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A31 | Winterborne Zelston, Winterborne Zelston, Blandford Forum DT11 9ET, England
01929459227
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 17
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good Friendly Pub

My wife and I stopped here on the way back from Devon, and we are glad we did. Staff were very friendly and service was quick. Food was excellent, and we will be stopping here again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
John L
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is an excellent place to eat, the staff are all friendly and welcoming. The food was very quick to arrive and very nice. I have passed this place many time whilst travelling and always wanted to go in, I am so glad we chose to this time.

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london
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We visited the Botany Bay Inne for our evening meal on two occasions in June while staying at the Hilltop Barn B & B in the village (also 5 star, see separate review). If you want an excellent choice of food and friendly service, this is the place to eat. It's not a gastropub by any means but serves good,... More 

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Ian L, Owner at The Botany Bay Inne, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit to our friendly pub and the home cooked food that we serve. We thank you for your comments and would love to see you again if in the area. More 

Fareham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I stopped here on the way back from Devon, and we are glad we did. Staff were very friendly and service was quick. Food was excellent, and we will be stopping here again.

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Ian L, Owner at The Botany Bay Inne, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your visit to our pub and thank you for your comments. We look forward to seeing you again when you are in the area. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great place to stop for a drink but feel that the food was not worth the price. I had an 8oz rump steak that definitly much smaller and not a rump and my mom's special was basically a cottage pie, and was unfortunately brought out cold. That aside, great beers on tap and the staff are really friendly as well... More 

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Ian L, Owner at The Botany Bay Inne, responded to this review

Many thanks for your comments and I will pass the comment regarding the size of the steak back to our local butcher J Mato & Son who supply all of our steaks (Rump and Sirloin) as I am sure they would wish to know that their was an issue with their steak. Apologies that the Botany Thatch was not to... More 

Christchurch, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My friend and I stopped here for lunch on our way to Cornwall in July. We both had a ham, cheese and mushroom omelette and it was really good. The staff were friendly, helpful and attentive. Very good experience!

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Ian L, Owner at The Botany Bay Inne, responded to this review

We are glad you enjoyed your stop at the pub and look forward to seeing you again if you are in the area. Many thanks More 

UK
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Popped in here for lunch with my son on Tuesday. It was quiet with just 3 or 4 other tables. Service was good and the staff really friendly and attentive. We ordered the burger and the steak. The burger was standard pub grub so nothing to write home about but it wasn't bad either. The steak was perfectly cooked to... More 

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Ian L, Owner at The Botany Bay Inne, responded to this review

Many thanks for your comments, which are all taken seriously, and we are glad that you found the service good. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Poole, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

It's the first time I had been in this pub for many years and was keen to see how it compared as it has changed hands earlier this year. I was not disappointed. The décor is very pleasing to the eye and there seems to be more room than I remembered. There were four of us in our party and... More 

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Ian L, Owner at The Botany Bay Inne, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review comments and we are very pleased that you enjoyed our food and hospitality. We hope you will come and see us again soon. More 

Norfolk, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Plenty of other restaurants nearby avoid this one.service was ok,but food a major let down with my wifes being very poor.i ate mine but very uninspiring.only saving grace being dessert which was fine.

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Ian L, Owner at The Botany Bay Inne, responded to this review

We are sorry that our food offering did not meet your expectations or ours. We table check to ensure that everything is OK in our endeavours to receive feedback on our food, as we are new to this public house and hope that people will be honest enough at the time. More 

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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Came here as it was convenient on the way home from Monkey World. Looked really nice and the menu had a lot of choice. We were sat down for 2 minutes when we were asked if we were ready to order! When they came around again to order it was about 13.10. We were the 2nd table in there. It... More 

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Ian L, Owner at The Botany Bay Inne, responded to this review

Many thanks for your comments on our staff and service in general. All comments negative or positive are taken seriously. We are disappointed that our service did not meet your expectations or ours. All of our team members have been spoken to regarding this event and we hope that having reviewed our practices that this will not happen again. Once... More 

Dorchester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My wife and I together with two of our grandchildren had very nice main meals and desserts (nothing fancy), with good service, in nice surroundings. The grandchildren especially would like to recommend this pub to everyone.

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Ian L, Owner at The Botany Bay Inne, responded to this review

Many thanks for your comments and we are glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: A31 | Winterborne Zelston, Winterborne Zelston, Blandford Forum DT11 9ET, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Blandford Forum  >  Winterborne Zelston
  • Phone Number: 01929459227

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  • Cuisine: British, Pub

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