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The Sailor's Return

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East Chaldon, Chaldon Herring DT2 8DN, England
+44 1305 854441
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 23:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Walk from Lulworth cove for a hard earn't pint and food. The couple who run it are delightful and can't do enough to make you feel at home. The food is very good however when we went in October the menu was more to our likening. It maybe seasonal however there was not enough local seafood dishes available. I must... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Oxford, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A busy but cosy and very pretty Dorset pub, with good value and freshly cooked food. Just what we needed at the end of a long day and drive.

Thank Nicholas W
Exmouth, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying nearby to East Chaldon last week, and booked in for a Wednesday evening, without knowing that it was The Sailor's Return pie night. Well, what a treat that turned out to be! My starter of Crab cakes was lovely, just what I needed after a long walk on a cold and windy night, under a star filled... More 

1 Thank lowtreck
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here as a family while on the way to Twynham village. Despite tables being reserved, they managed to find us a free table. Good choice of menu, including veggi options. Quality of food was great, well cooked countryside classics such as venison. Nice atmosphere with friendly and attentive staff.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice food in a lovely location. Bar area was busy but restaurant side was quiet and relaxing. Food was very nice with meat/fish/ vegetarian options. Staff are welcoming. Didn't feel uncomfortable bringing two kids along. Nice selection of local drinks to try.

Thank Pamela A
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

Walked through the bar of locals (welcoming locals though) to a nice table towards the back of the pub in the restaurant area. The food was very nice and all fresh and well presented. Service was polite and correctly paced. Nice and romantic setting and very nice food.

2 Thank RJStern
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

Had been here about 3 or 4 years ago and returned in the New Year and still did not disappoint. Atmosphere and Staff most welcoming. Food excellent quality with many local ingredients. Glad to see it's still here... will return again soon.

1 Thank foxbatDorset
England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Our second visit to this pub this month: really friendly service, very reasonably priced delicious home cooked style food. Cosy booths to sit in. A really lovely old fashioned English pub with a great welcome,great food, would definitely recommend, and we'll definitely be back next time we're staying in the area😀

Thank 1gillymp
Truro, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

We had a couple of lunches here whilst staying in nearby Winfrith. Pate/toast and steak sandwich very nice as were the burgers a couple of days later, good house Sauvignon very welcoming landlord and friendly staff. Would definitely recommend based on our experience

Thank Anni H
Dorset, United Kingdom
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298 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

It's some time since I last visited this establishment, and it's certainly brushed up its image. It was a Sunday night in January and we were pushed to find a good place to eat, and which was open. We received a very friendly welcome and were sat on a couch with a drink to study the menu. Being mid winter... More 

1 Thank Brian S

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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
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$25
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: East Chaldon, Chaldon Herring DT2 8DN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Chaldon Herring
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 854441
A traditional thatched English pub in the heart of the Dorset countryside, offering a daily changing smaller menu of locally sourced produce. A wide range of beers and wines to accompany your home cooked meal.

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