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The Wise Man Inn

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Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
+44 1305 261970
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Crete, Greece
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91 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice cosy pub in a typical English village and good, hearty food. What more can you ask? We went there for Sunday lunch and had traditional roast beef and Yorkshire pud, with so many different vegetables that we almost lost count of them -- crisp roast potatoes, parsnip, beetroot, mange tout peas, cauliflower cheese (I'm sure I've missed out... More 

1 Thank Cretanexplorer_12
Wimborne, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited for a family birthday lunch. Those invited were coming a long journey from various directions and some were very late, yet the friendly staff were never anything less than cheerful, helpful and accommodating. The food was delicious and portions not too large, which I much prefer, and it was expertly cooked. I only give five stars if the... More 

Thank greenie056
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited the place and can only say that; I live in Vilamoura were in my professional work, I liaise with people from all over the world, all to say I have eaten in almost all kinds of restaurants with excellent food and service standards. I have the great pleasure to say, I was pleasantly surprised with the excellent standards regarding... More 

3 Thank Joaquim R
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Visiting Dorchester for the weekend and found this place on the internet. Phoned about 7:55pm to see if they were still serving food. I was told that they were going to stop at 8, but as we were close by, then we'd be fine. It was very quiet - due to Sunday evening and time of year. The food was... More 

Thank Stuart C
Dorchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Food is good but really small portions and we are not big eaters. It could have been that we had a late booking and they were running out but we had on average 8 small chips each and the side salads that we had ordered as extras were little more than a garnish. It doesn't cost much for them to... More 

Thank 26kali
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

We moved from Bridport to Dorchester in December 2015 and soon found The Wiseman as our local pub, we have had some amazing food here and the staff are really friendly. I decided today that I should send a review because we went the other day and had the full works, starters, main and pudding and it was perfect, everything... More 

Thank Wendandmuz
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

All the food we had was really excellent, although not everyone appreciated the use of breadboards and slates instead of plates. The service was brilliant, staff appeared just when needed, brought everything we asked for and didn't keep coming to ask if everything was alright every 5 minutes. Nice quiet cosy atmosphere. A lovely evening.

Thank jnewton007
Hastings, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We stopped at this picturesque and friendly pub on the way home from Cornwall. I had fish and chips, and my wife had the lamb burger. Both were very tasty. The desserts looked good, but we didn't have room to eat any more.

Thank ggrahamm
Dorset, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

After a splendid walk in nearby Portland, we headed home hoping to find somewhere charming to have a lunchtime drink. Although Dorchester has some good imbibing stations, there were none that would be pleasing to the eye after out beautiful walk on the "Isle of Slingers!" How ironic then, that we drove past a sign saying 'Hardy's Cottage' only to... More 

Thank Xanthe C
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Went for Sunday lunch with some v. fussy/picky friends from London and we were all, without exception impressed by the standard of food and the level of service. One of our group had a small baby who unfortunately woke up for a feed just as our meals were served. They offered to keep hers warm while she fed the baby... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 261970

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?