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The Wise Man Inn

Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
+44 1305 261970
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pie” (25 reviews)
“fish and chips” (17 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a good meal here last year and returned for the encore. A delicious local caught plaice was cooked to perfection. It was pie night and we were spoilt for choice. I went for the salmon with hollandaise sauce with a filo pastry crust....More

1  Thank Anthony F
Reviewed 3 days ago

Having been here a number of times previously and always been delighted Saturday was a disappointment. Of our three meals my father's chicken and leek pie was very nice but served with new potatoes as opposed to the advertised potato and parmesan gratin, my wife's...More

Thank Localboy23361
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We keep coming back here every holiday - the food is fantastic, we always look forward to a roast dinner and the desserts sublime. Never disappoints

Thank katty_and_christophe
Reviewed 5 days ago

Our friends were recommended this pub. It was freindly and the choice of food was varied. We all chose different meals from fish to meat. None of us were disappointed. It was all very tasty and really well presented. A very enjoyable evening was had...More

Thank Julie W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Recommended in a leaflet where we were staying in Silverlake, was not disappointed. Fitted us a table of 5 for lunch without any hassle. Both the lady and man serving were engaging and friendly. Lovely ambience with our being cramped. Food arrived and was delicious!...More

Thank Suki L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Never fails us, the Wise Man is simply the best country pub for a sunday lunch, as I said last review, a little pricey but then it's quiet and there's a great beer garden outside. We ate this time inside the bar area with our...More

Thank Matt_Walkden
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us had lunch here. The staff were friendly and helpful and the pub itself was busy and a pleasant venue for lunch on a hot summers day. I selected a deli board from the daily specials. Essentially it was a variation on the...More

Thank B16SDP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an excellent Sunday lunch - roast beef and all the trimmings with roast potatoes to die for. Attentive staff and a very pleasant atmosphere. Highly recommended

Thank Terry P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Wise Man Inn fell perfectly half way on a 30 mile sub 2hr ride Purely used as a hydration point in this heatwave we were served no differently to those having meals. Prices seemed fair and staff had no quibbles re-filling of water bottles....More

Thank DaveNunn
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

The staff were extremely attentive. The food was first class. The menu was extensive with an added specials board. Some of the finest ‘pub grub’ I’ve eAten in a long time. We shall be returning very soon.

Thank TGM1961
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Questions & Answers
16 May 2017|
Response from Julian B | Reviewed this property |
I haven't seen any vegan options but they may prepare something if you called ahead?
22 February 2015|
Response from SusieDaviesPoole | Reviewed this property |
Yes. In the main bar area.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 261970
  • E-mail
The Wise Man is where traditional village pub meets rustic gastro cuisine. Situated in the heart of the pretty village of West Stafford, only two miles from Dorchester, Philip and the team ensure a friendly welcome to all and will endeavour to make your visit a memorable one. We are also close to Hardy's Cottage which can be enjoyed on one of the many beautiful walks or popular cycle routes in the area. Our head chef Leigh leads a passionate team who endeavour to create great flavours and experiences. All of our dishes are made in house using the freshest ingredients and where possible we always buy local and in season. To sum up our menu its a collision of world flavours with rural Dorset and Great British Classics.
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