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Yalbury Cottage


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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...with a friendly atmosphere and wonderful views. Stay and relax in our lovely rooms, enjoy a superb freshly cooked breakfast and dine in our award winning restaurant. Small bespoke weddings and parties are a speciality and we offer a great alternative venue for private business meetings with easy and ample parking. Just two miles from Dorchester, Dorset, Yalbury Cottage is set in the hamlet of Lower Bockhampton - the heart of Thomas Hardy's Wessex - walking distance to his birthplace, across the road from his old school house and around the corner from Stinsford church where his heart is buried.
US$26 - US$52
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
European, British
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not having been to the restaurant for sometime, it was a pleasant surprise to be taken by friends who had never visited Yalbury Cottage. They were not disappointed. A warm, comfortable lounge for pre-dinner drinks; excellent food and wine with attentive, but not overbearing, service....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Barry W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at Yalbury Cottage for my 70th birthday last night. The welcome was very warm and nothing was too much trouble. We had a bottle of Prosecco in our room before going to the restaurant to eat. The service was immaculate and the food...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank condernash
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a lovely experience we had, amazing staff, very friendly and nice ambience. The food was great, we absolutely loved everything from starters to dessert. We will definitely come back soon. Thank you for making our special day even more memorable.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank udnasaraosina
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and my family have been coming to yalbury for a few years now. We have always visited for dinner. Perhaps roughly I've been around 8 times. Every single visit has resulted in being extremely satisfied ( great taste, the amount of food, variety, service....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank S666skh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Throughly enjoyed our 3 courses, good portion sizes, I had cheddar soufflé, lamb which was lovely and tender and apple strudel with custard. We were very happy with service we received, thankyou, I will definitely recommend.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Becks26rock
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

We absolutely love Yalbury Cottage and have been many times before. From the moment you walk in you are well looked after and given superb treatment. This visit was as a big group, booking out the restaurant for a Christmas meal with friends and family....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank theBakingBull
Reviewed 29 December 2018 via mobile

We love Yalbury Cottage, the staff are brilliant and the service is faultless, the food is best for miles around, can’t wait to visit again.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank cleggt
Reviewed 16 December 2018

The Dorchester Book Festival booked us into Yalbury Cottage and we were knocked out by the helpful staff, our pleasant room but, most of all, by the fantastic food. We had one of the best dinners we have eaten in the UK. Ingredients were seasonal...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ann M
Reviewed 14 December 2018

We go to Yarlbury Cottage for our special occasions. Today we went for Christmas lunch. We sat in the beautiful lounge for pre lunch drinks (Sloe gin fizz went down well) & enjoyed some yummy canapés. As a great start we had a creative vegetarian...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank GrannyNannyDorset
Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Great food and service, as usual. Pre drinks in the comfortable lounge before four course dining in the restaurant. Coffee back in the lounge with no feelings of being rushed out.

Date of visit: December 2018
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28 January 2019|
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Response from Ann M | Reviewed this property |
This request came through to me, not the restaurant. Better try again!
21 July 2018|
Response from YalburyCottage | Property representative |
Hi Mike, so sorry, we do not allow dogs in the restaurant. Kind regards, Ariane
Helen T
14 April 2018|
Response from alfismont | Reviewed this property |
Have. I idea !
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