Wide choice of fish dishes, quirky nautical décor and friendly staff in a cheerful cottage pub
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Within walking distance of the harbour, this 300-year-old former smugglers' pub is full of amusing seaside-themed paraphernalia. There's an aquarium, model boats, the odd piratical figure, brightly painted fish cut-outs swimming across the walls, rope fancywork, brassware, lanterns and oars; darts, games machine, board games, big screen TV, background music and a winter woodburning stove. As well as several boat pictures, the room on the right has tables with masses of snapshots (under the glass tabletops) of locals caught up in various waterside japes. Ringwood Best and a guest or two such as Dartmoor Jail Ale and Sharps Doom Bar on handpump alongside several wines by the glass. A spreading and bustling two-room restaurant area has a fish tank, contemporary works by local artists for sale and a light-hearted mural giving the impression of a window opening on to a sunny boating scene. There are seats and tables on the suntrap back terrace and a covered heated area for chilly evenings.
Good Pub Guide Food
Fresh fish and shellfish from local fishermen features strongly: cockles, whelks, scallops, mussels, crab, whole lemon sole, bass and so forth. They also offer sandwiches and baguettes, duck and orange pâté, cottage pie, gammon and egg and puddings such as lemon posset and crème brûlée; a two-course set lunch is available Tues-Thurs.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar