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the blue raddle

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Church Street, Dorchester DT1 1JN, England
01305 267762
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Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Description: If you're after something a little quirky but great fun then you won't be...
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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Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great locals pub

Very much a locals pub. Many of the beers were not available but those that were on were very good. Didn't eat but the selection looked good. I would visit again if in Dorchester.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Pam D
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
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65 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very much a locals pub. Many of the beers were not available but those that were on were very good. Didn't eat but the selection looked good. I would visit again if in Dorchester.

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Fareham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We booked on a Saturday night and found a busy, vibrant pub with friendly staff. The food is basic pub grub but it is well prepared and reasonably priced. Beers are well kept and there is a good choice. Definitely a return visit when we are next in the area.

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Yateley, United Kingdom
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160 reviews 160 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Popular old fashioned type local. Mainly regulars and a few dogs when we popped in. Good ales friendly barman made us welcome.

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Glastonbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Just been away for a couple of nights with my husband and we visited the Blue Raddle after reading about it on their website. Seemingly popular with locals it offers many real ales and ciders and does not hold with a set food menu - the landlady cooks whatever she fancies using lots of locally sourced ingredients. We both enjoyed... More 

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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

If you are in Dorchester looking for a pub that has character and real ale rather than bright lights and cheap Carling, try the Blue Raddle. Tucked in a side road off High East Street this is one of our favourite pubs in town. Cosy, warm and welcoming!! Great beers, ciders and food too. If you want to eat it's... More 

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Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

A lovely local pub. Have met some very nice locals here. The ale is professionally kept and poured. I have had a diverse amount of real ale here. The good is also very good value for money without any compromise on quality.

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Oxted, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

A very interesting 'local' in the centre of Dorchester. We went on a Friday night for something to eat having read the very positive reviews. There were two vegetarians in our party of three so it was refreshing to see a great selection of vegetarian options. We were a little bit disappointed with the food having read the other reviews... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We popped in here as it was the closest pub to the main road we were travelling down at the time. I was awed to see that there were as many veggie options as meat dishes and a few of them were vegan too. We loved that it was dog friendly, despite our dog no longer being with us. The... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

this is a very friendly pub great beer and good food good for doggies who will get treats had a great family meal before going off to my 60th birthday party

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Southport, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Unfortunately they weren't doing food on the night I was there, but the atmosphere was fantastic and the bar staff were really friendly. The cider was excellent too and there was a great selection of ales

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Church Street, Dorchester DT1 1JN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: 01305 267762

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: English

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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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