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The Fontmell

Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury SP7 0PA, England
+44 1747 811441
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Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good22%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“seafood tapas” (7 reviews)
“fish and chips” (15 reviews)
“pancakes” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
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Value
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LOCATION
Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury SP7 0PA, England
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1 - 10 of 247 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have known The Fontmell for 15 years or so, since it was The Crown, during which time it has changed hands and character several times, and we have spent many enjoyable lunchtimes there over the years, with friends and family. But on the past...More

1  Thank Michael S
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

thanks you for taking the time to review us Michael and we are sorry we let you down on this occasion, its certainly not up to our usual standard, please contact me john@thefontmell.com

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have eaten at The Fontmell several times over the last 5 years, it has changed hands a couple of times and while the food is perhaps not as notably good as it has been in the past it's still, in my opinion, OK (just...More

Thank DorsetAgaLady
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are very sorry to hear you don't feel our service was up to standard on this occasion but hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 13 March 2018

This is both a gastro and fine dining style establishment, with a menu that changes favourably with the seasons and availability. The food combinations and flavours, and range of options offered, are excellent, as is the cooking and presentation. It’s clear the head chef puts...More

Thank ClanCharteris
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

thanks for writing your review and we hope you can visit us again soon

Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

My husband and I, along with our four legged daughter, visited on Monday for lunch. We sat in the bar by the open fire, and had a delicious three course lunch. Fresh, tasty and perfect amount. The waiter/bar man was very polite, courteous and smart....More

Thank Sharon C
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your lunch and we hope to see you again

Reviewed 3 March 2018

From arrival John and his team looked after us. We were very late due to traffic coming down from North Yorks. Not a problem. The whole team were helpful and arranged an early breakfast for 9 of us. Thanks Chef ! You can tell this...More

Thank powderhound45
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Many thanks for your review and we’re all delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and a special thanks for the pamplemousse, it’s now a firm favourite!!!

Reviewed 25 February 2018

We went to have lunch and see if this would be a suitable place for a large family celebration that we are planning for June. We entered and stood near the bar for several minutes whilst a young ,an behind the bar serve red someone...More

2  Thank juliantb
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2018

Very sorry that you feel we treated you in such a way, this is certainly not the way we want our guests treated, I assure you this is not a normal occurrence and hope you give us another try

Reviewed 5 February 2018

We were staying nearby and booked this restaurant a week or so before traveling to the area. When we arrived they couldn't find our booking however we were quickly seen to a free table. We all ordered main courses. Everyone was impressed by our choices....More

Thank ktb123Southampton
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

thanks, we are glad you enjoyed your meal with us and hope to see you again soon

Reviewed 22 January 2018

Very much enjoyed my stay over a very rainy weekend in January 2018. Great shower, friendly staff and good food. It was fantastic to sit by the log fire with a G&T and a book.

Thank whitstablewanderers
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

thank you, its certainly nice and cosy by the fire, we look forward to welcoming you back soon

Reviewed 20 January 2018

Food was very good. Excellent venue for family and friends. Lovely atmosphere and lovely staff. Excellent Pizza garden in the summer and at New Year we had an amazing spread. My only comment is their red wine list is not great.

Thank Elaine C
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2018

Thanks for your feed back, it would be interesting to know what you mean by “not great”as we put a lot of effort into sourcing our wines which are mostly organic or naturally produced from small wineries please email me your thoughts john@thefontmell.com

Reviewed 4 January 2018

We stayed for 2 nights over Christmas. Amazing hospitality, our dogs were made to feel very welcome and Christmas lunch was absolutely first class. We hope to return soon.

Thank tracey o
JKC1975, Owner at The Fontmell, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2018

Many thanks for your review, we hope to see you again very soon

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 28
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury SP7 0PA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Shaftesbury
  • Phone Number: +44 1747 811441
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Description
The Fontmell has the sort of bar you will never want to leave, a restaurant dining room with the feel of a country house library and six beautiful bedrooms. The pub extends over Collier’s Brook, Fontmell Magna’s village stream, which flows between the bar and the dining room. When the windows are open the babbling brook creates a serene environment in which to eat and relax.
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