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the blue raddle

Church Street, Dorchester DT1 1JN, England
01305 267762
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Ranked #11 of 105 restaurants in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: English
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Description: If you're after something a little quirky but great fun then you won't be disappointed with The Blue Raddle.The Raddle is an intimate community pub frequented by local characters, famous for the ales and Landlady concocted meals on offer. The wine and other beverage selection isn't bad either! As if a visit to The Raddle isn't entertaining enough there are regular folk and Irish style music nights as well as a wacky charity meat draw every Friday evening and a quiz featuring quizmaster The Creative Accountant at the turn of every fiscal quarter.The Raddle is the home of 'laughter on tap'!
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English first
Singapore, Singapore
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A friendly little pub in the centre of Dorchester, with plenty of variety in terms of the local ales and ciders on offer. Judging by the number of local regulars ordering food, the kitchen is clearly fairly decent too, although I didn't eat there on my visit. Friendly bar staff and a welcoming atmosphere made for a pleasant stop-off.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

every friday this pub holds a meat raffle with all proceeds going to cancer on each visit we have won a meat parcel. nice relaxed atmosphere n good food available throughout day n evening.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I chose this pub for a mature girls night out because it had good reviews and is near the car park. We struck lucky as it's a very friendly pub with great beer, good food and pleasant ambiance. I will definitely revisit.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

great little traditional pub with a good selection of ales which kept my husband happy. We had looked at various places to eat today but we are fed up of over priced food that looks like a half portion. Having looked at the reviews for the Blue Raddle we decided we would stop by here and give it a try.... More

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is my favourite pub in Dorchester. The atmosphere's brilliant, the staff are friendly and efficient and the food's really good value. The beer's not bad, either! This is also the favourite pub of quite a few friends as well. Long may it last.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

This busy pub is not a vegetarian venue but it was good to see so many veggie options on the board. For meat eaters there is also a good choice. We ate vegetarian and the food was promptly served despite the pub being very full. We had different dishes and both were excellent. There is a good range of beers... More

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Richard T, Owner at the blue raddle, responded to this review

Pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience and look forward to you visiting again. More

Dorset
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We had a superb meal here. There is a wide choice of main courses on the menu, 3 or 4 starters and several desserts. The food all tastes homemade and the portions are just right. The service was excellent too. It is advisable to reserve a table though as it is very popular. This is a real gem and easily... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

As a frequent visitor to Dorchester I have never come across this pub before, but good ol' tripadvisor came to the rescue! We visited as a family of four vegetarians and all agreed we have never seen such a large veggie selection in a pub - I was seriously struggling to choose. This is not usually a problem of run... More

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Although the history of this building as a pub does not go back far enough it is easy to imagine a cast of Thomas Hardy characters tucking into the excellent food and imbibing the well-kept real ales that the Raddle has to offer. We went as a party of eight and the food, taken from a wide-ranging and (I am... More

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I don't live in Dorchester but when I visit family who live there I always try to pop into The Blue Raddle to enjoy a pint or two. The staff are very helpful and there are always various top quality ales to choose from. I have recommended this pub to friends who have been and had a great experience.

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