The Forester

The Forester


0.5 miles
Lower Street, Donhead St Andrew, Shaftsbury, SP7 9EE
If you're looking for fine dining at reasonable prices, and a relaxing, friendly atmosphere, The Forester is the place for you. Recommended in The Michelin Guide every year since 2007, this traditional country pub provides food of the highest quality, prepared by an accomplished head chef and overseen by owners Chris and Lizzie Matthews.

The focus here is on using the freshest possible produce, which is allowed to speak for itself in carefully put-together dishes. As well as the ever-evolving à la carte menu, there's a tapas selection plus a suitably titled 'sensational seafood menu' (available during the week), offering fresh fish sourced from Brixham and Cornwall. For starters, my partner opted for Shetland mussels, steamed with white wine and shallots, while I selected the fresh, inventive Cornish crab lasagne with prawn bisque. Next we chose the pan-fried veal Milanese with sauté potatoes and the roasted breast of Creedy Carver duck with summer vegetable fricassée - both dishes were beautifully presented and full of the true, unadulterated flavours of their ingredients. A tipple from the superb wine list, which is compiled by Chris and Lizzie themselves, provided the finishing touch.

It is said life is full of difficult decisions, and when we were shown the dessert menu we were presented with one of them - everything sounded heavenly. Eventually we were seduced by the classic creme brulée with peach sorbet and the sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and vanilla ice cream - a fitting end to our evening in this gorgeous, top-class country pub.
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Opening Hours:
Mon:12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm
Tues:12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm
Weds:12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm
Thurs:12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm
Fri:12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm
Sat:12pm-3pm, 6.30pm-11pm
Food Served Times:
Mon:12pm-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm
Tues:12pm-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm
Weds:12pm-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm
Thurs:12pm-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm
Fri:12pm-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm
Sat:12pm-2pm, 6.30pm-9pm

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