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The Dolphin

££ - £££, British,
22 Silver Street | 22,Silver Street, Ilminster TA19 0DR, England
+44 1460 57904
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Overview
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“whitebait” (6 reviews)
“trout” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
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LOCATION
22 Silver Street | 22,Silver Street, Ilminster TA19 0DR, England
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1 - 10 of 153 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was lovely, on the quiet high street, food was good, drinks were good. Room was perfect for us. We were staying two nights and Lynn could not have been a better landlady. Friendly down to earth people with two lovely dogs. Service was...More

Thank Albert S
Lyn W, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely comments, may I say you were a pleasure to host and we are happy you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came every night whilst staying in Ilminster. Enjoyed playing pool and after a couple of days we knew the rules... kids not allowed near bar after 6 and anywhere near the pool table. We were ok with that. Enjoyed sitting outside and listening to...More

Thank Louise S
Lyn W, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review, it was a pleasure to see a family enjoying themselves while on holiday

Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

We decided that services food would not cut it. (a trip back from North Devon) So we dived into Ilminster. Really friendly welcome. properly nice people with a warm vibe. Shame we were driving, could have stayed. One Scampi and one Chorizo Chicken equalled two...More

Thank Carltonsw
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2018

Thank you so much for your review,and we are glad you enjoyed your visit and food.Hope we see you again soon.

Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Popped in after a curry at the Rajpoor. It was very quiet with a couple of locals in. Proper English landlady, very friendly and served a good int of IPA. I’ll be back, hopefully it’ll be a bit busier!More

Thank Iain M
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 3 August 2018

Hi Iain M, thanks for your review,the trouble with being a small town pub, is that no matter how nice the town,(and Ilminster is a fantastic town),there are only so many people to go around ! But i'm glad you enjoyed your pint and hope...More

Reviewed 18 July 2018

we had a lovely meal last night, tasted home cooked- would recommend anyone to try it!! landlady was very friendly and the rosie wine superb!!

Thank Sarah D
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2018

Thank you for your review, our pies are home made here as is most of our food, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Lots of complaints about vests whats going on but language swearing not pounced on have oldies not complained ??? Weird

Thank craighodgkinsh
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

Hi Craig,I wish I understood your comments,your wife worked here and you drank here long enough to know my views and actions I take regarding swearing,you know I pounce on bad language when ever I hear it ,so what are you saying?

Reviewed 16 July 2018

A popular dog-friendly pub in the town centre, good quality great value food. pool table and large projector and TV for sport and some outdoor seating. Regular events like live bands, and quiz nights. A guaranteed a warm welcome and friendly atmosphere.

Thank Paul B
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2018

Thank you Paul B,I've got to be honest I thought I'd gone to another planet with the last few reviews,Thank you for your views on my pub (and home),I don't know who you are ,but you will always be welcome!

Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Baned for wearing a vest weather extremely hot. A few weeks ago customers using the F word so you can swear but not wear light clothes.

Thank 346Kev
Reviewed 14 July 2018

What is not made clear is that on a warm sunny afternoon you will be refused entry for wearing a vest.More

1  Thank MrG597
lyn w, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2018

What makes you think that in a busy town centre pub,people eating their lunches want to see someone in a vest with chest hairs,underarm hairs and shoulder hairs sprouting out for all to see? The majority of decent places have a dress code in place,i'm...More

Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

stopped and had a drink at lunchtime today, also looked at the menu and decided to share a portion of white bait. What came was 16 small whitebait at £5.25 - 8 each @ 35p each small fish. Disgusting! Complained to bar staff who agreed...More

1  Thank swiftdj
Lyn W, Owner at The Dolphin, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2018

The whitebait is a STARTER intended for 1 PERSON. !!!

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WendyE486
13 February 2018|
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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.
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Jan D
16 December 2017|
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Response from lyn w | Property representative |
Hi Jan D,yes we open Boxing Day at 10 am until 8pm for drinks and Bar service
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cynthia h
12 August 2017|
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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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
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
Description
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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