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The Wise Man Inn

Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
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Ranked #28 of 106 restaurants in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: English
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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80% Recommend
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English first
Bath, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I took a party of 17 on a 'Hardy country' visit on August 8th, 2014. We had booked lunch at The Wise Man Inn and had forwarded our menu choices a few days before the visit. Although we arrived half an hour later than we had advised them, Philip, the Manager, was welcoming and friendly and assured us our late... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We have eaten at the Wiseman on several occasions with friends and as a couple. Each visit has been a delight, the food is excellent with ample portion sizes. The staff have always greeted us warmly even at busy times (Xmas eve), been friendly and attentive. The decor is relaxing & stylish adding to the overall experience so glad we... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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355 reviews 355 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

I notice a few negative reviews here and I'm surprised given the great meal and fine service we enjoyed tonight. The welcome was friendly and the lady who attended to us was knowledgable and helpful. We each ordered entrees and mains and couldn't have been happier with the portion sizes, the quality of the meals, or the service. This is... More

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It's been a few years since I've been to the Wise Man and my memory of it was of a lovely pub in a quaint village setting but with pretty much standard pub fare. After enjoying Sunday lunch there at the weekend I certainly felt that they have succeeded in upping their game. I went there in a 'roast dinner'... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Went there for a meal 9/8/2014, I thought that the food was overpriced for such a small portion. I asked my husband to get me a white wine spritzer, the bar staff obviously don't know how to make one, it was vile. The food as well as being sparse was poorly presented which meant that it looked unappealing as well.... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

It has to be a poor rating. Lovely pub, great setting and village but the food was remarkably average. 1 Bouillabaisse small tasty but not much sign of shellfish and 1 Belly Pork very dry, re heated mashed potato nice green vegetables rubber crackling and was crying out for a small sauce or gravy. Broke a golden rule by drinking... More

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

A visit to the Wise Man was partly reminiscing as I spent every summer holiday in the village when I was young. The pub had changed very much but the location cannot be bettered.The food has changed vastly from the days of a double decker roll, but it was beautifully cooked and well presented. It was unfortunate that the barman... More

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Bangalore, India
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Second year holidaying in the area and have made a number of visits to this pub. Always had a great lunch, service is spot on and decor is attractive. Sunday lunch has been the highlight with a delicious selection of veg and requests for a couple of extra roasties for the kids met with no problems. Highly recommended.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Had the vegie indian with bread For a main course this was so small half a bowl of rice , 2 tiny amounts of chutney ( to small to get a real taste ) and one bread approx 6" diameter Paid and went a got a takeaway as so hungry

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The ambiance is great, the staff is excellent, particularly the young barman and the blonde bar maid, they were on top of their game. Food was excellent. The interior is light and welcoming and wish all pubs were like this.

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