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The Ox

€€ - €€€European, , British
81 Commercial Road | Ashley Cross, Poole BH14 0JB, England
+44 1202 722622
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good29%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible9%
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European, Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
81 Commercial Road | Ashley Cross, Poole BH14 0JB, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Took a group from work very near to Christmas, place was heaving, but the service, food and atmosphere were excellent. Catered brilliantly for a specific food allergy. Definitely be back next year.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Rach S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went here before Christmas. The food was great all our friends ate from the Thai menu, we sat right next to the kitchen so saw the food being prepared and cooked which was nice. The only downside was we booked a table for six...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank murrayschicken
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for Christmas Lunch. Excited as very expensive. Set meal with choices decided prior and payment in full required at beginning of December. The Turkey meals were OK (not nearly as good as turkey meal before Christmas) but beef tough and mashed potato cold. Portions...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Carolyn A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently went to the bar at the Ox for the first time. Had a good evening, but totally spoilt by an overcharge after buying two beers. Didn't notice at the time that debit was a lot more than verbally advised. Called as soon as got...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank spuddlyvanilla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I popped in on Sunday 30th December for a drink, we asked for the cocktail menu only to be told by a miserable barman that he didn’t have one and wasn’t expecting to make cocktails on a Sunday!!! After a lot of...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Emma-Jayne M
Reviewed 30 November 2018 via mobile

Had dinner here with friends before we saw a show , the pub was lovely with a lovely atmosphere, we ordered drinks and sat down , the menu was really lovely and I felt spoilt for choice , I chose the Thai chicken green curry...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank clairer1965
Reviewed 11 November 2018 via mobile

I have to say this hotel needs to invest in better windows- I honestly felt like I was sleeping on the pavement with the amount of noise of passing traffic. You think when staying above a restaurant/pub you may be disturbed by the noise from...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank MissL1989
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

What a shame this place has gone downhill. We used to love going to The Ox . It has slowly but surely destroyed itself. And now it has tacky signage hanging outside. The staff used to be brilliant. The place used to be packed and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank kazzy943
Reviewed 2 November 2018

Booked a party of 21 for dinner for a 70th Birthday Party. At the time of booking the menus were changing so we waited in anticipation for what might be on offer, as we knew and had eaten at the Ox on previous occasions and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank Twinstanley2
Reviewed 31 October 2018

Although a frequent visitor to Ashley Cross, this was my first time in The Ox this past Saturday and we had a great time! The girls and guys behind the bar were so friendly and welcoming. Credit to the DJ as he even had my...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank EddyC1404
The Ox Hotel B, Manager at The Ox, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Thankyou for your review Eddy! We Hope to see you again soon! Molly.

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26 August 2017|
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Response from Julie S | Reviewed this property |
There's tea & coffee facilities in your room. Also tea & coffee are served with inclusive breakfast
2 April 2017|
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Response from Freddievh | Property representative |
Hi there, We have parking on first come first serve basis. Depending on the day we normally can accommodate our guests
Maureen B
19 September 2015|
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Response from 829derek | Reviewed this property |
Sunday luch Main course only is 14.95. Very nice too.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$26
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 81 Commercial Road | Ashley Cross, Poole BH14 0JB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Poole
  • Phone Number: +44 1202 722622
  • E-mail
Set in the heart of Parkstone, The Ox has a natural buzz - with a first class kitchen serving outstanding food, a great bar offering a selection of premium beers, fine kept ales, brilliant wines and a stunning boutique hotel with 14 en-suite double rooms.
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