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The Wise Man Inn

) #10 of 98 Restaurants in Dorchester $$ - $$$ , British,
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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“pie” (23 reviews)
Open Now
18:00 - 22:30All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
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1 - 10 of 284 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Delightfully furnished cosy pub. Menu sounded so promising. Sadly the food did not live up to the promise. Frazzled scallops with frazzled black pudding. The gurnard was like shoe leather served on a bed of under cooked potatoes and dry vegetables. Really should have sent...More

Thank Damien B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited as was near to Hardy's Cottage. Usually, eat on the healthy side but the steak and ale pie sounded good and surpassed all expectations. Very tasty. The rest of the menu was just the job. Above everything was the welcome by the staff and...More

Thank bradders242
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really delicious food served here. SO nice we went back again the next evening! We enjoyed sitting outside in the evening sun.

Thank aliwaters
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a Monday unaware of the special menu available (pie, pint, pud = £15) which was amazing value. We were also encouraged to mix and match between the main and special menus. Nothing was too much trouble and the food was delicious and...More

Thank MintyClinch50
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We needed to book for a mid week meal and were given recommendations nearby to Crossways which we couldn't get into, so we googled and found this place. WOW what a find... Set in a beautiful village location with seating to the front and rear,...More

Thank Gerri D
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Called in for a lunch as we were nearby. We were very impressed with the menu although we finished up with a simple lunch of whitebait for myself and scallops and black pudding for my son The place was very busy and all the food...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 13 May 2017

Had very tasty vegetable soup, toasted sandwich, ham and cheese, very enjoyable. Husband had turkey pie, cheese mash and peas which he enjoyed. Young staff very pleasant and quick to serve us, well done.

Thank Margaret H
Reviewed 10 May 2017

What a great pub. Went midweek and had probably the best fish and chips and churros in the county . freshly cooked and served with a smile. only negative please ditch the boards/ planks as everything runs over the edge

Thank AuntieLel33
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Great value meals on a Monday. Pie with chips and veg plus a pint of beer or glass of wine for £12. Beetroot and goats curd pie was was excellent as was fish pie. Great beers on drought. Lovely helpful staff. All in all great...More

Thank paulm2101
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I took my elderly mother after a recommendation from her neighbour. The owners were so friendly and tolerant of my mother who can be difficult. We ordered Fresh Gurnard, with Samphire and Jersey Royals. Absolutely fresh with a fantastic taste. I shall return next month...More

Thank 824simon
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2.91 km away
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3.64 km away
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Do you have any vegan options available?
15 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?
Does it allow dogs inside?
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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
00:00 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
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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