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Bankes Arms Hotel and Country Inn, Studland - pub details

Address: Manor Rd, Studland, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3AU [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 6037) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

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> Current user rating: 6.0/10 (rated by 74 users)
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Pig on the Beach, Studland (0.0 miles), Village Inn, Ulwell (1.5 miles), Crows Nest Inn, Swanage (1.8 miles)

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A pretty good pub in a very nice location. Sadly not as good as I remembered it, with service, beer and food all lacking. Won't be back in a hurry.
littledrummerboy - 19 May 2016 15:26
Who needs a pub crawl when there are 9 hand pumps on the bar?
It was a lunch time visit so only tried four of them.
Three were from Purbeck: Wrecked, Harvest and IPA, with Churchill's Honourable Pale Ale from Oxfordshire. All perfectly drinkable at a cost of £3.60 a pint.
Bar staff were willing to chat about the range of ales.

Food prices a tad high for my family of four. Three of us had a ploughman's each for £6.50. The other awkward one had a Lamb Shank for £13.50.
Portions are big so prices are probably justified.

I helped myself to salt, vinegar, sauces etcetera..........saves a lot of aggro.
fugglehops - 27 Oct 2013 20:51
Visited today whilst out on the bikes, had a pint of broadoak which was as flat as a witch's tit, house white was a very cheap bottle and not good either. I suspect this pub is only open as it is the only one in the area and they serve food which after our visit I'm glad we didn't have.
drg8844 - 31 Mar 2013 23:18
Four of us went here for something to eat on a miserable foggy Saturday night in March.Maybe a dozen people in,mostly having a drink, and just a couple of young bar staff serving.Even so,it was a nice relaxed atmosphere (none of that, all the locals go silent and stare when strangers walk in) and the service was very friendly and efficient.Although some of it was obviously microwaved the food was actually very nice,albeit expensive given it's not made to order.The beer was good,but the locally brewed IPA was off,which is pretty poor considering the brewery is only about fifteen feet from the pub.Overall though, we enjoyed the time we spent there and would be quite happy to have a drink or eat there again.Having said that,I do think it's a very different experience in summer when the place is rammed from lunchtime onwards.
jdb1 - 15 Mar 2013 10:25
These negative comments do seem puerile; no ketchup, staff shout order numbers etc. Whats wrong with asking, getting it yourself. Why do people these days seem to think that they should be waited on hand and foot by people probable on minimum wage?

The prices here are NOT outrageous, the portions are huge, the dressed crab to die for and the beer is some of the best in both choice and flavour.

I am a Publican in London, and this is easily one of my favourite pubs in England. Yes, it could be better, but we can all improve in that area, can't we! Next time you winge, please spare a thought for people working 100 hrs plus a week, trying to find staff who want accommodation included (when there is non reasonably affordable), will likely move on once trained (if they even finish training) and have to deal with massive seasonal changes often made worse by the increasingly more volatile British weather. How do you cope when ordering fresh food for a Bank Holiday only to get cleaned out by a Coach load of visitors on the Friday, who didn't pre-book/warn you, and all your suppliers have closed for the weekend?

I was a publican for 18 years, which is why I stopped serving food, it's massively time consuming, costly and greatly under-appreciated. Find yourselves a slave or shut up moaning, you don't deserve a decent pub!

Thank you to all the staff at the Bankes who made my short stay for the Festival well worth the 10 hour round trip. Whenever I come down my kids are treated as Kings and Queens. My top three in the area, being this, the Castle at Lulworth, the Red Lion in Swanage. I would have voted 9/10 but as I suspect some petty local nonsense in the ratings, I've gone for a 10. Happy New Year to all!
huntsbeer - 27 Dec 2012 17:03

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