Nestled off the A35 just to the west of Poole, the Baker’s Arms is a delightful gastro pub, recently refurbished and complete with multiple open fireplaces throughout the restaurant – perfect to snuggle up to on those chilly autumn days.
This Vintage Inns pub has a beautiful interior and once we had arrived and parked in the large car park, we were shown through to a table tucked into a cosy corner. After spending a moment glancing over the menu, we chose our drinks from the good selection of wines and beers (both draught and bottle). Anyone who knows me, knows I like to indulge in a glass of fizz when I can so I ordered a very reasonably priced (£3.95) glass of Prosecco whilst my husband chose a bottled beer (appropriately called ‘Heather’s Ale’).
There is a great choice of dishes on the main menu – including fish dishes, stone-baked pizzas, lamb, roasts, pies, steaks (various sizes and types of cut) and burgers – including their signature Wagyu Burger. There was also a great ‘Steak & Supper’ menu for Saturday evenings which is 3 courses for just £20 per person. There are lots offers throughout the week including ‘Fizz Fridays’ and a free pudding voucher (available on their website) so its always an idea to check their website before you visit.
My choice was made easy when I spotted my favourite – beef wellington! My husband also spotted a favourite – a fresh scallop and prawn starter – and he decided to opt for the 3 course menu and chose a 7oz steak for main.
My two boys enjoyed checking out the children’s menu (complete with lots of games and colouring in) with one choosing a pizza and the other extremely delighted to find a 4oz steak on the menu!
All our food arrived promptly and each of the steaks was cooked just as requested. My beef wellington was perfectly pink in the middle with just the right amount of pate and pastry around.
With just enough room for pudding and after a glance at the large dessert menu, the kids chose ice creams and brownies, while I selected a ‘mini-pudding & coffee’ and was treated to a bakewell slice and decaf coffee.
All the staff we met were friendly and helpful – clearly explaining if we had questions and helping if we wanted a slight alteration to a dish. I would recommend booking for a table at the weekend and there are plenty of special events coming up including a New Year special – £35 per head for 3 courses, a disco and a quiz.
We had a lovely time at the Baker’s Arms. Looking around the restaurant throughout our meal, the atmosphere was jovial and faces happy – the perfect place for a hearty meal with family and friends and great for the surrounding villages of Poole as well as those in Poole or Bournemouth (it only took us 20 minutes to drive there from central Bournemouth).
T: 01202 622900
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Nb. Picture credit to Baker’s Arms for the first, last and cover picture.