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The Fontmell

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Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury SP7 0PA, England
+44 1747 811441
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78 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in for supper... Childs roast for the boy, moules for Daddy and cod and chips for me, with a side of chips....With drinks, some bar snacks and being introduced to a tortoise it was £56 we thought it was great value! Would have been even better without the loud arrogant London types, but that's not the pubs fault!!!... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying in a converted barn nearby in Melbury Abbas and called here for a quick lunch, dogs are allowed in the bar and our yorkie was made to feel welcome. I had the Cajun chicken burger and the other half had a normal burger. Both very nice. Staff are friendly too. It's conveniently located by a main road... More 

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John C, General Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for recommending us on Trip Advisor, much appreciated. Shane (General Manager) More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service... great Sunday roast.. very dog-friendly. Wine selection excellent.... no fault found....

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Thank Jez H
John C, General Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Thank you Jez for your kind review, much appreciated. Shane (General Manager) More 

Salisbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This pub has a very nice atmosphere and the staff are friendly, helpful and efficient . The beer was good . The wine was also good if expensive . The food was OK . Not delicious but not too bad but I really do object to being served food on bits of wood. The Romans had plates 2000 years ago... More 

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2 Thank HolderStu
John C, General Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Stu, thank you for your review and your feedback will be taken into consideration as we are aware that not everyone likes eating off boards! More 

Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Most weekends if I can make it . I love a roast and Tom and his team fulfil my hunger with a truly lovely lunch. Super beef and duck fat roasted potatoes and nice veg too. Plenty of gravy and they supersize my portion for an extra fee of course. Do book as they get busy but great news you... More 

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John C, General Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Thank you, and what a great Sunday Roast review! Many thanks More 

London, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A simply amazing Charles Heidsieck Dinner , the finest food I've had the pleasure to eat at The Fontmell. From the trio of oysters each served differently , the nage of seafood, pigeon with delicious mini pie and onto a stunning gentle selection of cheeses the whole evening was a real treat. Champagnes tasted included two roses, a 2005 vintage,... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

I Had the seafood platter as a starter, very minuscule portions and very bland, my husband had a Thai curry, chicken was very dry. Definitely will not return to this overpriced eatery.

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2 Thank Lisa T
John C, Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to provide some feedback for your dinner at the Fontmell. All feedback positive or negative is valuable and we appreciate your comments and apologise that you were not happy with your dinner. Please do contact us directly if you would like to discuss your comments in further details info@thefontmell.com Many thanks and apologies. More 

Launceston, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Stopped for lunch on a recent trip to the area. Lovely ambience created by the building itself, the furnishings and the menu etc. Only stopped for a snack lunch but my soup was delicious as was my husbands sandwich & fries. Both were 'posh' but good versions! Dog friendly in the bar so we ate there with our pooch but... More 

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John C, Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Lynne Thank you for your kind review, much appreciated and glad that your dog also enjoyed himself and hope it tried the dog biscuits on the bar?! More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Stayed for only one night but will definitely be returning. My relatives and I had booked 4 of the 6 rooms and we were all happy with the accommodation but what really made our stay so good was the excellent evening meal, the very helpful and friendly staff particularly the lively Australian waitress, the cheerful atmosphere, lovely setting and hearty... More 

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John C, Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Michelle, thank you for your feedback and lovely to hear that you had such a good meal by our head chef, Tom Shaw. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We'll be leaving this morning and will be sad to say goodbye to The Fontmell. Having ventured down from London (only a 2 hour drive from Ealing) we were stunned by the sheer beauty of the surrounding area, in which the pub/diner/B&B is situated. The staff are very welcoming & offered exemplary service throughout our stay, a special mention to... More 

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John C, Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Hi Stuart, thank you from all the staff for your review and great to hear that you had an idyllic stay! We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$9 - US$26
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury SP7 0PA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Shaftesbury
  • Phone Number: +44 1747 811441

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?