Eating Out and Takeaways in Blandford
The historic town centre of Blandford Forum with its characterful shopfronts has a wide selection of places to eat and drink ranging from independent coffee shops and cafes to the local brewery.
Many are now offering takeaway options for delivery to your door or to grab and go for a picnic in Dorset.
Brewery tours and dining
Blandford is the home of Hall and Woodhouse who are one of the few remaining regional family brewers, brewing the award winning Badger beers here in Dorset since 1777.
Discover the generations of brewing expertise behind Hall and Woodhouse with a two hour Brewery tour, where the guides will teach you how the master brewers combine the finest hops and malted barley to craft their beers which are all brewed here in Dorset. After the tour stay and eat at the Brewery Tap restaurant.
Located in the malting’s of the old brewery, the Brewery Tap is steeped in history and the perfect place to sample the unique, characterful beers or a fresh coffee and slice of cake.
You’ll also discover a great food menu featuring everything from breakfast, brunch and lighter bites to more hearty dishes, like their award-winning steak & ale pie, which is almost as legendary as the Tanglefoot beer they use in it.
Historic dining venues
When entering the town from the south you will see the historic building of The Crown Hotel, which was an Inn in the 1300s, a coaching house in the 1700’s and now a characterful hotel with pub and restaurant which serves seasonal, local produce and has a pleasant garden to enjoy the sunshine.
Independent cafes and tearooms
Love of coffee or cake? You can follow the Independent Café Trail where 10 proudly independent businesses offer you a warm welcome, serving up your favourite brews and a selection of cakes, breakfasts and light lunches.
Traditional country pubs
In the villages surrounding Blandford are some of the most traditional and picturesque pubs in Dorset and which not to be missed.
Head out to Pimperne for the thatched pub the Anvil Inn or to the award winning 17th century thatched pub and gardens at the Langton Arms in Tarrant Monkton.
The little village of Winterborne Kingston is the home of The Greyhound serving a range of great pub food and pizzas cooked in the wood fired oven, head here for lunch or dinner and relax in their award winning garden.
Fresh and contemporary
Experience the seasonal and menu at the Scented Botanist bistro-café located at Keyneston Mill’s botanical perfume gardens. The bistro is set in a beautiful, relaxed environment, serving creative menus which are inspiring and wonderfully fragrant. Many of the ingredients are produced on the estate or locally sourced.
Markets and shopping local
At Blandford Forum Market you can find fresh produce and support local producers and artisans. The market stall holders sell: fruit and vegetables, fresh fish, cake and cheese. The market is held on Thursday and Saturdays each week.
The Farmers Market is also held on the second Friday of every month.
Local Badger Ales from Hall and Woodhouse is widely sold in the town but for the fully selection of bottled beers to take away visit the Hall and Woodhouse visitor centre and shop at the brewery.