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The Forester

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The Forester Lower Street, Donhead Saint Andrew, Shaftesbury SP7 9EE, England
+44 1747 828038
12:00 - 14:00
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Sun 12:00 - 14:00
Tue - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Dorset, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2015

On a lovely Saturday in late October I set out with a couple of friends (one has written a review below) for a walk to the Pub, where we would have a quick lunch before walking back again. We had two dogs with us and we picked the Foresters because one of us had been there before and knew that... More 

4 Thank Charlotte L
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2015 via mobile

We were following a walk from the walking magazine which suggested this restaurant for lunch as a halfway rest point. The food was amazing, definitely one of the best restaurants we have been to. No hesitation going there for a formal occasion. Everything was so well executed. The chocolate mousse with blood orange sorbet was fabulous. Staff extremely friendly and... More 

1 Thank Liepingchan
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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216 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2015 via mobile

The menu here was fantastic. So much amazing choice and the wine list was amazing. The fish was perfectly cooked and my beef was beautiful. The service was impeccable and the whole experience was throughly enjoyable. We will definitely be back.

Thank ChilliPepper1
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2015

We were thrilled to see so many good reviews for this restaurant, especially the fish cookery - and couldn't have been more disappointed. We arrived, I said we'd booked for lunch, and the lady at the bar said "Oh, have you?" - looked completely uninterested and told us to sit anywhere.Menus were shoved onto the table but no wine list... More 

2 Thank 952Vanessa
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Lovely pub. Excellent service and delicious food. Highly recommend it! The menu is very seasonal and the fish and seafood choice is especially good. Highly recommend the cockles popcorn. Finger licking good.

1 Thank magdalena f
Llannefydd, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2015

Not the easiest place to find but well worth the effort. Imaginative menu, beautifully presented plates, great service. What's not to like. The prices are a couple of quid dearer than some, but this is not ordinary pub food. There was a good range of affordable wines with many being available by the glass. If you're in the Shaftesbury area,... More 

1 Thank BeniarJohn
Salisbury, Wilshire
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2015

I recently had the opportunity to eat in this lovely pub/restaurant and would highly recommend it. The food was fresh and well cooked and the flavour combinations delicious. Whilst the menu does change regularly to ensure the freshest seasonal produce I would suggest trying the Carpaccio of Vension, Hake, Pheasant and Iced apple crumble if available. All were wonderful. It's... More 

1 Thank KScarpetta
Fontmell Magna, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Looking for a country location with lunch / dinner go no further, outside seating in the summer, real ales, good wine choices......seafood offering is varied, fresh and cooked perfectly. Staff are all very pleasant, it's more restaurant than a pub, but that's not a problem. Highly recommended even if it's a wee bit pricey. We will be back.

1 Thank AdbFM
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

To have lunch or dinner in this pub is a real Enjoyment. The food is superb; Fabulous fresh fish, delicious steak, and always something new on the menu. The service is friendly, warm and relaxed. Do try it out - like us, you will not be disappointed.

1 Thank Lieszambr
Dorset, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2015 via mobile

Great service, great hosts, fantastic food, great atmosphere..... Just a great place overall. We will defiantly be returning again.

1 Thank atravelerr15

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?