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Guildhall Tavern

Guildhall Tavern


The Guildhall Tavern is a French family run, independent restaurant situated in the heart of Poole, just a 2 minute walk from the quay and in the old town. We pride ourselves on serving the best of local seafood, delivered straight to our door by local fishermen! We are very lucky to live in Poole and we are making the most of the treasures the sea has to offer! Our restaurant is a warm and friendly place with a great atmosphere, may it be a weekday lunchtime or dinner time during a busy Saturday.


We have an extensive menu offering whole fish, fruit de mer platters, classic French dishes, daily specials and there are meat options available too. There is something for everyone, including children & their own little menu. We cook everything to order making it easy for our chefs to adapt dishes to suit dietary requirements and allergies. We also offer vegetarian and vegan options. Our famous fruit de mer platters can also be ordered to take away, making it perfect for you boat owners and holiday makers during the summer months.

The restaurant 

Our restaurant is perfect for both intimate dinners for two as well as group bookings. In our main restaurant you will be part of a busy, buzzing atmosphere, but our staff will always make you feel special and well looked after. A couple of alcoves off the main room, make for perfect dining if you prefer a little more privacy. And on our 1st floor,  our newly refurbished function rooms, is the ultimate choice for bigger group bookings or smaller weddings. Yes we are in England, but when the summer does start, the jewel in the crown is our amazing courtyard, perfect for al fresco dining. The court yard is all covered and heated and it is the most fantastic place for a relaxing lunch in the sunshine or a fun dining experience in the evening. 

Meat and vegetarian dishes also available.

Menus and special occasions 

We have an extensive menu with house specialities of locally landed delicious fish, crab & lobster prepared in mouth-watering French style. Meat and vegetarian dishes are also available. Bouillabaisse and other fish party fare are prepared on request.

We also offer a special set dinner and lunch menu.

To complement these culinary delights, naturally a selection of the finest wines and cognacs, traditional well-kept real ales, chilled lagers and for the driver ... a choice of non-alcoholic beverages. Our array of home-made desserts will also tempt you!

Food is served Tuesday to Saturday - 11.30am until 3.00pm and 5.30pm until 10.00pm. We are closed on Sundays and Mondays except special

events and private parties (minimum 30 guests)

Our new patio dining area is now open - enjoy our delicious food outdoors in the sunshine.

We also cater for wedding receptions being conveniently located close to Poole Guildhall.

Within the restaurant we also have private function rooms which can be reserved for your group.

Extra Services

Our monthly French evenings are very popular with great entertainment to accompany the special menu.

Our Fruit de Mer Takeaway allows you to enjoy our Seafood Platter in the comfort of your own home.

We welcome children and offer a special children's menu.

Our special diet menu options provide for a wide range of special diets including vegetarian, vegan & gluten free

Our La Boutique offers a select range of Guildhall Tavern merchandise including gift vouchers, glassware, clothing and food which are now available to purchase online or in the restaurant.

Frederic & Severine look forward to your company soon. To make a table reservation Book Online or call.

Opening Times

Opening Dates (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2020)
Tuesday - Thursday11:30 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
Friday - Saturday11:30 - 23:00

* We are closed on Sundays and Mondays except for private parties (minimum 30 guests) and the following special events.
Tuesday to Thursday 11:30- 15:00, 17:30 till late.
Friday & Saturday 11:30- serving food all day.
Closed Sundays and Mondays.

15 Market Street
BH15 1NB
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Call direct on:

Tel01202 671717



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Our restaurant in Poole in Dorset, is located just two minutes from the Quay in the heart of the old town.

    We are in Market Street overlooking the historic Guildhall.

    There is plenty of parking close-by including two multi-storey carparks.



    • Waterfront


    • Bar
    • Cater for vegans
    • Cater for vegetarians
    • Gluten-Free & Coeliac Options Available
    • Serve evening meal
    • Serve lunch
    • Special dietary requirements catered for
    • Take away service

    Establishment Features

    • Al Fresco Dining
    • Available for wedding receptions
    • Chef
    • Licenced for alcohol

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