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AA Pick of the Pubs
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A dog-friendly watering hole, this lovely 15th-century pub is an ideal place to put your feet up after a long walk with man's best friend (if you have one with you). Close to Wardour Castle in a pretty village, The Forester has warm stone walls, a thatched roof, original beams and inglenook fireplace. Local Donhead Craft Cider is a popular addition to the Butcombe and Otter ales served at the bar. An extension houses a restaurant with double doors opening onto the lower patio area. The pub has a reputation for excellent cooking at reasonable prices, and for its use of fresh West Country ingredients, especially seafood. Dishes are constructed with a mix of traditional and cosmopolitan flavours, crispy crumbed local pork with pickled winter vegetables, black pudding and piccalilli is typical. Follow with a main course of pan-fried Cornish cod fillet, squid ink, butternut squash and hollandaise. Special menus for children and vegetarians are available.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25-26 Dec
  • Days closed: Sun eve, Mon
  • Opening times: 12-2 6.30-11
  • Lunch opening: Tue-Sun 12-2
  • Dinner opening: Tue-Sat 7-9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales: Butcombe, Otter
  • Real ciders: Donhead Craft Cider, Westons Wyld Wood Organic

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Shaftesbury on A30 towards Salisbury. In approx 4.5m left, follow village signs

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