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£5 - £9
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British, Pub, Bar, Diner
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 24 October 2023

After a great walk near to Compton Abbas airfield, we were looking for somewhere to eat. The restaurant at the airfield is closed on a Monday. We searched on Google and it recommended the Rising Sun pub. To be honest it didn’t look too inviting...from the outside, but inside the welcome was warm and friendly. We had delicious pie and chips as well a fish finger sandwiches. While we waited for our food to arrive, we played Ludo. It was an enjoyable game and an enjoyable afternoon for all of the family. We would definitely recommend it.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 28 July 2023

I was part of a birthday Afternoon tea party of 10 lady bikers. We were made so welcome and the teas were fantastic! Tasty plump sandwiches, delicious scones with as much jam and cream as we could eat! Three cakes each, all homemade and gorgeous!...The gluen free raspberry cheesecake was a real highlight. 😋 Add in as much tea as we could drink and lovely antique tea service. It was fabulous.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 15 July 2023 via mobile

Stopped off for a bite to eat and a simple lunch. A beautiful pub, lovely atmosphere, wonderfully clean with fantastic service great beer and food. You can have afternoon tea/lunch/homemade cakes/local ale and everything in between. If you are travelling down the A30 to or...from Shaftesbury stop here - you will not regret it! PS closed Tuesday and Wednesday.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 7 May 2023 via mobile

We stopped here after a long walk through Cranborne Chase. We originally wanted a coffee but saw they served scones, cakes and a delicious sounding menu. We went for a portion of triple cooked chips and garlic bread followed by a coffee, slice of coffee...& walnut cake and a scone with cream and jam. Everything was brought out to us promptly and tastes delicious. The setting is lovely as it’s easily accessible from the main road and over looks beautiful fields with horses. The outside area has plenty of seating, smoking area and area for kids with a swing set. We really enjoyed our stop here and would recommend it to anyone! Also they are dog friendly.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 23 December 2022

We popped in for lunch and had a smashing bacon sandwich, freshly brewed coffee and the tastiest garlic bread I have ever had. A definite great stop for anyone who appreciates an awesome lunch and a very warm welcome!

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 27 October 2022 via mobile

We had previously enjoyed a cream tea in the garden of the Rising Sun this summer. We enjoyed it so much that I decided to book here to celebrate my 70th birthday with friends. There were 16 of us. The owners, Niky and Andy put...on a superb afternoon tea served on traditional crockery, in front of a cosy wood burning stove. The food was excellent. Four different types of sandwiches, a good selection of cakes and scones with cream and jam of course. Everything was fresh and delicious. Nothing was too much trouble for Niky and Andy and they even gave me a birthday card.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 1 July 2022

My partner and I were debating a few places for a last minute lunch on Sunday. We called up and the gent said we didn't need to book. We only live around 10/15 minutes away so went straight down. I have driven past so many...times and have said I wanted to go explore it one day and just never got around to it. I'm so glad we went. Such welcoming people. The lady who greeted us said we could sit in the summer house if we wanted, we hadn't seen it on our way in but agreed. It was the perfect setting for our lunch - beautiful views over the hills. The coffees were lovely, my partner and I both had a latte (mine was decaf and lovely!), he had a toastie and chips & I had the Bacon & Brie panini and chips - I asked for no cranberries as I'm a picky eater and it was no problem at all. Brilliant value for money too, all of that came to just over £20 & they were big portions - the chip bowl was huge! Such yummy food, lovely drinks, beautiful views and even lovelier staff. We will definitely be going back soon!!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 3 April 2022 via mobile

Excellent service and welcoming landlords they spoke to us with interest and even made us some chips despite having finished food service. Everything was perfect and we sat by the fire playing with the games provided. I wish all pubs were like this. Thanks so...much.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 28 October 2021

Had a lovely lunch at the Rising Sun today, Niky & Andy were very friendly and welcoming, food very good, will definitely be returning for more.

Date of visit: October 2021
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The Rising Sun, Donhead, Owner at The Rising Sun, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2021

Thank you so much for your kind review! We're glad you enjoyed your food look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 14 August 2021 via mobile

Fabulous flapjacks! Stopped for coffee on A30 trying to avoid the terrible A303 traffic, but will search this place out again on the trip from Surrey to Devon. We’d already had lunch but could see other customers enjoying jacket potatoes and panini. Lovely outdoor space...and immaculate surroundings.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 3 July 2021

Well after living in Shaftesbury for over 3 years and driving passed the Rising Sun at Donhead St Mary a number of times every week, We decided to stop off there today and we are so glad we did , Andy and Niky Daley were...perfect hosts , great food , great price , a real little gem of a place. If you have driven passed like we have then stop in and give them a try.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 18 May 2021

Stopped at the Rising Sun for lunch yesterday. Wonderful couple who run it. Extremely friendly and welcoming service. Very nice sandwich lunch and excellent coffee. Everywhere spotlessly clean. Will definitely be going back for a more substantial meal and to spend longer there next time....Highly recommend it.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 10 October 2020

Covid safety all in place, lovely couple, great food, nothing too much trouble. Called on the way to Corfe Castle for weeks holiday, asked if they could do sandwiches for us on the way back, no problem. Would be happy to recommend. Extra marks for...lovely clean loos.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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AndyFerry72, Owner at The Rising Sun, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2020

Thank you so much for your review! It was nice to meet you and we hope to see you again if you pass this way.

Reviewed 5 September 2020

Welcoming, friendly, lovely place for a hot drink & cake, or lunch. The food was good value & would definitely go back.

Date of visit: September 2020
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AndyFerry72, Owner at The Rising Sun, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2020

Thanks very much; we look forward to seeing you!

Reviewed 17 August 2020 via mobile

What a lovely pub, considering all the Covid restraints we were met with a friendly smile, a genuine desire to help - and smashing food. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: August 2020
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AndyFerry72, Owner at The Rising Sun, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2020

Thanks for your very kind comments!

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The Rising Sun is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5