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The Saxon Bear Ale House, Christchurch - pub details

Address: 5 The Saxon Centre, Fountain Way, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1QN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 45570) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Christchurch (0.3 miles), Pokesdown (2.3 miles), Hinton Admiral (3.2 miles)

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user reviews of the Saxon Bear Ale House, Christchurch

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A Sunday trip to the Dorset coast started for us at the Saxon Bar, a micropub in Christchurch. We were the only people in over lunchtime. It's a fairly typical micropub where all ales, cask beers and ciders are displayed on blackboards and the barman will fetch your drinks from the cold room and bring them to your table. The cask ale selection was Wylam Wasn't Born To Follow, Bowman Lapwing, Wantsum Black Pig & Barefaced Peacocks Bitter. Keykeg options were Time & Tide Double Stout, Boutillers & Tom's Tap Swim Until You Can't & Track Reflex. Ciders were Dorset Sunshine Strawberry Sunshine, Big Ginger, Summer Sunshine & Purple Rain, Meon Valley Brown Trout & Dragonfly, Seacider Blood Orange, Thistly Cross Whisky Cask, Pulp Rhubarb & Snail's Bank Raspberry Ripple. I went through each of the Dorset Sunshine ciders, as I'd not had any of them before, in what was quite a rushed visit. Probably the best pub in Christchurch. Although it did lack customers and therefore atmosphere.
blue_scrumpy - 16 Sep 2019 21:37
I still enjoy visiting this pub but I am not keen on the way this micropub is going. It has now installed 'Key Keg', I assume at some great expense to the owners. Unfortunately this now means that the 'key keg' beers are as much as £6.80 a pint and there is no CAMRA discount on these beers. I know they serve 1/3 , 1/2 and 2/3 on a pint but it still makes it a very expensive beer. It also reduces the range of normal ales on the list. They need to be careful that they don't price themselves out of the market by assuming every beer drinker in the area can afford 'key keg' prices.
oldbeerquaffer - 4 Jul 2017 14:54
This is a sister micropub to the Wight Bear in Southbourne and offers a similar range of local independent beers and congenial atmosphere. Definitely worth a visit. Once you've found the shopping centre it's on the main road by the roundabout just by the pedestrian underpass.
Steamer1 - 3 Aug 2016 09:40

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