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 Selected Comments in Weymouth

Friday, April 27, 2018Rating: rosettes

KARL the landlord
Yes we do
and i have a signed copy for you to collect Cynthia next time yor t in.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018Rating: No rosettes

Rod Britton
 As from January 2008 the pub has new owners
From 2008 Rod and his wife Kalaya took over the Old Castle Hotel and introduced the Thai resataurant and modernised the accommodation.The pub is famliy friendly and dogs are allowed in the top bar and garden
Sunday, January 20, 2013Rating: No rosettes

Over priced !
Wednesday, August 1, 2012Rating: rosettes

Len Davey ( Exeter)
 Blackpool of the South
To be honest the spy glass is like alot of the pubs in Weymouth the food is average at best. Weymouth is a lovely sea side town with lots to do but if you want somewhere classy or just good food you'd be better off heading for Poole or Dorchester.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012Rating: rosettes

Michael chapman
The new management at the spyglass inn have made major changes the pub menu is smaller so quicker cooking times so less waiting for customers homemade soups and desserts more carvery selection and a great team in the kitchen
Tuesday, July 24, 2012Rating: rosettes

Shane Gloyne
love the live bands man.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012Rating: rosettes

Jane and Malcolm
We visited the Spyglass yesterday as it was recommended to us by a local for a good carvery dinner. We did not expect to have to queue for 30 minutes, only to find they had run out of turkey. I was told I could return for more as a fresh turkey was on its way but I felt I would be lynched by the people behind me in the queue if I did. So I settled for beef instead. The vegetables were mediocre and not worth waiting for and the helpings of meat a little on the lean side.
The reason for the queue was the fact that only one chef had been assigned to carve. His task was to dart from either the beef joint, the turkey or the gammon joint, carve the necessary portion, then apportion the accompaniments to the meat such as stuffing, Yorkshire etc. During the whole 30 minutes I only saw two members of staff emerge from the kitchen to check on things in front of house. The poor chef left in charge had all this to do as well as collect fresh hot plates from the kitchen. When I made a complaint about the queue I was told that they had been taken unawares by a sudden rush of people. How naiive can you get - a wet Sunday in the holiday season and only one chef allocated to serve carvery! Whatever they were paying him, it wasn't enough! How will they ever manage when the Olympics comes to town!
Monday, April 30, 2012Rating: rosettes

cynthia nichol
great pub went there years ago hda a great time.Do you still have the Rolling Stones poster of their gig in Northampton 1965 would love a copy as i went to that gig.Could you get in touch please.HOPE TO BE BACK NEXT YEAR your all brill..
Thursday, February 23, 2012Rating: No rosettes

Charlotte Davies
I loved this place, the food was lovely and I couldnt believe how cheap it was. I mean £4.50 for a caravy is a very good price. The views were lovely. I had no problem what so ever with the staff they were all very polite and helpful to me.
Sunday, January 22, 2012Rating: rosettes

 Awful and Rude
I went to The Spyglass Inn today for a cheap family meal. I used to live in Weymouth and used to come here alot when I was a child and it was the Hungrymans.
Well where to start......We ordered our food at the counter and repeated it to the young girl serving a 2nd time as she didn't catch it all at first. When the food came out there wwas only 3 meals for 4 people, obviously a mistake had been made. We told the young girl who bought the food out and she said well that's what you have ordered.. No apology, nothing. I pointed out that I certainly didn't forget to order my own meal and I was told if we give her the money she will order it now. So very unhappily we gave her the cash and I waited whilst everyone else ate their meal. Then the food comes out after 25 mins and it is wrong! So we tell the staff. We got told once again that this is what was ordered. One of the young girls working there stood and argued with us for 5 mins about whether we ordered the meal at all the first time around. Then the girl that took our order came over to argue too. We pointed out that there had still been no apology and now they were ruining our dinner! After they still stood there arguing for another 5 mins I asked for the manager, expecting somebody to actually apologise and perhaps even offer some form of compensation, instead I got a very angry man come over to me lean on my chair put his face in mine and say PROBLEM?! very loudly so now most of the people in the place were looking and staring. So once again we went through what had happend. We got the reply of Well you didnt order 4 meals as it says you only ordered 3 on the print out from the till! By this point I felt like screaming! I explained that I did order my dinner and that obviously a mistake had happend, but instead of anyone apologising to us we have had his members of staff being very rude. So he said fine SORRY! In a very loud rude and sarcastic tone of voice, by this point his face was about 2 inchs from mine and I had enough of this bullying tactic, so I said Excuse me, but who do you think you are talking to us like that. and got told in a very curt response I'm not going to stand here and listen to your abuse and he stormed off with his rude staff in towe! Ridiculous, after having people argue with me for 20mins and a rude man in my face, it was me a 26yr old female that was told she was being abusive! So we just left, very angry, upset and a little shaken up by this mans demenour towards me. I think through the argument I managed to take a bite out of my burger and eat a few chips before we left, and lets just say the food is as offensive as the staff.
Basically a beautiful pub has been turned into a place of nightmares.
Stay away at all costs. It's not worth ruining your day for!
Sunday, November 6, 2011Rating: No rosettes

suzanne whittaker
great pub ,friendly,fun, and good music. and never any trouble. credit to landlady and landlord. sue and dennis. a must for anyone who's staying in weymouth, you wont be dissapointed. suzanne .
Monday, October 17, 2011Rating: rosettes

Janice Waller
My partner and I have been to the Spyglass three times this summer and have been extremely impressed at the friendliness of staff, quality and price of food and general pleasant atmosphere. Excellent value for the price paid and thoroughly enjoyable. We shall certainly be going again
Tuesday, October 4, 2011Rating: rosettes

samantha avery
 birthday treat for my daughter's 16th
We had previously been to the spyglass and had a fab meal so decided to go their yesterday evening for my daughter's 16th birthday. There was a group of 6 of us my parents both in their 60's me and my husband and our two daughter's aged 4 years and 16. We asked if we could put a bunch of balloons on the table and their was a 16th birthday table plaque where my daughter was sitting. We had a really nice friendly waitress who wished my daughter happy birthday, and although the carvery was not as nice as the time me came before it was good value for money. My parents bought a bottle of wine to put in the middle of the table and gave my 16 year old daughter a drop in the bottom of the glass with her dinner......a really snotty ( and not much older than my daughter) girl who appeared to be in charge asked my daughter for ID dispite having the birthday plaque by her.... and by law being allowed to have an alcholic drink with a meal if with family and bought by an adult. It was embarrasing for both my daughter and the whole table, with a packed restaurant of people looking we feel that this was handled in the wrong way. We are very dissoppinted and will not be going back again
Saturday, September 24, 2011Rating: rosettes

 food great
Have to say this has got to be the friendliest pub i have been in for a long long time, staff very attentive, food supberb, travel over from poole to have a meal here and its always worth it.
Monday, August 22, 2011Rating: rosettes

welo vespy glass
i am a worker and there are no earthworms in the soup!!!
Thursday, July 7, 2011Rating: rosettes

 Wont be back
We used to like this Pub in the past, but last time we were there late Aug'10 we found the locals to be very unfriendly. Very obvious that once the peak of the holiday season is over and they can no longer make much money from the tourists, they want the place to themselves. Food was still great though
Monday, June 27, 2011Rating: rosettes

 get what you pay for, fine with me
very shocked to see so many negative comments, i have been about 6 times, i try to avoid busy times as i do not like waiting, no problems, yes it is cheap food but found it fine if you want top of the range food go to a posh pub, i got just what i expected and it was fine, as for the staff, they were fine too, just remember that we were all that age once and remember how fed up you were working on a sunday afternoon when you would rather be out with your mates, just smile tommorow is another day, i will be back again, many thanks hungry gary
Friday, June 10, 2011Rating: rosettes

i dont know why everyone is whining!! i went here about 2 weeks ago with my boyfriend and his family, the food was delicious and cheap. it didnt take long at all! and if your moaning about waiting for seats maybe you should have booked them before hand.
Monday, April 11, 2011Rating: rosettes

My husband and myself visited this carvery as something different. The food was cold!! Cannot understand how a waiter is sent to express how sorry he is that we are dissatisfied with the service and not a Manager/Kitchen Manager. Would not recommend it to anyone - will stick to fish and chips in future. Is more like a fast food outlet!!
Friday, August 27, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 Spyglass Weymouth
I had spent £130 there today and I felt robbed, I asked to speak to the manageres who was friendly enough and listened to my complaint however she didnt apologise or make any offer to re-imburse me or even better offer us a deal to try again. i am a local with a large family, I am a taxi driver who frequently gets asked to reccomend places to eat, I will do my best to keep people away from this pub as it as not changed since the previous regime. If only this pub could get the right management in it would clear up, its in the right location and is perfect for familys with the play equipment and secured playing area, My reccomedation STAY AWAY!!
Saturday, August 7, 2010Rating: No rosettes

jason watkins
 posibly the worst pub
me and my family visted the spyglass when asked to be seeted they could not sit all of my party togeather and had to wait a long time to be seated.it took us 25 mins to order food and then a another hour to get our carvery. the food was very poor no taste and the maet i wouldn't give to my DOG. when asked how long a main meal would take to cook i was told over an hour and for some reason they wanted starters mains and puddings orded at the same time they dont start cooking your main course untill you've finished your starter all the staff were run of there feet this is down to a lot of them not knowing what they were doing most of the management were seen out the back smoking right by the kids playing area. and when ive been going to weymouth for the last 15 years this was the worste pub ive ever been to
Saturday, July 31, 2010Rating: No rosettes

k robinson
we visited spy glass last week on holiday more than once and were very pleased with all our food and the service was very good and staff helpfull would recommend to anyone
Sunday, July 18, 2010Rating: rosettes

Adrian Pritchard
I happen to come to this Pub everytime I'm down working near Weymouth.

I don`t why the majority of you are moaning on here as I have never had a nasty meal yet.

If you want Michelin Stars, it`s going to cost you alot more than £4.50 and those of you who are too ill-bred and bad mannered to pay for your food and drinks like everybody else and manufacture these scams should reported to the Police for fraud.

Carrying around Earthworms in your pockets so that you can skip out on your bill??? We`re you raised by Wolves...come on...tut tut tut!!

To all the Staff at the Spyglass, keep up the good work.
Saturday, June 19, 2010Rating: rosettes

Roy Hills
Went to this tired dump for dinner on 10/06/2010. Should have been warned by the stale food smell and the ant (or cockroach) powder round the skirting boards. They advertised beef, gammon, minted lamb and pork. In fact it was only very fatty rolled joint of pork or dry beef. There was a chicken pie, but we were told this was not part of the carvery. The veg. was virtually uneatable being obviously warmed through several times, shrivelled and hard. Two of our party of four had upset stomachs the following morning! A typical tired tourist rip-off spot to be avoided!
Saturday, June 12, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Mrs Cheetham
 Awful carvery and service
Visited the Spyglass with my mother, sister and 2 young children over the spring half term holidays. We had been looking forward to a traditional pub carvery but were sadly disappointed with both the food and the service. The person serving us at the bar was unecessarily rude to both ourselves and the elderly gentleman next to us. The carvery was a choice of either beef or pork. Both were at the end and the chef was struggling to hack through the lump of fat and grislte left, which he intended to serve us. I politely pointed out that he was just cutting fat off. After continuing to try to carve for a few more minutes, without a word, he slammed the knife down and marched off. He came back a few minutes later with 2 new joints of meat. The beef was then agrressively hacked in half and carved. Even my litttle boy said to me, mum, I thinks he's a bit angry!! This is not what I expect on a family meal out and we will not be visiting again or recommending to anyone.
Monday, June 7, 2010Rating: No rosettes

 Just to clarify
Im just writing to clarify Mr Crawleys statement on his free worm story.
I was actually the manager who dealt with the complaint i believe the truth has been bent and important parts were missed out.
When this customer came to inform me of this i was very sincere and shocked about what he had found, he was also sincere and said he wanted a refund and was shocked that i took the aligation so seriously and said you dont look happy about this of course not who would be. I found his attitude towards this strange as he was compleatly laid back with the situation. When i went to have a look at what was found, it had been moved from her soup bowl (which by the way had been compleatly finished off) to his plate, it was in one piece (which i strange as our soup is blitzed) and there was to no soup on it or near it. I stupidly agreed to give him a refund back, when he saw i was only refunding his food his attitude became very threating torwards me so feeling uncomfortable gave it to him whilst he made comments over my wages. At no point did i argue with him. What i should have done was send off the subject to be analysed then depended on the outcome would have given a refund if it were true how threating would he have beome then. We took on our own investigation and can not find any way this would have happened.
Thursday, May 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

My Family and I visited the spyglass on Sunday for Sunday lunch. We all had carvery. The meat, potatoes and Parsnips were very nice but the vegetables were disgusting: the carrots were undercooked and hard, the red cabbage was bland and cauliflower wasn't great either. The drinks were ok other than the ' Blackcurrant squash which tasted of cherry, we subsequently had to buy more drinks.The puddings were lovely. My brother is in a wheelchair and there was not enough room in the loo to get him and my mum in to toilet him.
All in all, it was ok. Been to better places.
Sunday, May 9, 2010Rating: rosettes

john crawley
 free worms
Went to weymouth for a day out for my Birthday, my other half said i know a nice place for lunch !!!!!! so we went to the spyglass for food and drinks ... what can i say about this...

Well as my other half was having her soup there was a earth worm in the soup , yes you read that correctly an earth worm
The manager should spend more time sorting out the chef than arguing with me about a refund as i wanted a full refund and she only want to refund for the food not the drinks we had. ..... I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO THIS PUB unless i'm in the mood for worms for lunch
Tuesday, April 13, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Nicola Ellis
 Never setting foot in there again!
My partner and I visited the Spyglass on Fri lunchtime. (2nd April) and were disgusted with the carvery. The pork on offer looked like it was just roasted lard and the beef was tougher that a 1920's football boot. The carvery had just opened as we got there, but still the veg was cold. I think there must of been a beef ration on Fri as I have seen more meat in a vegetarians sandwich than we had on our plates! To top it all, they charged us £6.99 each instead of the usual £4.50 as it was Good Friday, nothing good about it in the Spyglass! We left the place without the feeling of a full belly but a feeling of being totally ripped off! WE HAD A LOVELY MEAL AT LODMOOR AND WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO ALL.
Sunday, April 4, 2010Rating: No rosettes

I recently took my family to the spyglass for a meal and found the service unfaultable. we were greeted at the door by a young lady which was nice and had a friendly chat with a man behind the bar whilst our drinks order was being attended to. The pub was lovely and clean and the service was quick. The food was great and i found it to be a good place to eat, drink and chill out. Looking foward to our return visit
Sunday, March 7, 2010Rating: rosettes

Gemma Jones
 lovely place and staff
had a great time at the pub wiv mates, the pub itself is nice and the veiws from the garden are amazing especially nice sitting outside in nice weather. Staff are friendly especially the assistant manager who is lovely, food was good for the price. would recommend to friends
Sunday, March 7, 2010Rating: rosettes

barbara greenslade
 Lovely meal
ate here on saturday night and enjoyed a lovely meal. the staff were friendly particularly the tiny blonde women who seemed to be in charge, she was very helpful and helped make our celebration a memorable one. the inn is nicely decorated and has amazing sea views,
Tuesday, March 2, 2010Rating: rosettes

 Disgusting waste of my time
I visited this pub over the weekend for the first time and it will be the last time. I opted for the Serlion steak, at £11 something and it was nothing more than a microwave meal. The chips were cold and i only had 15 of them, the steak itself was nothing more than a long beef burger. When the meal was brought to us, we were told to get our own cutlery and we asked for mustard twice we still didnt get it. we could have done with the mustard to take away the rubbey taste of the steak. I have had better quality, quantity and value for money from tea vans in laybys.
I would never advise anybody to go to the spyglass for a meal.
Sunday, February 21, 2010Rating: No rosettes

Mrs Eccles
WE were in the Spyglass on Sunday evening there was 20 of us ages from 11 to 82 grandad we had a lovely time the staff looked after us they kept checking if we were all alright and they were also looking after the rest of the Resturant so no one was neglected what a lovely time we all had Thank you.
Monday, December 21, 2009Rating: rosettes

Monday, December 21, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Mr EHO Man
 Under New Management !!!!!!!
What a great team, fast service, great food and really good value, always seems that big tables where there's more than one person trying to be in control that have problems ???? wonder why !
Monday, December 21, 2009Rating: rosettes

Roy Shave
 Spyglass Weymouth
We visited your Spyglass restaurant in Weymouth last night 21/10/09 at 7.30pm as a family of 8 with the intention of having a carvery. After ordering drinks we were disappointed to find the remains of the carvery very limited. We saw a piece of beef fit for the bin as it was the end piece and a dried out gammon. The selection of vegetables were limited too. In your advertisment you say 'Excellent Daily Carvery available with choice of up to 3 roasts, a large selection of fresh vegetables & traditional accompaniments' which was not what we saw. We opted to have something off the main menu.
When we orderded it took nearly an hour for the food to arrive. In our order we had 3 Angus burgers which in my opinion were over done to the point of being dried out, very chewy and tasteless. I have had better from McDonalds
If it was busy I could understand why we had to wait so long but it was quite quiet. There didn't seem to be any sense of urgency from the waitresses. When we had finished we had sweets which again took ages to come out. When we had finished the waitress asked us if we wanted anthing else and I said 'no just the bill'. She then went about clearing away the empty plates. 15 minutes later we had to re-request the bill which seemed to be a surprise to the waitress.
The total bill came to £94.00 which in my opinion wasn't worth it. We all thought we could have got a better meal from a local take away. This experience has left a bad taste in my mouth in more ways than one and I don't think we will be coming back. Maybe this is one of the reasons for the restaurant being quiet. Please pass my comments onto your head office as I think they would be very interested.
I would also like a response from yourselves as to why I feel let down by your customer satisfaction. Judging by some of the comments left how do you stay open for business. I think you should call in Gorden Ramsey to shake things up!!
I look forward to hearing from you.
Roy Shave
Wednesday, December 9, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Richard Lightfoot
 closed up
closed up.
Monday, October 12, 2009Rating: No rosettes

R Ratcliffe
 Food OK, but only if time not an issue!
Arrived for carvery about 6 pm, not very busy but service took forever and nobody seemed to be in charge. Its a shame, when they eventually arrived the drinks and food were OK. Whoever is running this place need a good kick up the backside.....................I didn't bother leaving a tip and won't be back, life is too short!
Sunday, September 13, 2009Rating: No rosettes

mick perrin
we went there on friday night and the food was terrible my daughter had the sausage and mash and the mash wasn,t even real potato it was smash.can,t fault the service though
Sunday, September 13, 2009Rating: No rosettes

phil Scott
I went with my kids last wednesday as it looked like a good place to eat. We were told that there was no sirloin and shown to our seats, they had no straws for the kids drinks, only one piece of chicken left, the staff didn't know the specials and we waited for about an hour for the food. When it did come it was very dissapointing. On leaving I asked for a discount because of the poor service and I was told that they couldn't do that. Even the toilets had run out of soap. Its the worst place I've ever eaten in and I have been in some dives in my time
Saturday, August 29, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Contacted Spyglass today to arrange booking a table for 11 people. Spoke to a lady on the phone who was not prepared to answer any of my questions and told me rather abruptly that i had called during their busy part of the day and that she didnt have time to answer my questions and hung up on me. How rude!!!!..I am a local perosn and i will most certainly will not be either going there again or recommending this place to anyone in the future.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Contacted Spyglass today to arrange booking a table for 11 people. Spoke to a lady on the phone who was not prepared to answer any of my questions and told me rather abruptly that i had called during their busy part of the day and that she didnt have time to answer my questions and hung up on me. How rude!!!!..I am a local perosn and i will most certainly will not be either going there again or recommending this place to anyone in the future.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009Rating: No rosettes

 Diabolical !!!
We visited the Spyglass for the first time today as we are locals and to put it this way we wont be going back, Apparently it is under new management but i couldnt see that with the lack of manners of the new manager. we waited over a hour for a burger and salad only to be told that the printer has broken down from the bar to the kitchen and that our order was lost!! i asked for a refund with no apology. This is the worst experiance of going for a pub meal ever....my advice is go into town as there are better quality pubs with nicer management!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009Rating: No rosettes

Taylor Bennett
 Great Pub
I think the staff are very good! Its never been a long wait. I think the manager who i have met on many occasions is very friendly .And i also think he treats his customers extremely well. I believe his name is Craig Bennett and i think he has been doing a great job I will definatly be going back to the spy glass Inn.
Monday, February 2, 2009Rating: rosettes

D England
 Very Nice
I have been on a long weekend in Weymouth and I have been to the Spy Glass for a few years now.

However, the last time I visited must have been well over 2 years now.

I went to the pub on Friday night and was greeted at the door, and was then shown the carvery... very nice.

Sat down by the window and I was amazed how the place had changed, more space, looked nice and clean and the staff very helpful.

The food was wonderful, really nice carvery I enjoyed it so much.... I went back Saturday night also.

Well done for turning the place round.

Monday, October 27, 2008Rating: rosettes

Elizabeth Booth
 Long Wait.
We visited Weymouth for the weekend and thought we had found a lovely place in The Spyglass Inn for a meal. We entered the establishment and was told a couple of things were off the menu and would be told at the time of ordering what they were.
We were a party of four adults and a child.
. We ordered our meals and were told that they had not got what we had ordered, it was too late to leave and go elsewhere, so we chose a substitute which was very poor. We were told the reason for the problems was a refrigeration break down (which we thought to be true until reading the reviews of this Inn).
We then waited an hour for our meals to arrive.
There were a lot of unhappy customers that evening. We felt sorry for the staff who were getting the moans and groans, when it was not their fault. One member of stall had been on duty since 11.30am and had not had a break, and the time was 8.30pm.
What a waste of lovely Inn, in a beautiful setting.
Monday, September 22, 2008Rating: No rosettes

 Poor Customer service
On the evening of Monday 18th August 2008 we had a booking at the Spyglass. On our arrival we were greeted by the manager telling us that there was no power in the kitchen, and so no food. No real apology, no offer of compensation for a wrecked evening (a token gesture would have been nice). It was basically can't serve food - go away! Not a good advert for the premises.In Weymouth there are plenty of quality establishments that want my business. I and my party will not be going there again - they have lost about £200 worth of business on the night from our small group and also future business. I will be certainly be telling anyone who asks what my experience was and I know the rest of my friends will spreading their thoughts!!!!!

On another note - their drinks are really expensive - Back to Weatherspoons (we now have 2 - Yipee!) Even the small independant pubs charge less than this national company.
Saturday, August 30, 2008Rating: No rosettes

j wilcox
 dislikes children.carvery but no meat
we have been visiting weymouth every year for the last 15 years .we always looked forward to visiting the spyglass until now the service for the carvery was very slow and they had run out of two of the three meat that was on that night .after our meal we were told that our well behaved children would have to leave the premies has this was their new policy, we were the only people sat outside on a saturday evening is this because of this new policy.this pub is usually very busy this time of year and was quite a shock to see it so dead. we wont be visiting again
Monday, August 4, 2008Rating: rosettes

j wilcox
we have been visiting weymouth every year for the last 15 years .we always looked forward to visiting the spyglass until now the service for the carvery was very slow and they had run out of two of the three meat that was on that night .after our meal we were told that our well behaved children would have to leave the premies has this was their new policy, we were the only people sat outside on a saturday evening is this because of this new policy.this pub is usually very busy this time of year and was quite a shock to see it so dead. we wont be visiting again
Monday, August 4, 2008Rating: rosettes

Peter Harris
 Pleasent surprise on return .....
Having had a bad experience in May I emailed Orchid Pubs with a report and part of their response was to invite me to return at the end of July for a carvery meal. I did and - Arriving unannounced at around 7.30 we were warmly greeted by Craig, the manager and his staff. I noted that the restaurant was now airy and kept looking good though I would say that trade was light. Table service was good. The meat was excellent and apart from 2 of the 6 vegetables which had been out just a bit too long everything else was very good at the carvery. Craig did comment that there is still some problems with staffing and looked to be very busy himself. I look forward to returning to the Spyglass. This well positioned pub restaurant overlooking Weymouth bay does seem to be overcoming its recent problems and emergng as a nice place to eat with a well kept bar.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008Rating: rosettes

jon kay
 crap manager
Having visited your establishment for many years now I must admit for the last two years I have been very disappointed not only with the food but mainly with the attitude of the manager. (I believe his name is BENNETT) On more than one occasion I have seen him have a go at old ladies because they sit at a table for too long with a cup of tea. When dealing with customers he comes across as very threatening, he thinks he is a little Hitler ! This pub could be the best in Weymouth if it was managed properly my family and I will not use this pub again until the owners get someone in who is family friendly. If your a family with kids going to Weymouth on holiday don't use this pub because he hates them.
Sunday, June 22, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Gary Martin
 Really Disappointing
For a pub to have this much potential and to throw it all away is unbelievable.
Fathers day 15th June - booked a table only to be told on arrival (having waited for 10 minutes to be seated) that we couldn't sit outside (on what was one of the best days weather wise this year). Treatment from the manager was appalling. I wonder if the person that owns the restuarant knows that he's having his money thrown away.
Monday, June 16, 2008Rating: No rosettes

Wayne Bryant
 Short staffed, unfriendly, limited menu
We arrived late afternoon and it was not busy. The spyglass was like a sauna, it was so hot! We asked for the menu and was told it was limited due to staffing problems. basically it was carvery or steak pie. So, we opted for carvery. After 20 mins we got our drinks. The meat was lovely but everything else was rubbish. I heard several people complain about how long they had been waiting & why they were open with 2 waiting staff for a place that size. I may return in the future if they can get some polite staff and actually keep them.
Saturday, May 24, 2008Rating: rosettes

The Spay Glass loss is the John Gregorys gain
Saturday, February 10, 2007Rating: rosettes

Now this is what you can call a propper locals boozer. You can always have a fantastic night in the Giant Pot. The landlord and landlady are very welcomming and the beer is good. Such a shame that there are not more of these types of pubs left in Weymouth.
Saturday, February 10, 2007Rating: rosettes

Took a visit to the Cutter yesterday to see what the new people had done to it. It certainly smells cleaner but it has not really been done up as such its just been painted, fairly quickly by the looks of it and for gods sake please loose the brown wood work behind the bar... Awful!
Saturday, February 10, 2007Rating: rosettes

Could be a nice little pub. Needs a makeover. Landlord is a very friendly chap tho, have never seen the landlady. Apparently she does a very good Sunday lunch. Anyone experienced one?
Saturday, February 10, 2007Rating: rosettes

Thursday, January 18, 2007Rating: rosettes

Peter James
I havent been in this pub for quite a long time. It used to be a lovely little boozer many years ago. I remember when Ray and Wendy came from the Cove to the Star. THere was never a dull moment in there. You were always made to feel very welcome. I couple from Bristol way then took over and it all changed
Sunday, January 7, 2007Rating: rosettes

 wellington arms
a great pub in the middle of town . traditional style pub with good beer and good food . well worth a visit
Thursday, January 4, 2007Rating: rosettes

 cutter back open
visited the cutter in december 2006 now back open .
Thursday, January 4, 2007Rating: No rosettes

David Walker
 long wait food overcooked rubbery
We had desided to eat out on new years day, so after booking a table for 2pm a few days before hand. On arrival just before 2pm we approched the food order counter to inform the staff we were ready to be seated at our table.
After giving the booking name we were pointed towards a large set of patio doors and were told our table is the round one. Our party of 6 found our way to the table and proceeded to look at the menu, once decided we made our way to order our food, after ordering we were told that it would take about 1 hour and a half until we were able eat.
This was at 2.11 pm, our food arrived finaly at 3.50 pm. 3 ordered mixed grill 1 big feast burger 1 scampi and 1 ciabatta with cheese & bacon plus fries.
The ample steak on the mixed grill was no bigger than a 50 pence, the egg was over cooked with crispy brown edges, 3 mushrooms per meal and by the time the onion rings arrived they were overcooked and contained more oil than onion.
the ciabatta had seemed to have been warmed up several times and was like eating a rubber band. the chips on all meals must have been redipped on several occations as the were crispy and hollow with no taste of potato. Whilst waiting for our main meals we were contenplating having a sweet, after such a long wait for our meals we did not wish to wait just as long for our sweets. All of our party were very disapointed with the service, the food and the lack off support from the staff. On our way out of the resturant area we could not help but notice the amount off food other customers had left. I do NOT think any of us will be eating at the Spyglass Inn anymore AND we live locally. On all previous occations over the years we have never had reason to complain about the food or sevice at the Spyglass. I will also be complaining to the good pub resturant guide.
Monday, January 1, 2007Rating: rosettes

A great place to go if you want to smell like an ashtray. Barman in there is obnoxious and rude. Go here if you want to buy fags or booze tho. ITs the local outlet for Condor Ferries Crew
Saturday, December 30, 2006Rating: No rosettes

m smith
 Very smokey and smelly
Popped in here on a Thursday night a couple of weks ago. Wish we hadnt. THere were 2 darts games going on and a skittles game. You couldnt see from one end of the pub to the other and most of the smoke seemed to be coming out of the land lady. Terrible place. ROll on 1 july
Saturday, December 30, 2006Rating: No rosettes

The spyglass inn, is FANTASTIC, nowhere else will you be served get the pleasure of being by such an array of european waiting staff, who will stop at nothing to make sure your visit is og top class quality. The bar staff are friendly and actually want to be there, you will be greated with enthusasim and joy. Thier love for thier job is no doubt down partly to the amazing management team but massivley to the local clientel. The traditional snug, where the locals hangout, is like being transported back in time to a better place, the men drinking bitter and exchanging stories.
Thursday, October 12, 2006Rating: rosettes

 o malleys
now called the rendevous
Wednesday, October 4, 2006Rating: rosettes

 nothe tavern
a rel gem of a pub , good food good beer and stunning views overlooking the harbour and weymouth bay from the beer garden
Wednesday, October 4, 2006Rating: rosettes

Chris Simmint
 Good Food - Nice pub
I have been visiting this pub for years every summer. Reading some of your comments I must admit I am very supprised. This is the first year I have been here that I have been greeted by staff whom seem they actually want to be there and the first time I can say that the food and service has been spot on. Every year I have settled with bringing my family and dog to a pub where the toilets were disgusting the food slow and inedable and the garden looking like a bombs hit it. This year we recieved our food in 30 mins, last year i remember waiting nearly 2 hours, and everyone went out there way to assist in anyway possible. By your messages I can see this has changed hands and it is nice to see that the pub is on the way up. Thanks spyglass staff fron table 51!!
Saturday, September 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

 bloody brill pub
this pub has come a long way since last year bill the guy who looks after it has turned this pub around with the music that he puts on fair play to that man lets hope he spends many years there we and i mean all fifteen of us that went there one sat were amazed at the turn around this man has done to the pub keep it up bill WE WILL BE BACK SOON DAVE PRICE N CO
Tuesday, September 5, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 weymouth arms no more !!
pub now changed name to Bar Banus and is now part of a nite club complex
Tuesday, August 15, 2006Rating: No rosettes

pub closed since 2005
Monday, July 31, 2006Rating: No rosettes

pub closed down
Monday, July 31, 2006Rating: No rosettes

Strange pub , strange customers !!!!!!!
Monday, July 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

 new look for fairhaven
the fairhaven bar , is now called the new vic and features a kids area called jolly ollies , a little too white and trendy for my liking !!!!
Monday, July 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

 excise house
the pub inside brewers quay is looking past its sell by date and is in need of refurbishment , but the food and beer is very good
Monday, July 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

 red lion
now changed pubs name back to red lion . good food good beer
Monday, July 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

visited weymouth july 06 , cutter had closed down and up for sale
Monday, July 31, 2006Rating: No rosettes

ian wright
 duke of cornwall is the place to be
best pub in weymouth !! visited on many occasions on holiday ; fantastic little party pub. watch out for antigua joe !!
Monday, July 31, 2006Rating: rosettes

 Follow on to Gary's story below.
We received £20 in vouchers after complaining.
These came from the Spirit Group which the Spyglass is a member of.
Tuesday, July 4, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 good news
just to let everyone know that as from aproximatly mid july, the old castle in weymouth will be re-opening for business as usaul with a well established landlord in the trade, and look for to seeing all the old faces back in as well as new.
enjoy and have great nights out with us.
Tuesday, July 4, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 A spoilt family occasion
We had booked a table for nine people with three weeks notice to celebrate our anniversary with my family. We had been out to the Spyglass on numerous occasions in the past as the food, service and beer are all good plus the added childrens playarea. We had the table booked for 8pm, we ordered our meals by 8.20pm. Our starters arrived by about 9pm. We waited for the main course which did not arrive by 10pm so we asked how long we would have to wait and were told another twenty minutes. By this time 6 of the family walked out, the remaining waited for another half hour and when the food finally arrived it was just not fit to eat. The salad and vegetables were withered and stale and my husbands steak was burnt. We had no apology from the staff and the manager was doing his best to hide and let his staff do his job. Very disappointed and definately won't be going back.
Monday, July 3, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 One of the best pubs in Weymouth
Great pub, friendly landlord and staff. Loads of atmosphere.
Friday, June 30, 2006Rating: rosettes

i have been visting the smugglers once a year now for the last 16 yrs, some of the finest ales i have ever tasted, but must say it has turned rather a bit posh and snooty the last couple of years, wich isn't my scene
Tuesday, June 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

 great pub
great beer, great food, friendly staff, what else can be said
Tuesday, June 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

Pete Cornelius
 spyglass has changed
once a year i visit Dorset for a week ,and always make sure i can squeeze in a trip to the spyglass as the beer and food has always been great, but i must say that after this years visit last week, i was rather disapointed with the small portions you now get, the quality of food is still good, but half the size i have been used to in previous years.
looking at some of the other posts on this site, i now realise that it has changed hands and this could explain the changes including longer waiting times for your meal as someone else has mentioned.
i do hope it improves as i have always enjoyed my visits to the spyglass, but like i said, i was very disapointed this year
Tuesday, June 27, 2006Rating: rosettes

 My son's birthday meal at the Spyglass Inn
This is a copy of comments I have sent to goodpubrestaurants.co.uk which appears to be the official way to complain.
Our visit to the Spyglass Inn was to celebrate my son's birthday.
We had booked a table for Sunday 28th May 06 at 7.30 pm.
When we arrived just before 7.30 we were told that the meal could take up to an hour and a half to arrive. We were not happy with this but accepted the situatuion even though we had prebooked.
At about 9.00 pm three of the starters arrived. The fourth starter went missing but we chased it down and it finally arrived.
We assumed that the main courses would now arrive not far behind the starters but no.
At 9.50pm I went to the counter and asked how much longer we would have to wait for our meals, I was told they would be at least another 30 minutes.
By now we had all lost the enthusiasm that we had at the start of the evening and decided to leave. Our son's evening had been ruined. Many other customers were complaining. By the time we decided to leave the manager had mysteriously disappeared and the junior staff were taking the flak.
From when we sat down to when we walked out no member of staff came to apologise or update us on the whereabouts of our meals.
The service and management experienced at the Spyglass was the most amateur we have ever encountered.
I hope this is not ignored with the attitude that a few complaints are not important. It certainly mattered to my 13 year old son.
We look forward to some positive feedback.

Thank you
Monday, May 29, 2006Rating: No rosettes

shame the old castle closed. bit of a mixed bunch in there but nice for a drink. if it does get TURNED INTO FLATS, i will be most miffed. the country is loosing enough of its national heritage already - but I cant see a brewery or anyone taking it on - another lost local!!
Tuesday, March 28, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 Very small portions
Went their for Mother's Day after hearing it had changed hands, hoping that it had improved. No it's even worse than before, we don't expect big portionslike the Americans do, but the portions they served are a joke. For example with steak you get 2 button mushrooms, yes 2 !!! 3 onion rings and a handful of chips, and the meal was luke warm. I'm not a big eater but this didn't even fill me up. Very disappointing.
Sunday, March 26, 2006Rating: rosettes

fred the hat
 old castle weymouth
pub now closed due to owner going bankrupt. What a shame , it could have been a good pub if it wasnt for the bloody owner. Can only improve if it doesnt get turned into flats.
Friday, March 17, 2006Rating: No rosettes

This pub appears to be closed,
can anyone advise if this is the case.?
Wednesday, February 15, 2006Rating: rosettes

Mr J. Davies
 Admiral Hardy Pub a pleasure!
We travelled from Kidderminster down to Weymouth and were taken to the Admiral Hardy Pub in Chickrell, Weymouth for luch. It was a great atmosphere, lots of room for all the family, very relaxing too. Good food and great selection of beers and we highly recommend it to any weary tourists looking for a pit stop.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006Rating: rosettes

Steve Perry
 It's now called Finn's
And it's not as good as when is was O'Flanni's.
Thursday, January 19, 2006Rating: No rosettes

 Never Again!
In the past I have been to the Spyglass on a frequent basis and LOVED their food but I have previously been there and noticed that they have seriously gone down the pan. The food is no longer of a good quality and the service was terrible. I’m not a fussy person but I definitely wouldn’t eat there again.
Never Ever!
Wednesday, November 2, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 Changed Hands - Not for the better !!!!
Since the Spy Glass has changed hands it has gone down hill rapidly! The menu has completely changed and the food that you are presented with is extremely poor quality and very little of it, also the cleanness of the pub has suffered since the handover. In short I would not ever consider eating there again!!!!
Wednesday, November 2, 2005Rating: No rosettes

 i work there now
i work there now. come get a drink off me! -Dave
Friday, September 23, 2005Rating: rosettes

 nice break
stayed here for 1 week enjoyed my stay great breakfast in the morning very helpful staff nice clean pub and especially enjoyed the kareoke competition.
Friday, July 15, 2005Rating: rosettes

 the pub has changed
i was delighted to find this pub recentley on my visit to weymouth stayed here for a delightful weekend the pub had recentley been taken over by new management and had plenty of entertainment many thanks for a warm reception.
Friday, July 15, 2005Rating: rosettes

 its going to be a great pub
this pub is closed for refurbishment will open from 1st May 2005 i am looking forward to it
Thursday, April 21, 2005Rating: rosettes

good food and good place for children to play giving u peace and keeping them happy. Lovely staff def go again and again
Tuesday, March 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

Great meal, great atmosphere really felt welcome.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

 loudmouth ruins lovely pub
I used to enjoy coming to weymouth and going to Black Dog but everytime i visited a large rather loud wine swigger ruined my visit.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005Rating: rosettes

Mike Pollard
The spice Ship is a pub well worth visiting! when i stumbled across it on my annual holiday last year it was almost like descovering a pot of gold. within the 1st minute of entering the pub i felt welcome- as if a home from home! the staff, in particular the waitresses, were friendly, polite and good looking. the food was a joy- and reasonably priced too! a perfect holiday hot spot for any family visiting the area.
Thursday, November 18, 2004Rating: rosettes

Monday, September 20, 2004Rating: No rosettes

Top notch quality pub with friendly staff and landlord. big tv screens and 5 normal tellys, video juke box, two pool tables. Quiznights, karaoke nights, love the place
good food
Thursday, September 16, 2004Rating: rosettes

Stewart O
 Rock 'n' Roll!
Good old fashioned spit 'n' sawdust boozer featuring (free) live singers Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday lunchtimes (mainly 50's and 60's stuff, usually pretty good but occasionally pretty awful) and a (free) real old vinyl jukebox the rest of the time. The pub's biggest assets 'though are the landlord and landlady Den & Sue. Rock on!
Friday, August 6, 2004Rating: rosettes

Jethro Lee-Mahoney
 Great. Lively and fun.
Well-run and safe to meet your friends. Fair prices and great music.
Wednesday, August 4, 2004Rating: rosettes

Emma from the midlands.
 Best real pub in Weymouth!
Good beer and drink selection, Staff that are friendly and make you feel welcome.
Saturday, July 31, 2004Rating: rosettes

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