Review on The Forester Inn

A great deal of care and attention has been lavished on this immaculately thatched sixteenth-century inn on the Wiltshire/Dorset border. Outside, all is neat and tidy, while the interior has been allowed to display its traditional attributes including heavy beams, sturdy wood floors and a fire blazing in the inglenook.

The dining room puts on a more gentrified face with exposed stonework and paintings by local artists on the terracotta-hued, half-panelled walls. Food is taken seriously here, and the regularly changing blackboard menus suggest that the kitchen revels in its work.

Browse through the day's offerings and you might find wok-cooked mussels with Thai spices or a salad of smoked duck with Cox's apples and hazelnut dressing before mains such as seared tuna with aromatic couscous and chilli jam or something earthy like game pie or braised ham hock 'crepaniette' with garlic mash. Cappuccino brûlée and lemon tart with blackcurrant sorbet are the sorts of things to consider for a sweet-toothed finish. Real ales from Wiltshire and Dorset breweries vie for attention with the sharp wine list.

The Forester Inn is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA Guide

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Gastro pub


Chris Matthews

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Tue-Sun
Dinner: 7.00 - 9.00pm Tue-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at The Forester Inn

  • Alfresco dining
  • Private parties
  • 70 covers


Accomodation is available, (2 rooms)


Private parking is possible at a location nearby


The Forester Inn
Lower Street
Donhead St Andrew

Customer Ratings on The Forester Inn

5  / 5

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  • avatar
    Mark David
    July 2013

    21 people found this review helpful
    Lunch July 26 2013

    We were that table of 8 inside going to a wedding in the pouring rain! The lunch was superb in every way, excellently prepared ingredients, smiley service by the girls, genuinely enjoying their work, I had the plaice from Newlyn. I haven't eaten plaice for years, I was not disappointed. I have 5 starred all the review criteria because it was all 5 star! You have a jewel of a business there. If we lived in the village we would never be at home!! Very many thanks to Chris and Lizzie and all the team .

    Families Feeny, Holt and David (The Cooking Experience, Suffolk)

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The Forester Inn Christmas Menu

Restaurant menus often vary from day to day, so the above should be treated as examples of what to expect in terms of cuisine and price.

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