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Yalbury Cottage

Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
+44 1305 262382
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“scallops” (17 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (7 reviews)
“cheese board” (9 reviews)
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Truely excellent food and service. Restaurant is intimate and service very effective but highlight is the food... truely excellent

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is my second visit to Yarlbury Cottage and it certainly will not be my last. From the moment you arrive you feel welcomed and well looked after. Enjoying canapes in the lounge before dinner put us in just the right relaxed state to slow...More

Thank Emma S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Return visit to this restaurant after a year, and happily nothing has changed - excellent food, very welcoming and capable staff, and a delightful place to eat, all at a very reasonable price

Thank SeeTheBee99
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautifully restored cottage in a charming rural village near Dorchester. Friendly staff and pleasant rooms: excellent facilities. Canapes with pre-dinner drinks in the lounge. Outstanding scallops, beef, almond tart. Turbot a little underdone and Yalbury Rarebit fairly basic. Excellent wine list. Try not to bump...More

Thank Alasdair M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Yalbury Cottage restaurant is quintessentially English: an old inn with beamed ceilings, fireplaces, and comfortable chairs. A nice touch is that once your order has been taken, you are seated in the lounge to relax with a drink and snack. You are brought to...More

1  Thank Thomas D
Reviewed 1 week ago

With a surprise 1.5 cm baked potato in a tasty appetiser I knew the meal was going to be excellent - it was. The menu is good for vegetarians, good for wine connoisseurs and good for lovers of the English breakfast.

Thank Steven N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous birthday lunch for my Mum on her 90th. Wonderful staff, friendly helpful & accommodating. One member of our party required a special diet which was no problem for Yalbury. The food was exquisite, environment wonderful, staff attentive without being intrusive. Our lunch was an...More

Thank boycie2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

-the food is exceptional, all locally sourced and beautifully cooked and presented -the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly -it is not cheap but still very good value for money, you get what you pay for -we will be going again very soon!

Thank familymissioncontoll
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here for a birthday celebration and were well looked after, Canopies on arrival and a very fine meal, with great service and wine. The Yalbury is not cheap and dont go expecting big plates of food. One thing i wanted was some more...More

Thank lessouthern
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here on the 31st August, great service, absolutely excellent food and good wine selection. We all left feeling very satisfied and can not wait to return, would highly recommend a visit to anyone. Thank you everyone at yalbury cottage

Thank Kpg78
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Theresa H
22 July 2017|
Response from embleton07 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I was a customer. I do not own or run this restaurant. It does not open for lunch but probably would do your wedding reception!
24 February 2017|
Response from YalburyCottage | Property representative |
We are fully booked for Sunday lunch on the 26th, but could do dinner for 4 adults and one child to arrive for pre-dinner drinks at 6.30PM and to dine at 7.00PM. If you are interested just let me know and I will be happy to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$27 - US$54
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
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09:00 - 22:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 262382
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...with a friendly atmosphere and wonderful views. Stay and relax in our lovely rooms, enjoy a superb freshly cooked breakfast and dine in our award winning restaurant.

Small bespoke weddings and parties are a speciality and we offer a great alternative venue for private business meetings with easy and ample parking.

Just two miles from Dorchester, Dorset, Yalbury Cottage is set in the hamlet of Lower Bockhampton - the heart of Thomas Hardy's Wessex - walking distance to his birthplace, across the road from his old school house and around the corner from Stinsford church where his heart is buried.
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