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the blue raddle

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££ - £££
Bar, British, Pub
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9 Church Street, Dorchester DT1 1JN, England
+44 1305 267762
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United Kingdom
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A traditional pub with lots of character. We popped in for a drink on a very cold Friday evening prior to having dinner elsewhere and received a warm welcome from the bar-lady. I enjoyed an excellent pint of guest real ale and my partner a glass of wine. We'll try a meal on our next visit.

Thank Diane B
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A friendly real pub full of carracter good ales and excellent food served of a very high standard. Staff friendly and very helpful

Thank edjcapp
Weymouth, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a place we often bring our American visitors. It just has a wonderful feel about it. Food and drink are good as well.

Thank FoodiesUniteDT4
Ludgershall, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Looked for somewhere in Dorchester for lunch that was dog friendly. Saw this on line and decided to pop in, traditional old place with a very friendly welcome to our dog, a bowl of water and a bowl of treats bought over to our table was a nice touch. We ordered food which was really lovely, big fat chips -... More 

Thank SJJone
Hampshire, United Kingdom
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176 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Friendly, good food, welcoming staff and good atmosphere. Reasonably prices and beer and just as I remember a pub from my youth. Don't change a thing and keep the tradition.

Thank Mic L
Southampton, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I'd had an early start on the road, still had halfway to go and so a rest stop beckoned. Coming off the A35 this place is my stop of choice as it's only 2 minutes' walk from a couple of car parks and it's as friendly a pub as you could wish. There's a good selection of real ales (Cotleigh... More 

Thank 974nick
South Petherton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Wonderful pub, large frequently changing menu, good food, good beer, friendly landlady and locals. Best of all, no children allowed. Just as I remember good pubs were 40 years ago but now with good food. Highly recommended if you can find it.

Thank adrian b
Oxford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

A cosy local pub with decent pub grub at decent prices! Menu changes frequently depending on local ingredients - lots of veggie options which was a nice surprise. Would like to come back when they have a folk music night.

Thank Emily S
Somerset, UK
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129 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We actually went in search of somewhere different but, due to a technical issue, they were not opening until later on. Just a few metres away stood this little pub and it had also come up on our phone app for places to eat. The landlady very kindly asked a local to let us have his table which he did... More 

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Popped in for a light lunch and drink whilst visiting friends and was surprised to see a sign saying no children and only well behaved dogs allowed. Landlady was welcoming and offered a try of local ciders before me making a decision. Food was fab, atmosphere peaceful and although slightly more expensive than we would usually pay for a baguette... More 

Thank Denise S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Church Street, Dorchester DT1 1JN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 267762
If you're after something a little quirky but great fun then you won't be disappointed with The Blue Raddle.The Raddle is an intimate community pub frequented by local characters, famous for the ales and Landlady concocted meals on offer. The wine and other beverage selection isn't bad either! As if a visit to The Raddle isn't entertaining enough there are regular folk and Irish style music nights as well as a wacky charity meat draw every Friday evening and a quiz featuring quizmaster The Creative Accountant at the turn of every fiscal quarter.The Raddle is the home of 'laughter on tap'!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?