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“Still serving the best of ales”
Review of Dolphin Hotel

Dolphin Hotel
Ranked #3 of 189 Nightlife in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a world that is "on its way to hell in an handcart", here is something very reassuring when sitting in the Dolphin drinking my favourite ale, Bass. Each pint is lovingly drawn from stacked barrels by gravity, unadulterated or worse sent through a sparkler, " to give it its head, me dear" It is some five or so years since I was last here, but little has changed, accept Billy Holmes is no longer behind the bar, substituted by his granddaughter and friends, continuing a long tradition starting with his parents a generation back. Little concession is made for comfort save for a tiny coal-burning fire, and seating is on wooden benches, placed higgledy-piggledy around the open room. I noticed that Bass is being served alongside Doom Bar, Betty Stoggs and Jail Ale, but only the Dartmoor beer, brewed next to HM Prison in Princetown gives the best beer in the world a run for its money. I met up with Phil, a former Bass Charrington worker for over 40 years, man and boy, who has travelled the seven seas, always returning to pay homage at the Dolphin Hotel bar. It is worth a visit just to enjoy the idiosyncratic crowd that populates this place.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been vising the Dolphin for many years. Great ales, lovely mixed clientele never seen trouble and no need for door security . Took my wife to this pub on our first date and she is still with me!!

1  Thank Peter T
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Reviewed December 23, 2017

Came down at about five on the Friday before Christmas. Absolutely packed. Impossible to move around inside, predominantly men, many suits. Don’t begrudge the pub the business but it was unusable. We love this place and will be back many times over the holiday.

1  Thank Jannerbloke
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Reviewed December 20, 2017 via mobile

This is the place to go if you want real ales poured straight from the cask and then a seat in front of the coal fire. I think it may also be the oldest pub on the Barbican

1  Thank altoworks
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Reviewed November 9, 2017

Popped in for a couple after meeting up for lunch with a friend.

Great selection of Beers, Ales and Wines and before we realized, it was 6 hours later, attentive staff matched with a cracking atmosphere...

Keep up the good work guys and we will be seeing you again very soon!

1  Thank Skully29
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