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“Worth visiting”
Review of The Wise Man Inn

The Wise Man Inn
Ranked #7 of 128 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.
St Mawes, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“Worth visiting”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

There were quite a few cars parked outside so a bit difficult initially to appreciate how attractive and well maintained the pub was. (the pub parking is on the right as facing). Interior had a smart relaxed country feel. The set up appeared to be restaurant on the left, bar on the right, but we ate in the bar area no problem. Menu interesting plus daily specials. I enjoyed gnocchi and roast veg with basil oil (yes - a little oily), parmesan crisps, rocket/parmesan salad - one of a couple of decent veggie options. The second meal was lamb (delicious) with anchovy/olive tapanade (could have had more bite), greens and buckwheat salad. Sensible portions well presented. Deserts were good, staff were friendly. 2 mains, desserts, drinks and 1 coffee. £46 + tip. Value for money and nearly excellent.

  • Visited May 2014
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Bath, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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“a little gem”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

This pub is very rural put worth the journey. Sunday roast was brilliant they do the best parsnip and parmesan cheese soup ever and it comes with a mini fresh ade roll. Ate there twice last week as we where staying local.

  • Visited May 2014
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Dorking, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
215 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“An excellent lunch.”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

An attractive restaurant in a pretty village. We stopped for a late Sunday lunch. The food was delicious and plentiful without being over-the-top portions. What was surprising was how varied and plentiful the side vegetable dishes were - much to our, very pleasant, surprise.

An excellent venue and if it wasn't so far away from where we live would become a regular place to visit.

  • Visited May 2014
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“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
44 reviews
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“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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