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The Wise Man Inn

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Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 73
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A Dorset Dinner With Friends

Whilst visiting from Australia we were invited to a rather special village with a local reputation for good food. Firstly we we arrived without a booking and were welcomed warmly. The idea of sharing was good whilst waiting for the main meal. The main was a slow cooked blade of English long horn... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Melbourne
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW via mobile

Meals had to be sent back to - staff handled situation so badly, were even insulting - will not return

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dorchester
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I recently went for a meal with a group of friends and whilst it's a lovely surrounding to enjoy a meal I feel that the service could do with a bit of attention. We felt that we were largely forgotten about even though the pub was not that busy - we had to remind them about the bread we'd ordered,... More 

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Amersham, United Kingdom
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51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Our regular choice for a mid-price lunch. Never disappointing and always highly competent. Good and varied menu, skilfully prepared and attractively presented. Highly recommended.

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Melbourne
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16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Whilst visiting from Australia we were invited to a rather special village with a local reputation for good food. Firstly we we arrived without a booking and were welcomed warmly. The idea of sharing was good whilst waiting for the main meal. The main was a slow cooked blade of English long horn locally reared. We were impressed with the... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Having read some of the reviews here we were slightly anxious that we had made a mistake but we had an excellent evening. The staff were friendly and efficient and the food was great. I had the Thai crab cake starter, catch of the day fish and chips and the rhubarb cheesecake with pistachio crumb and raspberries and they were... More 

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Egham
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We have visited The Wise Man three times now. The menu works well for my elderly in-laws. Unfortunately, the service has proven slow on every occasion - on a busy lunchtime and a quiet evening. With two children, we never opt for starters, yet it still takes over an hour for main courses to arrive. On the last two visits,... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Being busy Easter Saturday without booking you expect to wait a long time which we did so this wasn't an issue, although not informed how long a wait we were told there would be one (1.5 hours). The decoration and atmosphere is pleasant, a lovely environment and the wine was nice and reasonable. The fish (£13) was tasty, well cooked... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We had been to this pub several times in the past and had had a good experience. The staff were friendly and very obliging, despite the fact that it was extremely busy, being a Saturday night. However, I couldn't in a million years describe the meal as being good value for money. The steak, although tender, was quite small, and... More 

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Lyme Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We came here today as a family group of seven. We all enjoyed the food, luckily we were happy to sit and chat as the meals took over an hour to arrive. This would not put me off coming again.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I have been here twice recently with two sets of friends from diverse backgrounds with differing tastes in food. We had very good food on both occasions. This a pub that has been re-vamped to good effect. We will be going back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: English, Pub

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