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Yalbury Cottage

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Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
+44 (0)1305 262382
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A pre Christmas treat

With no kitchen at home due to delayed building works we managed to book an overnight pre Christmas treat. Our room was excellent and the evening meal was amazing. During the evening we also made excellent company with two couples who were also having a pre Christmas stay over.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
London1953
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London, United Kingdom
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Poole
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My first visit to Yalbury Cottage but not my last. From the time you arrive you know you are in for a treat, and you are not disappointed. Fantastic service. Lovely food. Worth every penny! My wife gave it 10/10!! Personally, what slightly let it down was the roast potatoes which were small and brittle. You almost had to look... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

With no kitchen at home due to delayed building works we managed to book an overnight pre Christmas treat. Our room was excellent and the evening meal was amazing. During the evening we also made excellent company with two couples who were also having a pre Christmas stay over.

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Thank London1953
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We had always planned to go but had never got around to it until friends suggested we lunch there just before Christmas. Fortunately they had the foresight to book well in advance of the day otherwise I suspect there would have been no room at the "cottage". The approach to Yalbury Cottage has a sense of arrival, a roomy car... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

No crackers or silly hats, just really good food cooked to perfection in this delightful thatched cottage tucked away in a tiny Dorset hamlet with Thomas Hardy associations. From the canapes served in the elegant yet cosy lounge, to the delicious desserts, this was a memorable meal based on the finest west country ingredients. Plaice with lobster ragout; Exmoor venison... More 

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Thank Hilary V
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a very tranquil place to visit. Husband and wife team really know their stuff. He is a superb chef. Canapés and Prosecco in their adorable garden before dinner in their cottage restaurant . Not cheap but an experience to savour.

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Thank Karan H
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Romantic surroundings, good food, reasonable wine and attentivie service. Small car park matching the modest portions - consider stopping for chips on the way home.

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Thank Roger W
Bournemouth
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Always a great pleasure to dine at Yalbury Cottage. Delicious fare and attentive staff....Exceptional in all respects! Will be returning!

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Thank John R
Guildford, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We have dined here a few times and each time was excellent. Wonderful food, great service, perfect wines. Always a delightful experience.

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Thank RuthWJ
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

There is a very good reason why this restaurant is number one in Dorchester. From start to finish the experience was amazing. We went for my partners birthday and couldn't have asked for better. We were greeted warmly by the owner, she was very pleasant and seated us in the lounge area with our menus. Service was swift and we... More 

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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We booked the whole cottage to celebrate my 50th birthday. Dinner for 24. From the minute we arrived on the Friday 30th October 2015 we were treated with excellent service and food. The menu, which offered something for everyone, was fresh, tasty and top notch. Cannot recommend this esquisite Cottage enough. Top marks goes to all the staff and owners... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)1305 262382

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 44 - 53
  • Cuisine: British, French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine

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