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The Dolphin, Blandford Forum - pub details


Address: 42 East Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7DR [map] [gmap]

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Railway Hotel, Blandford Forum (0.1 miles), Greyhound, Blandford (0.2 miles), Nelsons Ale House, Blandford Forum (0.2 miles), Kings Arms, Blandford Forum (0.2 miles), Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum (0.2 miles) - see more nearby pubs

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The beer has certainly improved since the new landlord took over and the pub is very clean indeed. Much busier than of late although few of the real locals are drinking there. The addition of London Pride as a regular ale is a welcome move. The toilets are the most disgusting of any pub in the area however and in serious need of total replacement. Cholera on the menu soon!
steamraiser2 - 30 Dec 2014 20:04
Oh dear, what a difference a few months can make. Serious decline in fortune for what was the best pub in Blandford. Mass exodus from the regulars sadly. When its hard to tell if its beer of cider there is a serious quality problem indeed. Four visits over a month failed to discover a drinkable pint.Could not fail to notice that certain of the towns problem drinkers discouraged by previous landlords have crept back in. One can only hope that the new landlord gets his act together before its too late.
steamraiser2 - 15 Jun 2014 21:48
Certainly the best pub we have found after two visits to Blandford and as far as I can tell the only non-Hall&Woodhouse house in the town centre (Nothing particularly against H&W, but it does get a little samey after a while ?)

Small and quirky, the Dolphin offers a large range of the Piddle ales which is not surprising as it is owned by the Piddle Brewery. Also on offer were three or four non-Piddle brews including a very well kept TT's Landlord. The decor is pleasantly woody/shabby/comfy, the staff cheerful, pleasant and knowledgeable, the food is good value and the bogs clean.

The locals I met were very friendly and we soon got chatting. This will certainly be my pub of choice next time we're in Blandford - recommend.
keystone - 4 Aug 2013 13:14
A nicer pub than the nearby Railway Hotel, as there were no distracting TV screens. The interior is rather dark and moody, with a slightly lighter area near the entrance that seemed popular with diners and the bar area at the rear, with locals and their dogs crowded around. This is one of Dorset Piddle brewery's taps and they had several of their beers on - Thunder Box Porter, Happy 12, Silent Slasher & Piddle. In addition there was also Butcombe Gold, Taylor Landlord and a Robinsons beer called Elboy: Build A Rocket Boys, which was seemingly in honour of a band. Thatchers Traditional cider was off. Only one member of staff was in evidence. She seemed to have her hands full serving meals and working behind the bar. But she was fairly cheerful. The locals also seemed a friendly bunch. Although there was little space at the bar to see what was on offer, meaning you had to peer over everybody's shoulders. I would return, if ever in Blandford again.
blue_scrumpy - 29 Jan 2012 10:51
Popped in a couple of weeks ago to find a decent small town pub. Very friendly welcome from staff and locals. Didn't try the food but had a couple of pints which were very good and well kept.
BobOs - 5 Jul 2011 18:00

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