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The Wise Man Inn

) #7 of 99 Restaurants in Dorchester $$ - $$$ , British,
Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
+44 1305 261970
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A delightful atmosphere, polite and helpful staff and very nice food, what more could you want. We were there on 'Pie Night' but only one of our party chose from the pie menu. She declared it delicious. The other members of our party had fish...More

Thank Phil C
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited The Wise Man Inn last year when we were in Dorset on holiday. Impressed with the food, we went back again this year. We went for lunch first. I had pan fried salmon with potatoes, which was delicious. The salmon was cooked perfectly....More

Thank gracelimsh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good Food! Good Service! Good Time! Very nice located Pub-Restaurant, much love to details, nice interiour, very friendly and warm atmosphere!

Thank moccamitvielzucca
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Atmosphere and service were very good and I liked the selection of cask ales. The three of us had 3 different starters, 3 different mains and 2 different deserts. We could have happily rotated them around the table as all were fantastic; not even a...More

Thank Ian A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First class Sunday lunch apart from Potatoes could be better and more of them other than that first class food and service.

Thank Richard M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great atmosphere with friendly and helpful staff. We had the lamb shank and steak pie, the food was absolutely divine! The pub has a stunning thatched roof and is in a lovely village location.

Thank Sjoakley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For our wedding anniversary we booked ahead on what seemed to be a very busy Saturday night. We had a warm and friendly reception from excellent front of house team. We were recommended the inn by rhe owner of our near by holiday cottage. Decor...More

Thank winsoc1953
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Delightfully furnished cosy pub. Menu sounded so promising. Sadly the food did not live up to the promise. Frazzled scallops with frazzled black pudding. The gurnard was like shoe leather served on a bed of under cooked potatoes and dry vegetables. Really should have sent...More

Thank Damien B
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Visited as was near to Hardy's Cottage. Usually, eat on the healthy side but the steak and ale pie sounded good and surpassed all expectations. Very tasty. The rest of the menu was just the job. Above everything was the welcome by the staff and...More

Thank bradders242
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Really delicious food served here. SO nice we went back again the next evening! We enjoyed sitting outside in the evening sun.

Thank aliwaters
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Nearby Attractions
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2.91 km away
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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
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18:00 - 22:30
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18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
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18:00 - 22:30
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18:00 - 22:30
00:00 - 23:00
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
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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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