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Yalbury Cottage

Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
+44 1305 262382
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  • Excellent89%
  • Very good10%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“dressed crab” (5 reviews)
“amuse bouche” (10 reviews)
“cheese board” (13 reviews)
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European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Yes 5* all the way in this well run Restuarant. The offering from the amuse bouche with our drinks (do try the local Dorset gin that has samphire amongst the elements) to the first rate all local cheese board was very good. The lamb main...More

Thank linskitours
Reviewed 5 days ago

Yalbury Cottage is our 'go to' for all our family celebrations. On this occasion we celebrated some real milestone birthdays as well as an upcoming anniversary. We come here because you never have to worry about taking care of your guests when dining at this...More

Thank Cat C
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I meet up every six weeks for a gossip and no matter which new restaurant we try, we always end up booking Yalbury shortly afterwards even though we are local and willing to drive! The food never fails to disappoint and you...More

1  Thank sarahalvin2017
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely the best restaurant In Dorset.The food is exquisite fine dining.Front of house service is to very high standard.Excellent selection of wines and fizz.Am a repeat customer.Highly recommend for a special occasion but book well in advance as this place is highly sought after.

Thank rebecca428
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having eaten here in the past I was aware how good the restaurant was, so I had high hopes for a good 3 night stay. Well, as I've given a 5☆ rating then my expectations were obviously fulfilled. As others have said Yalbury is more...More

1  Thank theabbotpostie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I came here for dinner with my father, we arrived in the afternoon and immediate impressions were good. A lovely building in an equally good setting. After a drink in the garden we went to the lounge, a comfy area we could...More

Thank PartTimeFoodie123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really looked forward to this visit having read some reviews. We were meeting friends for lunch. Had pre prandials in the garden, excellent and attentive service. Interesting and adventurous menu and a good value wine list. Starters were very good but the main course was...More

1  Thank CarolandRobin D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From arrival to departure, what a great experience. On arrival you get some what I call tab nabs and left to choose from the menu in very comfortable surroundings. You are then invited to join your table and have what for me was the best...More

Thank John D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant/hotel is situated in the quaint village of lower blockhampton near Dorchester a little walk from the county agricultural college. Started with aperitifs in the lounge then in to the restaurant area. We had 3 courses starting with locally caught scallops then pork Wellington...More

Thank Jeffrey J
Reviewed 14 July 2017

I don't think I can add much more than other reviews. Great food. Great location. Great service. Things that you need to consider, there is no many tables so you have to book, so it require some planning, the first time I read the good...More

1  Thank majomaca1
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Theresa H
22 July 2017|
Response from embleton07 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I was a customer. I do not own or run this restaurant. It does not open for lunch but probably would do your wedding reception!
24 February 2017|
Response from YalburyCottage | Property representative |
We are fully booked for Sunday lunch on the 26th, but could do dinner for 4 adults and one child to arrive for pre-dinner drinks at 6.30PM and to dine at 7.00PM. If you are interested just let me know and I will be happy to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 26 - USD 51
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 262382
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...with a friendly atmosphere and wonderful views. Stay and relax in our lovely rooms, enjoy a superb freshly cooked breakfast and dine in our award winning restaurant.

Small bespoke weddings and parties are a speciality and we offer a great alternative venue for private business meetings with easy and ample parking.

Just two miles from Dorchester, Dorset, Yalbury Cottage is set in the hamlet of Lower Bockhampton - the heart of Thomas Hardy's Wessex - walking distance to his birthplace, across the road from his old school house and around the corner from Stinsford church where his heart is buried.
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