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Martyr's Inn, Tolpuddle

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A Hall & Woodhouse pub that specialises in food. I found the staff a bit pushy. She wanted me to choose a meal before I had a chance to look at the menu and asked if she could get me a drink while I was deciding. Two of the small tables were wobbly so I sat at a large table. I chose Badgers Firkin Fox, a foxy brown beer served in a Firkin Fox beer glass and a duck leg in orange sauce. The meal took twenty minutes to arrive with a complimentary salad but was worth the wait. By the time I left both the pub and the car park were full so it is popular with the locals. Inn serves curry on Monday evenings and fish and chips on early Friday evenings with half a pint of beer at reasonable prices. Pleasant pub but could do with some beer mats under the short table legs to keep the tables steady.
Robin_from_Swanage - 28 Apr 2012 17:13
Historic pub with car park. Friendly staff, roaring fire, Christmas tree and piped Christmas music. Good pint of Fursty Ferret and good food. Food took over 20 minutes but was worth the wait. Delivered with complimentary salad. Plaque with Tolpuddle Martyrs' names. Sold postcards and Martyrs chocolate.
Robin_from_Swanage - 14 Dec 2011 14:31
Second visit to this great pub, this time for curry evening last monday, yet again cracking food, found out they are all homemade curries and amazing tastes. Fantastic food yet again and great furkin fox ale, will be back again...
tay987 - 14 Jul 2011 10:35
An excellent pub, if ever there was a deserving 10/10 then here it is. The welcome was warm, friendly and welcoming, the beer from Hall & Woodhouse excellent, and the menu superb. We both had steak, the menu just lists local Aberdeen Angus Steak, and the waiting staff make the recommendation depending on what they have in the kitchen and how you like it cooked, I ordered a rare rump, and my wife a well done rib-eye, we were offered the option of a sauce, when I asked what they had, I was told that chef could do what ever I wanted, I had a peppercorn, and amazingly no extra charge. While we were waiting for our meal, we had a complimentary salad bowl to while away a few minutes, and when main course arrived - fantastic.
Prices are higher than some 'Pub Companies' but they don't offer this type of quality. There was a flyer on the table explaining we could join there 'friends' scheme to get 15% off and free access to a local stately home, we did not do it as we are still house hunting, but we liked the pub, and the village, so will be back - maybe for good.

Matt63 - 23 Jun 2011 20:31
Had the most amazing roast beef sunday roast, best beef i have ever tasted. staff were very polite and very welcoming and they have some very nice stoford press cider on tap as well. Will go back and take more friends and have another very nice sunday afternoon.
tay987 - 11 Jun 2011 09:43
Oh dear! Booze not bad, but pub sadly lacking an atmosphere for such an historic area. My advice is don't eat here. It is difficult to get a ploughman's lunch wrong, but here they managed it. The cheese was OK, but the salad was sad, the home-made chutney unspeakably bad, and the bread very stale. I'm not sure why it is too much effort to use quality ingredients and produce such a simple meal properly. They did however, manage to charge a premium price for this sorry plateful.
ladymoth - 28 May 2011 00:14
And presumably natalie1234 IS the new management!
(Or very enthusiastic staff?)
The_Final_Arbiter - 27 Apr 2010 10:53
Excellent service and atmosphere, very excited about the new menu that is being launched mid May and Family Fish 'n' Chip Supper every Friday.
Highly recommended.
natalie1234 - 27 Apr 2010 09:49
Stopped for lunch here recently. Very good food, although a little pricey as is the want of most gastropubs. Enjoyed a very nice pint of Badger Ale too. They only had two real ale pumps and both had the same Badger Ale on them.
markmorgan - 4 Apr 2010 15:02
This is the second time I have visited this excellent pub.
A really well kept pint of Lemony Cricket which didn't disappoint.
I ordered the mussels and chips and my wife chose the 3 cheese plowmans.
The mussels were fresh and the cream sauce was fab. My wife loved the choice of cheeses which went down well with the her selection from the wine list.
A really terrific saturday lunchtime experience, plenty of sun as you would expect. I really can't recommend this pub highly enough. Stu
stuhirst - 16 Aug 2009 00:50
It's startling, and not in a good way, to walk into what looks like a country pub and find that its innards have been scooped out to make way for the fittings from an Islington wine bar.

The beer (Badger) is the old fashioned southern sort, ie flat, warm, and malty. The atmosphere is sepulchral, the food execrable. The only redeming feature on our visit was the hauntingly beautiful waitress, looking rather out of place here.
gobstopper - 5 Jun 2009 06:39
You're right when you say it wouldn't look out of place in Islington. It cost me �40 for 2 adult sandwiches, 1 sandwich for a 3 year old and a few vegetables for a 1 year old. Unbelievably expensive.
anonymous - 27 Nov 2007 13:25
Found this pub by accident 3 years ago, when just changed hands.

Great to see the improvements made. Still has a fantastic choice of seafood on offer. It is not cheap - as with all things, you get what you pay for.

Shame it is not en-route to for us, or we would go more often.

This is what we should ALL be encouraging!

hellodave - 18 Aug 2007 11:46
Visited during Tolpuddle festival.Very dissapointing only 2 real ales on. The were however in good nick and reasonably priced at �2.50 per pint which is more than could be said for the food. Would not fancy it on a damp Winters night.
anonymous - 17 Jul 2007 19:09
Nice looking place with friendly staff, had very vocal locals (depends if you're looking for a quiet drink or a bit of badinage), and some good ale (especially Hopping Hare). Food is very good but then so it should be for prices that wouldn't be out of place in Islington.
The_Puzzler - 12 Apr 2007 11:50
What a rip-off for food - a real "tourist trap".
satisfied - 31 Jan 2006 17:43
Friendly country pub with very good restaurant (the deluxe seafood platter is enough to satisfy anyone!), well-kept Ales (Badger Brewery) and a reasonable wine list.
BeerandWine - 13 Apr 2005 16:14

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