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The Forester

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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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“seafood” (10 reviews)
“turbot” (5 reviews)
“pork belly” (9 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 7 June 2016

I had heard that the food was good. So we treated ourselves to some fine wine and a 2 course meal. The starters were good... beef capaccio with parmesan shavings and seared scallops on a squid ink rissotto. But it was the fish that was...More

1  Thank 374karenv
Reviewed 25 May 2016

We have been going to The Forester intermittently for years and it continues to be very good. The food, beer, wine etc. continue to be very good, not cheap but very good. Human, helpful and entertaining staff.

1  Thank JoannaandMatthew
Reviewed 7 May 2016

Lovely meal for a recent family celebration, attentive service and beautiful food which everyone enjoyed.

1  Thank lmg2006
Reviewed 19 April 2016

The food was very good. Both the standard menu and the a la carte menus were appealing and varied. The wines set vetoing was also wide and the one we had very good. The service was most professional and courteous.

1  Thank CossyWombat
Reviewed 17 April 2016

The place is pleasant, the menu good, varied, and locally sourced, with friendly staff but they do charge as if they are a London eatery not a country pub in Wiltshire. It is clearly a down from Londoners haunt. If you like that sort of...More

5  Thank Nesster
Reviewed 7 April 2016

Been eating at The Forester for many years and never had a bad meal. Yesterday lunch was exceptional. Wel done to all the team. We will be back soon

1  Thank OldInnHolt
Reviewed 24 March 2016

My wife and I visited(again!) on a Thursday lunchtime and had the best meal we've had for ages. The owners are simply the best and take great pride in running this gem of an eatery. Lovely old-fashioned pub, good beers, log fire, etc. But the...More

1  Thank Peter C
Reviewed 23 March 2016

First class service ambiance and most importantly food Great value lunch 3 courses £22.50 fish soup (as good as a good Marseille restaurant) pork belly with exceptionally tasty pork then rhubarb pannacotta Foresters is in GFG with a score of 2 should be 4 or...More

1  Thank mike s
Reviewed 17 March 2016

We were told about this pub whilst staying in Shaftesbury, and went for dinner. It proved slightly difficult to find, but was worth the trip! There was a lovely welcoming log fire in a huge inglenook and a cosy atmosphere. Very friendly staff, excellent menu,...More

1  Thank Ca11ieKo
Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

All the reviews about the fish options being good are spot on. Three of us dined here for lunch and we all had fish/sea food options which were cooked perfectly. Scallops to start for two of us plus a fish soup and they were superb....More

1  Thank Crusty1967
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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, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, 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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