After a quiet New Years Eve (scrabble is the new Rock’n Roll!!) we decided to treat ourselves with pub lunch. The Gamekeeper (ex Inn for all Seasons) in Charminster opened in September 2012 and is owned by the same owner as the Rajpoot in Dorchester, which is renowned for its fine Indian dining, so time to sample the delights of The Gamekeeper.

The pub has been well decorated in & outside, but still retains the village pub feel, with friendly and attentive staff. We chose three courses for a very reasonable £14.95 (+£3.50 for steak).

Starters we chose wild mushroom soup and roulade chicken & pork terrine, both were well presented. The soup came with a good sized slice of focaccia and the terrine with a salad and apple sauce with a hint of vanilla.

For mains we chose ham, eggs & chips, which is always a good dish to gauge a restaurant and we weren’t disappointed. The rump steak in a red wine sauce was an extra £3.50, but well worth it.

Desserts panacotta with caramelised banana with a raspberry coulis and a chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream. were a good way to end the meal.

We were very impressed with the food, ambience and the friendly staff and will recommend this great new foodie pub to friends & family.

(thanks to Tom & Faye for their guest review)

The Gamekeeper
16 North Street
near Dorchester

t: 01305 459349

Review Disclosures
Invited by PR company? No
Guest of chef/restaurant/owner? No
Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers? No
Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant? No
Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet? No
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  1. We went here with four work friends for our Christmas celebration on a Friday evening. The pub was very empty and at 6 00 we were the only ones in the dining room. We had pre-ordered our meals and they managed to get one of the starters wrong. One starter, mushroom soup was ok but two prawn cocktails and a game pate were pretty rubbish. The main courses were a disaster, the Christmas vegetables consisted of Carrots pretty raw, cauliflower under cooked and sprouts that had been clearly been cooked for hours. The veg was served in a dessert bowl (Five people!) so we had to ask for more. The Turkey was tasteless and looked like the cheap reformed type meat one gets from supermarkets for lunchtime eating. The desserts were again pretty poor and I must confess that I have had better in a Road Chef. My wife and I had mochaccino coffee, which was considered additional to the ordinary coffee priced in with the set meal. This cost us £3.50 for each extra!!! Mince pies were included also but we had to ask for these. We shall never revisit this pub again. 1 out of 10. Very disappointing

    1. Thanks for your comment Brian, it doesn’t sound good at all and must revisit to check this out… Cheers John

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