2018

Having only recently discovered a second pub in Poundbury, we decided to give it a quick lunchtime look. Soup and a roll was the order of the day, Parsnip was today's choice, and I must say at £4.50, the taste was exquisite, We were made...More

Thank Norman H
Nicky F, Owner at The Poet Laureate, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us and we're so glad you enjoyed your lunch. Now that you know where we are we hope to see a lot more of you!

Reviewed 14 March 2018

Great service, fabulous food, well cooked. The French contingent was particularly impressed with the cooking of the steaks. Alex was very helpful beforehand in order to ensure everything went smmothly.

1  Thank HappyEaters35
Nicky F, Owner at The Poet Laureate, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

We're so glad that everything went well for you on the evening and we hope that you all had a lovely weekend of celebrations.

Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

We live in Poundbury and haven’t been to the Poet for a while. We were going to the other pub in Poundbury for a meal this particular eve but due to a power cut they weren’t serving food so we wandered down to the Poet...More

Thank Groovygem1
Nicky F, Owner at The Poet Laureate, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thank you so much for your lovely review, we're so glad that we will be seeing more of you in the future!

Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

A very warm and welcoming pub! The food is always delicious, especially the burgers! Take no notice of what ‘Vicky R’ posted as she clearly doesn’t know what she’s talking about! She must of got the wrong restaurant and meant to write that review on...More

1  Thank Brogan C
Nicky F, Owner at The Poet Laureate, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Thank you for this lovely review - and also for pointing out that 'Vicky R' has clearly never tasted one of our burgers - we haven't taken a burger plate back to the kitchen which hasn't been empty or very nearly so, so not sure...More

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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant 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
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:00
Monday
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
Tuesday
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
Wednesday
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
Thursday
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
Friday
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
Saturday
18:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GW, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester  >  Poundbury
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 251511
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