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Reviewed 31 December 2023

Booked for special Christmas Eve menu. Very poor service, had to wait ages between courses and restaurant was not heaving. Food mediocre - roll with starter had obviously been microwaved to heat and too chewy to eat. Had fish for main which was overcooked and...dry. The turkey was rolled in fatty streaky bacon and red cabbage inedible as had been cooked with too much white wine vinegar. Desserts OK but “sticky toffee pudding” was just a golden syrup sponge and had never seen a date in its life. Was not cheap and will certainly not book again. Chef ok to cook scampi and chips etc. but certainly not good on anything else. Will not go again!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 22 December 2023

I visited the Village Inn for a meal with my family and had a pint of Palmers IPA whilst I waited for my meal. The pint was perfect. Perfect temperature. Perfect tast. Perfectly poured. It had that freshnes that makes a pint so enjoyable. The...barman seriously knew what he was doing and clearly enjoyed his craft.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 September 2023

Used this place while staying in the adjacent campsite along side. Brian & the staff are superb and really know how customer service works. Had breakfast every morning staying there and dinner in the evenings. Amazing food for the price, good sized portions and very...tasty. Keep up the good work you deserve the excellent reviewsMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Ulwell CaravanPark, Other at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2023

Thank you for your lovely review. I will pass on your comments to Brian and the kitchen.

Reviewed 11 September 2023

I’d booked a meal at another pub but when I got there they said they were full and had cancelled all bookings after 8.00pm.......but never called me. I phoned the Village Inn, explained my situation and they said they had a space if I could...get there before 8.45. I explained that I would do my best as I had to travel, and that if I missed the deadline it was down to me. I arrived at8.50pm and apologised. I stated that I fully understand if the kitchen was now closed. I was told that they’d made a commitment to me and they would still serve me as the chef had agreed to wait knowing my situation. The meal was superb as were the friendly staff. The atmosphere rounded off a long day and I would certainly recommend a visit to anyone in the area. It will certainly be my first choice when I’m back in the area.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Ulwell CaravanPark, Other at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2023

Thank you for your review. We're happy we managed to accomodate you and that you enjoyed your meal with us and hope to see you again!

Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

Visited The Village Inn to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary with around 20 friends and family. The atmosphere was great, the food excellent and the staff cheerful and efficient. We have visited on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Ulwell CaravanPark, Other at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2023

Thank you for choosing to celebrate your anniversery with us. We are happy you all enjoyed yourselves and had a good time.

Reviewed 26 August 2023

Had a lovely meal with a large group of family for a birthday celebration. Everyone seemed happy with their meals, good options including vegetarian and vegan. Accommodating of our large table size (20 people). Pre-booked and could not fault the food or service. Had a...great evening.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Ulwell CaravanPark, Other at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2023

Thank you for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your birthday celebrations with us!

Reviewed 18 August 2023 via mobile

Very “average” and over priced food. The staff look uninterested. Menu is very limited. We were told “No need to book at lunchtime” but, all of the quieter tables at the back had reserved signs on. We left the restaurant at 13:35 and none of...those tables had people on them? They close at 14:00. Very mediocre and over priced pub food….Don’t bother!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Ulwell CaravanPark, Other at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2023

Thank you for your review. We're sorry you found our food 'average' and "mediocre". To clarify we do not close at 2pm, but at lunch time food is served from 12pm to 2pm and then we start again in the evening at 5.30pm. The bar...More

Reviewed 1 July 2023

We come here quite a bit usually for breakfast but for a change decided we would try lunch What a treat food was freshly cooked piping hot plentiful and most importantly delicious I was full but the chef added to the deserts cabinet fresh trifles...and I have never been one to say no to this wow it was absolutely amazing doused in sherry the fruit and sponge was mouth watering. You really have to try this one if you there for a visit Once again first class food and service spotlessly clean surroundingsMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Ulwell CaravanPark, Other at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2023

Thank you for your review. It's great to hear that you've enjoyed both breakfasts and lunches here recently and we look forwarded to welcoming you again in the future.

Reviewed 9 April 2023

Where to start, we venture out and about for breakfast most Sundays so have experienced many different venues. This by far is the Best Full English by far The food is fresh, hot and plentiful On top of this the place is immaculate from the...general areas bar restaurant and especially the toilets. You can indeed tell a lot from a place by how the keep the toilet areas so clean. The staff are extremely welcoming and friendly and we will without doubt be returning again Thank you to youMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Ulwellcaravanpark, Other at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2023

Thank you for your breakfast review, we're glad you enjoyed it and hope you'll be back soon!

Reviewed 1 April 2023 via mobile

Living fairly locally, we used to drop in to the Village Inn for meals as a couple or with friends and always had a pleasant experience. Then Covid came along, so today we had a renewed pleasure in calling in to the Village Inn once...again after a two year hiatus and we thoroughly enjoyed a snack lunch. The staff were super friendly and very helpful - after at first saying that no soup was available as it was now the Summer(!) the manager surprised us by saying that the chef could in fact make some for us. On noting that an adjacent table then also ordered two soups, we suggested that perhaps this policy should change so that soup was available year-round! The chocolate fudge cake dessert and coffee were a great finish to the meal. Prices have obviously risen since we were last at the Village Inn but the quality of the food, service and atmosphere continued to be excellent.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Ulwellcaravanpark, Front Office Manager at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2023

Thank you for your review. We're happy you enjoyed your lunch with us and glad we could serve you some delicious soup. We'll pass these comments on to the kitchen team! Look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 21 March 2023

We celebrated my daughter's birthday here in February and found it to be great value and excellent quality. Portion sizes are generous and the food itself is very tasty indeed. Service was excellent and the place itself is very clean. Would definitely return and recommend...to all.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Ulwellcaravanpark, Front Office Manager at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2023

Thank you for your lovely review and we're very happy you chose to celebrate your daughter's birthday with us. Looking forward to welcoming you again soon!

Reviewed 13 March 2023 via mobile

Good food friendly pub/restaurant, excellent menu and specials board Phil and staff do a great job, a great asset for the caravan and camping site as well for locals.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Ulwellcaravanpark, Front Office Manager at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2023

Thank you for your fantastic review. We'll pass your comments on to Phil and the rest of the staff in the Village Inn.

Reviewed 26 February 2023 via mobile

This was my second visit in two weeks and I have to say that on both occasions I found the food to be excellent, and the staff very friendly and efficient. It’s also an exceptionally clean establishment The roast dinners are cooked to perfection and...are fantastic value for money, would highly recommend. We are already planning our next visit- thank you Village Inn.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Ulwellcaravanpark, Other at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2023

Thank you for your review and we're happy you enjoyed your meals with us. I will pass your comments to the kitchen team!

Reviewed 20 November 2022 via mobile

First time we have had breakfast at the Village inn and we were not disappointed. Freshly cooked pancakes and bacon with lots of maple syrup. Delicious!

Date of visit: November 2022
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Ulwellcaravanpark, Other at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2023

Thank you for your review, I agree the pancakes are amazing!

Reviewed 15 September 2022 via mobile

We stayed in one the luxury statics on the ulwell caravan site for 4 nights, couldnt be bothered with driving to swanage and paying to park on a Monday night mid Sept , knowing most restaurants were closed on Mondays ( pier , 1859, chilled...red , and also now bliss has gone) so thought we'd try the village inn. It was great! I had katsu curry with prawn crackers on the side, £11 partner a large whole seasoned sea bass for £16 with plenty of new potatoes ( see photos) the desserts were good, cherry pie packed cherries , open apple pie either local ice cream just 5.95, when most desserts are around £8 now. Went back again the next 2 evenings, lamb Rogan josh good ( lots of lamb,), I had homemade lasagne with garlic sour bread, lovely . The sirloin steak one evening was succulent and beautifully seasoned (£21) We enjoyed all meals and desserts , and the quiet modern restaurant , recommended!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Ulwellcaravanpark, Other at The Village Inn Bar and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2023

Thank you for your review and we're delighted you enjoyed your meals with us and found the prices reasonable and look forward to welcoming you to the park and the Village Inn again soon.

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  • Atmosphere: 4