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The Countryman Inn

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Blacknoll Lane | East Knighton, Dorchester DT2 8LL, England
+44 1305 852666
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place to visit, great area outside for children , food not brilliant , service was ok . Could do with some improvement for sure .

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Thank markoulli
Island of Malta, Malta
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff looked like they were busy, friendly greeting, found a table, dirty menus, not a very clean table, quite pricey for the food. Sister had eaten there with neice before, niece wasnt keen to eat again as wasnt impressed with food but willing to give it another go. After looking at the menus and visiting the unkept toilets it set... More 

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Thank Lisa B
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family Sunday lunch, medium busy, shown to a nice big table (we had booked as peak season). The welcome was friendly, happy and cheerful staff. They gave the impession that it was a good place to work - always a good sign. Prompt with menus and speedy with our drinks. The food was good with large portions and no complaints... More 

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Thank maverick2000
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

...was empty on a Saturday night. So walking in to such a quiet pub we were not sure what we would get. But the welcome was friendly, so a good sign. Seated quickly, prompt with menus and quick with drinks. Traditional style pub menu with usual suspects but also some unexpected choices such as aranchini. The food turned out to... More 

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Thank mambroz
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We had a free night to use up on hotel.com, so this place came into our crosshairs. As it transpired it wasn’t a free night at all ( we had to pay taxes etc. But that is for another time). Anyway, satnav got us here with no problems at all. The location is a bit out of the way, not... More 

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Thank GlenHutch1982
Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

I stayed here whilst working in the area after recommendations from work colleagues. The rooms are very basic. The walls as very thin and the shower in the room next door was very noisy in the morning, luckily I was already awake. We had dinner in the restaurant, the food is typical pub food, I had a burger which was... More 

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Thank Gillian B
Redditch, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Could sum up The Countryman with OK. Food was OK. Beer was OK. Service OK.. I think you get the idea. Place was deserted don't know why, it was mid week (Wednesday) perhaps its busier weekends. Just pub food and a menu to match. It will be interesting when we return as it will give us a better idea of... More 

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Thank Alan A
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

Went on a Friday night and had two courses each. Friendly staff and nice big pub (which also has rooms). Interior looks a bit odd in places as it is a mix of pub and also empty buffet/hot serving areas for hotel guests. Food was all ok... salad was crisp and fresh and all well presented. I had the burger... More 

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Thank RJStern
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31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We like coming here. You won't find a bigger menu choice in many other inns in Dorset. The food is cooked nicely and the service is friendly and quick. I would recommend the steak and ale pie if this is one of your favourite traditional dishes. There are many other menu options to suit your needs.

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Thank CheifOuray
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Walked into the bar, lots of staff milling about, a person on the till taking payment while another member of staff watched her and ignored us at the bar. Waited to be served, gave up and walked out again. Won't be back.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$96 - US$160
Cuisine
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Validated Parking
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Blacknoll Lane | East Knighton, Dorchester DT2 8LL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 852666

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?