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The Ox

€€ - €€€European, , British
81 Commercial Road | Ashley Cross, Poole BH14 0JB, England
+44 1202 722622
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible9%
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“ox” (155 reviews)
“steak” (40 reviews)
“surf and turf” (8 reviews)
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European, Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
81 Commercial Road | Ashley Cross, Poole BH14 0JB, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Oh dear, what a fall from grace. Booked here specifically for the surf n turf for my birthday (steak & lobster), which I told them when booking, which has always been delicious. Turn up to find it’s not on the menu... it was taken off...More

2  Thank Fi15
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself & my partner are regulars here, we have never had a bad meal or drink at the bar, we Had an amazing meal here, the soufflé was delicious & we will be back for many more. Bar staff are friendly & attentive. Restaurant staff...More

Thank NaomiMarie-x
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came in for a meal with a friend, the staff were polite and accommodating, the bar staff were incredibly knowledgable about what was being served and the choice of beer is incredible, the ales always changing which is nice. The food which was ordered...More

Thank British B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were attending a gig at Mr Kyps up the road so needed a quick meal. On a Friday night we were able to get a table and service was prompt. The deco was very attractive and upmarket. The menu was fairly expensive for a...More

Thank Rebecca B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unfortunately this was a very poor experience, from an initial on line booking via e mail which never got responded to to a very rude phone booking with the manager who when i questioned who I was speaking to respondents “well you called me” bar...More

4  Thank Kevin O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although this was my first time of stepping into The Ox Hotel, my partner and his work colleagues did enjoy a very nice pre Christmas meal in the restaurant here last year. I booked up a meal for four of us friends 6 days before...More

1  Thank suesawyer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here for one night. Room was clean. The decor is a muddle in the room and maybe a more simpler approach to the style would work better. My room had the kitchen extractor fan outside it’s window which was a bit smelly and noisy....More

Thank robair747
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went today and ordered a sandwich came with side salad and chips ,such shame that the bread was stale, I’d say 3 days old. For £7.50 you would expect fresh bread after all a whole fresh loaf is only about £1.50.

Thank Marie C
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We were here to celebrate a friend's birthday. I ordered moules mariniere to start. They were slightly over-cooked and therefore not succulent. Should have been served with 4 pieces of bread and not just 2 as not enough to soak up the sauce, which was...More

3  Thank mohawkredbull
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Bit hit and miss ,the fish served was very good but the spit roast lamb was def. not wonderful and very fatty and chewy....service was ok ,kept being told” we are fully booked” but still several tables empty so not sure why service a bit...More

1  Thank Tigpack
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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$27
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic
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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