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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 good22%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“rabbit” (5 reviews)
“seafood” (10 reviews)
“pork belly” (10 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

Just lovely! The restaurant was tasteful, warm and cosy with a roaring inglenook fire. The trout gravlax was delightful and so very tasty. The steak was honestly the finest I've ever eaten and I've had a lot in some good restaurants! We chose our wine...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank katyptaty
Reviewed 1 week ago

10th time of going and every time is as good or better than the last. Lots of fish and seafood, but plenty of meat for the carnivores. We had absolutely perfect taramasalata, mussels, scallops, gurnard, brill and sirloin steak, and each of us just had...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank c0linj0nes
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Local friends took us to this out of the way pub and it was a great recommendation. Established in the fifteenth century evidently and it sports a warm atmosphere and equally warm welcome. There’s a great selection of cask ales and wines and it’s very...More

Date of visit: August 2018
2  Thank BazSingapore
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

A little hidden gem that we will be back to. The pork belly was absolutely perfect as was the panna cotta and roasted figs. Could not fault our evening at all. Thank you.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Daniel H
Reviewed 21 October 2018

By far the best food in the area for some miles, always a great menu, great service and fantastic beer.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank coopdawg2014
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Fabulous food, great ambiance, dog friendly, and character surroundings!! We loved it. Landlady and daughter very welcoming and fun, lovely pub full of character but not too crowded. Best fish in the SEast. We broke our journey back from Dorset just to have lunch here....More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Daktari62
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Visited twice for dinner on our recent holiday. Food was fab, the place is lovely and the owner (I assume) was very helpful and accommodating. Agree with other reviews that it is very cold and we had some problems with service on the second visit:...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Redmarch99
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

Two couples, who had been to this pub previously, both together and with others 3 or 4 times chose it as a dinner location without the grown up children. It was suggested when booking to arrive early as they had two larger tables already booked,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Ymfb
Reviewed 29 August 2018

Nicely set up dining pub with well spaced tables so that you didn't feel hemmed in by other parties. Friendly attentive service and food that made everybody happy. Our party enjoyed an excellent skate dish, tasty lamb scrumpet, traditional fish and chips, and a burger...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank helsbellsandcat
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Great lunch in a traditional looking pub where the food was out of the ordinary. There was a great range of fresh fish/seafood and delicious looking menu. I had the skate with spring greens and smashed potatoes - you could just tell that the fish...More

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank rotterdam0892
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
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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