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Dean Park Inn, Bournemouth

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user reviews of Dean Park Inn, Bournemouth

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This Wadworth pub/hotel was our first port of call on a recent trip to Bournemouth. It opens fairly early, which is why we headed here first. The owners are friendly. Ales are 6X, IPA & Swordfish.
blue_scrumpy - 4 Feb 2018 16:46
£6 for a pint of sanmiguel and a small soda and lime!!!!!!
dagdog - 25 Jun 2017 17:37
Visited here over the bank holiday, WOW!
A great bar and fab beer, well kept 6X and terrific Wadworths Swordfish. The chefs special warm beef salad was also excellent.
All the staff are very efficient and friendly and quite knowledgeable about their beers and the area. Apparently due to have a major refit imminently.
Also the assistant manager is a keen surfer and kite surfer, so great to find out where is best to go for the days beach activities.
Well worth a visit!!!!!
auntiepubco - 20 May 2013 16:53
4 Wadworth beers which were fine. Food also decent. Probably could do with a couple of extra staff as no one came over at the end of the main course. Would go again though.
Leicesterbeer - 20 Apr 2013 21:52
think they have a new chef as 3 of us had a lovely meal in here yesterday, last year we came here and had what i would describe as bog standard pub grup. So many pubs produce plastic food but we were all really happy, you could tell it was all cooked by a person rather than from the freezer to the microwave!! They have wadsworth ales which are ok but shame they cant stock ringwood etc as there are better real beers out there in dorset.
randolf - 25 Mar 2012 21:59
Good beer festival here last weekend [28th], and seem to have a cider fest coming up end march. This is easily one of the best real ale pubs in Bournemouth, and recommend it.
Number.6 - 1 Feb 2012 21:56
I spent a georgeous Saturday afternoon sitting outside in the sun enjoying my pint and watching the world go by. The decor inside the pub needs updating but the place was clean and the staff friendly. The food was good and I will certainly be returning.
gogoonergo - 10 Apr 2011 10:58
this pub was the worst i'v seen in my stay in england. dirty dank and the service was so slow i almost left waiting to order. prices were ok but you couldnt pay me to go here. i know pubs dont have to be the cleanest but i felt i needed a shower after we left.
seabass83 - 9 Apr 2011 09:47
Nice pub,

very short staffed waiting for service is slow..

prices are high for ale and food,,
whisky - 30 May 2009 07:21
Excellent pub. I was welcomed with a friendly greeting by the landlord, Gavin. The rooms where my family and I stayed were well equipped and spotlessly clean.
We had a meal in the evening which was well presented, value for money and served with a smile. Breakfast the following morning was exactly the same, well presented, great value for money and served with a smile. Beer was up to the usual fantastic standard of Wadworths.
I was pleased to see and landlord and his partner, Emma, so eager to please and displaying a fantastic manner of "Nothing is too much trouble"

Certainly a place my family and I will visit again and hopefully not in the too distant future.
controlman - 3 Apr 2008 19:56
I was shocked at the casual manner and couldn't care less approach displayed by what appeared to be the landlady and husband. This is yet another casualty of the 'anyone can be a landlord' capitalist big brewery monopoly that Britain does so well. Dreadful.
nofanofbritain - 18 Feb 2008 21:39
Stayed for a week in September, with my 3yr old grandaughter. Excellent. Rooms newly decorated. Complimentary toiletries. Good breakfast (full english or cereal,fruit juice tea,coffee )Landlord and landlady very helpfull. good selection at bar. Even thought rooms above pub not to noisey for my grandaughter to sleep. Town center walking distance. Would I stay again? For sure. Good value for money.
short4su - 19 Sep 2007 20:08
always a good and easy going attitude in the pub, ales are good and always well looked after.

(Prices are a touch high)

Food quality and size of portions is very good.
I use the bar around 2-3 times a week and will continue to do so..
whisky - 6 Jun 2007 08:05
Spent a weekend at the Dean Park. What a difference to when we stayed about 4 years ago the rooms were spotlessly clean and had been refurbished. The staff were very helpful and polite. The landlord and landlady went out of there way to make sure that we and our friends enjoyed our time in Bournemouth and nothing was too much trouble for them. We got to know a few of the locals in the bar and enjoyed a very good evening with them. We left after having Sunday Lunch which was excellent and we will definatley be going back for more,
anonymous - 4 Jun 2007 20:41
One of the few remaining "pub pubs" in Bournemouth, The Dean Park Inn is a generally alright place to have a drink. They have a large non-smoking area (which, unfortunately, feels like a school dinner hall in comparison to the uncomfortably smoky lounge) and they do sell excellent food. Beer prices are quite high though, you'll pay 3.00 a Guinness and 2.90 for a Heineken or a (now) Kronenbourg, with spirit prices hovering between 2.80 and 3.50 for a single spirit and mixer.

Very much a locals' pub it seems, with regular drinkers at the bar every night. Whilst this is generally a trademark of the pub, there are certain faces who can be obnoxious, loud and generally rude. The bar staff seem slightly stoic and look harrassed a lot of the time, although the empty glasses being tapped on the bar from the regulars will do that. Good, fast service otherwise. The ales are well kept, with a regular rotation of a guest ale and Wadworth ales as resident (Henry's IPA, 6X and Bishop's Tipple).

Overall, alright to have a few pints in, but certainly not one I'd go in to have a fun night out. A sunday pub.
Castledown - 24 Mar 2007 13:40
I used to go here for a quick after-work pint. This was when I lived round the corner earlier this year. What struck me about this pub was how uncomfortable the place is inside. There is nowhere to hide from the projectors showing sporting events (which they always do). The air-con is super efficient, and super noisy (I'd rather have a bit of smoke, although I hate smoky pubs). You can go to the bar and stand there waiting for ages, and the bar staff will just stand there uninterested. It was all the females (just an observation, mind) - the male staff were helpful enough.

However, every pub has an up side. The beer is excellent, as you'd expect from a Cask Marque. And it's not unpleasant to sit outside (despite the main junction). Go there for a real pint in summer. I'd go there again purely because Bournemouth is so rubbish for real pubs (maybe I'm not looking hard enough).

Ongey - 28 Dec 2006 16:51
What a change in this pub over a year!

Had Sunday lunch there today, which was a carvery offering 2 types of meat. I had the lamb which was stringy and fatty with the vegtables which had been kept hot and were bland. All for a quite pricey 6.

After the lunch I went to the bar and ordered a pint of Wicked Witch by Marstons, which was quite drinkable. However the young barman who served was totally uninterested bordering on the rude, he was more absorbed with the large TV screens blaring out the football. Messy, uncleared tables completed the scene.

Come on guys! What's happened to customer service and value?????
david1972a - 3 Dec 2006 19:23
Dull, tired-looking and stand-offish as well as expensive. Just a dowdy atmosphere
dylatheo - 23 Oct 2006 17:12
Really gone down hill lately. You wait an eternity to be served by an uninterested and rude youngster. Beer is ridiculously expensive 3.50 for a bottle of Magners! Shame used to be a great pub.
lucasmaybe - 20 Oct 2006 14:57
Well kept Wadworth beer. Extremely good value food, with very large portions. The 2 jumbo sausages and chips very nearly beat me!! A few outside tables at the front, but these tend to get occupied quickly on a warm day.
bluepastures - 11 Sep 2006 21:04
Good food, good atmosphere and real ale.
david1972a - 3 Jul 2006 03:23
They've changed things around since my last visit so the big screen is now in the larger bar (right hand side as you go in). Think the smaller bar has been made no smoking but not 100% sure. Wasn't rowdy when I was in there recently or 'roudy' either as Pioneer would have it.
johnkn7 - 24 Aug 2005 22:04
The sports bar was loud and roudy, seems to accomodate cheap tradesmen lodgings. The other bar was rather large if not boring. At least 20 mins walk from the centre of town.
pioneer - 7 Aug 2005 20:28
Yep, the guy running it was formerly of the Goat and Tricycle so you know that the ales are going to be well kept as they were on my most recent visit yesterday.
John - 25 Oct 2004 13:58
And it's recently changed management and become even better.
anonymous - 1 Mar 2004 12:21
If only this pub had been here when Hampshire still played at Dean Park. Wadworths pub with well kept real ales.
John - john_norwell@hotmail.com - 24 May 2003 18:44

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