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The Talbot

$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
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Iwerne Minster, Blandford Forum DT11 8QN, England
+44 1747 811269
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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tried it today only to find the chef had been taken seriously ill. The staff managed to produce a fair meal. Good choice of ale. Wheelchair access is reasonable. Still work to be done on the refurbishment. Maybe the new firm should have finished the refurbishment before opening.

Thank dande020969
Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Over the last few years the Talbot had gone downhill, the windows were dirty and the place looked rundown. It has been sold by Hall and Woodhouse and I believe it has been bought by a company named Heartstone. The entire place has had a very good clean and now looks so much better, it now looks that it is... More 

Thank Holiday-Note
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When the new owners took over a few weeks ago we, in the company of many others, attended the opening night. What a shame so few of those attendees have returned for subsequent visits, despite their affirmation that they were so glad to 'have our pub back'. The lunchtime menu and the liquid refreshment is good value and the food... More 

Thank William P
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

So let's address the elephant in the room first - who on earth chooses 'Bucks Fizz' as their background music of choice??? Right with that out the way, we shared the Bruschetta starter and the Breaded Prawns between 4 just because we could, at £6.50 and £7 respectively, the Bruschetta was a disappointingly small portion of just two pieces of... More 

Thank Stayson
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

We had a spontaneous trip for lunch before both of us started night shifts on Sunday. I have to say we we're very pleased with the Talbot having moved to Shaftesbury a year ago and trying the local pubs, this was the first time we've been. The service was as a good as can be expected for a Sunday afternoon,... More 

Thank justinthetree
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39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2016

We had Sunday lunch here last weekend and very good it was too. Very friendly staff and the food was wholesome and pretty good value for money. It certainly seemed to be a popular choice with the locals which is always a good sign and the fact that it was busy made for a nice atmosphere. A good choice for... More 

Thank Rob-Lyn
Dorset, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2015

Excellent food, very good value, nice atmosphere, have been here quite a few times to eat, always good

Thank 335davidbs
Salisbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2015

Absolutely fantastic place and staff -excellent value for money you will not be short changed here .......

Thank Nora M
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2014

We stayed for two nights, choice of rooms (recently renovated), looked after by attentive and friendly staff. Food was really enjoyable and we were delighted to have stumbled upon this little gem of a well run and welcoming pub that has a great menu and extremely comfortable rooms. Thanks Erika and team, we'll be back..!!

Thank Holdtheroll
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2014

The place looks great but the food doesn’t match and seems a little pricey for what you got. We had a couple of salads (as a main) - one was crayfish and the other was pigeon. They were OK, just lacking the rest of what was advertised as being in the salad. I had the sherry trifle for dessert and... More 

Thank Mark W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$16 - $24
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Iwerne Minster, Blandford Forum DT11 8QN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Blandford Forum
  • Phone Number: +44 1747 811269

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