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The Wise Man Inn

Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
+44 1305 261970
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good24%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Excellent choice by friends to visit The Wise Man last evening. Ample parking and tasteful interior decoration all helping to set the scene. Helpful and attentive staff throughout our visit. Food that pleased all four of us including our long time qualified and experienced chef....More

Thank j w
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I have visited the wise man on a number of occasions for lunch and dinner it is a great pub serving excellent food. We had a really nice lunch today I had the mussels which were served in a very tasty creamy garlic sauce they...More

Thank Tazzy1978
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food, interesting options well cooked & beautifully presented. Home made cream cheese & lime sorbet is to die for! Very friendly & spacious too.

Thank VictoriaEB1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely old pub, now a gastro pub, recommended by b and b. Staff were very helpful. Varied, if fairly expensive menu, but beautifully cooked food using local ingredients. Husband bit disappointed by lack of decent real ale but he coped.

Thank olddht
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had booked for 5 covers for Sunday lunch at 1pm. Unfortunately 3 of us were delayed so contacted the pub to Let them know. No worries. Staff were brilliant when we arrived, took our orders for drinks and food and accepted our apologies with...More

Thank Pinkhazel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped at the Wise Man Inn for lunch whilst exploring Dorset. They had a very big party in and warned us about the wait for food in advance. As it was they came to take our order just after we'd made our choices from the...More

Thank Freya J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pub in small village but with parking which is good as very popular with locals. Food came quickly and was freshly cooked and delicious. Hard chairs and hard floor so somewhat noisy but the friendliness of staff made up for that. Well worth a visit.

Thank pateena
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great looking pub, fantastic menu with lots of choice. The food quality is excellent and well worth the visit. If I were making one comment it would be to ask for a table in the main pub rather than the seating to the left side...More

Thank AndyCovey
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sunday 17 September, had an excellent Sunday lunch. We live in next village and it was our first time for Sunday lunch, but not our last. Both of us chose the Slow roast turkey, roast potatoes, parsnips, cauliflower cheese etc. Very well cooked, a real...More

Thank John F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed in a cottage locally and liked this pub restaurant so much we ate each day there. Well worth a visit, lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, imaginative Fresh locally sourced food. Well done, just wished we lived nearby.

Thank jacavery
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Questions & Answers
16 May 2017|
Response from Julian B | Reviewed this property |
I haven't seen any vegan options but they may prepare something if you called ahead?
22 February 2015|
Response from SusieDaviesPoole | Reviewed this property |
Yes. In the main bar area.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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The Wise Man is where traditional village pub meets rustic gastro cuisine. Situated in the heart of the pretty village of West Stafford, only two miles from Dorchester, Philip and the team ensure a friendly welcome to all and will endeavour to make your visit a memorable one. We are also close to Hardy's Cottage which can be enjoyed on one of the many beautiful walks or popular cycle routes in the area. Our head chef Leigh leads a passionate team who endeavour to create great flavours and experiences. All of our dishes are made in house using the freshest ingredients and where possible we always buy local and in season. To sum up our menu its a collision of world flavours with rural Dorset and Great British Classics.
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