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“Oh dear! We won't be going back!”
Review of The Wise Man Inn

The Wise Man Inn
Ranked #4 of 131 Restaurants in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Wise Man is where traditional village pub meets rustic gastro cuisine. Situated in the heart of the pretty village of West Stafford, only two miles from Dorchester, Philip and the team ensure a friendly welcome to all and will endeavour to make your visit a memorable one. We are also close to Hardy's Cottage which can be enjoyed on one of the many beautiful walks or popular cycle routes in the area. Our head chef Leigh leads a passionate team who endeavour to create great flavours and experiences. All of our dishes are made in house using the freshest ingredients and where possible we always buy local and in season. To sum up our menu its a collision of world flavours with rural Dorset and Great British Classics.
Weymouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Oh dear! We won't be going back!”
Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

This pub has been an absolute favourite of ours in the past and always worth the trip out from Weymouth.....till this evening! My husband and I had booked a table for 6.30. We arrived 20 minutes early to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. On entering, we were ignored by one member of staff and then stared at by another with nothing more than a quizzical 'hello?' before the owner, who clearly saw and heard our lack of a welcome, acknowledged we had booked a table and showed us to it. We didn't expect flags and celebrations but we were underwhelmed by our reception. After all the pub wasn't busy at that time. Sadly the food we ordered proved to be overpriced and disappointing as the portions were small and the quality mediocre. The charcuterie platter to share at £9.50 wouldn't have satisfied one person let alone 2. Despite the fancy description on the menu, it presented as a few minuscule slices of meat, a few slithers of sundried tomato, a few olives and no bread. We politely advised the waitress that we were less than impressed when she asked if we had enjoyed it. She said she would talk to the chef and came back to tell us that local produce is expensive with the implication that portion sizes therefore have to be small and if we'd wanted bread, we should have asked for it!!! As the customer actually, I would like to have been offered it!!! And whilst we applaud the use of local produce, we are not impressed when affordability and portion size are compromised to the extent that they were!! The main courses, 2 sirloin steak and chips, cost £18.50 each and again for the price, the quality was quite frankly lacking. The bill for 2 of us came to nearly £60 including 2 glasses of Sauvignon and a mineral water. To summarise, the meal was ok but NOT worth the money. I know we all have bad days but our experience means we won't be making the journey again :-(

Visited May 2014
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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“An excellent meal in a great pub in a beautiful village”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Six of us arrived on a Thursday evening in May without booking and had no trouble in getting a table.

We were offered a very warm welcome and given a table. The drinks and menu were very varied and offered plenty of attractive choices., For my main course I chose a biriani which was very flavoursome.

I would thoroughly recommend The Wise Man as a venue for a very pleasant evening dining with friends.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank RichardMW
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Poole, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2014

Working our way through the '40 Dorset Pub Walks' book we decided to do The Wise Man at the weekend. We popped in to book a table for Sunday lunch prior to setting off. After a really nice, interesting walk we were looking forward to our lunch. It was certainly worth our efforts. Hubby was excited by the range of beer - an excellent pint of Timothy Taylor hit the spot. We had a roast beef and a slow roast gammon with rarebit. The meat was tender, the accompanying vegetables excellent - good roast potatoes, tasty cauli cheese, carrots, green beans, white and red cabbage and fabulous roasted baby beets, parsnips and fennel. Service was a bit patchy especially later on; we seemed to be forgotten but the desserts when we got them, were worth the wait. One staff member was saying she would be an hour late going home as it had been so busy which made us feel a little unwelcome. That said, the food was excellent and probably the best food we'd had on our pub walks and The Wise Man was our 30th! Nice decor too, we will be back.

Visited May 2014
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Osmington Mills, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Blissful eating”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

My favourite pub restaurant in the whole of the County. Excellent service, balanced menu, such tasty fare and a variety of proper beers to add flavour. What more could one wish for?

Visited January 2014
Thank Jeff L
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Reasonably good Sunday Lunch”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

It's Spring and time to walk out for Sunday Lunch and the Wise Man Inn appeared to offer good dining in a casual pub situation. Unfortunately, whilst it was all OK, our expectations of something really good were not quite delivered.
True, the pub/restaurant was very busy as it was a holiday weekend, but the ambiance was a little too cold and noisy and the service had to be reminded of our existence from time to time. The food was reasonably good, especially the sweet, and the wine-list and beers fine, but given the cost, the service and the ambiance, the meal overall was no more than reasonably good.

Visited April 2014
Thank AndyfromDorset
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