I know, I know. Again late with those holiday posts. But you know, these are some ideas for those of you heading to Poole this side of Christmas or even next year! Or if you want lots of pictures of yummy food then this is also a post for you…
Having done our killer walk from Corfe Castle to Swanage, we fancied a more chilled out day the day after. So Mr W plotted and decided we would take the bus from Swanage to Poole for food and exploring. Also Sunseeker spying.
We headed straight for the harbour, where we actually managed to pick up tickets for a return journey to Swanage via a ferry. We had bought bus return tickets, but this was a lot more fun in our minds. After a bit of wandering we decided on a pub for lunch.
Out of the harbour options we picked the Poole Arms for lunch. With seafood galore (mostly from the surrounding area) and all cooked from fresh we couldn’t say no. We decided to share a bunch of starters as we knew we had Mr W’s Curry for dinner.
The mussels were flavourful and tender, not rubbery at all. A garlic, parsley and salty butter sauce, the accompanying fresh bread was perfect to mop up this up with. The calamari was chewy but not overly, the tempura batter seasoned perfectly and the chilli jam for dipping was just divine. Lastly the scallops and black pudding. Well we fought over these! Mr W having never had scallops before was pleasantly surprised and now has become a bit of a scallop fiend. Overall we were dead impressed with our lunch, if you’re ever in Poole you have to head to the Poole Arms. The beer was pretty good too and we managed to get some local beer to accompany our lunch.
We eventually rolled back on to the harbour side for a bit more Sunseeker spying. I won’t lie those Sunseekers are pretty impressive. We even saw them jotting the one for the Leicester City manager. I suppose it’s a treat if you spent a season shouting at 11 men and winning at the end right?!
As we didn’t have loads of time, we had the clever idea that checking out a couple of other pubs we noticed would be good. Maybe on second thoughts we should’ve caught a boat to Poole and bussed back, but both were rather wobbly journeys!
We started in Stable, a cider pub. Which I have discovered since is in Birmingham and Cheltenham. Both super close to home, so I’m very excited to visit again. I must admit as much as telling you I drank Elderflower Cider, that’s pretty much my recollection a few months on. Either way we loved Stable!
Before we departed we headed to a teeny bar called Drift. Serving continual guest beers, everything changing constantly, this was a great little find. I can’t remember what we drank, but Mr W and I had great fun spotting things we have had on the wall of beer mats!
And that was it, our time was up and we jumped for our boat home. We ventured past Harry’s Rocks and really enjoyed the journey. When we got back to Swanage we met my parents in the pub before heading home for curry.
Have you visited Poole before? What would you recommend I visit next time? Let me know in the comments,