The Antelope Hotel is a famous old coaching house in the High Street of Poole and has been a popular meeting place through the centuries. It still retains part of its original 15th century building. Situated so conveniently for Poole Quay (the hotel is not on the quay), the hotel was used by the horse coaches as a stop off for Lymington, Southampton, Bath, Bristol, Weymouth and London.
Step off the high street into the traditional and cosy bar of Poole's oldest hostelry and then walk through to discover the hidden treasure of Smuggler's restaurant. Smugglers is adorned with all kinds of ancient nautical and fishing paraphernalia, very much in keeping with the maritime feel of this old building. Flagstone floors, raised decking areas, wood panelling, brick arches and wooden banisters all combine to create cosy dining areas and of the feeling of a bygone age.
Whether your visit is for a breakfast meeting, brunch lunch, afternoon tea or a three-course dinner, at the Antelope we have everything you need. We offer a seasonal menu with a wide selection of modern, traditional and international dishes, complemented with a selection of real ales, fine wines and speciality coffees. All our dishes are freshly prepared by our experienced kitchen team combining to ensure you have a great dining experience here at the Antelope.
A contemporary hotel in Poole Quay, overlooking the Harbour.
Thistle Poole is a contemporary hotel on the quayside, overlooking the Harbour. We have 70 bedrooms, most of them with sea views, and two meeting rooms, the largest seating up to 180 people theatre-style. We also have ample on-site car parking available with charges up to £15 per 24 hours for non-residents or £5 per night for over-night guests. A real bonus in this popular seaside town.
Poole is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations. With its bustling Quay, the best beaches in England and a stunning natural harbour, Poole is the perfect choice for a trip to the South Coast, and the Thistle Poole hotel is the ideal base from which to explore.
Dotted with islands, including Brownsea, famous as the birthplace of the Scouting movement, it’s perfect for watersports and a haven for wildlife. And there’s a wealth of options on dry land too, with the Purbeck hills and glorious Dorset countryside inland from Poole just waiting to be explored.