WITH THE temperature finally heating up, it certainly feels like the perfect weather for a nice cold pint.

For those looking to visit a pub this weekend, we’ve rounded up some of the best in the area.

Using Google Reviews, these are the top rated pubs in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole: 


Chaplin's and The Cellar Bar

529 Christchurch Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4AG

With a whopping 1,374 reviews Chaplins have a rating of 4.5 on Google Reviews. The quirky and quaint bar stages live local bands and serves real ale. 

It even has an enchanted, cobbled garden to the rear with a terrace and fairy lights. 

The Firkin Shed

279 Holdenhurst Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH8 8BZ

With an impressive rating of 4.7 and more than 300 happy customers on Google Reviews, the independent and small pub is a hit with residents and visitors alike.

The Firkin Shed has also been named as one of the best pubs in Britain with multiple CAMRA awards including being crowned the former winner of CAMRA’s National Cider Pub Award.

Bournemouth Echo:

Paul Gray of The Firkin Shed with the two of his previous CAMRA awards

One customer said: "Excellent selection of beers, good company and better staff."

Another beer-lover said: ""It's a great place for a pint no pretence just good people and good beer."

The Wight Bear

65 Southbourne Grove, Southbourne, Bournemouth BH6 3QU

This upbeat, quirky venue offers an extensive choice of ales, lagers and ciders with something for everyone. 

The friendly staff, casual setting and brilliant snack menu has gone down a storm with customers who have awarded then 4.7 out of 5 stars. 


Saxon Bar

5 The Saxon Centre, Fountain Roundabout, Christchurch BH23 1QN

With an impressive 4.7 stars, the Saxon Bar offers a selection of beers and ciders at reasonable prices. 

One happy customer said: "Superb micropub that's open on a Monday. Has a great range of real ales and craft beers."

Another person said: "Very good range of speciality beer and ciders. Try one of their paddles (3 third of a pint samples served on a wooden paddle) and ask for a recommendation for a good selection. Always great service."

Ye Olde George Christchurch

2A Castle St, Christchurch BH23 1DT

Another highly reviewed public house is Ye Old George with 4.3 stars and more than 800 reviews.

The pub offers outdoor seating and dining, one customer said: "Amazing food and amazing staff. Five stars - recommend to anybody that likes a chilled place to eat and drink with friends or family." 

Bournemouth Echo:

Ye Olde George Inn in Christchurch

The Snug

10 Church St, Christchurch BH23 1BW

The Snug has a stellar rating of 4.8 with lots of people complimenting the pubs decor and atmosphere as well as extensive drinks menu. 

One reviewer said: “Lovely pub, great beer, friendly, jolly staff--micropubish downstairs, stylish salon upstairs. Top notch."


Poole Arms

19 The Quay, Poole BH15 1HJ

The Poole Arms claims to be the ‘oldest seafood bar on Poole Quay’. The historic, rustic pub has a terrace and serves homemade seafood specialties & international wine.

One review said: “Absolutely Superb! Lovely little quirky pub , great menu choice and the food was amazing ! Staff were so attentive & really welcoming and the pub has a really lovely friendly vibe, highly Recommend a visit here we will definitely be going back.”

4.6 - 740 reviews

Rope and Anchor

Sarum St, Poole BH15 1JW

A homey, wood-accented pub for English fare, cask ales & weekly live music, plus an outdoor courtyard.

One happy customer said: "We popped here with our puppy on Friday evening. It was perfect. Friendly welcome and stunning food. Oh and they sell real ale which was a big bonus for me.”

4.5 - 499 reviews

The Portsmouth Hoy

The Quay, Poole BH15 1HJ

The Portsmouth Hoy describes itself as an atmospheric waterfront pub with the feel of a historic galleon - the pub serves real ales and regional produce. 

With a rating of 4.5 and more than 400 reviews, it's an absolute storm with customers.

One said: “Fab pub with great atmosphere. The food was spot on and very well priced compared to others on the area. The girls serving us were extremely friendly. We loved it so much. We're going back for the last night of our weeks break here in Poole."

If we haven't featured your favourite in this list, then give them a shout-out in the comments below.