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2a Castle Street,
BH23 1DT

01202 479383

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Review byKate Moors22/07/2009
Full of history, character and with an ample selection of real ales, Ye Olde George Inn is the place to go if you want some old English charm.

The Venue
You enter the pub through an open walkway leading down into a paved courtyard, with the main building along the left side of the path, and the toilets and kitchen on the right.

The bar area is long and narrow, split into two main rooms with little nooks and private seating areas. It’s not very spacious, but this all adds to the cosy character of Ye Olde George Inn.

The decor fits the historic atmosphere of the inn and there are gnarled wooden beams, a grandfather clock and even chamber pots hanging from the ceiling. There are a couple of decorative antique chairs by the door but unfortunately there’s a fruit machine next to them, which dampens the effect a little.

The People
Bar staff are friendly, and even though there is a very ‘local’ feel to the pub it’s by no means exclusive and you’ll be made to feel welcome. Customers are a mix of ages, with quite a few regulars always in attendance. There’s usually a split between younger customers sitting outside in the courtyard and older customers in the bar area.

Dogs are welcome, and there's even a ‘Dog’s Dinner’ of Pedigree Chum and biscuits for £2.49. There’s a popular quiz night on Mondays at 9.30pm, which has a great atmosphere. It costs £1 a person to enter and the winner takes all. It can get very busy so get there early if you want a seat.

The Food
There is a good range of British favourites on the menu, such as fish and chips for £9.49 and steak pie for £8.99, as well as a selection of classic Normandy dishes celebrating Christchurch’s twinning with St Lo. Fruits de Mer is £12.99 and a sharing Normandy Platter is £9.99.

If you’re after a snack, they serve a particularly tasty portion of cheesy chips for £2.99, and have baguettes and ploughman’s from £5.99.

A selection of desserts cost around £4.99. The pub has it's own brewery and they have a dessert made from one of their beers - Piddle. It's called, unsurprisingly, Piddle Sorbet and it's £3.99. It's delicious but doesn’t taste much like beer.

The Drink
There is a huge range of ciders and real ales, as well as a good selection of draught beers and wines. Ye Olde George Inn have several good real ales from their Piddle Brewery and they start from £2.89 a pint. You can have such memorable brands such as The Silent Slasher and YOGI Beer (Ye Olde George Inn Beer). Bottles of wine start from £11.99, and a large glass will cost you around £4.30.

The Last Word
Ye Olde George Inn has a great atmosphere, is full of character and there’s always a new nook to explore each time you go. It can be expensive and a bit claustrophobic but it’s rare to find the type of authentic old charm that characterises this place, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
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Ye Olde George Inn

Full of history, character and with an ample selection of real ales, Ye Olde George Inn is the place to go if you want some old English charm.

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