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The Fontmell

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Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury SP7 0PA, England
+44 1747 811441
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London, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A simply amazing Charles Heidsieck Dinner , the finest food I've had the pleasure to eat at The Fontmell. From the trio of oysters each served differently , the nage of seafood, pigeon with delicious mini pie and onto a stunning gentle selection of cheeses the whole evening was a real treat. Champagnes tasted included two roses, a 2005 vintage,... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I Had the seafood platter as a starter, very minuscule portions and very bland, my husband had a Thai curry, chicken was very dry. Definitely will not return to this overpriced eatery.

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Thank Lisa T
John C, Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to provide some feedback for your dinner at the Fontmell. All feedback positive or negative is valuable and we appreciate your comments and apologise that you were not happy with your dinner. Please do contact us directly if you would like to discuss your comments in further details info@thefontmell.com Many thanks and apologies. More 

Launceston, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch on a recent trip to the area. Lovely ambience created by the building itself, the furnishings and the menu etc. Only stopped for a snack lunch but my soup was delicious as was my husbands sandwich & fries. Both were 'posh' but good versions! Dog friendly in the bar so we ate there with our pooch but... More 

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Thank lynnem159
John C, Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Lynne Thank you for your kind review, much appreciated and glad that your dog also enjoyed himself and hope it tried the dog biscuits on the bar?! More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed for only one night but will definitely be returning. My relatives and I had booked 4 of the 6 rooms and we were all happy with the accommodation but what really made our stay so good was the excellent evening meal, the very helpful and friendly staff particularly the lively Australian waitress, the cheerful atmosphere, lovely setting and hearty... More 

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Thank Michelle A
John C, Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Michelle, thank you for your feedback and lovely to hear that you had such a good meal by our head chef, Tom Shaw. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We'll be leaving this morning and will be sad to say goodbye to The Fontmell. Having ventured down from London (only a 2 hour drive from Ealing) we were stunned by the sheer beauty of the surrounding area, in which the pub/diner/B&B is situated. The staff are very welcoming & offered exemplary service throughout our stay, a special mention to... More 

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Thank StuartBW6872
John C, Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Hi Stuart, thank you from all the staff for your review and great to hear that you had an idyllic stay! We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Dorset, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the most wonderful time, thrilled to bits that we chose to bring our friends to The Fontmell. Everyone commented on what a lovely place it is, how kind your staff are and how organised you were - not to mention the incredible food. We felt overwhelmingly welcome and for Nick and I, we felt proud to show off... More 

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Thank 487imogen
John C, Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Lovely to hear your feedback Imogen, always appreciated and really glad that your friends enjoyed themselves too. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Chard, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

the hotel and its staff were as expected the rooms and bathrooms of fine quality and the evening meal and wine of an acceptable price and quality,However breakfast was of a much lower standard and very disappointing and was really difficult to understand as to how such a simple meal can be so messed up .However they did the right... More 

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Thank confit
John C, Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

I am sorry that your breakfast was disappointing and I have passed your comments onto the chef to ensure that standards are met. I do hope this will not put you off visiting again. More 

Dorchester, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Good friendly service. Good selection of wines by the glass, sensibly priced. Crab soup at £6 served with bread, had some crab flavour but not much. Swordfish at £17 was disappointing: a skimpy portion with a couple of spoons of capers, tomato and pine nuts (I couldn't detect any pine nuts) and a pinch of salad. This came with several... More 

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John C, Public Relations Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Dear odlondon2016 Thank you for taking time to provide some feedback for your dinner at the Fontmell. All feedback positive or negative is valuable and we appreciate your comments and apologise that you were not happy with your dinner. Please do contact us directly if you would like to discuss your comments in further details info@thefontmell.com Many thanks and apologies. More 

London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

My wife and I decided to come here for Sunday lunch after a hectic weekend with visitors. We were made to feel welcome and told it was quiet so we could take our time. Despite it being quiet we were allocated a table for 2 right by the public access to the restaurant but we were allowed to move on... More 

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John C, Public Relations Manager at The Fontmell, responded to this review

Dear Geoffrey Thank you for the feedback you and your wife provided with regard to your Sunday lunch in March. We are very sorry that you were not happy with your roast beef and your feedback is greatly appreciated and the chef made aware of your comments. We do hope we can persuade you back for our Special Offer week... More 

Child Okeford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We came to the Fontmell on Valentine's night and had the most delicious dinner. Our Aussie waitress was extremely helpful with my indecisiveness as we could have eaten every choice on the Starters and Main's Menu which does not happen often in local pubs! The service was great and the wine too. Would highly recommend.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 9 - USD 26
Cuisine
British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?