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“Friendly with 'posh' pub grub”

The Brewers Arms Pub
Ranked #5 of 139 Restaurants in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$13 - US$23
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Traditional country pub with large car park in the beautiful village of Martinstown just outside Dorchester. Homemade, locally sourced food, real ales and dog friendly. Two fully ensuite spacious Bed and Breakfast rooms - one with wheelchair access and wet room. Quiz Nights, Curry Nights, Sunday Roasts and weekly food specials.
Reviewed 23 June 2013

Enjoyed our (Wednesday) evening meal.
Food was better than your average 'pub-grub' - my Game Pie was especially good.
Nice ambience and friendly and attentive staff.
Quiz night on a Wednesday so the place was comfortably busy and lively.
Good parking.

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Thank G K B
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

Arrived a little late for Sunday lunch but remembered I'd made a note of this place I'd seen on Tripadvisor so thought we'd give it a try. After a lovely drive into the country, five of us plus a wheelchair was no problem and we ended up having a superb lunch. Very friendly staff and everything cooked to perfection.

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1  Thank StellaStar46
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

This is a great place for a pub meal. Food and service are excellent. Highly recommend it as a place to go to if you are exploring the Dorchester area of Dorset. Combine it with a visit to Thomas Hardy's home and birthplace.

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Thank Graham A
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

We had visited the pub about a year ago and had heard that it had changed hands and so decided to give it a try. We had booked on a Saturday at 7 p.m. and were looking forward to the visit as it is only a 10 minute drive from Dorchester where we live. It was already quite busy.
We ordered the food at the bar and were then told that there was a 30 minute wait but that he would try to get the starters out quickly. After 35 minutes I returned to the bar to remind him of the conversation. The starters arrived 5 minutes later. We had only ordered 2 starters (there were four of us). The garlic mushrooms were OK. I wasn't too impressed with the whitebait. They are an oily fish and whenever I've ordered them in the past, they have been coated in either flour or breadcrumbs to get a crispy texture. These were just deep-fried and so were a bit oily. Both dishes were £5.50. An hour after we had arrived,the mains arrived. They were 'chicken with prosciutto and mozzarella' (£11.95) which my youngest daughter enjoyed and 'chorizo and bacon salad' (£9.50) which my eldest enjoyed but would have liked more salad.. The other two dishes had issues. The 'vegetable nut roast with apricot and goats cheese' (£8.95) was a vegetarian option but came with a large pot of gravy which was definitely not a vegetarian option. We're not veggies but no-one had asked us if this would be a problem. It was difficult to distinguish the individual ingredients and wasn't very interesting. The 'cod florentine' was the most expensive choice at £13.95. When it came, the spinach had not been properly drained and was sitting in a small puddle of water, the small piece of cod was overcooked and dry and the cheese sauce could have had more cheese in it. Disappointing.
At the end of the meal one of the principals came over and apologised for the wait but no reason was given so I guess that it's like this every Saturday. The staff are friendly and the waitresses walking around briskly. It was a busy place with a kitchen with not enough capacity to cope at peak time. We didn't think that the portions were over-large. It may be better at less busy times but we will never know. In future we'll drive the extra 15 minutes to The Crown at Puncknowle or the White Horse at Bredy. We didn't order desserts but the table next to us did and they arrived in 5 minutes. The table on the other side ordered food which had still not arrived when we left. They had ordered 40 minutes earlier.

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1  Thank Nigel G
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

We went to this pub as it was near the swannery to see the cygnets. It is about 10 minuet drive away.The garden was very nicely set out and the staff were very welcoming and smiley. We chose the Sunday roast at the second sitting which was up to 3.45 which was brilliant to be offered such a late dinner on a Sunday. The house wine was good and the meal was huge.There were plenty of veg and lots of well cooked meat.Just a perfect meal in a perfect setting.We were informed that the pub shut at 5 but we were welcome to continue sitting in the garden which we did until 5.45.
Unfortunately we couldn't give the staff a tip as the bar was closed but we are pleased to give them a good reference. Highly recommended for a nice country setting and reasonable priced good quality food.

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Thank karen d
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