A pub in Ferndown has been named the best pub in Dorset for 2024 and will compete for regional and national titles later in the year.

The Pure Drop was named the county winner for Dorset as part of the 2024 National Pub & Bar Awards.

The grand final of the awards will be held in London on June 26 with regional winners decided as well as the overall winner.

Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which runs the event, said: “The fact that we had record entries for the 2024 National Pub & Bar Awards tells us two things.

“One is how highly the industry regards these accolades, which is fantastic. But, also, it shows that more operators are in need of really positive and strong publicity to help drive business at the moment."

The full list of county winners can be found on the National Pub & Bar Awards website here.

The Pure Drop well-received by customers

The Pure Drop has been mostly well-received by customers with it earning a 4/5 score from 880 ratings on Google Reviews and a 3.5/5 score from 492 reviews on Tripadvisor.

One reviewer wrote: "Pure Drop was recommended to us by our friends, so we decided that we must visit the place while in Bournemouth. If you're in search of an unforgettable pub experience, look no further than Pure Drop.

"From the moment you step through the door, you're greeted with an atmosphere that exudes warmth and charm. The cosy ambience coupled with the friendly chatter of patrons sets the perfect backdrop for an enjoyable evening."

Another shared: "Came in for lunch. They were extremely busy but we were shown to a table with a smile. We ordered our lunch and were told of the wait. After a shorter than anticipated wait we received our lunches. Fish and chips and a steak and ale pie.

"They were cooked perfectly and tasted lovely. The service was excellent, despite them rushing around They didn't stop smiling. We look forward to returning."

On its website, The Pure Drop describes itself as a "traditional local pub that you can pop into for a pint or spend an entire Sunday afternoon with the family".

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It adds: "There’s a large, secure beer garden where the adults can relax and the kids are free to roam around.

"A great location just six miles from Bournemouth makes us popular with locals and tourists alike."

They offer traditional pub grub such as burgers, pies, and fish and chips, and have a wide selection of drinks from cask ales to ciders and spirits.