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A small quiet country pub, friendly adult atmosphere. Good Food, Real Ales and Traditional Ciders. Lager, wines and spirits, lots of gins! Sunny garden (in the summer!) with adequate smoking area. Suitable for wheelchairs and helpful staff, accommodate all your needs. Thursday to Saturday Lunchtimes Lunches Available Wednesday and Friday Nights Meal Deal Nights as well as a full menu Sunday Lunches 12-2pm Roast only Booking is recommended A good Covid-19 Practice
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Live Music, Dog Friendly, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for an evening meal on 23rd February to celebrate my mum's birthday. Food was delicious. Look at for the offer on the steak night. I had seabass which was very tasty. We didn't have dessert on this occasion (although have done so on previous...visits) as we had bought a birthday cake along. Well sort a visit. The pub is on the A30 in Milborne Port. Plenty of parking or there is parking nearby. Staff were very helpful and attentive.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 November 2023 via mobile

I came to Milborne Port for a friends wedding in October and decided to rent an Airbnb for my parents and my daughter so we could spend a few days relaxing before and after the wedding. We booked Sunday dinner at the Tippling Philosopher in...advance as noted from reviews it can get busy. We visited the pub when we arrived on the Friday evening and felt very welcome. Nice atmosphere with lots of locals. Good selection of beer and wine. We came back for a coffee Saturday morning and really liked the community feel during the day too. On Sunday we had the roast dinner which was delicious. Fresh veg and lots of it! Beautifully cooked meat. We then came back on the Sunday evening for the pub quiz. Again, we were made to feel very welcome despite everyone else being local. Children are allowed in the pub until 9pm, but the landlady said if my daughter was well behaved she could stay until the end of the quiz (she’s 10). Overall, the pub made our trip to Milborne Port very enjoyable. It seems to be a proper community hub and the owners obviously put a lot of effort into it. Thanks for having us :)More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 7 May 2023

This is by no means my first review of this lovely pub. But the consistency we find with their meals - and the Sunday roast in particular - is worth telling over and over. Today three of us all went for the roast beef -...melt in the mouth, and cut just as one wants it, rare for those of us who like it that way, through to well done if that's your preference. And served with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pud, four seasonal vegetables (today it was red cabbage, broccoli, carrots and green beans) and lots of thick beef gravy. We chose not to have starters or desserts this time, opting for the large main meal alone and so ignoring the slightly smaller option. Today, had we not gone for the beef, we could have had the pork, which we have had on occasion, as it always comes with stuffing and perfect crackling. And it is always just as good - great consistency that we've never found anywhere else, and price-wise it's all amazing good value too. In short, it's hard to beat, on quantity, quality and price and little wonder therefore that it's always wise to book in advance. That said, Dave and Di run a place where nothing's too much trouble and they'll always fit you in if they can, but my advice is, when it comes to food this good, don't leave it to chance, pick up the phone and book. We already have, and we'll be back at our usual table next Sunday.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Di Belcher, Owner at The Tippling Philosopher, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2023

Thank you so much for your kind words and taking the trouble to review us. Again. We do so look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you.

Reviewed 10 April 2023

My daughter had a surprise hen party this Saturday done by her friends...just want to thank Di and Dave for making her evening so extra special,.the buffet was yummy 😋..we were all welcomed into the pub area to join in with the Disco that was...separate to the hen party and what a fabulous time was had by all!! Good Memories...A Big Thankyou 🥰More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 10 April 2023

We were on an easter break and popped into this pub for dinner and a few drinks on a Saturday evening, as we were staying a short walk from here. For a remote pub and the only pub in this village, it was absolutely shocking....Staff/owners were miserable as sin and were not very welcoming at all. The atmosphere was terrible and actually made you feel you were aliens visiting from another planet or something. Food was questionable to the point where unfortunately I was poorly that evening and the following day. It was such a shame that this pub was so bad, as usually in remote villages with nothing else around, they are usually the best ones to visit. Surfice to say we had a couple of drinks and left. I wouldn't recommend this place at all.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Di B, Owner at The Tippling Philosopher, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2023

Hi. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We use all our reviews to help towards staff improvement and training.

Reviewed 14 February 2023 via mobile

Booked last minute for Valentines special, 2 steaks and bottle of wine. The wife had Fillet Steak, I had sirloin. Both cooked to perfection. Chips, mushrooms, salad ect were all great. Nothing to complain about. Amazing food. Great service. Great price. Will definitely be back.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Di B, Owner at The Tippling Philosopher, responded to this reviewResponded 16 February 2023

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us. We use our reviews for staff improvements and appraisal. We hope to see you soon ❤️❤️

Reviewed 2 September 2022 via mobile

Went on a Friday for Steak Night. Excellent value. Good service, pleasant atmosphere and quality, fresh food.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Di B, Owner at The Tippling Philosopher, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2022

Thank you for your review. Here at the Tippling we use all review formats to improve our team and the service that we offer. So your input will be passed on and used to help us grow. We are very glad you enjoyed your steak...More

Reviewed 9 March 2022

Came in for a drink and lunch with friends, drinks were okay, nothing really to fault but the atmosphere wasn't great and the owners weren't welcoming either. Not many vegetarian options so quite disappointed.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Di B, Owner at The Tippling Philosopher, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2022

Thank you for your review. We are sorry you didn’t enjoy your experience. Our lunch menu has 5 veggie options out of 11 and we do say we’re happy to cater for any tastes. Your feedback will be used to improve our business.

Reviewed 28 November 2021

Went in for a drink. I ordered a pint, from a young lady who was more interested in talking to her mates. The beer was of the stone cold, tasteless type. It’s a cold, boring place to be with a cold pint of beer. So...I just walked out. There are so many better places then thisMore

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 29 July 2021

Came here with my friends for a pub quiz. The owners were welcoming and accommodating, the quiz was engaging and challenging, there was food brought out to all participants; this was a very pleasant surprise and meant my friend didn't need to find somewhere to...eat before we went home. Fantastic visit, even if we didn't win! Always nice to support a local pub, especially one like this, can't think of a better example for why we need to support local business. Thank you again for your hospitality.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Di B, Owner at The Tippling Philosopher, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We very much appreciate it. It was a pleasure to have you with us. And we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 7 October 2020 via mobile

We popped in on the off chance after taking our aged mother out for a ride. What a gem! A lovely, clean pub. Dog friendly (Sid was even given dog biscuits on a plate and given a bowl of water). We had a lovely meal....Fish and chips and scampi and chips both with mushy peas and a jacket potato for mum. The meals were freshly cooked and very hot. They have a lovely garden if the weather is good enough to sit outside. Very friendly staff. Their Covid precautions were excellent, with hand sanitizers everywhere.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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dibbby, Owner at The Tippling Philosopher, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We pass all reviews on to staff and use all the information for training. So thank you again. We hope to see you soon.

Reviewed 22 August 2020

Social distancing is amazing any problem sorted wish more pubs in the village were like this well done to di and the rest of the staff

Date of visit: August 2020
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dibbby, Owner at The Tippling Philosopher, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2020

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We use all reviews to boost morale and improve our business. Your comment on our Covid plan has meant we can make adjustments and hope that people still feel comfortable and confident about using us.

Reviewed 16 August 2020

A lovely pub with a great menu. Feels really safe and clean in these worrying times. has plenty of outside space if the weather is kind, and the tables inside are well spaced.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 11 February 2020

A party of us ate in the restaurant and had a wonderful meal. The service was good, the staff friendly, and the food was excellent.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 1 December 2019 via mobile

Simply delicious! Roast pork or roast turkey, our party of six each enjoyed our lunch, served with the full accompaniments. Beautiful flavours, excellent gravy and perfect service! Thank you

Date of visit: December 2019
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Di B, Owner at The Tippling Philosopher, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2019

Many thanks for taking the time to review our little pub. All your comments will be passed on to staff and we will use them to grow our work family.

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