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NEST, Shaftesbury, Dorset

NEST

4.5
4.5
169 Reviews
£25 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Serving fusion and eclectic flavours, nestled within the hilltop town of Shaftesbury, Dorset.

We are passionate about all things edible and love serving up joy.

Visit to taste and experience NEST

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2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–14:15 Dinner Tue–Sat 18:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    01747 854172
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Shaftesbury
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wine

Experiences

  • Dim Sum Day

    £30.50 per person

    Prepaid

    29 Feb 2024 only
    Dim Sum Day. We will be serving a delicious set menu for lunch and dinner!
  • Mothers Day

    £35.00 per person

    Prepaid

    10 Mar 2024 only
    A special menu for mum this Mothers Day. We will doing our first Sunday lunch, offering three courses with two sittings at 12pm or 2.45pm A children's menu will be available, please contact the restaurant directly to add children to your table.

What 169 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Best Food

  • Dorset

    Innovative

  • Dorset

    Gluten-free-friendly

169 Reviews
  1. BeeH

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food that looks almost as good as it tastes☺ Great flavours and choice of dishes, highly recommend!

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  2. LJ123

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service very poor and slow…took 2 hours to get just a main, not offered more drinks or asked how things were. Food delicious but service let it down!

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  3. DerekD

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Visited on a weekday at lunchtime. Very quiet. No-one on the tables outside but it was winter in a Saxon hilltop town so that's probably to be expected! I settled for the fish and chips - which was, probably the best I've ever had. Tartar sauce made on the premises, ditto curry sauce, chips just the way I like them, and a very light batter on the cod. My partner had the tiger prawns - which she thoroughly enjoyed. We plan to go back, soon, for an evening meal. Can't wait until they get their outdoor work finished (it's not intrusive). When it's done the views to the north of Shaftesbury will probably be magnificent. A point to be aware of is that access is down steps. If you need disabled access give them a call to check it will be possible. Hopefully they'll be able to improve that but it may just be one of those buildings that, sadly, can't be made accessible.

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  4. ClareB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    In short, Lush. A perfect place , menu & staff for a fabulous lunch or dinner. Definitely the ‘go to’ place in Shaftesbury. Clare

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  5. chrismartin

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING!!!!! Friendly service. Good vibe in the restaurant with good background music. Lots of different options on the menu to suit anyone. The food we ordered was simply superb, could not fault it.

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  6. CariS

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious with plenty of gluten free options. A very coeliac friendly place to eat, they took extra care to ensure everything was gluten free.

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  7. Victoriad

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was DELICIOUS! And let’s be honest, that was what we came for. A few niggles though - the music was a bit too loud - it was hard to have a good conversation. I love music, but it felt more ‘pub level’ than ‘nice restaurant/lovely chat’ level. The service wasn’t great - we had to catch the attention of staff to ask for drinks, water for the table etc. plates when finished took a long time to be cleared… we were still eating while staff starting mopping the floor in the bar area… The booking form asked if we were there for a special occasion… we were. When we arrived I could see it on the booking on sheet in big capital letters - and yet this was not acknowledged in any way at all. It wasn’t particularly important to me for it to be acknowledged but why ask? Would we return? Yes, I think so but I’d like to hope some of the niggles were not repeated.

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  8. NickyH

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was Amazing the service was great staff were friendly highly recommend

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  9. AndrewB

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Unique ambience tucked away in the historic hilltop town of Shaftesbury.

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  10. ChloeS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a small works Christmas meal at Nest ! The food was delicious and they catered for one of the guests perfectly who needed the food gluten free ! The service was great and the ambience was lovely . The food fantastic!Thankyou Tom for a great evening out!

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  11. JennyC

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely amazing food, could not fault it in anyway. The beef just melted in your mouth. Outstanding food! Drinks were a little slow, but I believe this was due to them having a function elsewhere and had little staff in the restaurant. But wasn’t a big issue! Thankyou!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Unfortunately this is a negative score. We were hoping for a better experience, especially knowing NEST from Shaftesbury. The food was poor, presented poorly, the main course looked like “slop” with far too much sauce flooding the plate. The fish tasted old, very fishing (sic). Every course was cold. It’s a nice venue, but our experience as a table of 10 was marred by the acoustics and the crazy trestle table design, which meant 2 tables of 5 could not be placed together comfortably. All in all a good venue but on this occasion it just didn’t work for us at all.

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  13. Jove

    New York City

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was expensive and the vast majority of our party thought the food was not good at all. For example, the pairing of cold fish and meat for main was not a good combo, presentation was quite ‘sloppy’. The vegetarian option fared better but still… for £10 you can get a very authentic Thai green curry in Shaftesbury that us so much better Sorry to say but better you hear it and rork on improving

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very disappointed - food was lukewarm or cold on cold plates and covered in a thick gluppy sauce. Wine still and sparkling underwhelming Staff were very inexperienced and not attentive to the tables needs. One member was GF which was discussed before booking that this could be accommodated for . Staff appeared to not understand GF and food was not GF. This member of the party became unwell after the main course - suffered an allergic reaction and was violently sick. Most dissatisfied at the whole experience

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  15. DannySean

    London

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great venue. Great food. A menu that showcased the chefs skills. Varied and very tasty. Ambience was great. It’s a wonderful space. The waiting team were first class. Friendly, professional and very efficient. Loved it!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can't believe we've only just been to this little gem in Shaftesbury. Wow ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ it won't be long before we go again. The food was spectacular and the staff very friendly and attentive. Bravo 👏

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  17. BrianP

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I made a poor choice of the 'Jungle Curry' to discover what I think was a Thai Green Curry. Not to my taste. I must ask each time what constitutes the menu's meals. A learning experience. Nick.

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  18. Molly

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A thoroughly enjoyable evening. The food was delicious (and abundant!) and the staff were lovely.

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  19. KarlS

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent food as always music could do with turning down just a little as sometimes had to speak louder to be heard by other members of the party.

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  20. Ladylinda83

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent. The spicing was just right although its not a massive menu. The restaurant isn't big and so the tables feel a little on the cramped side. I had mentioned on the booking form that it was my husbands birthday do when the puddings were brought out the waitress sang happy birthday which wasa nice touch. Very happy to recommend and will probably go again

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  21. NikiC

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Sorry in advance for this very honest review, especially after all the excellent ones! Went for lunch with a friend through the recommendation of another friend who lives locally. Music with strong bass at high volume. Asked for it to be turned down but it got turned up soon after so had to ask again. Service was very poor despite nearly empty restaurant - had to go to the counter to give our order after waiting for ages. Menus were crumpled and had stains on them. Food took nearly 30 minutes to arrive despite the fact that we were the first there for lunch. At least we can be sure it was freshly cooked! No complaints about the dishes we chose (just had one mains each). Later we saw the friend who had recommended Nest and she said she’d had a very similar experience a couple of days earlier and wondered if the owner had gone away. She said it would make her think twice about going back. Surely though the owner would want to protect his reputation by leaving his ‘baby’ in the hands of people who offer good service both in the kitchen and front of house?

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  22. Jeff

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    the food was very nice. It was different and tasty. Excellent seating is a refined atmosphere. The location is very good and a good ambiance. This is our second meal here and I hope to go again.

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  23. AranM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Arrived 10 minutes late and hounded by the staff saying you only have 2 hours as another booking is after us. Maybe tell people this before hand!! No where to hang your coats up so just hanging off your chairs and over the floor(needs sorting!) We were amongst some of the first tables of the night, Some of the cocktail menu was unavailable disappointing, when ordering the food at least 2 main dishes were not available too. Pretty bad considering not many tables being seated. Understand you do takeaways but to take dishes away from your restaurant guests….. pretty poor. Either a restaurant or a takeaway, make your mind up. Food was brilliant can’t fault it, but once we had finished we were again hounded for time as concerned about their next guest. Wasn’t even offered a desert menu. Overall the food was superb but the service and the rest of the experience, very poor to be honest as we went there for a birthday meal.

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  24. KateyR

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Gorgeous food and fabulous staff. My only niggles are it can be a little echoey which isn't good for those with hearing difficulties. Also there is no direct indoor access to the toilets for customers. But the food is worth it!

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  25. Rosie

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow is all I can say, incredible food!! But don’t order too much 🤣

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  26. Girlie

    Dorset

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was slow, we had to ask to order and and for drinks and dessert. Cocktails were slightly disappointing.

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  27. DarrylN

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. Jake was brilliantly attentive

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  28. NickM

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very slow due to only one person serving. My wife's burger without a bun was a disaster. The bacon wasn't cooked at all and the remainder wasn't properly cooked. It should have been noticed when the plates were collected. We were being treated by our granddaughter so didn't want to say anything at the time

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  29. KatyC

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu choice and lovely staff. Food was delicious 😋

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  30. Elizabeth23

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was delicious although my husband did find bits of macaroni in his dinner that should definitely not have been there!!! found the service slow with an unbothered approach!

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  31. DanielleC

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, amazing portions, wonderful atmosphere. Will definitely be visiting again!

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  32. MrsJ

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely delicious food and very generous portions. So much so, I took some home! The only slight negative was the service. We had to wait a while for drinks and when we were seated, we were asked if we would like water for the table - we said yes - and it didn’t arrive until we asked for it some time later. A shame as it took away from what was an amazing meal.

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  33. Meganb

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch out will definitely be back. Wine was great also.

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  34. Lindylou

    Dorset

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food. Good service. An enjoyable evening.

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  35. LucyT

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Stunning food, a little lacking in overall experience but the service was good

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  36. KonC

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Any time, I am in the area and I want to have high quality food, I'll go to the NEST. Fresh ingredients, excellent cooking and if you want something more or less to your order, the Chef will respect it. From my point of view, it needs to get more wines (from Greece and Italy).

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  37. RichardY

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top quality food - Alex, Tom and team are all nice folk and a credit to Shaftesbury.

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  38. 50something

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was absolutely fabulous. It takes a while for orders to arrive as they are all cooked to order. My one negative is that fries arrived covered in salt which as a non salt eater was inconvenient. I should have asked for no salt which I am sure wouldn't have been a problem. However it is easier to add salt to my dish then take it off. If they'd arrived unsalted. Fantastic meal and very polite staff.

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  39. OpenTableReviewer

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    FOOD WAS SIMPLY AMAZING! Food was simply amazing; head chef Tom is a culinary genius. Wonderful meals, well cooked with fantastic ingredients; absolutely delicious. The experience was perhaps let down by the service (grumpy and inattentive; perhaps too few staff or just a long night for them). Very good wine and beer selection. Worth it for the fantastic food alone. I cannot over-emphasize the outstanding quality of the food, which made the evening thoroughly worthwhile (in spite of the front of house staff - please sort this out. There’s nothing worse than when the people serving you obviously don’t want to be there themselves and implicitly, by inference don’t want you to be there either. It is so unwelcoming and disappointing and can almost ruin an amazing evening - please sort this out!). Worth it for the fantastic food alone though. We still left an additional gratuity despite the ungracious service, because the food was so good. Well Done Chef! FOOD WAS SIMPLY AMAZING!

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  40. AidyM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food, great service and really good assistance with what to order!! Will definitely be going back soon!!

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FAQs

NEST offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01747 854172.

NEST is rated 4.5 stars by 169 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for NEST

51 High St, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8JE

Additional information

  • Area
    Shaftesbury
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Sat 12:00–14:15 Dinner Tue–Sat 18:00–21:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wine
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