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The Willows

5 Blandford Road, Shillingstone, Blandford Forum DT11 0SG England
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The Willows B & & is an 18th Century Licensed Restaurant and Elegant Tearoom and offers year round Bed and Breakfast. Situated in Shillingstone, with Blandford Forum to the South, Sturminster Newton and Sherborne to the North with Hambledon Hill as a backdrop. The Willows specialises in: • Delicious Homemade Fayre • Locally sourced and mostly Organic Produce • Private Dinners, Functions, Outside Events & Picnics • Corporate Functions (please contact to discuss) • Lunches • Sunday Roasts – Bookings only • Traditional Afternoon Teas
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Free parking
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Wine / champagne
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Books, DVDs, music for children
Non-smoking hotel
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4.0 of 5 stars
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English, French
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Fozzy001 wrote a review Nov 2022
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
Stayed two nights in this lovely old house. Very comfortable and warm downstairs bedroom by the front door. Plenty of off-road parking available. Well looked after by Carol. Her breakfasts were amazing with plenty of choice. Excellent value.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Lesley W wrote a review Aug 2021
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We were walking the trail at Shillingstone and decided to pop by the willows for a cup of tea. Unfortunately on arriving it was closed for an afternoon function in the tea rooms. The Willows daughter who was outside said that they could do tea and cake outside in the garden and are so glad we took them up on their offer. We sat in the small garden and enjoyed a lovely pot of tea and raspberry sponge. Both were lovely and served on lovely china. Thank you both for being so accommodating it was much appreciated! Will definitely be back
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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jennie poole wrote a review Jul 2021
Poole, United Kingdom52 contributions41 helpful votes
Had a afternoon tea with bubbly to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. Carol the owner is lovely and very welcoming.Everything was plentiful and delicious. Really enjoyed everything and the bubbly lovely and cold.The setting is beautiful a Vintage tearoom not to be missed.We enjoyed it so much that I have booked a return visit.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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VivWestbrook wrote a review Jun 2021
London, United Kingdom68 contributions50 helpful votes
Quintessentially English tea-room who served the perfect cream tea. The scones were fresh, light and warm, the cake was moist and light and delicious, and the sandwiches were fresh and tasty (especially the smoked salmon), and to top it off there was an Eton mess. We had been given a voucher as a present so we also had a glass of cold Prosecco. Everything was served in and on bone China with personal and friendly service. A lovely experience after a 3 1/2 hour drive.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lara M wrote a review Jun 2021
Poole, United Kingdom26 contributions14 helpful votes
We visited today for an afternoon tea for 4 people, we left our booking a bit late and were accomodated on the same day to such a high standard. The lady who runs the willows is lovely and really cannot do enough to make sure your visit is amazing. The afternoon tea itself was very generous and tasted beatuiful with a large selection of sandwiches, cakes a scone each and a lovely meringue dessert. The whole dining area is beautifully themed, clean tidy and relaxing. Overall we had a fantastic experience and we will definatley be booking to.come back again soon! Thankyou so much!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lynn B wrote a review May 2021
Wallington, United Kingdom27 contributions32 helpful votes
This was our lucky day! Passing The Willows on the way to Blandford Forum, we decided to pop in for an afternoon tea on our return journey. Wow, we both enjoyed every mouthful; the sandwiches were fresh and tasty, the scones warm with plenty of jam and clotted cream and the homemade cakes were light and full of flavour. A beautiful pot of tea (which was replenished for us) completed the feast, simply perfect. Our host, Carol, was very welcoming and we spent time after the tea chatting with her as if we were old friends. We will definitely be back next time we're in the area, the b&b bedrooms looked lovely too!
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Christopher D wrote a review May 2021
Stevenage, United Kingdom8 contributions3 helpful votes
We used a Afternoon Tea For Two gift voucher and was not disappointed. The tea room had only just reopened as the lockdown rules had eased and we pre-booked. It seemed like a new experience to eat out indoors after more than a year unable to do so. The tea, the salmon and egg sandwiches, the selection of cakes, homemade biscuit and scones were delicious. We really enjoyed it and had a long chat with the owner which made for a very enjoyable break from everything. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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gilllittle2017 wrote a review Sept 2020
Sparkford, United Kingdom65 contributions13 helpful votes
This was a BuyaGift afternoon tea experience . Our host was extremely welcoming. The Willows is an attractive period cottage situated in pretty gardens. The tearoom inside was full of character with Welsh dresser displaying pretty bone china, another with beautiful linen. The tea was eagerly anticipated and certainly did not disappoint. The sandwiches freshly made included smoked salmon and egg. Huge scones with clotted cream. Possibly the best score I have ever eaten, Eaton s mess and other cakes too. We couldn’t eat another morsel!! 😊 I would highly recommend Afternoon Tea at The Willows.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Kelly N wrote a review Sept 2020
United Kingdom2 contributions
What a gem of a place! Collected our afternoon tea to enjoy in the sunshine. We had everything we needed in the box, cutlery, plates, napkins and the most delicious sandwiches, cake scones,and our favourite Eton mess. Looking forward to another visit very soon. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Liz O wrote a review Mar 2020
Dorset, United Kingdom33 contributions10 helpful votes
What a perfect little place, gloriously decor, full of all things quintessentially English made me feel so proud of my country and hoped as many foreign tourists as possible will visit here to see what is the "Best of British" , The owner Carol is a warm, welcoming host and has great skills in baking. We both thought her scones were the best we had ever tasted and the cakes and sandwiches were as equally delicious, as was the meringue pudding to finish off. Wonderful value so would highly recommend this place to all. Now cannot wait to return for her Sunday lunch as the starter selection is to dream of!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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United KingdomEnglandDorsetBlandford ForumShillingstone
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Willows
Which popular attractions are close to The Willows?
Nearby attractions include Sturminster Newton Mill (3.5 miles), North Dorset Railway - Shillingstone Station (0.8 miles), and Hambledon Hill (1.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Willows?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and books, DVDs and music available for children.
Is parking available at The Willows?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Willows?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Baker Arms, The White Horse Inn, and The White Horse Inn.
Is The Willows located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the centre of Shillingstone.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Willows?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Are there any historical sites close to The Willows?
Many travellers enjoy visiting North Dorset Railway - Shillingstone Station (0.8 miles).