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Botany Bay Inn, Winterborne Zelston

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user reviews of the Botany Bay Inn, Winterborne Zelston

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Been taken over recently and the staff were very welcoming and pleased to see the 20 plus scooterists who turned up recently
We didn’t eat but such a place deserves a chance especially with such welcoming hosts
Located right on a busy main road and realistically the last pub you will pass until Winterborne Abbas 15 miles away unless you pull off the A35 so if your heading for deepest Dorset or Devon and your hungry or simply looking for somewhere to enjoy a meal pull in and help a local pub
Covid hit these pubs with very little local trade hard and the nearby Coventry Arms was lost so good luck to the Botany Bay
wooser - 14 Aug 2022 10:40
A warm welcome, a decent pint of badger first and stowford press. The carvery was very good.
ian241 - 17 Feb 2013 19:53
A warm and welcoming pub / restaurant; with an intimate and relaxing atmosphere. The menu has well, everything, appealing to all - including my rather fussy boyfriend - all very well priced (excellent in the recession!). We've eaten at several restaurants and pubs across the world but it certainly is wonderful to have such a delightful place so close to home!
Hana_Banana - 10 Aug 2010 15:56
Went for a fab meal at the Botany Bay with family members and my two young children! They were very welcoming, the food was brilliantly prepared and delicious and the service was excellent! The menu choice was diverse meaning we could all find something we would really enjoy <in fact choosing just one meal choice was the hard thing!>
I could not fault our visit in the slightest and would not hesitate for a second to return!
walk24 - 7 Aug 2010 15:56
good pint of badger,infact a good 4 pints of badger,good bit of grub,no waiting around here,will call again
chairboy - 28 Jun 2010 21:59
I live on the Isle of Wight and had a trip to Devon to make. I made sure the route took me along the A31 just so we could have dinner their on the way home. It was fantastic as always, I had a steak, the best I've had for two years, which was the last time I was there. Weather you're looking for a good restaurant, a good food pub, or just a good pub, it's got it all. I'm more than happy to cross counties to go there and it's only the Solent and the ferry prices that stop me going several times a year.
Bob_Blake - 6 Sep 2009 11:16
Stopped here for breakfast on the way from weymouth to london. helpful staff, 3 friendly pub dogs and a decent sized english breakfast for about Ł5. Obviously this doesnt help for anyone wanting 'beer in the evening' but if you want 'breakfast in the morning', you cant go wrong (after 10am).
mrpjones - 29 May 2008 14:24
This is always my favourite stop for a bite to eat on my way to Weymouth for our annual holiday the great thing about this place is my dog Harry is always made very welcome the foods good too keep up the good work
howzat42 - 11 Apr 2008 22:44
Places like this have a nasty habit of staring down their noses at you if you dare to enter the building and just want a drink. The barman (I'd often wondered what had happened to Duncan Norvelle) fiddled with receipts and did his best to ignore us for 10 minutes, obviously realising that we didn't have a menu in our hands. Very poor service.
Pubgrabber - 22 Oct 2007 18:04
Arrived for Sunday lunch – car park full – that’s a good sign, it’s popular.
Got a friendly welcome from behind the bar. No table available in the restaurant but that’s wasn’t a problem, we were happy to have a drink in the very pleasant garden. Wandered back into the bar, “there’s a table available sir”. All very impressive up to this point.
Waited 20 minutes for the order to be taken – “sorry I thought you’d ordered”. After another 10 minutes – “sorry we haven’t got any salmon (one of the starters). The main courses eventually arrived but, oh dear, the roasties were well and truly roasted and a steak knife would have been useful to cut through the beef. Gave up waiting to order a desert. We were finally presented with the bill along with a “sorry for the mix-up”. – So were we.

hungryhorse - 14 May 2006 21:25
If I'm staying in Dorset this is my local. Wonderfull hosts and staff along with excellent food, beer and wines make any night spent in this friendly pub a night to remember. Damien & Sara, 10 out of 10!
Bob_Blake - 27 Jan 2005 09:01
Good beer, good wine and very good pub food indeed. This pub is outstanding. Nice folk too.
Paul Leighton - 26 Oct 2004 18:57

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