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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 November 2023

After suffering a mechanical whilst out riding the green lanes of Dorset my friend and I found ourselves stranded in the rain whilst a third member undertook the 2 hour round trip to get a rescue van. We looked for the nearest refuge and came...across the Talbot Inn only a couple of miles away. After a tiring and wet push we arrived at 14.40 to a wonderful warm welcome from Venetia. Not only were we welcomed in and given excellent hospitality, but her and Son Theo (budding biker and rugby star) allowed us to remain long after the 15.00 closing time awaiting rescue. The food menu looks fantastic and a better experience we could not have wished for. I will be returning with my family (including Leo, budding biker and rugby star of similar age to Theo) for a Sunday roast in the near future. Thank you Venetia and Theo, you really saved the day. All the best CareyMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 5 September 2023

Exceptional Villiage Pub, Food and service amazing. Fish dish was to die for. The staff couldn't be more helpful and polite. Visited now a few times would highly recommend. One of the best places I’ve been to in a while.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 28 August 2023

We decided to eat at this village pub and it was a lovely location in a village. We went to the bar and ordered drinks and I was going to pay and the bar maid said "I will put it on your table tab" ok...that was fine. There were four of us in the party and we sat down and looked at menu. The bar maid came over and we all placed our orders. The food came out and it was the usual pub grub at the higher end of pricing nothing fantastic and we had more drinks, then 2 puddings between us at over £15. So far all ok and service is what you would expect from a local pub, I should know as I work in one. At the end of the evening I asked for the bill and the young lady brought over the bill, there was a Discretionary service charge on drinks and food ( enough for us to have another 4 drinks ) . I asked her if she could remove the service charge please. The first barmaid came over and said " was everything ok or was there something not right. I said no it was all ok thank you we have just requested the service charge to be removed as its on all the drinks as well as the food. she then said well its on the bottom of the Menu, I replied yes its discretionary not compulsory ( Direct Gov .... A service charge is an amount added to the customer’s bill before it is presented to the customer. If it is made clear to the customer that the charge is a purely discretionary amount and there is no obligation to pay, the payment is a voluntary service charge.) She then changed from being polite to rude and impolite. I gave her the correct amount and she then scanned my card. I gave her a cash tip and she told me to keep it. Her attitude was disgusting and we will never go back.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 13 August 2023 via mobile

We came across this pub by following the signage from the main road. After a short drive we arrived at this little village gem. The owners were friendly and welcoming. Menu was extensive and the food was fabulous. I would highly recommend this English experiance.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 28 May 2023

We actually had lunch and dinner here and it was excellent! I tried the fish with fresh vegetables and new potatoes. The sticky toffee pudding for dessert was very tasty. The proprietress here was helpful and friendly and more than accommodating to our needs. If...I lived nearby I'd be here here every week!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 9 May 2023 via mobile

The pub is in the quaint village of Berwick St John. The landlady was very friendly and service was excellent. The food was very tasty (calves liver and bacon with a delicious rich gravy) and the pub offered a good selection of beers. Well worth...a visit - I will be back.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 23 December 2022 via mobile

Sadly it is rarely now that one finds a real village pub in the same ownership for years and with real locals at the bar. The food is excellent too. Wonderful!

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 25 October 2022

We three had a wonderful lunch today and this included our vegetarian member of the party. All the food was cooked in house fresh and from very good ingredients, the sea bass and venison steak was wonderful This was washed down with Flack Manor ale...- 5 star. Venetia and her team's service was faultless and friendly. They then followed it up with assistance because I had left my lights on and flattened the car's battery, finding a local guy in the bar to jump start my car - tx to all. Looking forward to my next visit!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 April 2022

Called in for an after walk pint. Friendly and inexpensive. Two canine companions in the garden made for an enjoyable half hour in an attractive village.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 21 March 2022

So nice to have excellent quality food, served fresh and piping hot, excellent service, friendly staff. We went for a trip out from Wimborne and definitely will be going back.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 19 March 2022 via mobile

Delightful setting (good for walkers) excellent beers and wine ,and particularly well presented food . A snug fire adds to the atmosphere

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 16 February 2022

7 of us visited for an evening meal, we were warmly met by staff, nice log fire and pleasant pub, good choice of ales ( for the men) we had several different meals chosen from an extensive menu ( plus specials board) followed up by...various puddings and coffee, good value and highly recommended as a place to dineMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 29 January 2022 via mobile

Once again the Talbot does what it does best, good pub food, well cooked, sensible portions but nothing silly at either end of the scale. Here you can enjoy good food and local oils at reasonable prices. It is rare to find a country pub...which has such a nice atmosphere, roaring fire and clearly well frequented by the local population, which is always a good sign!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 8 January 2022

We went for dinner, the food was good nothing to write home about. Beer was off, it smelt awful. Shame

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 7 December 2021

We just had a drink at The Talbot as passing through the village. The landlady was very welcoming, the pub was warm with a roaring fire. Lovely atmosphere. Worth stopping by.

Date of visit: December 2021
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