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The Forester

The Forester Lower Street, Donhead Saint Andrew, Shaftesbury SP7 9EE, England
+44 1747 828038
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“fish soup” (11 reviews)
“rabbit” (4 reviews)
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British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
The Forester Lower Street, Donhead Saint Andrew, Shaftesbury SP7 9EE, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This country pub is an amazing find a little off the beaten track. The owners are friendly and very hospitable and the staff attentive and courteous. The food is excellent. The wines and cocktails of the week are very good. Fewer choices for beer or...More

Thank vivhthomas
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on the evening of the 13th of October. The staff were very friendly, and the service was generally pretty good. Unfortunately the food was disappointing. The veal was a overcooked and under seasoned - reminiscent of an insole. The bream was ok, though nothing...More

Thank RHalladay
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked here after a walk round Wardour castle. We arrived early; no problem for the pub. Friendly welcome by all the staff. Good range for a lunch menu and prompt service. All the dishes were hot and delicious. Lovely hidden gem for travellers or walkers....More

Thank Jolyon L
Reviewed 6 September 2017

A tremendous old world pub with excellent menu. Food is magnificent with a lovely atmosphere in the pub. Very welcoming.

Thank 731robin
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We decided to have lunch out and as the reviews for The Forester looked very encouraging, a table was reserved! The dining here is excellent, we both had fish and the pub's reputation for good fish dishes was upheld admirably - they were both beautifully...More

1  Thank Resurgam20
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Great Pub, Great Food, Great Service, Great Staff, Great Landlord and Landlady. The Best !!!! We will be returning very soon

1  Thank Simon P
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

6 of us enjoyed an evening here. The pub itself is traditional set in split level little gardens areas. The food was very good - we all had a a good selection of the courses and all enjoyed it all. Not a cheap night but...More

1  Thank SATLauren
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

I eat here with a colleague last night , and I can hand on heart honestly say , it was the best steak I have had all year! The pub is in the middle no where, very remote, no phone signal remote. But very pleasant...More

1  Thank Wayne E
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed the whole experience, the food was very good, an interesting wine list, great location and friendly staff who were knowledgeable about the food been served. The menu had a good selection of meat and fish dishes, if you haven't got room for pudding...More

1  Thank helsbells1968
Reviewed 4 August 2017

The Forester is a popular gastropub (booking essential) which has a good understanding of the gluten free requirements of a coeliac. They happily adjusted the tiger prawn starter which was beautifully cooked. Seafood and fish is a speciality here, and the sea bass was nicely...More

1  Thank LiztheWhizz
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 14:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Forester Lower Street, Donhead Saint Andrew, Shaftesbury SP7 9EE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Shaftesbury  >  Donhead Saint Andrew
  • Phone Number: +44 1747 828038
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