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The Avocet Poole - The Avocet, Poole, Dorset

The Avocet

3.9
3.9
64 Reviews
£25 and under
British

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

Additional information

  • 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

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • 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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 64 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Sunday Lunch

  • Dorset

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. EP

    EricaP

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    The food was good! We had to ask if we were going to be served after waiting 20 minutes, we had not even asked if we would like a drink!

  2. D

    Deedee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very little difference from how it was when it was The Cow apart from the ridiculous name change - how many people know what an Avocet is without looking it up! It would have been nice to have called it something relevant to the local area such as The Green which is historic name for the area because of the park - a wasted opportunity.

  3. MS

    MarkS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    I wouldn’t use this place to eat again But I would come in here for a drink or a night out

  4. R

    Ronak

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Every single staff member was absolutely lovely! Everyone was so accommodating to our table. The vibes in there was great too. Definitely up there in Dorset’s best pubs. Great range of vegan options too. Super super happy. Adam was our server and he was so charming. 100% recommend if you’re looking for a hotspot in the area.

    The AvocetResponded on 12 May 2022

    Hello Ronak! Thank you for the lovely review! You were an absolute pleasure! Thank you for the kind words! i’ll pass it onto the staff!!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow, we went for food, and it was exceptional! Adam was a an absolute gem! Great customer service, and knows how to make a mean cocktail! Thank you so much, and we will be back again soon!!

    The AvocetResponded on 12 May 2022

    Hello! Thank you for the lovely review! You were an absolute pleasure! Look forward to seeing you again soon!

  6. PH

    PatriciaH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Staff very friendly and helpful. Food delicious. The slightly quirky-sounding dishes were lovely. Standard seating suited us.

  7. D

    Dan09

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Nice place but full of people drinking/ shouting when the price indicates there should be a “dining area” for a better experience.

    The AvocetResponded on 28 April 2022

    Hi Dan09, thanks for the feedback and it's something we are working on, hope to see you soon

  8. SD

    StuartD

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    From being The Cow way back when, this pub seemed to struggle once the original landlord left and it went from being a rammed, lively pub, to a questionable one with a navy and yellow interior along with blinds that made it dark on a sunny day. No doubt, Greene King thought the same and have refurbished both the inside and out, along with renaming it. I can only presume it’s early days for them to get back to the ‘busyness’ of The Cow, but from what we saw on Easter Sunday, the food, service, staff and ambiance were first class.

    The AvocetResponded on 21 April 2022

    Lovely to read this feedback! Thanks StuartD. Looking forward to the next visit

  9. GD

    GaryD

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    A superb Sunday roast, very friendly service and football on to boot. A great afternoon, highly recommended.

    The AvocetResponded on 21 April 2022

    Garyd, it's experiences like yours that really keep us motivated!

  10. JB

    JohnB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    We booked a table for 7:30 We turned up on time and entered the bar area we walked around looking for the host for restaurant area and couldn’t see anyone who was in charge of the restaurant in fact there isn’t really a restaurant. There were tables but it felt like you were sat in the bar. It’s was not a very relaxing environment. After wondering around we ended up asking the glass washer We were shown to our table and then left 15mins went passed with no service So had to go to the bar and ask the glass washer again for table service. We then got served. Food was of a reasonable standard No real complaints there Service charge on the bill was a bit much considering Which we didn’t pay

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service and food was outstanding. The menu is great. I chose a vegetarian starter and main course. Both were tasty dishes. Look forward to my next meal in the Avocet. Thank you

    The AvocetResponded on 9 April 2022

    Hi Opentable Diner, great to hear you enjoyed your visit to our pub. Hope to see you again soon!

  12. L

    Lisa

    Czech Republic

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    I booked a table for seated dining for mother's day. On arrival, gave my name and we were put on a high table with stools and then asked if we were eating or just having drinks. No one brought a menu so I got them myself from the bar. They didn't have many staff but someone eventually came and took our order. The food was tasty but not particularly hot. Overall it was just a bit disappointing.

  13. PM

    PaulM

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great afternoon thank you, service and food was excellent!

  14. JH

    JocelynH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Book for a girls afternoon of catching up and nibbles. The staff were amazing, friendly & helpful. The food was wonderful, the wind list was a true discovery. We will be going back. Thank you for a lovely day :-)

    The AvocetResponded on 30 March 2022

    Happy we could help you out, hopefully see you again soon. We look forward to your next visit, take care!

  15. GH

    GeorginaH

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely day and evening for the rugby. Great vibes, extensive wine list, yummy food, friendly and outgoing staff 😁

  16. FT

    FrancisT

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We were visiting family at the weekend and it was the first time that we had eaten at the Avocet. We were extremely happy with our meals and what with the general ambience and excellent service it made a really memorable occasion.

  17. YN

    YunvrNoh

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Has the potential to be an awesome dining venue with live music… Food was alright, under seasoned Friendly service, slow and had to chase the bill Background music played over the live music, headaches all round Cold draft at table Scruffy toilets were a bit dirty That said, we had a good time PS My sticky toffee pudding was delicious!

    The AvocetResponded on 8 March 2022

    Thank you for reviewing us! Apologies for the toilets and music mixup; we will work to get this better for your next visit and a great choice for dessert

  18. A

    Anne

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff very pleasant. Definitely coming back soon.

  19. DA

    DavidA

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We used to come here when it was The Cow and standards have been imporved.the staff were polite and helpful, the food was good value and pleniful portions. The atmosphere was lively and we liked the live music.We will be back

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Watching the rugby

  21. PA

    PeterA

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very nice quiet evening food was good and service was excellent 👌

    The AvocetResponded on 7 February 2022

    Hi Petera, great to hear you enjoyed your visit to our pub. Hope to see you again soon!

  22. CB

    CheralynB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service was brilliant and so was the food. Very friendly and efficient lady who served us. She was lovely. We'll certainly be returning

    The AvocetResponded on 29 January 2022

    Thanks for taking the time to let us know how we did. Have a great day!

  23. DM

    DavidM

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 January 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience3

    Staff were more than helpful altough food was slightly disappointing also we were advised by our neighbouring table not to have the burger meal. Apart from the fact we were cold all evening overall not a very enjoyable evening

    The AvocetResponded on 29 January 2022

    Hi Davidm, it's a shame we didn't wow you when you visited us. Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we can improve. We hope you will consider us again in the future. Take care.

  24. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Some elements of the meals were lukewarm or cold instead of piping hot, giving the impression of food having been prepared sometime previously and frozen and then reheated (badly). The quality of the food spoiled an otherwise enjoyable evening.

    The AvocetResponded on 26 January 2022

    DavidS, we're disappointed to hear of the negative experience you had at our pub. Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we can improve. We hope you will consider us again in the future. Take care.

  25. KB

    KarenB

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent value and cosy atmosphere, will come again.

    The AvocetResponded on 24 January 2022

    Thanks for the high rating, it's really appreciate We look forward to your next visit, take care!

  26. S

    Steve

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Arrived late afternoon for drinks before an early evening meal. Good ambience in the bar from the start, staff were extremely friendly and couldn’t be more helpful. Food was excellent, very good value with meal deal. Would definitely recommend Avocet as a place to meet up with friends in Ashley Cross.

    The AvocetResponded on 21 January 2022

    Thanks for taking the time to let us know how we did. Have a great day! We hope to see you soon!

  27. g

    gottobe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Good friendly service - apart from when we walked in and there were no staff behind the bar to show us to the table we’d booked. Food was good, just a tad on the expensive side though for what it was.

    The AvocetResponded on 12 January 2022

    Hi Gottobe, it's a shame we didn't wow you when you visited us. We will use this feedback for future visits

  28. WL

    WillL

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    Disappointing. Way over-priced mediocre food. Real shame as nice ambience. For a real treat try ordering the “breads” for starters-2 white slices of packet bread toasted. Hardly something you’d expect in a place like this.

    The AvocetResponded on 10 January 2022

    We appreciate all reviews, and appreciate you giving us the chance to improve by providing us with this feedback.

  29. PE

    PaulineE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Impromptu meal at Avocet. Service good, helpful and polite staff, good value meal. Plesent evening. Loved the fire and the music.

    The AvocetResponded on 12 January 2022

    Hi Paulinee, great to hear you enjoyed your visit to our pub. Hope to see you again soon!

  30. j

    johnb

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The atmosphere was good and the menu reasonably priced together with the wines. I chose the curry dish which was one of the best that I have had. I will certainly be going back to sample some of the other dishes on offer.

    The AvocetResponded on 10 January 2022

    Thanks for taking the time to let us know how we did. Have a great day!

  31. AM

    AshleyM

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Unfortunately due to a missing delivery, some items were not available which was only advised once we’d ordered. I changed my dinner choice but and while it was ok food (sausage and mash), I was disappointed as I could’ve made that myself at home that night! Very kindly they removed 25% from the bill without prompting but as it was the first time i’d visited the place, I'm sadly, not in a hurry to go back.

    The AvocetResponded on 31 December 2021

    We appreciate all reviews, and appreciate you giving us the chance to improve by providing us with this feedback.

  32. L

    Laura

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2021

    overall3food1service5ambience4

    We have been before for a roast which was superb, this time we had sausage & mash and a burger and unfortunately the burger was dry, the chips soggy and the sausages nothing special. Such a shame as the service was great both times. But we won’t be back for food again unless it is for the roast.

    The AvocetResponded on 31 December 2021

    Thank you for the review, if we could serve our roasts everyday we would they are amazing! We apologise for the food comments you mentioned and will make sure it is rectified for your next visit

  33. CB

    ChristinaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    I am celiac gluten free.. Bit disappointing they didn't have any choice on the menu and no deserts only ice-cream.. The chicken was nice the new potatoes where cold.. .. Loved it in there but if there's only one dish to have.. Will limit my visits which is ashame as its close to me and the staff where great and helpful.. You seem to put vg next to the food but not gluten free.. Strange and frustrating I have to go on the app which was hard to do but vegs didn't and its a choice for them

    The AvocetResponded on 31 December 2021

    Lovely to read your comments about your experience, we will make sure to pass on the feedback regarding our allergy information and will see if we can make it easier to access.

  34. WD

    WynneD

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Table for 4 for Sunday Lynch, good menu and a good choice of Sunday roasts, quick service, good drinks, the food was very good.

    The AvocetResponded on 21 December 2021

    Lovely to read your comments about your experience, I'll make sure to pass them on to the rest of the team.

  35. SK

    SusanK

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great service, would definitely return.

    The AvocetResponded on 21 December 2021

    Susank, we're glad we could help!

  36. J

    Julie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    Overpriced and poor service, nothing has changed since the upgrade except the prices and the name! Not worth the money!

    The AvocetResponded on 18 December 2021

    Hello Julie, we are sorry that you feel like you haven’t got your value for money! We would like the opportunity to give you a great experience! Hope to see you soon - Adam

  37. r

    rachelh

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and fab service. We had a wonderful evening thank you!

    The AvocetResponded on 10 December 2021

    Hello Rachel! Thank You for the lovely review! We’re glad we gave you a great experience! You’re welcome anytime! - Adam

  38. HS

    HelgaS

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good food nice and quiet so able to talk. Great service pleasant atmosphere

    The AvocetResponded on 9 December 2021

    Hello Helga! Lovely to read your comments about your experience, I'll make sure to pass them on to the rest of the team. See you again soon! - Adam

  39. YH

    YHLeow

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Would be better on a quiet day. Unfortunately for us it was Saturday with a WHU-Che match on and we sat below the screen. It was a minor matter, still enjoyed our visit.

    The AvocetResponded on 9 December 2021

    Hello YHLeow! Thank You for the positive review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit with us! See you again soon! - Adam

  40. KB

    KarenB

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

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

    The AvocetResponded on 29 November 2021

    Hi Karen, Thanks for the review. great feedback about the Pie.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

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The Avocet is rated 3.9 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Avocet

58 Station Rd Poole, Dorset BH14 8UD

Additional information

  • 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

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • 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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