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Riverhouse Inn, Upwey

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I've probably been a bit hard on this pub in the recent past....whilst it's certainly not a drinkers pub and they have rather ruined it's outward appearance with ugly signage. They do seem to do consistently good quality and interesting food.
man_versus_horse - 5 Aug 2011 20:26
Back in upwey again after a few years & decided to pop in for a bevvy. there is excellent parking here for a start & room enough for about 25 cars & a great garden which must seat about 80ish. this is just as well because i came this time with a group of walkers. upwey is just great for walks along the dorset ridgeway & other beautiful country walks. 2 casks on offer (eagle ipa & ushers 1824) both good. knowledgeable barman.a lot of us enjojed crusty baguettes oor soup which was fresh & good. they do seem to offer a wide range of good local food. i still recomend this place & the nearby ship which has a new & proffessional landlord. (we popped in as we commenced our walk!!!)

Decent pub in quintesential village location.
pubcrusader - 7 Jun 2011 00:22
The last post says it all, definately more of a restaurant than a proper boozer. I opted for a pint of "Riverhouse Inn Bitter" that I later found out was rebadged Courage Best!! For a much better pub try the old ship or the royal standard.....6/10just
fat_beer_badger - 13 Oct 2010 20:25
Doesn't seem to be a pub, in that it is all set out for food. Don't go here on a pub crawl! However, it is a very good restaurant and the prices are quite good at lunchtimes.
pxk99 - 7 Jan 2010 20:33
Really cosy little traditional victorian pub. small bar well kept beers & loads on the top shelf. If you lady like wine there was a reasonable selection & it was really reasonably priced although we did not drink any.good italian coffee, Tea also served, my missus enjoys tea!!! Two fires. Slate floor in bar & carpeted dinning area. A cosy dinning room. interesting brick a brack & historical local photos.The barmaid was local & very helpfull. There was two menus, A very traditional bar menu with Scampi, ham eggs, Homemade Steak pie etc.& a very interesting specials board with soups, pastas, vegetarian, fish poultry & dorset was not at all boring & had quite a contemporary feel. They also make home made sweets & ices. As we are smokers we retired to their garden which is lovelly with secluded private tables. I`m definitly comming here again.If you drive there is a new car park & you can go for a lovelly walk.I thin that they might do rooms to. We did try the ship in first but unfortuneatly it was one of those places where everyone stopped talking & stared at us when we entered.
pubcrusader - 29 Dec 2009 00:24
I popped in here whilst out on a walk at lunch time for a coffee
No traditional cider on sale
Reasonably priced food.
A group of middle aged women were the only other customers and were hassled almost to the point of rudeness by the landlady into ordering quickly.
I would agree with the person above who said the place has no atmosphere so I left and went up to The Old Ship which was much nicer and cheaper for food.
POPPYSUMMERLANDS - 15 Nov 2009 21:37
Well, sometimes you just have to pull out of the busy Easter Sunday traffic and visit a nice quiet little pub - The Riverhouse Inn at Upwey was today's refuge from the mass of day trippers clogging up the road to Weymouth!

And very nice it was too - their own Riverside Ale (brewed by Courage) wasn't bad at all and sitting in the large garden was a very pleasant experience. The pub itself, on the other hand, is geared up for diners and as others have mentioned, you feel in the way if you go in just for a drink. We didn't eat but the menu appeared ordinary but somewhat expensive.

P.S. shame about the seriously tacky signage.
BobOs - 12 Apr 2009 18:33
The one saving grace for this pub was the attractive signage outside, they've now removed this and stuck up yellow plastic looking boards. Obviously now trying to appeal to the McDonalds/KFC crowd.


man_versus_horse - 16 Aug 2008 10:44
This is basically a restaurant rather than a pub, which is a shame as it could be a great place in the right hands. I wouldn't recommend going in just for drinks, as another reviewer mentioned you just feel like you're in the way.

The only ale (Riverhouse Ale) is certainly nothing to get excited about, and the quality seems changeable.

The food isn't bad however, but the place lacks atmosphere these days (terrible bland background music / generic Brewers Fayre style menu etc....)
man_versus_horse - 6 Mar 2008 23:51
We called in this so called inn, nobody seems to know if it is a pub or a restaurant, one thursday night, we asked for a table for two. Have you booked, was the stern reply from one of the wooden barman/waiters , No we replied, so he pointed to a table partly obscured by a huge wooden beam right next to a freezer which was blowing out cold air. After two minutes we were starting freeze from the cold air blowing out of the freezer. We politely asked if we could have another table only to be told there were none. Bearing in mind the restaurant was virtually empty, so we put our coats on and walked out with not a word from the two dumb waiters. So we never got to taste the food and we will never visit this place again, the place and the people were totally bland. If you want to see how a good pub/restaurant should be try the old ship inn just down the road.
bjork - 28 Sep 2007 19:29
As mentioned previously, this is more of a restaurant than a pub. I live locally and I never consider going there just for a drink - you find yourself at a small bar area, sort of in the way (tables are for eating). Food above avarage although last time we went they forgot to process our order so we were there ages before we managed to eat. Low rating is on the "pub" criteria.
anonymous - 29 Apr 2007 19:46
This is a Restaurant pretending to be a Pub!!

Went here twice whilst staying in a local Holiday Cottage. The first time for a beer. There were four other people here who had eaten the Reastaurant about 80% of the seating was empty hence no atmosphere (or music) - you felt everyone else was listining to your conversation. Nice enough beer "Riverhouse Bitter" (Brewed by Courage and is an upmarket Best) well kept. Staff were friendly and the inside of exposed brickwork and knick naks is pleasing. If only it had more customers. Went back on another night to eat, this time the Restaurant was busy, however you have to buy all your drinks at the bar yourself (even during your meal) and you order the food at the bar. Although they advertise Childrens Meals and urge you to ask if ther is anything you want. The would NOT provide small portions of Adult meals (even though we offered to pay FULL price) or provide Just Egg and Chips (when Ham, Egg & Chips was on the menu). The food itself was good except for the overcooke (burnt) jumbo Chips. This was the second best of Thre pubs in Upwey (see my other revues). Suggest the Landlord, decided whether he wants a Pub (as the name suggests) or a Restaurant. Having said that worth a visit when in town. This pub also does B & B.
Bitter_Man - 14 Apr 2007 10:53
Small bar, lovely decor. Very friendly staff. Meals are wonderful. I have eaten here on many occasions trying out various meals, I have not had a bad one yet. :-)
jellybean25 - 26 Feb 2007 11:01

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