AFTER an extensive refurbishment and a change of name this year, a landmark Bournemouth pub is building up a new following.

The Pavilion Arms – at the town’s Cemetery Junction – was for many years known as the Dean Park Inn.

Butcombe Brewing Co took over the venue and unveiled its new appearance and identity earlier this year.

The design of the refurbished venue takes its inspiration from a glamorous bygone era.

There are wood-panelled walls, stained glass windows and Arts and Crafts-inspired wallpapers, along with leather banquette seating, upholstered lounge chairs and pendant lighting.

There is a covered terrace and a beer garden.

General manager Rebecca Ellinger says the offering at the refurbished pub has been “going down well” with locals and visitors alike.

A quality pint has always been an important part of the pub’s appeal. It offers a range of Butcombe’s award-winning ales plus guest beers, as well as lager, cider and cocktails.

But the food offering at the Pavilion Arms is also gaining quite a following.

Alongside the fixed menus, there are daily specials, featuring seasonal, local produce such as Catch of the Day fish and chips.

Recently, for example, the specials have included freshly caught clams, seafood linguine and an ox cheek and venison pie.

You will find menus for breakfast, lunch and supper, a children’s menu and a separate menu for Sundays.

From Monday to Thursday, there is a fixed price menu at £14.99 for two courses.

“The vibe we’re going for is just a relaxing local place where you can either turn up and have a glass of wine or you can have dinner,” says Rebecca.

She is keen to build up support among the local community, reaching out to the residents of Meyrick Park and the “Saints roads” (the cluster of local roads whose names start with “St”).

In the new year, the pub plans to offer salsa nights with a three piece band.

And since it offers an array of cosy spots to eat and drink, visitors should feel comfortable whether or not they want to take part in the live events.

The pub, which is around 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre, also has 10 recently redecorated boutique bedrooms, each of which was designed to have its own atmosphere. They have proved popular with visitors to the town.

The pub is child-friendly and the aim is to ensure that everyone who walks through the door will be welcome, says Rebecca.

“It’s somewhere for everyone from all walks of life who wants good quality food and drink,” she says.

The Pavilion Arms is at 41 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth.

It can be found online at and has its own Facebook page, @pavilionarms.