Where to Eat in Blandford Forum: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 5, 2017 Flossie Demartino

Blandford Forum (/ˈblænfərd/ BLAN-fərd), commonly Blandford, is a market town in the North Dorset district of Dorset, England, sited by the River Stour about 24 km (15 mi) northwest of Poole. It is the administrative headquarters of North Dorset District Council.
Things to do in Blandford Forum

1. The Milton Arms

Dorchester Hill | Winterborne Whitechurch, Blandford Forum DT11 0HW, England Takeout, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$78 - HK$196 +44 1258 880431
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 158 reviews

The Milton Arms

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Reviewed By Aliantalfa - Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom

We were staying nearby and after Reading reviews we decided to go for dinner. The food was lovely, tasty, well presented and courteously served. Would recommend.

2. Namaste Gurkha

11 East Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7DU, England Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner 01258-45-07-69
Excellent
60%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 222 reviews

Namaste Gurkha

Reviewed By tripperl - Poole, Dorset, England

What a find super staff service and food. Very small restaurant but worth the wait if you can get it booked. Better than Simla tastier and better service

3. The Botany Bay Inne

A 31 Main Road | Winterborne Zelston, Winterborne Zelston, Blandford Forum DT11 9ET, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +44 1929 459227
Excellent
43%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 376 reviews

The Botany Bay Inne

Dorset Country Pub - As New Owners Since November 2017, We look forward to welcoming to visitors old and new and locals alike. Our ambition is to serve good traditional pub food at the highest standards! In addition to our fantastic menu, we offer Badger real ales, delicious wines and soft/hot drinks. Service starts daily with a Traditional Breakfast followed by lunch and dinner. We are open all day, 7 days a week from Easter through to October, but from November through to the end of February, we offer limited open times, but always with a breakfast and lunch service. In addition, we serve a superb Sunday Carvery every week between 12pm and 7pm, but unfortunately "When our Roasts are gone, they are Gone!" so please book early to help us to ensure that we don not run out and disappoint! "Pie Night Fridays" is one of our feature nights - when we offer "All that you can eat" for £9.95! Booking is always recommended as we do get very busy!! We look forward to welcoming you very soon!

Reviewed By Gerald G - UK

Apparently changed owners recently. Very pleasant staff for our quick lunch. Reasonable prices, with food quickly served and fresh in a bright (freshly redecorated?) restaurant area. Portions were generous.
We regretted that we were not staying close enough for an evening meal and would not be passing in time for the breakfast!
Many thanks

4. The Royal Oak

Dorchester Hill | Milborne St Andrew, Milborne Saint Andrew, Blandford Forum DT11 0JG, England Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Television Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$55 - HK$173 +44 1258 837248
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 249 reviews

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak - Andrew & Sarah Fox welcome you to The Royal Oak, their family run, family friendly freehouse in the heart of Dorset. Situated on the A354 between the county town of Dorchester and the North Dorset market town of Blandford; The Royal Oak can be found in the traditional Dorset village of Milborne St Andrew. The pub’s location makes it popular with walkers, locals & tourists alike. Offering delicious food & drink in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, we are sure you will be glad you visited us! The Bar Our delightful main bar and restaurant is full of charm, and we offer a relaxing and comfortable space to regular guests, people passing through and those visiting historic Dorset. We offer a delicious wines, casque mark approved real ales, lagers, ciders and a fabulous soft drink selection for your enjoyment! The Sports Bar We have a separate sports bar, with a darts board, where we show all major sporting events on our two screens. In addition to this we have a skittle alley used by lots of local teams and societies, please enquire if you are interested in using the alley. The Restaurant Our varied menu offers plenty of choice, the emphasis is on fresh, local ingredients and serving quality, traditional pub food. Carvery Our delicious carvery is available Friday lunchtime between 12-2.30 & 6 -8.30, and is available from 12-8 every sunday - booking is essential! The Garden Our spacious pub garden offers a great place for kids to run around and play on our play equipment. with plenty of tables available it is a lovely place to while away long summer evenings. In addition to the main garden we have a small court yard area with direct access to the bar and a tv screen so you can enjoy some fresh air while keeping up to date with sporting events! Dogs welcome Dog allowed in pub

Reviewed By Steve M - Weymouth, United Kingdom

Another excellent meal at The Royal Oak, my wife and I booked a table for 2 before an evening out. Was warmly greeted as we arrived, ordered drinks and food. The food was excellent again and we had a fine experience again.

5. Reeves the Baker

13 Market Place, Blandford Forum DT11 7AF, England Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch +44 1722 743272
Excellent
45%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 67 reviews

Reeves the Baker

Tea room

Reviewed By Lukeysarbear - Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

Nice range of breads and ready made foods, good service but compared to other places the bread (Which is all I bought) is a bit pricey. I tend to prefer sourdough which I know costs more but it was dear considering this is a chain albeit a small one.

6. Vecchia Roma

8-9 Georgian Passage East Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7DX, England Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +44 1258 450090
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 119 reviews

Vecchia Roma

Reviewed By Wilf M

My wife and I visited this restaurant we were not really happy with the food atmosphere or prices for what it was, don't really like doing bad reviews.

7. Forum Cafe

34 Salisbury Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7PR, England Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Lunch, Drinks +44 1258 459104
Excellent
84%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 79 reviews

Forum Cafe

Reviewed By 1stereo - Blandford Forum, United Kingdom

Went there on our return to Blandford and not disappointed. It was as good as ever. Coffee the best in Blandford,my fridge cake was wonderful my wife's cheese scone great. Better than any of the chains.

8. The Woodpecker

High Street | Spetisbury, Blandford Forum DT11 9DJ, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +44 1258 452658
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 197 reviews

The Woodpecker

Reviewed By Kieran B

We booked this last minute and were ‘warned’ there would be fancy dress. When we arrived there were a group of people around the bar who had all made an amazing effort and looked great. We were welcomed in as if we were regulars.
The food was great and the barman was great bringing us drinks to the table.
The evening got quite loud as they played games at the bar, some very inventive involving a tape measure. The landlady came over to apologise for the noise but there was no need. The whole night made us wish we were local and regulars.
We will absolutely be back.

9. Cafe SoBa

8 West Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AJ, England Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$55 - HK$165 +44 1258 269314
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Cafe SoBa

William and Steve will warmly welcome you to Café SoBa: a boutique-style, independent business in Blandford Forum. Sporting an Italian-inspired bar area and separate, tranquil tea lounge, you can enjoy your meal or drinks in the most stylish and relaxing of settings. Using their own blend, Café SoBa crafts a comprehensive range of coffees on an Elektra Belle Epoque vintage espresso machine. For tea connoisseurs there's a huge range of speciality teas. Delicious homemade cakes adorn the bar along with sweet and savoury light accompaniments. Across the entire range the team proudly cater for those with allergies and individual preferences including vegan, soya and gluten-free options. They serve their diverse menu six days a week and open for evening parties by arrangement. Events run throughout the year making Café SoBa the place to socialise in style. Keep updated by joining them on Facebook.

Reviewed By galileo72 - Poole, United Kingdom

Looking for somewhere to grab a light lunch on a Monday as Yellow Bicycle Cafe was closed AGAIN (it seems they are not open Sundays or Mondays), and wandering around Blandford, this placed looked nice. As it was a warm and relatively sunny day we sat at a free table outside.
Service was friendly and food was tasty, however there were no menus anywhere and so we assumed that the only food available to order was what was written on the board behind the till. It seems not, as I noticed other people with larger meals inside after we had ordered. Another thing that put me off was a customer with two young children screaming and shouting and doing nothing about it whatsoever. Each to their own I guess. Food was tasty, but expensive for what we had (toasted sarnies). Would maybe pop in again for just coffee and a Danish, but lack of direction/atmosphere puts me off spending anymore.

10. The Cricketers

Main Street | Iwerne Courtney Shroton, Blandford Forum, England Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$133 +44 1258 860421
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 252 reviews

The Cricketers

We tend to stick to the classics and not mess with them too much. Instead focus on quality of ingredients and attention to detail in the kitchen. Pies, Sunday roast, fish and chips and a good curry are part of our culture and what people expect to see on the menu at a pub. There is a small space on the menu and specials board for the more adventurous diners where dishes like pig's heads crubeens and seafood bouride etc. Are found to be very popular. We also focus a lot of care on our children's menus making sure only fresh ingredients are used and that they too change with the seasons.

Reviewed By Skeematic - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

We love the cricketers and tend to visit often for a birthday treat! Joe and Sally are fantastic hosts as are the team! Excellent choice of food and great veggies options. The beers well kept too! Highly recommend anyone to try the Cricketers! You will not be disappointed! Pie night is a booking must!

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