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The Countryman Inn

3.9
3.9
88 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub

The Countryman Inn is a beautiful, historical pub in Dorset. We’re situated in the small hamlet of East Knighton, in the heart of Dorset, You’ll notice the pub’s traditional look and feel as soon as you step foot inside. Our large restaurant area serves delicious pub food daily with our famous carvery served every Sunday. The main pub area is relaxed and dog friendly, as is the bar, and our peaceful countryside beer garden, with a children’s play area to keep the little ones entertained, is the perfect spot to enjoy a quick pint or lazy long lunch on a sunny day.

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  • Area

    Dorchester

  • Parking Details

    Massive front and back car parks available

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 88 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Group Bookings

  • Dorset

    Outdoor Eating

  • Dorset

    Sunday Lunch

  • Dorset

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. RP

    RichardP

    Surrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Was a nice family meal though service was very slow. Also the two young servers did not wear face coverings , why ? Just felt awkward as they leaned right in to deliver food to the table or drinks. They were pleasant but no exemption badges etc. The landlord was explaining to a couple that they were down to one chef so I guess that’s why service was so slow. Would come again.

  2. PR

    PatR

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely find. Food excellent. Pub really nice, loads of parking .

  3. MD

    MoD989

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great country pub. Great food - good atmosphere - not to busy

  4. A

    Andy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Have dined at this venue a few times. Better out of season. Information on the website didn’t indicate that the carvery finished at 3pm - that’s what we’d chosen to go there for so was a bit disappointed.

  5. CH

    ClaudineHodges

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very helpful lady called Natasha. She was friendly and attentive, nothing was to much trouble! She apologised for the delay but for the food quality and freshness, I really don’t think there was a delay! Will definitely be back :)

  6. MH

    MichaelH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent value for the price. Service was over-stretched due to COVID related shortage but everyone was really nice and friendly. Food was simply the best carvery we've had.

  7. C

    Christmasbooking

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    Booked under festive menu & booking states pub will call to get pre order & deposit. They never did and as a result, we could not have the festive menu. Service was poor, food average, not worth the money, wished I had booked somewhere else

  8. MD

    MoD989

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great country pub. Southern fried chicken and gravy as a starter is a must try

  9. PU

    PinkUnicorn

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    We’ve been here many times before and had excellent times. This time though, was different. Scampi and chips was hot and plentiful. There was a large party going on and we were the only other diners to my knowledge. It’s hard to pinpoint why it wasn’t up to our usual experiences there. Maybe it’s the Covid situation, the time of year….we will come again though.

  10. K

    Kirsten

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is our 3rd visit to the Countryman Inn but our first Sunday lunch. Best Sunday Pub roast we've ever had. Highly recommend and we will definitely be back. Friendly and welcoming staff, thank you.

  11. DR

    DebraR

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank you for the good and friendly service. Good food in warm and inviting surroundings. Highly recommended.

  12. TC

    TimC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The Sunday lunch is very good value for money. Plenty of choice and served quickly. The servery staff were very attentive and professional. A very pleasant visit

  13. KA

    KirstyA

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A really lovely atmosphere, great food and friendly staff who are happy to help. Would definitely recommend The Countryman Inn.

  14. SD

    SimonD

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great place for lunch. Fish and chips are excellent and the portions are generous.

  15. MG

    MichaelG

    Dorset

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing but the chocolate fudge cake was bloody amazing in every way staff was friendly too

  16. GC

    GuyC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 October 2021

    overall4food3service2ambience4

    Hi loved the pub food was lovely apart from the macdonalds chips which was very hard didn't get hardly any service from waitress had to keep getting own drinks from bar other than that enjoyable evening thank you.

  17. F

    Frank

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The staff were welcoming ,friendly and very helpful the food was good and we had a lovely evening

  18. CL

    ClaudiaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food really good evening. Great choice on the menu and lovely staff.

  19. PS

    PhilipS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Lukewarm welcome carvery plated in full (no self service )food could be hotter.

  20. LD

    LisaD

    Hampshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Had carvery. Bit cold. Cldnt serve yourself but able to select what you wanted. Generous portions.

  21. KC

    KateC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience1

    Staff very slow not very knowledgeable about the food or drinks, chef off sick not sure who cooked ? potatoes used frozen I think very disappointing food not the best but edible, crumble was disgusting the topping was granola not what i would call a crumble. More staff than customers all looked very sad :(

  22. HL

    HeatherL

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Very friendly staff. Good good and plenty of it. Good value for money. Would go there again.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Not as good as last time chip were oven chip not very hot. Quite cold in side.

  24. JW

    JaneW

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    We were disappointed that the carvery was unavailable due to lack of customers. We had gone there specifically for the carvery Several diners came in after us, one of the waiting staff sat and watched us as we ate which made us uncomfortable She wanted to clean up quickly and we did feel the service was rushed The coffee machine was not working

  25. r

    rogerb

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We popped in for a roast dinner they had a staff shortage and explained this to us. The food was excellent service was amazing. Staff so polite.

  26. SW

    SarahW

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Good food and service even when they had a lack of staff

  27. PP

    PatrickP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Food was good but disappointed that Carvery finished at 3pm (we were non at 5) when Webb site seemed to indicate it was on until 9pm on Sundays. Staff friendly and helpful so will probably return when next in the area.

  28. L

    rogerL

    Kent

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    booked after viewing menu online but a lot of dishes unavailable not good at all

  29. JG

    JoanneG

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Due to covid restrictions the carvery was plated up for you. So you had everything put on your plate whether you wanted it or not. When the food came it was all luke warm. Returned it but got a look of shock from waitress that I wanted it warmer. There was clearly a shortage of staff as the tables around us had empty drinks on for a while. Overall ok but don't think I would visit again.

  30. PM

    PaulM

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very good food lovely staff Sunday lunch was very good

  31. SF

    SarahFee

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Lovely friendly, helpful staff. I had soup followed by a healthy salad with chicken. I was staying at The Countryman for a cycle race the following day and prefer to avoid high fat food (things with cheese and or cream) and red meat the night before as heavy food isn’t best for a good nights sleep. All the chicken dishes had cheese and the only fish dish was fish and chips - hence ending up with a salad.

  32. MT

    MikeT

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Decent value menu and reasonable selection alas a couple of specials were unavailable

  33. B

    Bertie

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 September 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience1

    Awful was an understatement, nothing on specials list available, so opted for cod , chips and peas. Batter on cod the colour of dark oak wood and batter just as hard as wood peas still frozen and chips cold , didn’t eat it. Lovely waitress very understanding and didn’t charge us but didn’t help that I left hungry. Owners made no effort to come over and apologise, and sadly we weren’t the only diners that night unhappy with their food. Never again.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northampton

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Food was OK - not bad just nothing special - staff were very attentive and welcoming- couldn’t fault them

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 August 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great friendly staff very welcoming

  36. RW

    RobertW

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Food poor quality over cooked. fries where frozen ones just warmed up

  37. b

    bobbyj

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 April 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful food and the service was fantastic. Highly recommend!

  38. G

    Grace

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2021

    overall3food4service1ambience2

    The service was beyond terrible and took an hour to get our food and 40 mins for our first drinks. But the food itself was tasty, not worth the price.

  39. PG

    PaulG

    Dorset

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    Change of management since before Christmas and not for the better. A two meal order was messed up so we ended up eating separately and no one ever asked how our food was. Not rushing to go back.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Slightly disappointed given a great Dorset location but it was ver early in Post-lockdown eating. The food was ok but definitely not imaginative

FAQs

The Countryman Inn is rated 3.9 stars by 88 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.

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Google Map for The Countryman Inn

East Knighton Dorchester, ENG DT2 8LL

  • Area

    Dorchester

  • Hours of Operation

    Daily 11:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Massive front and back car parks available

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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