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Traditional pub specialising in West Country seafood

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

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 December
  • Days closed: Sunday evening, Monday
  • Opening times: 12–2 6.30–11
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12–2
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 7–9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available


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

Getting here

From Shaftesbury on A30 towards Salisbury. In approximately 4.5 miles left, follow village signs.

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