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The Avocet

3.6
3.6
25 Reviews
£25 and under
British
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Your home away from home, at The Avocet whether you are looking for seasonal and innovative food and drinks, chilled-out Sunday lunch, lounging on our sun terrace or the bustle of weekend nights then look no further for your perfect venue.

We bring our menus to life by creating pub classics and homemade bar snacks from scratch such as scotch egg, sausage roll, charter pie, burgers and fish and chips, to name a few.

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Booked 5 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–23:00
    Fri, Sat 12:00–00:00

  • Phone number

    01202 723155

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Robert Gabor

  • Catering

    Our Food We bring our menus to life by creating pub classics and homemade bar snacks from scratch such as scotch egg, sausage roll, charter pie and burgers and fish and chips, to name a few.

  • Area

    Poole

  • Public Transit

    Parkstone train station is a 1 minute walk with car parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 25 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.6
3.6 based on recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.6Ambience
  • 3.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KB

    KarenB

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Cosy and welcoming, much improved from the Cow, chicken pie delicious.

  2. B

    Barb

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    The pub looked good having had a face lift.. and the menu looked a lot more enticing.. However the food was poor quality and overpriced. A good pub to watch sport in but that’s it..

  3. CS

    ChrisS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great table service , member of staff could not have been more attentive . Highly recommend for food , ambience and service 10/10

  4. IE

    IanE

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    Very disappointed. Service was poor. Staff seemed disinterested in serving. Food average.

  5. RA

    RachelA

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    Food was lovely, nice atmosphere, service was not amazing. Had to ask for things more than once and still not right. Overall good though and would go back.

  6. RC

    RachelC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    The tables were nicely set with glasses etc, but couldn't see huge difference to before the 'make over'. Music was very loud, then there was a quiz, which we did, and it was fun but had we wanted to sit and chat would have been very distracting. The food was nice, but I had the sweet potato curry which arrived as a sweet potato in a bowl, with a jug of curry sauce, and a small bowl of rice. Would have preferred an actual curry rather than separate items.

  7. AW

    AmyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The main course was brilliant... sweet potato curry. Delicious! House white wine and the chenin were both mediocre. No sourdough bread was available so they literally served us toast... sliced white bread like you would have for breakfast! At least get a baguette or something! Luckily we were very hungry 🤣

  8. O

    Olly

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience1

    Very average, expected more for the price of the menu.

  9. DA

    DinerA

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent, friendly service and top quality food!

  10. L

    Leelee69

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great flavoursome food and great service , will definitely go again

  11. DK

    DavidK

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Good food, great wine choices by the glass and excellent service by our server Charlotte

  12. MW

    MaryW

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    This is a refurbished pub with a welcoming ambience and lovely staff, couldn’t fault them! The menu and food totally let the place down. Aiming to be a boutique type menu, I think, it has little variety and even less appeal. Unfortunately, when the food arrived, there was no improvement. Fish finger sandwiches overstuffed with everything other than simple fish fingers. Sausage was without much taste and haddock was of poor quality (chips were good). Things didn’t really improve with dessert unfortunately. Friday lunchtime - empty! This is a pleasant pub in a good setting with great staff and much potential. Menu and quality of food need attention.

  13. T

    Trish

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Asked for bottle of Sauvignon but without being asked more expensive one brought to the table when we should have been given a choice. Poor presentation and value for sharing meat and cheese board. Had to ask for more bread Had 3 halloumi sticks poor value for money So 42 pounds per head was very expensive considering small quantities we had. We will think twice about returning.

  14. D

    Dave

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience1

    Only one other table occupied on a Saturday night! Seated right next to a staff access door and close to Sky sports tv. Food bland and salty. We had the hake and meat pie, which was nice enough, but both came with thin watery mashed potato, a chunk of cabbage and thin gravy (with fish I ask you!). We got out of there asap after one course. Waitress brought the wrong bill for twice the price. To add insult to injury, the correct bill had a 10% service charge added on! I remember the Cow restaurant as it was in previous years, which used to be great. Definitely gone down hill from this experience.

  15. KS

    KimS

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and excellent service I’ll be back

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Aberdeen

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Refurbed and renamed and overall very nice and would recommend a visit. Spacious bar & good service overall. Problem post-lockdown and with all places are prices +25%, quality -5% and service -5%. Not a good scorecard& without giving the customer more then pub dining will struggle this Autumn/Winter.

  17. t

    traceys

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Good food and lovely fast service. Food served with a smile 😊

  18. MG

    MartinG

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service. Good good and drinks too. Would recommend

  19. NJ

    NJ12

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    good welcome from the team and attentive during our visit; initial table allocated to us was a little draughty and staff noted this immediately and offered an alternative. A little wait to receive the food but that was ok as all meals was tasty and very well presented. Sweet potato curry was lovely however the only criticism from members of the group was that they would have expected little more sweet potato given that was the main element of the dish. overall a good evening, ambience and noise was fine and allowed conversations without having to shout. Thank you Avocet

  20. P

    Papercut

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Expensive food that does not justify the price, unfortunately. Way better food available locally that charge less.

  21. KH

    KimH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience1

    Was expecting a totally different ambience than we got. Didn't like all the sports TVs. Especially as you describe a chilled dining experience... not that chilled with a large TVs above your heads!! The waitress was good although the service was extremely slow and it wasn't busy . We were told AFTER our meal and drinks that cash wasn't excepted. We left cash. There is nothing on the website (or in the pub) to inform you of this. Spoilt the whole afternoon and meal . We won't be rushing back or recommending it ... sorry

  22. R

    Rogerd

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Food was good . We hadn’t realised it was quiz night on Tuesday so was noisy but atmosphere was otherwise good. Staff were engaging and efficient. Prices were reasonable

  23. GD

    GillianD

    London

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Had run out of roast dinners , burgers and pies and didn’t tell us till we were ready to order Also some very drunk people in the middle of the afternoon

  24. B

    Bethany

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Loved our experience just wish we had more carrots with our roast! Advertised as “maple carrots” but we all got half of one. Gravy was a bit salty but staff were so accommodating and went out of their way to see if we could have a vegan dessert. Will defo come back!

  25. SK

    SamK

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall1food1service4ambience1

    Worst Sunday roast in Poole. No roast potato’s. 2 hour wait for food and the food was below average, Won’t go back again,

FAQs

The Avocet is rated 3.6 stars by 25 OpenTable diners

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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2 people

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Avocet

58 Station Rd Poole, Dorset BH14 8UD

  • Area

    Poole

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00–23:00
    Fri, Sat 12:00–00:00

  • Cuisines

    British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Public Transit

    Parkstone train station is a 1 minute walk with car parking.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Contactless Payment, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Robert Gabor

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01202 723155

  • Catering

    Our Food We bring our menus to life by creating pub classics and homemade bar snacks from scratch such as scotch egg, sausage roll, charter pie and burgers and fish and chips, to name a few.

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