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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
“amuse bouche” (11 reviews)
“scallops” (19 reviews)
“cheese board” (9 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Celebrating a friend's birthday, a group of us enjoyed a delicious meal at Yalbury Cottage. We enjoyed a drink in the garden whilst perusing the menu. The food was excellent and the service attentive but not overbearing.

Thank Eileen652014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time of visiting Yalbury Cottage. Service was excellent and friendly very helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. The food that I had was excellent, there were a lot of us eating together . The food was bought out within minutes of each plate being...More

Thank Lyn P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked a table for two for Thursday 28 September for our wedding anniversary. On arrival we were made welcome and shown into the lounge area of this old cottage. Not very well decorated, hardly any wall decorations and the furniture although comfortable needs replacing... ordered...More

1  Thank G H G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In an small village near Hardy's cottage, it has 8 bedrooms which are more than adequate and a restaurant which provides the best cooking for miles around. Service is friendly and efficient and seating less than 30 means that it has a relaxed and happy...More

1  Thank pateena
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent Hotel with very friendly staff as well as efficient. Everything clean and tidy even down to Wellington boots to use on muddy walks. Restaurant was exceptional with top class menu. No hesitation is recommending this establishment.

Thank Rogersthedodger
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister and my brother-in-law took me and my wife for dinner to celebrate my recent 70th birthday. It was an absolute treat. My wife and BIL started with Pan Seared Cornish Scallops with Cauliflower and hazelnut emulsion, lemon confit and Tarragon salad. Sis and...More

Thank Timothy_George1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Truely excellent food and service. Restaurant is intimate and service very effective but highlight is the food... truely excellent

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is my second visit to Yarlbury Cottage and it certainly will not be my last. From the moment you arrive you feel welcomed and well looked after. Enjoying canapes in the lounge before dinner put us in just the right relaxed state to slow...More

Thank Emma S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Return visit to this restaurant after a year, and happily nothing has changed - excellent food, very welcoming and capable staff, and a delightful place to eat, all at a very reasonable price

Thank SeeTheBee99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautifully restored cottage in a charming rural village near Dorchester. Friendly staff and pleasant rooms: excellent facilities. Canapes with pre-dinner drinks in the lounge. Outstanding scallops, beef, almond tart. Turbot a little underdone and Yalbury Rarebit fairly basic. Excellent wine list. Try not to bump...More

Thank Alasdair M
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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 27 - USD 53
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lower Bockhampton, Dorchester DT2 8PZ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 262382
  • E-mail
...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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