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The Forester

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The Forester Lower Street, Donhead Saint Andrew, Shaftesbury SP7 9EE, England
+44 1747 828038
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a regular spot for any special meal I am celebrating with friends and/or family. The food never disappoints and changes regularly. The wine list is extensive and a good range of price if you don't want to spend too much, my sister particularly loves their Gin selection, the local Conker Gin being our favourite. The staff are always... More 

Thank Kateandrews156
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Forget the London set gastro pub type venue - this family run local is my local. Exceptional hosts, great staff and fantastic service, delicious food (and wines etc.)... I'm there whenever I'm home!

Thank NicholasFFisher
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We discovered this wonderful 'tucked away' Wiltshire pub sometime ago and were delighted to find it's just as good if not better than first we remembered. The food and service are simply outstanding and a must for any gastro foody.

1 Thank SunshineSue2
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a friend who was visiting the area. Three excellent meals, great service and wonderful atmosphere.

1 Thank Ymfb
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lovely pub with charming and attentive staff serving superb food. Not somewhere you're likely to chance upon due to it's location but definitely worth seeking out. Hard to beat.

1 Thank toniand
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

Me and my husband went here for Valentine's and were surprised not to see it busier, bit also happy that it wasn't! All the food was packed with flavour and didn't disappoint. Portions were large and the service attentive. Decor was just the right amount of traditional without feeling stuffy. It felt authentic and comfortable surroundings.

1 Thank craftyshutterbug
Dorset, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

Six longtime friends staying for the weekend, raining, cold, yuck. Visit to Old Wardour Castle a tad spoilt by the weather. But, lunch booked at The Forester. First visit, so hoping it would be good. The reviews promised good things, and we were right to trust them, specially Mitch Tonks, whose restaurant in Dartmouth is a favourite. Anyway, the Foresters... More 

1 Thank sheilamanch
Jersey, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2017

Having bought a house in Wiltshire a few years ago we have made it a mission to find the best walks and the best pubs. The walk from Wardour to The Forester is great, but the highlight is the Sunday lunch when we get there. A warm and welcoming pub with a standard of food that is just amazing. Not... More 

1 Thank robertZ4463JP
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73 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017

We were looking for a country pub for lunch so we just goggled pubs close by. We were driving towards Tollard royal. My wife found the Forester so I was diverted down a very narrow country road and in the middle of nowhere there was the pub. You would never find it. It is a lovely country pub and has... More 

1 Thank Mark S
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90 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2017

Had one of the best meals ever to be had in a pub today. In a beautiful building, so quintessentially British, The Foresters have captured the market in warmth of welcome, spot-on food and perfect service. The herring roes are superb and the fennel sorbet- wow! Tricky to find but well worth the effort!

1 Thank DEDW

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Forester Lower Street, Donhead Saint Andrew, Shaftesbury SP7 9EE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Shaftesbury  >  Donhead Saint Andrew
  • Phone Number: +44 1747 828038

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?