The train from Wareham into Poole, across Lytchett and Hole Bays is a delight, as I was to reflect a day later on the bus ride from hell on the Isle of Wight. Less blog material, though.

In contrast, the walk from Poole Station to the marvellous Quay is what kidz would call “a bit daggy“, though at least it’s pedestrianised.


North American readers may be confused to learn that Poole has lost its McDonalds, but gained a Taco Bell, one of a mere handful in the UK.

Tourist attraction

Suddenly remembering at 5pm I hadn’t eaten since Eastleigh, I decided to test how Taco Bell had changed since my last visit, in Anaheim in 1988.


Don’t bother.

I should have made for Bennetts pies. Looks a bit dead though.

Hopefully early closing

The Swan remains very dead, awaiting conversion into something useful like a Brew Dog or Dunkin Donuts.

Green tiling the best
Wasted on a Tesco Express

There’s a faded charm to the High Street, and the LP covers in the vinyl shop are a joy.

Can you name them all ?

Not my filter either

It’s easy to forget the musical heritage of the area, just as I have already.

Supergroup only played once, at Poole WMC in ’81

It’s very quiet around the Quay. Give it a few days and they’ll be hordes of families queuing for chips and admiring the view, just as Baden-Powell (I guess ?) is doing here.

Rather pleased with this shot

Last August I stood on this spot and admired the fish restaurant aka Poole Arms, never dreaming it would be in the Guide a month later. For context, it’s keeping the Brewhouse & Kitchen and that new “craft bar” out of the GBG.

Certainly gorgeous
Wot no chitterlings

Two Old Boys at the bar, two couples on the sea food, one of them discussing their mother’s cooking in a way that ought to have attracted a clipped ear from his Dad.

The food trade didn’t dominate, and I really should have had the squid here rather than the Tacky Bell.

Note lacings forming shape of dinosaur

Decent cool beer from DBC (NBSS 3), and a civilised place for a pint. Almost Winchester in atmosphere (not the one in Shaun of the Dead).

Gem of a Gents

Simon missed out on the outside Gents; his loss.

Oddly, no curtains were twitching as I headed back to the station. A real rarity.


25 thoughts on “ALL CHANGE IN POOLE

  1. Apart from the deliberate use of ” kidz ” and the probably less deliberate use of ” they’ll ” I hereby challenge Russ to find the other glaring spelling error.
    He’s good but is he THAT good ?


      1. I think he might be doing it again with โ€˜The Isle of Wight Bluffโ€™…?

        Perhaps heโ€™s got his islands confused and means the Isle of Purbeck, but then again perhaps he really has found the lost island…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. If it’s Holes Bay, I don’t usually take the time to look up geographical spellings. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Also, I’m absolving myself of noticing such things for the next few days as I’m preoccupied with the birth of our first every grandchild yesterday. ๐Ÿ™‚

      (a son, of course, to carry on the Smith name)


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      1. Yes,indeed,congratulations old boy – as it’s a special day I’ll forgive you the every.
        By the way the mistake wasn’t young Martin’s but that of the sign writer – Moules Marinieres ?


      2. “Yes,indeed,congratulations old boy โ€“ as itโ€™s a special day Iโ€™ll forgive you the every.”

        Thanks (all).

        “By the way the mistake wasnโ€™t young Martinโ€™s but that of the sign writer โ€“ Moules Marinieres ?”

        Crikey. Even on my best days I doubt I would have caught that (blush). ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. North American readers may no longer be confused in central Wales as the Poole there has been renamed Welshpool.
    Has P P-T not spotted the Roxy Music ?

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  3. “Poole has lost its McDonalds, but gained a Taco Bell, ”

    I would call that a wash… or going a bit down scale. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    “Donโ€™t bother.”

    Yep. Never go near them in Canada either.

    “Hopefully early closing”

    Early closing? Maybe that means it’s turning into a micro?

    “into something useful like a Brew Dog or Dunkin Donuts.”

    Surely a Wimpy’s or a Pret a Manger would be better?

    “Can you name them all ?”

    No. But I recognise the King Crimson cover top right, and I’ve always loved that Roxy Music cover beside it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    (it’s even better the way the Crimson cover seems to be looking at the Roxy one) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    “Rather pleased with this shot”

    Agreed. Though Baden’s looking a bit spindly in the leg department.

    “Certainly gorgeous”

    It’s the green tiling. ๐Ÿ™‚

    “Note lacings forming shape of dinosaur”

    Definitely looks like the head of a T-Rex.

    “(not the one in Shaun of the Dead)”

    (slow golf clap)

    “Simon missed out on the outside Gents; his loss.”

    I thought he visited the Gents at every pub he visits? ๐Ÿ˜‰


    And what with it being a long weekend here, plus the fact I couldn’t go out of town today due to yet more bloody snow, I feel confident that I can catch up on missed posts.

    Mind you, that depends on how many photos we get of our first ever grandchild*, born yesterday!

    * – a boy, of course, to carry on the Smith name. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Good to see Hot Rats and In the Court of the Crimson King there. I was going to say Beggar’s Banquet for the Stones, but could it be Let it Bleed, instead?

    Some fine tile-work on the rather forlorn looking Swan, but the tiles are rather OTT on the Poole Arms.

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  5. When we were kids we used to call it “Taco Hell.”

    Wow, if that Swan Inn doesn’t reopen as a pub (or at least a restaurant) it’ll be a real shame. That exterior is exceptional.

    Oh but I did laugh out loud at the “Wot no chitterlings”!

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