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Bere Regis, Dorset

Review of Bere Regis by kay morgan on September 24th, 2010
Have stayed here on a couple of occasions .very friendly.food delicious and rooms very comfortable indeed .In fact am thinking of booking in here again very soon ..

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Blandford Forum, Dorset

Review of Blandford Forum by ellen ludbrook on August 24th, 2008
I lived in Blandford Forum from1962 until967while my husband was stationed there with the British army I loved it I was born in a small village up north and Blandford always felt like home our favourite pub was the half moon and I can remember my husband being over the moon when he got his own oewter tankard there I would return tomorrow if circumstances allowed.

Review of Blandford Forum by Dr P McCabe on October 15th, 2006
I have visited Blandford Forum three times since April 2003. It fasinates me peoples reactions to you when they know your not from their neck of the woods. People from Blandford seem very 'evasive' with a hidden nerousness about them that's very deep. This echo's in the 'feel' of the place when walking down the street, and Blandford seems to maintain its 'secret' nature about it. Sadly people seem 'protective' of themselves. Attempts to make you feel welcome in their hotels is Hope you enjoy my thaughts and opinions. Dr McCabe

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Bournemouth, Dorset

Review of Bournemouth by Andy Milman on November 28th, 2006
This place was wonderful to stay in, although i didnt stay there. The restaurants were cheap as chips. Oh wait it was chips that i was buying. great place great people loved it.

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Bridport, Dorset

Review of Bridport by David Cox on July 10th, 2007
We like the town and the markets in particular, but have given up on Bridport bacause of the apalling parking situation. We are 100 miles away & have twice driven there only to find every car park choc-a-bloc and had to abort the visit in consequence. This is in spite of very early starts from home too. A great shame !

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Broadwindsor, Dorset

Review of Broadwindsor by valerie green on July 22nd, 2007
Broadwindsor is a very quiet little village. It has an excellent craft centre, gift shop and restaurant which must have helped to put it on the map so to speak. It's other main attraction is the village pub called The White Lion. This is a very friendly pub with a nice landlord, who goes out of his way to make you feel welcome. We really enjoyed our stay in this little village, and mainly because we knew we were going to see his friendly face in the evenings. We would love to come back some time for another visit. The chocolate lumpy bumpy desert is divine.

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Buckhorn Weston, Dorset

Review of Buckhorn Weston by Max Prudon on June 15th, 2009
the food was fantastic!

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Charmouth, Dorset

Review of Charmouth by Williams on May 29th, 2006
Charmouth Monday market is a lovely morning out. THIS year though they have changed the layout and parking and it is most certainly not an improvement. All the cars on one side and the traders obviously blocking access with their tents. Go back to previous years layout please.

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Chideock, Dorset

Review of Chideock by Matt and Rachel Long on September 6th, 2007
Rachel and I stayed at Rose Cottage for 2 nights last year. We can honestly say that it was the best place we have ever stayed at. It was clean and tidy it had a welcoming feel about it and had much character on the inside. Of course our hosts Sue and Mick were wonderful and they were extremely friendly and would always have a chat! Thankyou for our stay. Matt & Rachel

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CorfeCastle, Dorset

Review of CorfeCastle by PETE on April 9th, 2006
Corfe Castle was historically the location of Edward the Martyr's death [murdered by his stepmother, to allow her son, Aethelred, to come to the throne] in the Anglo-Saxon period. The Castle would no doubt have been a wooden structure in those far off days.but the ruins today are of Norman masonry.

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Donhead St Andrew, Dorset

Review of Donhead St Andrew by on December 12th, 2010
Nearest train station to the Forester Inn is Tisbury not Gillingham

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East Knighton, Dorset

Review of East Knighton by Martin on June 2nd, 2011
East Knighton is a hamlet with a pub - in Hardy Country, in a great position between Dorchester and the Isle of Purbeck, and just a short drive down the back-roads to Lulworth Cove and Chaldon Down.

Review of East Knighton by Martin on June 2nd, 2011
East Knighton is a hamlet with a pub - in Hardy Country, in a great position between Dorchester and the Isle of Purbeck, and just a short drive down the back-roads to Lulworth Cove and Chaldon Down.

Review of East Knighton by m osullivan on July 15th, 2009
stayed for one night. food was excellent. accomadation was clean and comfortable. staff were friendly and helpful. would definately stay there again.

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Langton Herring, Dorset

Review of Langton Herring by Chris O on May 14th, 2007
Best village i ever worked in as Head Chef in the best pub ,with friendly locals and tourists .

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Milborne Port, Dorset

Review of Milborne Port by razzer on February 18th, 2011
Milborne port is a unique and sivalised village, it has a great atmosphere and when i stayed they the whole community was very welcoming. I really enjoyed my stay there in the gainsbrough pub, it was very peacefull and the food was abouslty divine, the sourounding fields and footpaths that you can walk around are quite simple amazing and so beautiful. I really enjoyed my stay there and i would highly recomand going to that wonderful village.

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Poole, Dorset

Review of Poole by Gordon on February 22nd, 2008
Hi Poole is being ruined by over development. I moved to Ferndown to escape the chaos. What is driving this mad development. Poole now reminds me of Hong Kong Yours regretfully Gordon

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Portland, Dorset

Review of Portland by Andrew Shiston on June 11th, 2007
I was born in a house called 'Ivy Banks' on Portland's Top Hill 1943. Although I now live in Lincolnshire I still write poetry of Portland and Dorset. Below is one of my poems of Portland. A Time Before The Island appeared from the parting mist The cliffs rise from rocky broken bones Surging tides of centuries laid waste And cleansed this marbled artery of stone On the cliff a gallery of cradled nests of lamps White light for the wreckers moth Beneath the baleful eye Rests the fishermen's windswept homes Windows glow with warmth Black ranges chuckle glowing red Driftwood, kindling piled against the shed Gallows, timbers thick as stilted trees Hunch over clinkered stalwart fishing boats Waiting to be lowered by block and tackle Into the Islands gale flung seas With the wind comes the cracked buoys bell Warning of four racing tides The full flood sweeps in across the rocks Dark seaweed with that salty ozone smell Dragged from below the sweating cliffs Spume filled waves leave foam As thick as snow upon the windswept roofs Flotsam, limbs of broken trees Washed up and flung across a shingled beach Lay as broken skeletons, kindling For the men who fish and brave these seas As the winds abate, seas ebbing Leaving mountains bones of broken stones Shingle stretching towards the land An isthmus created by the storms applause Stretching out towards the distant shores.

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Sandbanks, Dorset

Review of Sandbanks by Tom Cackett on June 7th, 2009
We had a superb holiday in these beautiful cottages. They were tastefully furnished, clean and very homely. The owners were firendly and gave us a very warm welcome. The weather was fantastic and the proximity of the beach made the location ideal. Sipping a glass of wine in the lovely back garden on a warm evening was ideal. We will definately be going back.

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Shaftesbury, Dorset

Review of Shaftesbury by Tom Thatcher on August 2nd, 2006
The Foresters at Donhead is an excellent pub with really nice and original food. The beer is well-kept and the wine list is good and without too much of a mark-up. BUT: THERE IS NO RAILWAY STATION IN SHAFTESBURY!! In the review of the Foresters it states that the nearest station is Shaftesbury.

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Southbourne, Dorset

Review of Southbourne by Jane Browne on June 7th, 2006
Southbourne is beautiful! Ideally located between the cosmopolitan town of Bournemouth and historical Christchurch with it's Priory and Quay. Southbourne itself is ideal for a quiet family or couples holiday. If you're looking for relaxation with option of loads to do around you then it's the place to go. The cliff lift or zig zag path leads down to 9 miles of sandy beaches from Hengisbury Head Nature Reserve to Poole Harbour. On the cliff itself you will find a childrens play area, crazy golf and putting. You won't find any amusement arcades here. Go inland a little and you'll be in the New Forest. It's the perfect location for a relaxing holiday.

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Verwood, Dorset

Review of Verwood by Gill on May 8th, 2006
We went to Dorset Heavy Horse Centre on Sunday 7/5/06. WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY.Could not get over how well run the centre is and the fact so much to do for kids and adults. The animals seemed so relaxed and happy. The new owner certainly had time to talk and answer any questions, he was very experienced. Well done keep it up, a wonderful day out.

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Wareham, Dorset

Review of Wareham by J churchill on February 25th, 2007
First visit but will definetely be going back. very well organised, friendly, good size pitches,very clean and modern toilet & shower blocks can't fault in any way

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West Bexington, Dorset

Review of West Bexington by andymoore on May 19th, 2009
The most beautiful place I have ever been to , lived in - wonderful views of Lyme Bay and superb sunsets. Heaven

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West Stafford, Dorset

Review of West Stafford by Jonnie B on August 29th, 2010
I love West stafford and the surrounding areas, I have lived there for 30 years and have recently visited the Wise Man pub for the first time since it burned down , Dont go there I went there for a family meal thinking it was the same it used to be ..Friendly welcoming staff and a relaxed atmosphere in a tranquill surrounding No its not I was supprised that the staff were aloud to engage the paying customer with sarcastics remarks after waiting for condiments for the meal they served.I felt so disengaged from the premises that I promptly left

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Winterbourne Kingston, Dorset

Review of Winterbourne Kingston by Regular Customer on April 28th, 2009
THE GREYHOUND INN. Having used this pub for many years, I and other regular users are delighted with the new owners and the massive effort put in since thier arrival to bring the pub and restaurent back up to the level of previous years. My familly and I have only ever had good friendly service and good food. Sometimes the pub can be very busy, and as all food is cooked fresh, there may be a short delay. If you want fast food go to a Burger bar! I do not recognise the other negative comments posted as genuine reviews. One at least has a familier ring of occasional patrons who continually complain from the minute they walk in, including not getting freebies, not getting the right table, and about other clientelle being 'too common'! Enjoy the Worlds End and good luck to them. I suggest other visitors use and enjoy this pub.

Review of Winterbourne Kingston by alwyn davies on December 28th, 2008
My Sister and her family booked Christmas lunch 2008 at The Greyhound. They had been there last year and were pleased with the service and food. This year was not a good experience for them. They were requested to arrive at 12:00 noon, which they did. First course was served at 12:45 and they eventually left at 16:15 not having completed the so called Cheese Board and coffee. My sister did call back and lodged a complaint about the length of service and lack of service from the staff, who appeared to be under pressure beacause there were insufficient staff present. My sister talked with a lady at the Greyhound and could not get a satisfacory answer to most of her comments. She will not be using this Pub again. If she had seen the comments from one of your previous independant reportees she may have reconsidered her choice of Chrstmas dinner venue. Future potential users of the Greyhound should use this website before making a final decision.

Review of Winterbourne Kingston by Mary Gorvin on October 5th, 2008
The Greyhound, Winterborne Kingston Have been here regularly with friend and thoroughly enjoyed the carvery but sadly over the past month the standard has gone through the floor. Cut backs have meant half the meat on the plate, but very worrying is the recycled veg that are brought in and mixed with the fresh food. Have now found recycled roast potatoes which are like bullets and sure some of the yorkshires are not fresh. No lemon in the water anymore. Even the wafer in the icecream has been halved over the last month and now the ice cream will not be included in the cost of the meal, but an additional 3. However what really made me feel ill was the dirty tea towels used by the head chef to wipe his forehead, nose etc then lifting hot plates with it (believe me it was filthy and looked like a floor cloth) the other chef left his dirty cloth thrown over the bannister (used by upstairs diners) and he sharpened his carving knife with the steel after he had wiped the knife on the filthy cloth. I know the new owners I said to my friends when we were last there that someone will come down with food poisening soon Such a shame it was always a great carvery and when the new people arrived and changed the carpets/decor etc we all thought it would get better and better but that was very short lived. Seems its not making the owner enough but these tricks will kill it stone dead. Best to vote with your feet and go elsewhere like the Worlds End .........

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