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Summary

£78
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The food is always reliably delicious” at this 300-year-old thatched cottage across the road from Thomas Hardy’s old school (the author was born in the neighbouring village) – which “must be one of the best restaurants in Dorset”. Former Four Seasons exec chef Jamie Jones assembles a “relatively short menu that caters for all tastes and appetites”“you know as soon as you taste the canapes that the food is going to be excellent”.

Summary

£78
 ££££
3
Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

This “lovely cottage” in the heart of Thomas Hardy country serves “very good British food with interesting twists” from owner Jamie Jones, a former exec chef with Four Seasons hotels who settled here with his wife Ariane in 2007. The novelist would have known the 300-year-old thatched shepherd’s cottage well – he was born a mile away and grew up in the village. The Joneses also run the Yalbury Café in nearby Dorchester.

Summary

£69
  £££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Wonderful food, service, setting and location in rural Dorset” make this 350-year-old thatched cottage the perfect place to eat (and stay) if you’re visiting Thomas Hardy country – the writer would have known it well, having grown up here in Lower Bockhampton, a hamlet close to Dorchester. There’s a “good menu that changes, so if you’re staying for more than one night you’re not faced with the same food for every meal”.

Summary

£60
  £££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A real treat for foodies” – this thatched cottage in Thomas Hardy’s home village of Bockhampton serves “the best food in the area”. “You’ll pay London prices, but it’s great value for cooking of this standard”.

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Highchair,Portions
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No dress code
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Yalbury Cottage Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Yalbury Cottage Restaurant in DT2, Lower Bockhampton by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Yalbury Cottage restaurant.
Jennifer K
Food always reliably excellent....
Reviewed 10 months, 26 days ago

"Food always reliably excellent."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £35.00  
Dinner £45.00 £55.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £24.50
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 10.00%
Lower Bockhampton, DT2 8PZ
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday1 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Wednesday1 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Thursday1 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Friday1 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Saturday1 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑8:30 pm
Sunday12 pm‑2 pm

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