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A31 | Winterborne Zelston, Winterborne Zelston, Blandford Forum DT11 9ET, England
01929459227
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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88 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I agree with the reviews the food is excellent quite frankly, as good as you will find in any English Pub I couldn't fault it. Yes there is obviously a staff shortage dont expect fast food! But it's worth the wait..and the two front of house staff were Brilliant..so if you are traveling in this area make sure you time... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped off for lunch as didn't know the area. On entry smelled of dog water bowl for canines present in bar area. Rear of pub was OK fresher smelling. Note on bar stating short staffed so possibly delay in service. Menu restrictive but bar staff excellent service and very friendly. Didn't eat in the end nothing to do with staff... More 

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Totton
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have passed this pub for years but never stopped there until Sat 13 Aug. It has been very tastefully decorated. As someone has previously mentioned, we also saw a polite notice informing us they were short staffed but we did not experience any difficulties or delays due to this. Food came out quickly and was extremely tasty - I had... More 

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Thank Julian B
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful country pub/restaurant . Exceptional food, beautiful prepared and presented. The chef clearly loves what he does and it showed. The landlady and staff are friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Child and dogs friendly. We will definitely go back.

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Thank teardrop1301
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here this evening for the second time. There are no words to describe the food, that can truly do it justice. The menu might be small, but the food is out of this world. Good quality ingredients, cooked by a knowledgably chef, who cooks wonderful food. Service is top class. Cannot come more highly recommended. Best meals we've... More 

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somerset,england
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Driving around yesterday looking for a place to eat after having visited Kingsdon Lacy we saw this pub and decided to stop. At the bar there was a sign advising of staff shortages and I wondered if I should get into the car and drive on but decided to give it a chance and I am so glad that I... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thought we would try this out as it had reopened. Had to pay cash for drinks, as there was a 50p charge to pay by card under £10.00. Not impressed by that, very unfriendly staff, totally un-welcoming. Didn't bother looking at the menu, just will not go back. Locals friendly though, they don't give it long themselves.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As we were staying at the nearby Hilltop Barn B&B, we walked down to the Botany Bay Inne. Had a lovely meal - locally sourced food (plaice and steak). The staff were very friendly and attentive. A small point...it would be worth them upping their knowledge of the wines on offer.

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Thank Ian B
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food. I had lamb kebabs, delicious. My husband had the burger. Homemade. Highly recommend. Very friendly and professional service.

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1 Thank Joyce B
Poole, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a good while since I used to eat here regularly, so decided to give it a go. Inside it has been refurbed, and the bar area is more like a wine bar than a pub. A nice selection of ales, although only one working on draught. A blackboard notice on the bar, advising of staff shortages, and potential delays... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?