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the blue raddle

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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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9 Church Street, Dorchester DT1 1JN, England
+44 1305 267762
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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like real ale and people watching you will be at home here. A wall chart explains what Raddling is for those who are not from the deepest country background. The real ales are mainly local to the area and well kept.

Thank Dave G
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good food and excellent selection of real ales for the enthusiast. Very few pubs serve real ales well, this one does. Always lots of drinkers with views on what makes a good beer.

Thank Chaspat1
Bordeaux, France
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very, friendly service, traditional, slightly old fashioned menu, meat and 2 veg, but all fresh and well cooked. Cash only, no cards. Meals £10 to £12, beer £3.40 per pint. No London Pride, too expensive for the locals according to the landlady

Thank 824simon
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89 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just returned from a lovely night in the Blue Raddle. I ate the faggots, the wife had the curry - both excellent ! The real ale quality was first class, the wife enjoyed the wine. A very friendly place to visit, and enjoy great beer, food and conversation.

Thank BigChiv
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I met up with the only ex school friend I get to see (we met over sixty years ago) and together with our wives we had another wonderful meal in the Blue Raddle. We go there about four times a year and have never been disappointed. The hosts are very friendly and make you fell so welcome. We usually have... More 

Thank PLBuck
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

A proper pub. No children running about so it is a good old fashioned pub. Lots of real ales. Not a lot of seating as it is a nice small pub. There is a good and varied selection of food and bar snacks.

Thank Mr-DPD
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

A cute, welcoming pub, with friendly locals & wall to wall character. The food however is the real gem; freshly cooked, with a huge menu to boot. Simply delicious!

Thank EJPope
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Magnificent real pub atmosphere, superb range of guest beers and a whole row of proper draught ciders! Good food, too, at very reasonable prices. Busy and cheerful, without being overcrowded. A word to the wise: visit the cash point first - they don't take cards!

Thank Mike F
England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Luckily we turned up just as the doors opened or we wouldn't have got a table. Husband was impressed with the beer selection and I was happy with the cider! We ordered food which came promptly and was delicious. The gentleman behind the bar and lady in the kitchen worked extremely hard and the service was excellent.

Thank db9wishes
United Kingdom
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

A traditional pub with lots of character. We popped in for a drink on a very cold Friday evening prior to having dinner elsewhere and received a warm welcome from the bar-lady. I enjoyed an excellent pint of guest real ale and my partner a glass of wine. We'll try a meal on our next visit.

Thank Diane B

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Restaurant Details

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Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Church Street, Dorchester DT1 1JN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 267762
If you're after something a little quirky but great fun then you won't be disappointed with The Blue Raddle.The Raddle is an intimate community pub frequented by local characters, famous for the ales and Landlady concocted meals on offer. The wine and other beverage selection isn't bad either! As if a visit to The Raddle isn't entertaining enough there are regular folk and Irish style music nights as well as a wacky charity meat draw every Friday evening and a quiz featuring quizmaster The Creative Accountant at the turn of every fiscal quarter.The Raddle is the home of 'laughter on tap'!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?