The Countryman Inn

4
66 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.

Experiences

  • Party Buffet - Jingle Bells

    £12.99 per person

    Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2021

    Book your festive party now with a deposit of £5 per person. The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms.
  • Party Buffet - Winter Wonderland

    £14.99 per person

    Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2021

    Book your festive party now with a deposit of £5 per person. The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms.
  • Party Buffet - A Jolly Good Time

    £16.99 per person

    Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2021

    Book your festive party now with a deposit of £5 per person. The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms.
  • Festive Menu - Two Courses

    £17.99 per person

    Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2021

    Book your festive party now with a deposit of £5 per person. The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms. Reduced prices for children. Other menu options are available.
  • Festive Menu - Three Courses

    £20.99 per person

    Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2021

    Book your festive party now with a deposit of £5 per person. The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms. Reduced prices for children. Other menu options are available.
  • Christmas Day

    £69.99 per person

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    Secure your Christmas Day booking with a deposit of £10 per person. The pub will contact you to take deposit. The remaining balance will be due by the 1st December.

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 66 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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HeatherL
Dorset
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.

JW
JaneW
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

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rogerb
Hampshire
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.

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SarahW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

PP
PatrickP
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.

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rogerL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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

JG
JoanneG
New York Area
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.

PM
PaulM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food lovely staff Sunday lunch was very good

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SarahFee
London
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.

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MikeT
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Bertie
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Northampton
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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great friendly staff very welcoming

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RobertW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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

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bobbyj
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and the service was fantastic. Highly recommend!

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Grace
Surrey
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.

PG
PaulG
Dorset
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bath
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

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Lia98
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and services, would definitely recommend!

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
7 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
7 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
7 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.

EC
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
8 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

MT
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,

FAQs

The Countryman Inn is rated 4 stars by 66 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.