The Countryman Inn

4.1
48 reviews
£25 and under
Pub
A family pub in the heart of Thomas Hardy's Dorset.
Open for food 7.30am until 9.00pm (8pm on Sunday).
Bed and Breakfast accommodation available. Dog friendly.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
What 48 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Colette
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked for 01/01/2021 and had a text to confirm my booking the day before.
Arrived at the venue to find it was closed yet I had received no email to communicate this prior to our arrival.
I understand we had moved in to Tier 3 on 30/12/2020, however as my booking had been confirmed AFTER this announcement I assumed the venue was still open and operating.

A little disappointed in the lack of communication.

KK
KimK
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service friendly staff food was great and you can take your fog

JM
JoMo71
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good service, good price. Clean and tidy. I would recommend to a friend.

PG
PaulG
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usual high standard of service and quality of food and drink.

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Smartypants
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very roomy pub.Very welcoming with a nice ambiance.Good menue with lots of choice .
Certainly worth a visit especially in these difficult times.

PG
PaulG
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Usual high standard of food and service. Really friendly staff with time to make you welcome.

PG
PaulG
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcome,friendly staff , good food, reasonably priced. Well worth return visits.

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AlanT
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Not at their best but we can make allowances. They sorted out a pie problem but it shouldn't have happened. If it happened again we might think twice about recommendation

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AmandaM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Couldn't resist the carvery as the smell of it hit you on entering and it was amazing! Plenty to choose from including 3 meats. Very Covid safe as you are given a list of the carvery choices and you simply tick what you want - everything if you wish!

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Jill
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good meal at the Countryman. Lovely carvery, only downside was it could have been a bit hotter. It was a bit lukewarm when it came to us. Service was very good & the staff friendly & helpful.

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Yorkies
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had Sunday carvery, great choice, plenty on your plate. Would recommend.

LH
LesleyH
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were friendly and social distancing and masks strictly adhered to. The food was delicious and warm. Two of us had sirloin steak which was tender, tasty and cooked just right.

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EmmaC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, good service. A lovely find in the Dorset countryside!

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Louise
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid safe and excellent service with delicious food.

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HelenR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service in the current climate. Good menu selection for adults and children. We will be back

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Sunday roast dinner.

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MISSMARPLE
Dorset
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was excellent. There was plenty of social distancing. Great place to eat.

MI
MIkeG
Bath
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Staff were very friendly and helpful, and the interior of the premises looked as if they had been recently tastefully decorated, music was subtle and together these created a very good relaxing ambiance in which to enjoy well cooked pub food. Overall very good

DA
DeniseA
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent menu. Tasty food. Pleasant atmosphere. Friendly staff. Would recommend

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MelissaT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend. We met with friends who hadn't been here before, they really enjoyed too. The carvery was fresh and delicious. Staff were attentive and friendly. During these difficult times every attention to detail was put in place for the safety of customers. You need to book and they are very dog friendly in the bar area.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice food but the menu needs attention.
I know it’s reduced due to COVID-19 but the food chain has no issues now.
As we go quite often the choices are so limited and getting a bit boring

DH
DianeH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it ,was a lovely experience, will definitely be going again,

LH
LesleyH
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social distancing, hand hygiene and staff masks adhered to. Very friendly staff and delicious hot food promptly served.

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Fussy
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Friend was very happy with her meal but the lasagne I had was burnt and the sauce dried up but pub was very nice

AW
AnnW
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food great service. Shame it was rather chilly inside but probably due to not so many people (Covid)

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Sarahbobo
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing very impressed would suggest putting gates on fencing into car park as we had to 3-year-olds with us who kept escaping and we thought you had a children’s play area as advertised but in no way did it ruin our day we will definitely be back but without the kids !! Thank you brilliant .... Chicken burger was fantastic I would love the recipe chicken burger was fantastic ... Best I’ve ever tasted Best I’ve ever tasted. I would love the recipe?

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JaneH
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Sunday lunch (vegetarian for us) was very good. However, the service was slow. It was 29 minutes before our drink & food order was taken (even though we had booked a table). The girl who took our order didn't know if they had any real ale. It was quite noisy where we were sitting (people on the next table were playing a noisy video on their phone). Although the pub had set up a one way system & table service, people sitting in the garden came into the pub through the exit & were ordering drinks & food at the bar (without masks & not at the place where the screen was). No staff had masks. We were going order a dessert but the girl who was at the till was touching her nose & face. So when she came over to take our order, we decided not to have a dessert.

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Hayleyb
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was very nice, from last time we were in, could see portion sizes had changed a lot, ie lasagne

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ThomasD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere, even in these times. Would happily visit again

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick and pleasant service

JS
JonathanS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

A disappointing visit, spoilt by a table of teenagers next to us, who appeared to be locals, who thought it was ok to use the F and C words out loud,climb over their table to get in and out, and use their phones on loud speaker. The steak and ale pie was nice though, and the service attentive, but we won't return for a nice dining experience!

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Phil
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have had a meal at the countryman 3 times in the last month and every time the service and food as been very good.

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Harrythehat
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice enough although a number of menu items were unavailable...

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Woodies
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food, good service, despite the waitress not having a sense of humour. Excellent atmosphere 👌

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JanineT
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

When we arrived after we ordered we were told they had no steak we then chose another dish again out of stock so settled for a third option
The food was ok but no real taste!
None of the staff showed us or told where to get the cutlery and sauces from, just an overall disappointment and not value for money at all

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Cateanne
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal, great service. Very dog friendly. Win, win!

KJ
KateJ
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal as always at The countryman. Food piping hot and service very good

KH
KateH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal during the eat out to help out scheme. Despite being so busy and a few desserts having run out staff were very welcoming and friendly. Food was excellent and we felt very safe.

RJ
RJLoveFood
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant with good quality value for money food and pleasant ambience. Went here a couple of times with my wife and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. My only, minor, criticism would be the menu is a bit limited in range. That said I'd rather have a limited menu of well prepared good quality food rather than a very broad one that isn't. I certainly would recommend the place for a good value for money experience.

JP
JimP
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

In spite of Covid 19 social distancing regulations, the Countryman is able to offer a wide range of dishes at reasonable prices. The service however is a bit hit and miss, but no doubt as the staff get to grips with the 'new normal', it will improve.
The place is very dog friendly and is participating in the Monday to Wednesday 'eat out to help out' during August.

FAQs

The Countryman Inn is rated 4.1 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.