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Junction Hotel, Dorchester

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user reviews of the Junction Hotel, Dorchester

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Large open plan pub with several separate areas. En route between the 2 stations. The interior is very much like a chain pub but clean and tidy enough.

Yesterday had Pedigree, Ringwood Bitter and Boondazzle (?) on offer. The latter was Ok but nothing special. Service fast (although there was no-one else waiting but i'd have been happier if the barman wasn't holding a conversation at the top of his voice with another customer whilst serving me!
cheshirecat - 26 Jul 2015 10:51
Dirty glasses surly staff. Gone downhill.
keystone - 29 Jul 2011 13:04
went in midweek afternoon walking back to dorchester south rail station from town centre.had a pint of hobgoblin which was a good pint. the pub was quiet with only a few in
forestwood - 24 Oct 2010 14:32
Rather noisy, with the big screen TV showing horse-racing (which is a change from the ubiquitous World Cup garbage, but FAR TOO LOUD nonetheless. No doubt they were competing with the band playing on a stand across the road as part of Dorchester carnival, and a parade of WW11 US Army vehicles of all kinds passing in front of the pub, advertising the Maiden Newton at War event this weekend. One of these, a WW11 tank, had broken down, and was having a bit of trouble moving off again.
I had a pint of Ringwood Best served very quickly and efficiently by a friendly young and nervous barmaid.
OK, but not my kind of pub, although I must agree with the comments about the comfortable sofas. I left, albeit reluctantly, as I had other places to go.
The_Final_Arbiter - 20 Jun 2010 09:08
Reasonable pint of Peddy. Didn't try the Ringwood. Quite nice ambience at lunchtime, lots of comfy sofas, vintage brewing wotsits etc.

Heating control stuck on 'nuclear' with door open belching clouds hot air into the street through wadged open door. When barman asked why, said it's always been like that. Wasn't really in the mood for a discussion about saving the planet.

Nice enough spot to pass an hour waiting for a train at the station 100yds away, but little else to commend.
keystone - 12 Mar 2010 16:30
A Marston's and Ringwood cask ale were available. The Ringwood was sampled and fine. Service tainted by incorrect change having to be corrected. Marston's venue which has probably seen better times though has potential if the will is there. Full Marston's pub menu available. Didn't sample but a mixed grill nearby looked inviting.
Leicesterbeer - 22 Feb 2010 15:32
No real cider so won't bother with this place again. indifferent staff, which take ages to serve you if they can be bothered at all despite the place being almost empty. I once complained there was lipstick on the inside of my glass and the young girl behind the bar wiped it off with her finger and gave the glass back to me... unbelievable The Blue Raddle or Tom Browns much nicer and sell real cider yum yum. Even the New George almost opposite is better than this place at least they sell Addlestones
POPPYSUMMERLANDS - 7 Feb 2010 12:03
This pub has been destroyed. Not long since there was a selection of ales in casks behind the bar, now they don't even sell a single one. Delusions of grandeur were shown up for what they were at new year when the pub was "all ticket" despite being practically empty.

Discussion with useless bar person went as follows:

Me: Can I have a drambuie, please?
Him: No, we don't sell any.
Me: Yes, you do. (Pointing) It's there in that bottle behind the bar.
Him: That's just for show.
Me: What? It's empty?
Him: No, not empty. It just doesn't have any in it.
Me: Eh?
Him: Do you want anything else?
Me: Not really, no.

We left after that.
fishski - 26 Feb 2009 22:10
Stayed her whilst attending Tolpuddle 2008. Really nice accomodation and brekko....BUT NO REAL BEER...this is a Marstons pub and apparently when it was refurbed they took the pipes out! Young noisy clientele and indifferent staff.
southfields - 17 Nov 2008 16:27
Called in for a pint as I was passing by chance. I wish I'd carried straight on - service was cavalier to say the least, beer was dreadful and left unfinished.
BobOs - 8 Sep 2008 19:19
If you like sport its got Skysports - if your here for the beer try coloured tap water as this appears to be what is served up for real ale.
LoungeBarNick - 28 Mar 2007 19:13
Comments below taken on board. However, in it's defence it is actually quite pleasant at lunchtime, except a couple of weeks back when the Great British Tuna Crisis must have struck. Honestly, how little tuna can you get in a baguette? Was it a competition? I think you won. The poor quality bread didn't help either. May have been an off day. Never ordered it again just to be on the safe side. Some nice comfy seats by the windows. Service is prompt and polite. Worth popping in if it's on your way, but not a special detour.
pxk99 - 30 Dec 2006 21:24
Truly awful. Full of druggies and hoodies. Used to be quite good when EP were supplying beer. Do not cross the threshold unless you are under 16 and out of your box on a Harpic/cocaine cocktail.
anonymous - 23 Dec 2006 11:20
The is a really nice pub, but when ever I go in there I'm already off my face!!! It's very busy over the weekend and it's a nice place to have an afternoon drink if you prefer and you don't have to walk far for a taxi!!! They have music, karaoke (I think) and the last time I was there I'm sure there was a quiz night going on!! (Oh the joys of getting drunk, you can't remember much!)
SweetnSexy - 5 Apr 2006 22:03

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