A PUB for every occasion with a 'premium element' - Avocet in Poole is our pub of the week.

Next to Parkstone railway station and opposite Ashley Cross Green, is home to a picturesque Victorian pub.

Formerly known as The Cow, The Avocet is part of Greene King's Metropolitan Pub Company, which focuses on pubs with 'charm and character'.

The Avocet has curated a new spring menu that includes pub classics and fresh dishes perfect for the warmer months.

When asked about the new menu, head chef Edward Cracknell said: "It's a seasonal menu, so we have changed it to coincide with the warmer weather.

"We have moved away from hearty winter dishes to lighter dishes that can be adapted to customers' preferences."

The pub offers a large selection of homemade pies, serving a 'pie of the day' every day of the week. These include confit duck, braised beef rib, braised rabbit, spiced pork, roast chicken and Oxbridge sausage, chestnut mushroom, and smoked haddock.

Bournemouth Echo: Homemade pies

Jack Durham is the general manager at the Avocet.

He said: "We are a pub with the best of both worlds.

"I love the elevated service level; we go the extra mile, which means we really get to know our customers and our clientele is just lovely."

"People come for a traditional pub feel alongside our delicious fresh food."

The Avocet offers a range of entertainment and is well known in the area as a great place for screening sporting events, including football, tennis and rugby and this year, the 2024 Olympics and the UEFA Euros.

Live music plays at the pub throughout the year.

Jack said: "We offer such a great variety; if you're a lover of music, then it is a really great place to see top-quality acts from Dorset."


Bournemouth Echo: Sun terrace

A weekly pub quiz takes place every Tuesday, hosted by quiz master Crazy Karl.

The venue can be booked for special occasions such as weddings and parties and boasts a large function room which is currently undergoing a refurbishment. 

The Avocet is hosting a special event on Easter Sunday to raise money for Macmillan.

There will be live music, a giant three feet-tall chocolate Easter egg, which will be raffled off, and handmade Easter hampers.