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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 good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish and chips” (16 reviews)
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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 1 week ago

I took my friend for lunch here after it was recommended to me by a couple of my co-workers. We booked a table, and it's a good thing we did as almost every table was full. Everything on the menu looked great, but we eventually...More

Thank ccross2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having visited this pub for many years and always had a good meal we decided it was the place to go when family were staying with us for the weekend. So it was a great shock to find that the experience did not meet our...More

Thank Pauline2652
Reviewed 15 March 2018

Food was really good and service friendly. I'm not really a burger fan but it was probably one of the best I've had. The request that the bacon be well done was noted and it was perfect. My wife had a venison pie which was...More

Thank Peter A
Reviewed 12 March 2018

Have visited twice recently on recommendation from other people on Valentines day and then yesterday for Mother's day!! Both times the food has been delicious and the service lovely!! Yesterdays roast was hot and plenty of roast potatoes!! Would highly recommend and we definitely be...More

Thank joannejenner
Reviewed 4 March 2018

Excellent food. Well prepared and cooked to perfection by the head chef. Good choice of menu. Fine dining at reasonable cost

Thank Rosemarie P
Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Booked a table for late lunch with 8 other walkers. Characterful and relaxing atmosphere in bar / eating area. Pleasant welcome. Interesting menu with good range of choices for lunch.Food tastey, and well presented but a bit pricey.

Thank funchitect
Reviewed 26 February 2018

This is a nice enough pub and the menu looked promising. The food we had was nicely cooked but I just don't think it is value for money. Yes, it is a cut above pub grub but in terms of portion size and pricing, I...More

Thank Vermy100
Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

This pub has excellent, all home cooked food. Amazing flavours. The food is not bog standard pub grub but is fine dining at reasonable prices compared with other local pubs. Always a favourite. Definitely recommend.

Thank HBarn
Reviewed 11 February 2018

When food eventually arrived it appeared of good quality and well cooked ..but at £17 for roast beef disappointed that only 2 slices of beef on plate - by the time the veg arrived..food on plates was cold (so perhaps not hot enough to begin...More

Thank Slovara
Reviewed 10 February 2018

This is a charming old-fashioned English pub in a tiny village. There is a pub area and a section for dining with waitress service. Menu includes usual pub favourites and some unusual gastropub-type dishes, including a good fish menu. Food all tasted good and was...More

Thank sml111
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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
Drinks, 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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
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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