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“Lunch with great views”

The Bankes Arms Country Inn
Price range: US$20 - US$30
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lunch with great views”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2014

They do not have a big variety of food on the menu, so we went for fish & chips (price around 10 pounds), which was good. You order and pay at the counter and your food is delivered at the table.
We were lucky the weather was nice, so we could sit in one of the tables across the road, therefore we could enjoy a fabulous view of the sea...

  • Visited August 2014
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Awful service, awful food. ”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014 via mobile

As a regular to these parts in all seasons I have visited the Banks Arms before and always thought it was "ok" but the location and views made up for it.

This week it was just awful. Hot chocolate; cold. Food: cold. Service appalling and indifferent. When we complained they took it back re-fried or microwaved and back the food came.

The staff were plenty but they practically ignored us when trying to gain there attention. (Less than 2 metres from us). We eat out in varying eateries from very high end to average and rarely feel the need to write such a bad review.

What a shame.

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62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great Location and Food but..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

This is the perfect spot from which to launch a walk to Old Harry and the cliffs above Swanage. The beer and food are excellent.

However, I know it's very busy in summer, but please Management, get someone assigned to maintain the ladies toilets. My lady guests said they were third world. You are doing yourselves an injustice. This is a key component of your product and you should know it. National Trust members who come to you because of the blessing of the car park are not bohemians...

Thank Normanstanley
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“good quiet pub”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

relaxed quiet pub there was abeer festival on when we were down studland bay was an excellent night didn't have any food as there was a burger van outside which was a good idea after the festival

Visited August 2014
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Poole, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great location with sea view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

This is a great pub for lunch or dinner any day of the week. It is also a great place for a pint of ale as it has its own micro-brewery. They also have a beer and music festival and numerous events throughout the year. There are lots of great walks and mountain bike trails near here and the best cycle rides and walks around the Purbecks strangley seem to demand a refuling stop here. There is a good varety of nice quality pub food and they seem quite capable of efficiently feeding the huge number of people who like to frequent this place which is polular with local and hoiday makers. Just note that if you come by car then the car park is a Natural trust one and will cost as much as a couple of drinks. There is a huge amount of outdoor seating with a great view of the sea and there is plenty of room for kids to let off steam without getting in the way. The pub itself looks the part being made from Purbeck stone and covered in a very attractive Ivy. You can also stay here as they have quite a few rooms, there is also camping very near by.

Visited July 2014
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