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The Wise Man Inn

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Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
+44 1305 261970
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
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Sun 12:00 - 22:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
Sat 00:00 - 23:00
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131 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff, food and ales are excellent. Atmosphere brilliant and a real gem. Can not wait to come back when we are down in October.

Thank lodgey42
Greater London, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, we dined here Good Friday with our friends who are local to the area. Starters of mushrooms on toast, bacon and cheddar sausage roll and Camembert for two were fabulous. The four mains were fish and chips x 2, Hake with pancetta and lamb shank were superb but what really gave it 5 stars were the fantastic staff who... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very accommodating, and amazingly well organised. The hosts took the entire drinks order at our tables (6 plus 12 seating), and they were delivered promptly, and to the correct persons. They were very busy and the food may have taken a bit of time, but when it came, every dish was good, hot and just the right amount.

Thank Pedr0nOb
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent quality meal for all our family. Fish and pies both highly recommended. Deserts also superb.

Thank Kevin D
Brighton, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived here on Wednesday night with our 2 children at 6pm without a reservation and they kindly found a table for us. The service was really friendly and the food was superb. My husband had the pie and said it's one of the best he's ever had and the gravy was amazing. There's a lovely little children's menu too. Looking... More 

Thank Oliver8083
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is no pub in the Dorchester area that I like better for a pint and a meal. PROPER pies, incredible cheesecake and a good choice of well kept ales to go with it.

Thank GudgerDorchester
Sturminster Newton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Wise Man Inn has restored my faith that a pub can deliver decent food, following a very good Sunday lunch today; only slightly spoilt by the Sloane Rangers on the neighbouring table, an ever increasing public nuisance here in Dorset. I am not entirely convinced the policy of allowing dogs in the eating areas is one that many would... More 

Thank copepod39
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had lunch there today, as part of a walking group. We pre-ordered our lunch from a very good menu. On arrival our drinks were served at the table and despite the group of about 15, our meals were served all together, very efficiently. I had a fantastic steak mushroom and red wine pie with veg and it was absolutely... More 

Thank Bob A
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This is more a restaurant style pub, and the food is delicious. Specials are always rotated with fresh local produce and the only problem is what to choose as they all look so good! Nice problem to have. Quite a few fish dishes which is great for me. The beers are kept extremely well and taste exceptional. The wine list... More 

Thank Julian B
Wellington, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 6 March 2017

First time we visited, what a Beautiful building, Fantastic Food, beautiful cosy interior, highly recommended! fab find, will be back for more!

Thank katydavenport

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:30
00:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bockhampton Lane | West Stafford, Dorchester DT2 8AG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 261970
The Wise Man is where traditional village pub meets rustic gastro cuisine.

Situated in the heart of the pretty village of West Stafford, only two miles from Dorchester, Philip and the team ensure a friendly welcome to all and will endeavour to make your visit a memorable one. We are also close to Hardy's Cottage which can be enjoyed on one of the many beautiful walks or popular cycle routes in the area.

Our head chef Leigh leads a passionate team who endeavour to create great flavours and experiences. All of our dishes are made in house using the freshest ingredients and where possible we always buy local and in season. To sum up our menu its a collision of world flavours with rural Dorset and Great British Classics.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?