Nr Blandford Forum
Mon-Sat 11-3 (not Mon), 6-11; Sun 12-3; 7-10.30
After the recent history of argumentative landlords and village buyouts, this pub has returned to something of a norm.
The décor was quite simple, plain walls, a few pictures and pine tables and chairs. The bar is in front of you as you enter. The impression is of an uncluttered, clean pub.
I did not see anything on entering to suggest a disabled person would find it difficult.
The menu was limited, about half a dozen choices for each course (starter, main and pudding) but, the lack of an extensive menu was more than made up by the quality of the food, which was, quite simply, excellent. Although there was only one 'veggie' dish on offer, a meze, if the quality of that was anything like that of those we had, it would be very good; but, the addition of a lamb dish on the menu would be welcome. We did not attempt a starter but opted for a pudding instead, a thoroughly noteworthy apple and apricot crumble with ginger ice cream, lovely!
Be prepared for a bit of a wait between courses, but consider this to be beneficial to the production of very good food; enjoy the time sampling more of Cottage's excellent brew! The bar and restaurant service was unhurried and friendly, but quite quick enough.
The pub itself is spacious and attractive with the bar opposite the entrance. Here there is a standing area for drinkers as the tables can get reserved well in advance and are not usable even if the reservee is not due for a couple of hours. There is a real fire here for winter too.
For the summer there is a beer garden to the rear/side and seating out front. Not far from Badbury Rings and close to Wimborne.
None as yet
Cottage Brewing 'Breast Bitter'
Blandford Forum, Dorset
DT11 9EU. 01929 459267
From: D:£28pp S:£32.