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Review of Bennett Arms

Bennett Arms
Ranked #18 of 44 Restaurants in Shaftesbury
Price range: $16 - $24
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Very friendly staff, good service. The food was freshly cooked, 2 of us had steak pie with veg, they both said the meat was very tender, well cooked and very rich gravy, excellent, the pastry was good but they wanted a bit more pastry!!! Starters were excellent, camembert bites were lovely. I had the fried tempura battered fish & chips, the batter was a bit soggy, it was too thick & cooked at too low temperature, was not thin & crispy as tempura should be, but certainly nice none the less. The chips were lovely and freshly cooked. We were too full for desserts as the meals were large. A great experience and will visit on a regular basis. Not had Sunday lunch yet but have seen the meals whilst having a drink and look fantastic, a very popular Pub for Sunday lunch. We visited 12th June 2013

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Thank jacqueline_lucas
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

We called in for some lunch at the Bennett Arms. the service was good and the food hot and well presented. good value for money too.....we will be returning!

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

The dressed-crab salad that we had in the gorgeous old bar, was so good that I had to go back 2 days later for another one! The whole pub has a lovely atmosphere and the food was delicious and served in a generous portion. I would recommend this to anyone. Some American visitors also in the bar, were equally complementary on the day.

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Thank Shaheelah
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Staff are helpful, jolly and polite! They have a lovely range of ales and beverages. The food is nothing to write home about, but is tasty and well cooked. The menu could definitely do with a shake up though. They have been serving the same food forever! A few more exciting and modern dishes, and appetizers would go a long way to making this pub a brilliant place to eat out.

Thank Jeremy J
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

This old free house is located in the village of Semley about 1/2 mile east of the A350 North of Shaftesbury. Whilst confining its menu to standard pub fare, our party had perfectly cooked whitebait and a plate of the best calamari from both taste and texture point of view that we had experienced in a long time. Our main course choices included crevettes; mushroom & pepper stroganoff and cottage pie, each of which met with approval., However, the steak and kidney pie in particular, was topped with those lovely cut rectangles of shortcrust pastry which tells of tray cooking and is reminiscent of the very best of school dinners from so long ago. No little pie dishes with the disheartening slab of puff pastry dropped on top in an attempt to kid you that you are being presented with a pie for this pub.
Would we go again...Definitely.

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Thank tydur
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