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The Avocet Poole - The Avocet, Poole, Dorset

The Avocet

3.8
3.8
78 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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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 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

What 78 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Healthy

  • Dorset

    Lunch

  • Dorset

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Dorset

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. g

    gottobe

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food with generous portions served by friendly staff.
  2. SW

    StephenW

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good Sunday lunch. Definitely come back. The calorie counters are very helpful
  3. S

    Sheapy

    Bristol

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Short notice booked which was good food and good service. We deffo felt looked after.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food wasn’t good. Both had Caesar salad, with added prawns on one and chicken on the other. Wasn’t fresh cooked chicken, felt it was chicken left overs.
  5. P

    Poole

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Food was very average for the price. No Parmesan or croutons on the ceaser salad. Battered fish was so pale but tasted alright. Asked for no relish on burger but still came with it. Asked for the key to disabled toilet to change my baby and boy behind bar had no idea. Then he asked if I wanted him to ask someone else. Of course I do I have a baby that needs changing! We were charged twice for drinks but the person who paid was on the train by the time they realised. Staff said nothing they could do without the card. No offer of a voucher or to give us the drinks paid for. Very quiet so assumed just all new staff had been put on.
  6. A

    Alex

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience1
    We booked as trip advisor gave great reviews It was a very young pub with lots youngsters having had too much to drink Our waitress tried her best but we had to keep telling her how to do her job The food was ok
  7. s

    swallen

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Avocet is a beautifully designed pub, but the real surprise is the food, excellent…..from salads to mains. I have eaten there 3 times now and have not been disappointed yet. Lovely staff, and good service…………cannot understand why it is such a quiet pub…….more people need to know about it.
  8. DA

    DeniseA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    25% discount Monday to Friday saved us £17.00. Very welcome saving. Staff were attentive and nothing was too much trouble. Food was excellent. Service and attitude of staff made it fir us.
  9. R

    Richard

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Ok. It was expensive, but made better by the 25% off promotion and some food being taken off the bill as it wasn't up to standard. The basics (fish and chips, burgers) were all done well. Other portions were a bit small or not well prepared
  10. PA

    PeterA

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Won't be hurrying back! Food presentation far too fancy and unnecessarily over the top. Too noisy when we arrived.
  11. NL

    NickL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great Sunday roast, with plenty of choice. Attentive and friendly staff. Our first time but we will be back.
  12. JW

    JuliaW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice Sunday lunch, we found the food good and it was a relaxed family meal with good service.
  13. YY

    YumYumYumYum

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    It's fine but not amazing. Tries to make the food fancy but at the cost of getting the basics right first and it's not really that much better than your standard Greene King or 'Spoons. Burger had a fruit chutney in it which added nothing except making the bun soggy and fall apart, and the burger itself was kind of bland. Chunky chips with the fish just tasted like frozen chips at home.
  14. RC

    RChur

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Had to ask to order drinks and ask to order food, then ask for hill, then ask for card machine to pay, It wasn’t busy either. Food pricey too.
  15. EP

    EricaP

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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 2022Hello 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!!

  19. 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 2022Hello! Thank you for the lovely review! You were an absolute pleasure! Look forward to seeing you again soon!

  20. 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.
  21. 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 2022Hi Dan09, thanks for the feedback and it's something we are working on, hope to see you soon

  22. 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 2022Lovely to read this feedback! Thanks StuartD. Looking forward to the next visit

  23. 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 2022Garyd, it's experiences like yours that really keep us motivated!

  24. 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
  25. 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 2022Hi Opentable Diner, great to hear you enjoyed your visit to our pub. Hope to see you again soon!

  26. 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.
  27. PM

    PaulM

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great afternoon thank you, service and food was excellent!
  28. 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 2022Happy we could help you out, hopefully see you again soon. We look forward to your next visit, take care!

  29. 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 😁
  30. 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.
  31. 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 2022Thank 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

  32. A

    Anne

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff very pleasant. Definitely coming back soon.
  33. 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
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Watching the rugby
  35. PA

    PeterA

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice quiet evening food was good and service was excellent 👌

    The AvocetResponded on 7 February 2022Hi Petera, great to hear you enjoyed your visit to our pub. Hope to see you again soon!

  36. 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 2022Thanks for taking the time to let us know how we did. Have a great day!

  37. 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 2022Hi 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.

  38. 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 2022DavidS, 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.

  39. 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 2022Thanks for the high rating, it's really appreciate We look forward to your next visit, take care!

  40. 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 2022Thanks for taking the time to let us know how we did. Have a great day! We hope to see you soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

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The Avocet is rated 3.8 stars by 78 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 2 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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