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The Sailor's Return

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East Chaldon, Chaldon Herring DT2 8DN, England
+44 1305 854441
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Tue - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 23:00
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Walked through the bar of locals (welcoming locals though) to a nice table towards the back of the pub in the restaurant area. The food was very nice and all fresh and well presented. Service was polite and correctly paced. Nice and romantic setting and very nice food.

1 Thank RJStern
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had been here about 3 or 4 years ago and returned in the New Year and still did not disappoint. Atmosphere and Staff most welcoming. Food excellent quality with many local ingredients. Glad to see it's still here... will return again soon.

1 Thank foxbatDorset
England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our second visit to this pub this month: really friendly service, very reasonably priced delicious home cooked style food. Cosy booths to sit in. A really lovely old fashioned English pub with a great welcome,great food, would definitely recommend, and we'll definitely be back next time we're staying in the area😀

Thank 1gillymp
Truro, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a couple of lunches here whilst staying in nearby Winfrith. Pate/toast and steak sandwich very nice as were the burgers a couple of days later, good house Sauvignon very welcoming landlord and friendly staff. Would definitely recommend based on our experience

Thank Anni H
Dorset, United Kingdom
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291 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's some time since I last visited this establishment, and it's certainly brushed up its image. It was a Sunday night in January and we were pushed to find a good place to eat, and which was open. We received a very friendly welcome and were sat on a couch with a drink to study the menu. Being mid winter... More 

1 Thank Brian S
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

I consulted trip advisor for somewhere to go for lunch and found The Sailor's return well recommended. We were not disappointed. As a family run pub it had a friendly local feel and the staff were all as helpful as could be. It has a cosy rustic decor, local beers and ciders and the food was excellent. The menu had... More 

2 Thank I5I
Guildford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Combines charm of being a genuine pub but with good food. Excellent menu, good wine list and choice of beers. Staff excellent.

Thank Plytanachi
Somerton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We sometimes stop in on a Sunday after walking the dog. I always have the Steak and Ale pie, it's the best I've ever had! The staff and owners are always friendly. Well worth a visit!

Thank AlanandEve
Brigg, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Nipped in after a coastal walk. Nice looking pub, friendly staff and very tasty food. No complaints at all except we all agree it was quite chilly. This really didn't spoil our enjoyment. Good beers and we would look forward to returning. Thanks

Thank JulieLawson7
Belfast, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

After viewing the photos and reviews we thought this place would be a great spot to head to for lunch after a good walk along the coastal path, unfortunately it wasn't. The food, frosty welcome from one of the two landlords and general feel of the place was really poor. As we had the dog with us we sat in... More 

1 Thank oakleybokely
Tom B, Owner at The Sailor's Return, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. I am very sorry to read your thoughts. Saturday lunch was full and unfortunately the only seats left available were on the sofa, where we were more than happy to cater for you. I am sorry if you didn't like the bar atmosphere.. We have high standards, (and certainly do not use 'burger van baps!',... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 25
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, View, Groups, Cheap Eats, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 14:30
18:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: East Chaldon, Chaldon Herring DT2 8DN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Chaldon Herring
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 854441
A traditional thatched English pub in the heart of the Dorset countryside, offering a daily changing smaller menu of locally sourced produce. A wide range of beers and wines to accompany your home cooked meal.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?