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The Countryman Inn, Dorchester, ENG

The Countryman Inn

4.2
4.2
329 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub
Soak up our friendly service and homely charm when nestled in the impressive roadside pub located in the hamlet of East Knighton. Here at The Countryman Inn, we are the perfect retreat to sit back, relax and indulge in our delicious food with the perfect drink in hand. Our traditional pub classics are expertly crafted from our seasonal menus and the bar is crammed with local ales and tipples to tempt any taste buds. Using the most seasonal ingredients and decadent flavours, there's a dish for every desire. Turn your fleeting visit into a welcomed stay by resting your head in one of our Nine ensuite rooms. All decorated with cosy interiors and homely touches you'll be able to unwind in comfort and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in a home away from home.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pub
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 07:30–23:00
  • Phone number
    01305 591090
  • Payment Options
    Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • 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

What 329 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Best Value

  • Dorset

    Great for brunch

  • Dorset

    Good for business meals

  • Dorset

    Good for business meals

  • Dorset

    Child-friendly

  • Dorset

    Good for groups

  • Dorset

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Dorset

    Great for outdoor dining

329 Reviews
  1. PaulB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time eating here and to say we we were impressed is an understatement! Exceptional home cooked pub food and the service was excellent also. We will definitely be back!

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  2. ClaireA

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very lovely restaurant, excellent food. Service was bit slow. Unfortunately no gluten free options for the carvery which was very very disappointing and slightly unusual especially for such a large restaurant.

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  3. PeterG

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sadly the meal was very disappointing. We order Fish and Chips and Chicken Schhnitzel. Both were overcooked and very dry and tough to eat. I did not complain due to the long wait at the carvery and could see that the staff were stretched and I did not want to wait for a replacement. We also ordered a mini dessert with a hot drink. The dessert arrived ten minutes before the hot drink. I had assumed that both should have been served together. I would suggest that other options on the menu should be avoided when there is a Carvery available on a Sunday.

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  4. KarenR

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely carvery with good selection of veg. Would recommend plus dog friendly.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This Pub has recently changed hands and the new owners have done an incredible Job with the place . You can see customers flocking back .The food and service are excellent and the guy’s and girls that run it are very pleasant making having a meal or just a drink there a very pleasant experience.

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  6. GeoffT

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One starter cold one unbelievably hot, but clearly reheated. Skin on mayonnaise. Main courses overcooked. Dissapointing. Would have been back as staying locally.

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  7. CarolW

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time here for Sunday lunch but probably not the last. Food plentiful and a good choice of veg.

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  8. MrsT

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank Goodness to go back here after some time . Under new management menu is good . Food so much better been a while . Thoroughly enjoyed . Hoping the Carvery will be just as good . So nice to go back to a local pub which has been quite a let down over the past few years !! 👍. Please keep it up missed this place

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  9. EmmaE

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The welcoming was great and our waitress was brilliant. The food was amazing. Will definitely be returning. Decor is so gorgeous.

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  10. alisont

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been to this pub a few times now since it has been revamped and new management in place and we have not been disappointed. Valentines Day is when pubs and restaurants try and rip off their customers but not here....Food amazing as ever and such great value we have booked again for next week. I suggest you give it a try...

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  11. SteveB

    Buckinghamshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This pub was a real find. The team were especially welcoming, being plainly happy to be there. Everything was great and the prices reasonable. Great job 🫡

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  12. SamC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another delicious carvery and sausage mash and peas children’s meal, staff were again amazing ! Highly recommended

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  13. LindaM

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Justin & team were friendly and attentive. Food was superb.

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  14. Saveusmavis

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A warm welcome when we arrived. Staff attentive without being overbearing and knowledgeable about the menu. My allergy was taken seriously and chef intent on going all out to ensure that i could have what I wanted from the menu. Food ..ample portions and delicious.

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  15. JeffM

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived on time and we’re wished to our table then Racheal came and served us with class us I did notice that all the staff were attentive we had small option with a drink £10 great value we were here for the first time we definitely be back the food was great tasting and hot thanks to all the staff and chef thanks again to all jeff matthews

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  16. MikeG

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent and helpful staff and food was very good and served on atimely basis.

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  17. Moajino

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good, very welcoming, very polite, bright and cheerful. Staff very attentive, good value.

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  18. HBee

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great value, great quality Sunday Carvery served by friendly and efficient staff. Highly recommended

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  19. Andi

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Carvery was excellent with 3 plate size choices The welcome was lovely and met with smiles and happy staff. Service was excellent and we had checks on food and drinks but not intrusive. The pub had a happy atmosphere and we will return and can recommend the carvery too.

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  20. Samuel

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good quality, hot and cooked quickly. Service was excellent and staff very attentive.

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  21. BethanyM

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very welcoming from the off Good drink selection, good choice of food, service great Food was very nice Good value for money We all left happy and will definitely go back.

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  22. Sharon

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and service, lovely evening, thank you

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  23. MarcT

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding Carvery, attentive service and five very happy customers. Kids love the pizza!

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  24. Keith

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful country pub that we regularly go to for a consistently excellent Sunday Carvery. Alternatively they offer a very good choice on their lunch and dinner menus. All the staff are very attentive providing an excellent service. Dogs are made very welcome. Best value for money in the area.

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  25. MargaretS

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mid week carvery, just as good as the Sunday one, really enjoyed it, good value for money

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  26. TonyY

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a birthday meal for 8 people great food and good service.

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  27. EmmaE

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for lunch wth a friend and we had such a warm welcome. Made us feel valued and the atmosphere was brilliant. Staff and food were excellent. Decor is gorgeous. Can't wait to try the carvery.

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  28. CherryC

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There is always a very warm welcome on arrival and attending staff are cheerful and helpful.

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  29. Russ

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We booked at 12 o'clock on Sunday for their carvery & we were not disappointed. We were greeted by very friendly staff and first in the queue for food. The (meat) portions were large and cooked to perfection, with loads of veg, sauces and gravy. We will definitely be coming back but with a larger party

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  30. DavidG

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was good nice selection of food all the dishes came out on time and nice and hot staff were very attentive and kept a eye on you to make sure your glass was filled definitely would visit again

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  31. KevD

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Countryman is vastly improved since under new management.It has new decor and staff and was lovely.

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  32. EloiseT

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Landlords are fab, staff very welcoming and accommodating! Food was great - all home cooked. Relaxed atmosphere. Will come back again

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  33. GodfreyL

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent visit for lunch. A return after some years and how lovely not to be disappointed. Great food but above all a great welcome, thank you Rachel . All staff professional and friendly.

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  34. Stephenw

    Warwickshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Sunday Carvery, busy so be sure to book ahead.

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  35. JackieH

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Average Carvery, with 3 meat choices but no poultry. Dessert was nice and what you would expect. Average meal all round.

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  36. PatriciaH

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New owners have many years experience and it shows. Excellent in all respects.

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  37. MarkP

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly service with good quality food in a relaxed atmosphere, would recommend a visit

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  38. BidW

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good range of menu choices, helpful friendly staff. An enjoyable evening which we will repeat.

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  39. ClaireS

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This pub was so lovely , we went for carvery, very nice vegan options, lovely staff! Was made to feel so welcome and hospitality was great !very friendly… The manager gave our two dogs some little bowls of leftovers as a treat ! Also reasonable prices!

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  40. Emma

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A lovely welcoming pub with great staff and good food.

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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

FAQs

The Countryman Inn is rated 4.2 stars by 329 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for The Countryman Inn

East Knighton, Dorchester, ENG DT2 8LL

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Dorchester
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 07:30–23:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Pub
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart 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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