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The Dolphin

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22 Silver Street | 22,Silver Street, Ilminster TA19 0DR, England
+44 1460 57904
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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22 Silver Street | 22,Silver Street, Ilminster TA19 0DR, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a few hours to kill whilst our van was being serviced so walked into Ilminster with our border collie hoping to find somewhere for lunch. Luckily we found the Dolphin, nice food, very reasonable price, friendly locals and lovely landlady. Oh and did...More

Thank LornaBella
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed Ilminster overnight & were looking for somewhere to eat. We came across the dolphin. Their home cooked dinner was outstanding, everyone was very friendly & the bill very reasonable. If you are anywhere near Ilminster please look the dolphin up.

Thank chrish0w28
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

visited while passing on holiday. landlady brilliant, food good, dog friendly. lovely local pub. right next to the minster

Thank kevin g
Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

After a very long journey to Somerset stuck in lots of traffic we were tired and needed something to eat and somewhere to stay. We found this place and were so pleased we did. We were so welcomed including our dogs and the pub had...More

Thank Costinpowers
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Thank you so much for your review and we are really glad you enjoyed your time with us.We are very lucky with our regulars and the atmosphere they help create.If you're in the area again it would be lovely to see you.Cheers Lyn

Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Recently visited our old local and had a lovely stay lots to drink and fun with friends Great band on friday. We are moving away but will definately be back again. Keep up the good work lynne Craig and Annette

2  Thank craighodgkinsh
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Walked to Dolphin to get some supper. Chosen as wesite said food served Sunday 6pm to 9pm. On arrival "we don't serve food on Sundays until Easter". Checked in pub by landlady and website site admitted tbe in error. Still charged full price for unwanted...More

Thank Dave W
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2018

You ordered the drink before you even mentioned food! and I apologised for not being able to help you,and I apologised for the error on the web page,that would be sufficient for the majority of people,I'm sorry it wasn't good enough for you.

Reviewed 22 January 2018

Went to the pub quiz with some work colleagues. Pub is welcoming with friendly staff and quiz was to a good standard - not too hard, not too easy!

Thank Emma D
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2018

Thank you glad you enjoyed it,Will is running another quiz on the 28th Feb.Come and play

Reviewed 6 January 2018

Came in for dinner for 2. Nicely kept pub serving good food. Nice, friendly atmosphere, polite staff.

Thank thepages906
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

Myself and a work colleague stayed at the dolphin for a week in early December, the pub itself is very nice the locals are very friendly. We only had food there on one occasion and it was very nice, the room we stayed in though...More

2  Thank paulgorwood
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

Yes indeed you and a work colleague did stay here for a week in early December,and we are still counting the cost of having to buy a new mattress to replace the one your work colleague urinated on.As if that alone didn't account for the...More

Reviewed 2 January 2018

Always eat here when we stop in Ilminster - booked a table online as Friday before Christmas - arrived early and asked if we wouldn’t mind eating straightaway as table for 10 supposedly booked in. Agreed to do so - my wife ordered prawn cocktail...More

2  Thank alanpemberton1
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2018

What a shame after dining here 6 or 7 times,you chose this time to write your FIRST review for us,I apologise for there being no bread & butter or lemon with your prawns,that was a schoolboy error,should never have happened and could have been put...More

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Questions & Answers
Wendy E
13 February 2018|
Response from ChrissyA87 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you might be better off contacting the pub directly- either via the contact page on their website or by phoning them on 0146057904. The landlady is lovely so I'm sure she'll do whatever she can for you.
Jan D
16 December 2017|
Response from lyn w | Property representative |
Hi Jan D,yes we open Boxing Day at 10 am until 8pm for drinks and Bar service
cynthia h
12 August 2017|
Response from lyn w | Property representative |
Hi Cynthia,sorry I have taken so long to answer this,but I have been a bit busy.Unfortunately we have no car park,but on a Sunday parking outside is no problem.Our roast lunch is £ 8.95 for freshly cooked Bonners meats plus... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 Silver Street | 22,Silver Street, Ilminster TA19 0DR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Ilminster
  • Phone Number: +44 1460 57904
The Dolphin is one of the oldest buildings in Ilminster, housing a pub restaurant serving traditional Briitish food with ingredients from the butcher opposite.
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