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“Beautiful food”
Review of The Martyrs Inn

The Martyrs Inn
Ranked #29 of 134 Restaurants in Dorchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$26
Cuisines: Indian, Steakhouse
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The Martyrs Inn, in the historic village of Tolpuddle, near Dorchester, Dorset, is a delightful country pub serving our local, visitor and tourism trade. We offer a range of great home cooked food, using locally sourced ingredients, we work hard to be excellent value and offer all our diners a relaxed atmoshphere for eating. Open all day with food served 12noon until 9pm (8pm on Sunday) with regular great value dining such as curry night monday, fish and chip friday and our all day sunday carvery.
Reviewed 10 August 2014

After visiting the Tolpuddle Martyr Museum we decided to pop in to the nearby pub for a beer and bite to eat.

The Badger ales being served at the bar were as expected and while busy, the service was prompt, polite and cheerful.

My wife initially selected a smoked salmon & prawn salad and I went for the chicken, prawn and chorizo noodles. Unfortunately we were advised they had just run out of the smoked salmon, but could offer a chicken salad. We accepted.

Both meals were well presented and tasty. In particular, the noodle dish with its sweet chilli and black bean sauce was outstanding. After finishing our food my wife asked for a second cup of coffee, unfortunately the coffee machine chose that moment to go on strike. The lady behind the bar was very apologetic and asked if there was anything else we would like. We were tempted by the desert menu and went for a sticky toffee pudding and a chocolate torte with pestacio ice cream.

When it came to paying the bill we were pleasantly surprised by both the total cost of the meal and that one of the deserts had been credited as an apology for the lack of coffee.

All in all a lovely spot, offering good food and excellent service. Thank you.

Thank Robin C
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Came here for change of scenery.... Well didn't expect such a great meal .... The tree of us came away happy and soo full.... Cant fault the food was excellent... Some of the best in the area .... Great sized portions and such great service.... Really enjoyed and will definitely be going back.... Will be recommending to friends.

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Thank bex k
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

We came back after 4 weeks to have lunch with friends and to celebrate my friends birthday. The Martys Inn were fantastic, warm welcome, happy and friendly staff. The bar went to great effort to provide us a with a fresh home made birthday cake, despite the chef prepping for a wedding! I can not believe they went the extra mile to make our day so special especially over the Martys Weekend!
Please if you read this do try this pub ....we love it and will of course be back as soon as we can find an excuse (we travelled form Portsmouth and our friends from Newton Abbott as it is half way between us)

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Thank judiroodi
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

We stopped here on our way back from Cornwall as we were en route to Bournemouth. It is about 12 miles from Poole and off the main drag, I prefer to map read and not use a sat nav and I decided that Tolpuddle was a good name and must have at leat one pub. On the way in to the village there were signs for Coach Parking and bollards lining both sides of the road as there would appear to be some sort of festival at the weekend and we visited on 18th July which was a Friday.There is a very small car park for the size of the pub and it was full. We managed to find a parkig place in the next road not covered by a bollard! Nice outside seating area on the main road , but it is not busy. There is an area that looks like a restaurnat area and some high table with stools on the other side of the bar as well as normal seating. We ordered 1 Ham Ploughmans and 1 Chees Ploughmans so that we could share each others Hamand Cheese. We had 2 soft drinks and the bill was just over £15. the Ploughmans came on wooden boards. it wasn't very big, but it was fine for what we wanted. Staff were very nice. Toilets could be uodated, but they were ok. We would definitely drop by again.

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Thank Alexandra F
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We visited the Inn for the Monday Curry night where there are a range of curries served for £9.95 a head on an as much as you can eat basis.

We hadn't booked and a table of 16 had just been admitted. Our extremely friendly and accommodating waitress suggested that we should take a table immediately and to get startled before the larger party had done so. We did and were quickly served with the starter of poppadoms, relishes and onion bhajis. These were freshly made and very well flavoured.

We then visited the curry buffet to find five different curries and one vegetarian curry. All of these were made from scratch and were authentic in taste and included korma, madras, keema, passanda and tikka masala curries. They had good quantities of meat and vegetables in each dish. We didn't need to make a second visit to the buffet as the meal was substantial at first visit.

For dessert we had a very creative and appropriate home made fudge and fruit fondu with chilli chocolate sauce. We thought that this was a master stroke and thoroughly delightful.

The one minus point was in respect of the excellent Australian Viognier which was not chilled and failed to become chilled on this very warm evening. However, the service from the three waitresses was so charming and full of smiles that we added a bonus point to negate the warm wine.

Curry night at the Martyr's Inn is not to be missed!

1  Thank bobtracey
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