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The Countryman Inn, Dorchester, ENG

The Countryman Inn

3.7
3.7
120 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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2 people

20:00


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • 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 120 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.7
3.7 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 3.8Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Child Friendly

  • Dorset

    Lunch

  • Dorset

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Dorset

    Sunday Lunch

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  1. DD

    DorsetDaisy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Food was fine. Typical pub grub, carvery was well received. The lady that was our waitress was very pleasant but the service was so slow, we had to go to the bar twice for drinks that we had ordered, we ended up bringing them over to the table ourselves. A few of us wanted pudding but after finishing our meal our table was untouched for 40 mins and nobody came near us, as it was Father’s Day and we had young children who got bored of waiting we went to the bar, paid and left. It wasn’t particularly busy at this point. Most of the staff chatting at the bar,only one other table occupied. Had gone there as there used to be a great play area…. That’s gone. Won’t be returning which is a shame as we live locally.
  2. GR

    GemmaR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We were on holiday and looking for somewhere to eat as a large family group. I checked the website and saw that the pub is dog friendly and so proceeded to book the table for that evening. Upon arrival we were left waiting at the bar, nobody acknowledged us and it wasn't particularly busy. We noticed an eyeroll from one member of staff. Once we had been greeted I advised that we had booked a table and this was responded to with a huff, we were shown to an area at the front of the building and told that we could squeeze in there due to having dogs. The waiter went to get some menus and then came back to let us know that they were running a reduced menu (this was not clear on the website) and didn't offer much choice (typo's aside!). The waiter was not pleasant and upon questioning that I had read the place was dog friendly so why couldn't we have a table in the main area, he gave an excuse about not knowing we were bringing dogs, I advised there was not anywhere to enter this when booking online and he said it was due to being run by a company. We were not made to feel welcomed and decided to go elsewhere who were very accommodating and we had a lovely evening, they seemed quite happy to have our food & drinks orders for 10 people.
  3. SG

    SharronG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the carvery and would highly recommend this pub.
  4. DA

    DebsA

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Apart from not having Coca-Cola and only having Popsi. The meal was ok and not too badly priced too.
  5. MI

    MISSMARPLE

    Dorset

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 25 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and very good service. Keep up the good work.
  6. DB

    DorsetBirthday

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A lovely venue for a family birthday lunch. The pub used to be a family favourite many years, (about thirty) ago and we hadn't seen the recent improvements and extension. Really impressed. We all had the carvery which was great and then we took our coffee out into the beautiful garden. Definitely planning to come back and try the seafood. Thank you.
  7. TP

    TeresaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We came here about a year ago and had terrible service but thought we would try again as everyone deserves a second chance and we had been here many times. We were not disappointed. Had everything on the menu, food was hot, fresh and tasty. Service was spot on and got our food quickly. My husband had the ribs with sweet potato fries & sweetcorn and I went for the Scampi and opted for healthy new potatoes instead of chips Will definitely be returning
  8. JA

    JohnA

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were very polite and friendly, the food was delicious and nicely presented overall a great place to eat wish we had found it sooner , excellent.
  9. HM

    HannahM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good food, great portion sizes. Really lovely environment full of character. Outside seating area would be a gorgeous place for a drink in warmer months! Service was slightly slow as not many staff but overall a lovely experience!
  10. L

    Lou28

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was shocking no point booking as they didn't reserve a table just got told to pick a table didn't get offered a menu fine for a drink but put off wanting food
  11. MH

    MatthewH

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food with friendly efficiant service. This was at a lunchtime and they had a large party booked as well so well done to all.
  12. SH

    SandraH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Very poor choice for plant based eating. We were served up a vegan version of crumble which was fruit without the crumble and charged the same as a proper crumble. However staff were very pleasant but the food was poor value and disappointing.
  13. S

    markS

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    On arrival was not asked my name or anything about the booking on the app so pointless using it to book. Service was terrible very long waits for everything eventually got a dessert menu but no one came to follow up, after ages got fed up waiting and left without dessert. No one asked how the food was and when I left was told to wait and queue at the bar to pay. Worst service I have experienced I now know when on Easter Weekend everywhere was full this place had vacancies !!
  14. RE

    RuthE

    Kent

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was freshly cooked and very good value for money. Staff were very helpful and friendly.
  15. MC

    MichaelC

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Recent visit found place very quiet for a Sunday. Service wasn’t brilliant. People were pleasant but considering very few clients were not overly welcoming/attentive. Food was fine. Visited the Halfway Inn the day after and completely different in terms of service and food which was great.
  16. EA

    EllisA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely experience, dining here for the first time. Friendly staff, wonderful food and good portions! Plan on visiting again very soon!
  17. DW

    DianeW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    It was mother's day, we had made an online booking to be told we had not booked in. As it was a nice day I asked if we could sit outside where a number of other customers said their bookings were not valid apparently. The management I found to be rude and not polite, told one waitress to burge her way through customers lining up at the carvery, The waiters and waitresses were lovely and I felt very sorry for them. Overall the food was nice but I'm afraid I was so disappointment by the way I was treated by the management I would not recommend anyone to go.
  18. JS

    JasonS

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Relaxed atmosphere, prompt table service, attentive service.
  19. NM

    NMeade

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good quality food, welcoming staff. Definitely recommend
  20. RA

    RachelA

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely relaxed and staff were really helpful. Food was delicious. We'll be definitely visiting again. Well recommended
  21. RB

    RuthB

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and overnight stay. No complaints at all. Friendly professional and attentive.
  22. JW

    JerryW

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Well presented, clean and tidy, great food, pleasant evening
  23. BW

    BarbaraW

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience3
    We felt the meat wasn’t very good, quite fatty and stringy. Vegetables were ok. Service wa# very good staff friendly and helpful. I wouldn’t recommend a friend for a carvery. We have eaten here before but not carvery.
  24. DP

    DannyP

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 March 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The Sunday Carvery was Cooked to Perfection, the only Grouse, was that we walked all the way to the Ordering Bar and then had to walk ALL the way back to the Entrance Door, founding that the table was very small (Just by the Redundant Bar). Next time: yes there will be a next time) we would prefer to be seated around in the main body adjacent to the Ordering Bar. Service was Great!
  25. DC

    DellaC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The pub is nice in style and decor. The food is ok, standard pub food and reasonable price. The downside was the wine didn’t taste fresh but the manager swapped my drink for another. I felt a little like I had to convince her to do this though. We waited a long time pay our bill. In the end we had to go to the bar. And perhaps this was what we were supposed to do, but this was not communicated to us. Overall it wasn’t the best experience but it was not terrible either.
  26. ST

    SarahT

    Kent

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great food in this lovely pub, staffing levels not back up to pre covid times but the team were working hard and friendly. Would recommend.
  27. IN

    IanN

    Dorset

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I booked a table for two on 14feb for our wedding anniversary at 1850, we arrived at 1840 and we were shown to a table and told someone would be over to take our drinks order, on ordering our drinks we asked if we had to go to the bar to order food, we were told that they would take our order when the drinks arrived, we then waited till 1925 without any service or drinks, I went to the bar to see where our drinks were and brought them to our table myself, I again asked about ordering our food and was again told someone would be over. Again we waited 15 minutes before we had to ask for them to take our order, when the waiter finally arrived we ordered our food off a set menu but was told they had ran out of what we wanted. I told the waiter we wouldn’t be staying to which his reply was “ ok bye”. Their was no apology from any of the staff on our way out. It completely ruined what should have been a pleasant evening, we had drove 22 miles round trip for nothing, we couldn’t even eat anywhere else because of it being valentines night. Would never recommend this place to anyone. Yours. Ian Newman.
  28. DB

    DavidB

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Carvery very poor, service by chefs extremely poor, overpriced for carvery Meat over cooked, cold dinner plates, vegetables under cooked and not fresh veg,
  29. MD

    MoD989

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Another great meal form his pub - Tried the mushroom burger this time - well worth a try if your visit
  30. KF

    KarenF

    Dorset

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Went in for Sunday Roast only to be told they were not serving roasts anymore at 4pm. When booking online it did not state this and also was on the menu when we got there. Disappointed as this is what all four of us wanted. We picked something else but not great, I would say everything seemed frozen or out of a tin
  31. SP

    SarahP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience2
    Booked for a roast had run out by 3pm on a Sunday
  32. KS

    KellyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    5 star quality food amazing staff and cant wait to go back for valentine's day
  33. RP

    RichardP

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    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.
  34. PR

    PatR

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely find. Food excellent. Pub really nice, loads of parking .
  35. MD

    MoD989

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great country pub. Great food - good atmosphere - not to busy
  36. 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.
  37. 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 :)
  38. 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.
  39. 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
  40. MD

    MoD989

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great country pub. Southern fried chicken and gravy as a starter is a must try

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 3.7 stars by 120 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

20:00


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for The Countryman Inn

East Knighton Dorchester, ENG DT2 8LL

Additional information

  • 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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