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The Blue Vinny

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$$ - $$$
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12 The Moor, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 8TE, England
+44 1305 848228
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Woking, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good ambiance, friendly and efficient staff, ample car parking and good pub food. Grandparents with toddler and great Aunt dropped in for an early evening supper, little one well received but could not see any high chairs (there may have been some). The bread board and cheese puffs were very tasty appetisers, the Thai fish cakes with seared limes were... More 

Thank David M
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great atmosphere,cosy ,really smiley attentive staff.And wonderful food.Different take on old favourites....have been now a few times...good every time and lots more to try.Well worth a visit!!!👍😊

Thank Junelovesfood
South West England
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297 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,229 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Slightly lacking in atmosphere but with friendly efficient service, almost clinical. Good range of freshly made food (no evidence of a microwave here thank you very much). I went for the pork which was good but I felt slightly lacking in taste (I'm always reluctant to add salt). My partner went for the ploughman's and it was huge. The only... More 

2 Thank KMR139
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though we are quite local this was our first visit for several years and we didn't book in advance. The staff were welcoming and it was warm and welcoming. The menu was interesting and the service and food exceeded expectations. The scotch egg made with fresh crab meat rather than the usual sausage meat deserves particular mention and was quite... More 

Thank Jenny N
Godalming, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Myself and my partner were visiting the area and looked on Trip Advisor for recommendations for an evening out. After such brilliant reviews we decided to visit the Blue Vinny. I had the mussels in cream sauce with fries, my partner had the plaice fillets, both were outstanding. The mussels were of highest quality and the portion sizes were very... More 

Thank svykp
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77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

A group of 7 of us met here. The menu is great - difficult to pick just one or two items. Our group tried the steaks, lamb burger, scallops, pheasant and sausages - no complaints. Also a good choice of desserts followed by good coffee. There was flexibility on the portion size and accompaniments and the service was good too.... More 

Thank MeandererEngland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

We visited The Blue Vinny in early December as a party of sixteen. The staff were friendly, the pub itself is lovely and the food was amazing. Our meals arrived quickly, looked appealing, were hot (difficult to achieve with big parties) and full of flavour. I also had major food envy of those in our party who had ordered the... More 

Thank HeentheDog
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

I was taken here for my birthday and it was fabulous. The food was excellent and the staff lovely. I would highly recommend it.

Thank tamsincara
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Superb mussels, fantastic game and all cooked to perfection. My Pigeon Breasts were perfectly seared and rare inside, lovely flavours to everything. Cannot fault it and if in the area again we shall be back.

Thank Philippa80
Goole, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Pre xmas family meal. Dishes pre-ordered. All dishes well executed and meat tender and cooked to perfection. Staff friendly and attentive. Warm and cosy environment and easy parking.

Thank Picatzo

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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
Average prices
USD 23 - USD 32
Bar, British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 The Moor, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 8TE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Dorchester  >  Puddletown
  • Phone Number: +44 1305 848228
Roly and Helen Harries took over this traditional village pub in Puddletown, near Dorchester in May 2013. Keeping the very best of the old, they set about combining its warm, friendly country ambience with a cool, airy modern interior - part of a style that is reflected in their approach to the food and hospitality. Something for which this bar and restaurant is rapidly gaining a first-class reputation.The food is home cooked, and where possible the ingredients are seasonal and sourced locally from friends or trusted specialist suppliers. The wines have been chosen to complement the menu, and there is always a range of excellent guest ales on tap.Together with Head Chef Danny Durose and his team, they've created a menu that reflects their personal tastes, with a truly international approach - a style that owes as much to the hot islands of the Mediterranean as it does to the classic and everyday dishes of Britain and mainland Europe. Roly and Helen with Children Thomas and Benjamin are passionate about producing the very best food at accessible prices, as well as extending a warm and friendly welcome to locals and visitors alike.

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