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The Wise Man Inn

€€ - €€€, British,
Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
+44 1305 261970
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good23%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Sunday 17 September, had an excellent Sunday lunch. We live in next village and it was our first time for Sunday lunch, but not our last. Both of us chose the Slow roast turkey, roast potatoes, parsnips, cauliflower cheese etc. Very well cooked, a real...More

Thank John F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed in a cottage locally and liked this pub restaurant so much we ate each day there. Well worth a visit, lovely atmosphere, friendly staff, imaginative Fresh locally sourced food. Well done, just wished we lived nearby.

Thank jacavery
Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't normally bother writing restaurant reviews but felt the need to add a review as our meal was excellent. Each course was full of flavour and so tasty. The staff are very friendly and helpful too. I would certainly recommend eating here if you...More

Thank Anitabm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff are friendly and welcoming. The first time we ate here we didn't have a reservation, but they found us a table and we were served pleasantly and promptly. The food was delicious and plentiful. We had the soup of the day, chilli peppers...More

Thank pauline151
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We used to love this pub - great food and nice friendly service. However on our last two visits we have had moderate food and debated about returning today. We did so and regretted it. Poor service whilst the food was over-cooked and very salty....More

Thank Robin G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was taken to the wise man by my girl friend as i had not heard of the place, im so glad that she did! The crab and heritage tomato starter was fantastic, the pork wellington with black pudding, tender stem broccoli and a type...More

Thank Jerry M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had Sunday lunch this week. I had the Bhaji and chicken tikka starter which was nice but I felt it was quite small for the price. The roast beef was very nice and came with a lovely selection of vegetables and roasted vegetables. All...More

Thank NessieNoo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although we had no reservation, we were promptly welcome and seated (we even moved to a larger table while waiting and this was not an issue to the really kind waitress). We had delicious soups of the day and very good steaks. Unfortunately we live...More

Thank paopao2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful country pub, situated in a quiet spot near Dorchester. We headed here on a Saturday evening and were surrounded by families with their four-legged friends, couples having a romantic evening, and locals looking to relax in the sunshine. The menu is...More

Thank jroberts91
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this restaurent on a recommendationas we were on holiday in the area., but we were very disappointed. My wife had the fried fish but it was a very small portion consisting mainly of batter with very little fish in it. I had the...More

Thank Geoffrey N
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Questions & Answers
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?
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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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