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Yalbury Cottage

Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
+44 1305 262382
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  • Excellent88%
  • Very good11%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“amuse bouche” (11 reviews)
“scallops” (19 reviews)
“cheese board” (9 reviews)
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another excellent Sunday lunch - exceptional food and service, and a cosy, delightful place to dine.

Thank SeeTheBee99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yalbury Cottage is deservedly popular (the majority if not all of our convivial, fellow diners were clearly regulars) and it is not easy to get a table so we were very much looking forward to dinner. Pre-dinner canapes were exquisite, as was the home-made bread...More

Thank royalcrescent
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WE had need of a special place in which to celebrate a special occasion with friends so Yarlbury was the obvious place to go. From start to the time you walk out of the door at the end of your visit you are treated with...More

Thank JRF178
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Celebrating a friend's birthday, a group of us enjoyed a delicious meal at Yalbury Cottage. We enjoyed a drink in the garden whilst perusing the menu. The food was excellent and the service attentive but not overbearing.

Thank Eileen652014
Reviewed 1 October 2017

First time of visiting Yalbury Cottage. Service was excellent and friendly very helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. The food that I had was excellent, there were a lot of us eating together . The food was bought out within minutes of each plate being...More

Thank Lyn P
Reviewed 1 October 2017

Booked a table for two for Thursday 28 September for our wedding anniversary. On arrival we were made welcome and shown into the lounge area of this old cottage. Not very well decorated, hardly any wall decorations and the furniture although comfortable needs replacing... ordered...More

1  Thank G H G
Reviewed 28 September 2017

In an small village near Hardy's cottage, it has 8 bedrooms which are more than adequate and a restaurant which provides the best cooking for miles around. Service is friendly and efficient and seating less than 30 means that it has a relaxed and happy...More

1  Thank pateena
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Excellent Hotel with very friendly staff as well as efficient. Everything clean and tidy even down to Wellington boots to use on muddy walks. Restaurant was exceptional with top class menu. No hesitation is recommending this establishment.

Thank Rogersthedodger
Reviewed 25 September 2017

My sister and my brother-in-law took me and my wife for dinner to celebrate my recent 70th birthday. It was an absolute treat. My wife and BIL started with Pan Seared Cornish Scallops with Cauliflower and hazelnut emulsion, lemon confit and Tarragon salad. Sis and...More

Thank Timothy_George1
Reviewed 25 September 2017

Truely excellent food and service. Restaurant is intimate and service very effective but highlight is the food... truely excellent

Thank Paul H
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Theresa H
22 July 2017|
Response from embleton07 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I was a customer. I do not own or run this restaurant. It does not open for lunch but probably would do your wedding reception!
24 February 2017|
Response from YalburyCottage | Property representative |
We are fully booked for Sunday lunch on the 26th, but could do dinner for 4 adults and one child to arrive for pre-dinner drinks at 6.30PM and to dine at 7.00PM. If you are interested just let me know and I will be happy to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$27 - US$53
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 262382
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...with a friendly atmosphere and wonderful views. Stay and relax in our lovely rooms, enjoy a superb freshly cooked breakfast and dine in our award winning restaurant. Small bespoke weddings and parties are a speciality and we offer a great alternative venue for private business meetings with easy and ample parking. Just two miles from Dorchester, Dorset, Yalbury Cottage is set in the hamlet of Lower Bockhampton - the heart of Thomas Hardy's Wessex - walking distance to his birthplace, across the road from his old school house and around the corner from Stinsford church where his heart is buried.
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