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The Dolphin

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Bar, British, Pub
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22 Silver Street | 22,Silver Street, Ilminster TA19 0DR, England
+44 1460 57904
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is one of the friendliest pubs I have entered in a long time. We arrived and were made so welcome by Lin. Lovely huge dog, which seemed to sprawl where ever it liked. The food is great, The chicken howtowdie... chicken breast on a haggis bed with a whiskey and onion sauce was lovely. All the food comes in... More 

Thank rogerlepp10
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for taking time to write a review.We are very pleased you enjoyed your experience twice!! as for Sally ,well, yes,she does seem to take over doesn't she? lol More 

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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Travelling home from Cornwall, stopped here for Sunday lunch. Friendly welcome, extensive menu. Food came quickly, was very tasty and all very close to the A303.

Thank Andrea F
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this review

Thank you for your review,i'm glad we could be some assistance. More 

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84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Third review of this place from me. Amazing food Amazing staff Amazing meal out with friends. Reccomended this pub for an evening out with friends. It only keeps getting better.

Thank Carol K
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this review

WOW,THANK YOU, your review is fantastic! all of us are so chuffed with your comments,it makes it all worth while.Thank you so very much.Lyn More 

2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We started the evening with whitebait and a few drinks at the bar....delicious! Decided to change our original plan, which was to dine elsewhere, and ordered dinner at the dolphin. Whole Trout was cooked to perfection and husband had a 'top quality steak'. Veggies were really nice and all served on hot dinner plates, which kept meal hot. Service always... More 

Thank Lola R
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this review

Hi, thank you for your lovely review.We are really pleased you decided to stay with us for dinner and that you enjoyed it,also it is very nice you mentioned the friendliness of my colleagues,we are so lucky to have such a good team around us.We look forward to seeing you again.Lyn More 

London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Lovely pub in the heart of a beautiful village. Excellent location and lovely friendly staff and locals.

1 Thank Edith W
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review,we are glad you enjoyed your visit. More 

Warminster, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

A group of eleven of us ate here last night and all were impressed but the standard the food. All food is 'homemade', with no evidence of a microwave in sight. I had the steak and stilton pie which was delicious. My only complaint would be that the food was really filling - Im so glad I didn't have a... More 

2 Thank Dave C
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this review

Hi, and thank you for your review,it does make it easier when everything is pre ordered for a large party,but it's still a challenge for our young chef James,who ,as you say is good at making and serving delicious food.Maybe next time we'll tell him about portion control so you can try our homemade starters too!Lyn More 

Taunton, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Amazing loin of pork, with roast potatoes and vegetable, beautiful crackling, gravy a bit salty but otherwise excellent. Too full to try a very tempting desert Excellent Sunday lunch.

1 Thank Claire13579
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this review

Hi,I'm glad you enjoyed your Sunday lunch,sorry about the gravy being a bit salty,but the stock is made from the meat bones and vegetable water, and usually is very rich.Maybe next time leave a little room for one of our lovely homemade deserts too! Lyn More 

Martock, United Kingdom
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

we have visited the Dolphin on several accasions after doing buisness in I lminster the landlady is so friendly makes you very welcome we only had drinks but the food looked very appetizing! will definatley be giving it a try.

1 Thank maryb765_13
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this review

Hi,and thank you very much for your review.It is always a pleasure to serve friendly customers,who indeed are very welcome.Hopefully you will enjoy our food as well when you come back.Cheers Lyn More 

Poole, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We stopped en route to the West country. The staff were extremely helpful with gluten free requirements, very welcoming and friendly. Wonderful atmosphere great food and happy memories. Great English village pub.

Thank 120SalB
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this review

Thank You for your review,I'm glad we achieved what we start each day trying to do,making people feel welcome and happy. More 

Fleet, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

We decided to pop into Ilminster on our way down to Cornwall and find a pu instead of eating at the services. We found the dolphin in the centre of the village. The staff were lovely and helpful. Good food for lunch although the chilli ordered, although lovely and home made, was vegetarian and I wasn't told it was vegetarian.... More 

Thank Sarah P
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this review

Hi,thank you for your review,we are pleased you enjoyed your visit but I am so very sorry you weren't told the Chilli was made from Quorn,although thankfully you sound as if you enjoyed it,we usually tell people that it is a vegetarian dish,but obviously we let "you slip through the net".I will ensure this doesn't happen again.Thank you again.Lyn More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?