About the pub.
Long before it was a drinking establishment the Porterhouse 113 Poole Road, Westbourne, Dorset it was owned by C Dales Photography & also Watchmaker, Jeweller Optician and Electrical Engineer skilled in the repair of all scientific instruments.
Around about 1978/80 I can remember it being opened as a wine bar ” Valentinos ” it had a cellar bar with a disco 6 nights a week which is, now the pub’s cellar, a culture shock for Westbourne.
It was granted a licence for beers wines and spirits and changed its name to the Old Thumper, a traditional style wood-panelled one bar local, populated by regulars, shoppers and office workers. It was taken over by Ringwood Brewery who opened it as a cosy local traditional British pub, with a bustling atmosphere, where conversation dominates. Full of character; it still has a wooden floor, oak panelling but no longer has the hops adorning the bar.
Ringwood brewery changed the name from the “Old Thumper” to the Porterhouse, a pity really as it is still known as the old thumper by the regulars and the old thumper is still one of the breweries best beers. Today it is owned by Marstons the furniture is basic and the atmosphere remains free from jukeboxes, gaming machines or other distractions. There is however WiFi.
Although not that ancient, it gives the impression of an old fashioned boozer whose food menu sticks to the basics all at reasonable prices. The Porterhouse is situated in the Westbourne area of Bournemouth, to the west of the town and well worth a visit.