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The Fontmell

Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury SP7 0PA, England
+44 1747 811441
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good22%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury SP7 0PA, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Very much enjoyed my stay over a very rainy weekend in January 2018. Great shower, friendly staff and good food. It was fantastic to sit by the log fire with a G&T and a book.

Thank whitstablewanderers
Reviewed 3 days ago

Food was very good. Excellent venue for family and friends. Lovely atmosphere and lovely staff. Excellent Pizza garden in the summer and at New Year we had an amazing spread. My only comment is their red wine list is not great.

Thank Elaine C
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your feed back, it would be interesting to know what you mean by “not great”as we put a lot of effort into sourcing our wines which are mostly organic or naturally produced from small wineries please email me your thoughts john@thefontmell.com

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed for 2 nights over Christmas. Amazing hospitality, our dogs were made to feel very welcome and Christmas lunch was absolutely first class. We hope to return soon.

Thank tracey o
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Many thanks for your review, we hope to see you again very soon

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A party of four of us visited for a late lunch on Sunday 10 December 2017. Based on a recent previous visit by two of the same party for a Tuesday lunch I had high expectations of the place for my own first visit. In...More

Thank A_Brit_Overseas
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We are sorry that we didn't live up to your expectations but do hope that you will give us another try.

Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

Surprise lunch for my mum - and what a lovely restaurant tucked away in Fontmell! The team were delightful and ensured that everything was in order for our surprise birthday lunch! Good choice of food, all locally sourced, and will ensure you leave feeling satisfied!...More

Thank LGBfund
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

thanks for your review and we are delighted you all had a good time and will pass on your comments to the team

Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Seafood tapas to share between 3 was lovely the crab soup was so rich! Various dishes had and all good sized portions which made the higher prices fair Excellent service yet again from All staff including the lovely chap who came to find us after...More

Thank Harry M
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

thank you and we're very happy you had another very good experience with us and look forward to welcoming you back

Reviewed 14 November 2017

We have eaten here many times over the last few years and have had excellent food. Last Saturday we were seriously disappointed. To start with the tempura prawns were very soggy but the squid was delicious as was the whitebait. We then moved onto partridge...More

2  Thank Jane E
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

good evening Jane, i am very disappointed to read your comments, this is definitely not up to the standard we expect, MSG is certainly something that is never used in our kitchen and after looking into the matter our manager did discount your bill at...More

Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We have just returned from a wonderful 3 night stay at The Fontmell. From the minute we walked through the door with our pooch Eric we felt instantly at home. We were able to check in early and our room was lovely overlooking the car...More

Thank Stephanie B
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

thanks Stephanie, we loved having you stay with us and Eric is certainly missed by the kids and team alike! hope to see you all again soon, sending lots of cuddles (for Eric)

Reviewed 2 November 2017

In September as a family we stayed nearby. We ate at The Fontmell twice. The staff were very welcoming even though on one occasion we had two very young children with us. The menu is varied and caters for all budgets. The food is excellent....More

Thank Heather M
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

thanks you for your review, we are a family Inn so kids always welcome

Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

We stayed here with friends after booking with Pets Pajamas, and had a brilliant weekend. The location is beautiful, the staff are the friendliest people you could hope to meet, and the rooms clean and cosy. We ate dinner here both nights and the food...More

Thank Angela B
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

many thanks Angela, it was a pleasure having you with us and very happy Albie and Stanley enjoyed it too, Espresso Martinis are always a favourite! do come and see us again

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Restaurant Details

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  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$28
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury SP7 0PA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Shaftesbury
  • Phone Number: +44 1747 811441
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The Fontmell has the sort of bar you will never want to leave, a restaurant dining room with the feel of a country house library and six beautiful bedrooms. The pub extends over Collier’s Brook, Fontmell Magna’s village stream, which flows between the bar and the dining room. When the windows are open the babbling brook creates a serene environment in which to eat and relax.
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