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Sunday Lunch in Blandford

Blandford, a historic market town on the River Stour, is a great place to visit on a Sunday with the family.

Blandford Forum boasts some of the best country pubs and restaurants in Dorset to enjoy that time-honored tradition, the Sunday roast.

Whether it is a traditional Sunday roast dinner at the pub with roast beef and all the trimmings, a carvery, or a fancy restaurant with pork crackling to die for, it's all here for the taking…


The Ibberton Blandford

The Ibberton

Highly recommended, The Ibberton is a friendly, cosy, 16th century country  inn with lovely original features. They pride themselves on home-cooked scrumptious food, welcoming, warm and an array of tasty dishes and ales to choose from.

They offer an excellent Sunday lunch with a choice of three meats and traditional trimmings, at very reasonable prices. Booking is essential (Call on 01258 817956), as Sunday lunch is VERY popular here.

The Ibberton don't publish their menus online, as they are seasonal and constantly changing.  Everything is prepared fresh, using glorious local Dorset produce. 

Alongside the Sunday Roast, Pub Classics such as fish and chips and Blackboard specials with Wild Boar and Apple Sausages, Scotch eggs and Home-cured Salmon, are available. Sticky Toffee pudding and Baked Alaska have been known to feature too.

Everchanging wines, local bitter and Dorset cider are on offer too.

They also offer takeaway menu and can cater for any special event - call for more info on 01258 817956

Options: Veggie, Vegan and Gluten Free options 

Serving Times: Sunday 12 midday-2pm - Booking is essential.

Menu: Click here

Price Range: £8 - £25

Address: Church Lane, Ibberton, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0EN 

Telephone: 01258 817956 - Call to book

Useful things to know: Features an inglenook fireplace, and 2 lovely gardens. Popular with walkers on the ‘Ibberton Millennium Path’ (maps available from the pub) and near Bulbarrow Hill. Reservations recommended. Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards.

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak

Recently voted as having the ‘best Sunday lunch in Dorset’, The Royal Oak offers a magnificent carvery every Sunday from 12 pm to 7.30 pm, for the whole family to enjoy. 

Generous portions of tender, flavoursome meats, such as roast beef, pork and lamb with mountains of yorkshire pudding, mouth-watering cooked to perfection, roast potatoes, lashings of gravy and loads of fresh local vegetables too. The full menu is also available on Sundays, along with plenty of Vegan/Veggie/Gluten Free options, as well as a great kids menu that includes Unicorn ice cream with flying saucers & strawberry sauce (available for adults too!). 

Plenty of delicious wines, casque mark approved real ales and Dorset ciders available to slake your thirst and huge pub garden for the kids to run around in makes it the perfect venue - so book your table now for the best Sunday roast in Dorset!

The Sunday Carvery is also available to take away, if you don't fancy leaving your sofa…

If you fancy organising a birthday or a family celebration, The Royal Oak has a function room and can cater for your every need.

Options: Veggie, Vegan and Gluten Free options 

Serving Times: 12 pm to 7.30 pm - booking advised

Menu: Click here

Price Range - £9 - £30

Address: 6 Dorchester Hill, Milborne St Andrew, Blandford Forum DT11 0JG

Telephone: 01258 837248 

Useful things to know: Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards and VERY Dog Friendly.

The Old Ox Inn

The Old Ox Inn

As we all know, Sunday lunch is a sacred affair and in keeping, The Old Ox Inn, offers one of the best roast dinners in Blandford.

Keeping it simple with a traditional Sunday lunch consisting of roast beef, pork loin, lamb, or a nut roast, with all trimmings and endless jugs of homemade gravy for £14.95 (kids portions - £7.95). 

Innovative daily Blackboard specials with Fish, (Piri Piri Sea Bass, with Asparagus and Samphire/ Teriyaki Salmon with Stir-fry & Noodles) Grill (6 oz Burger/ 10oz Sirloin Steak) and Veggie/Vegan (Kale and Quinoa

Burger/Pumpkin and Spinach Burger) options and the children's menu are always on offer too.

Real ales, ciders, lagers, wines and a huge range of non-alcoholic beverages on offer.

The Old Ox Inn is a much loved local, family-run village pub, offering a warm welcome, a cold pint, a home-cooked Sunday roast and even a skittles alley, if that’s your thing. 

For entertainment, there are quiz nights, plenty of live music with open mic nights and even the odd barn dance in the marquee in the back garden. 

Check their Facebook site for details of special menu events, skittles tournaments and menu changes... 

At the time of print, The Old Ox Inn was nominated as an Asset of Community Value…

Options: Veggie and Vegan options

Serving Times: 12pm - 2pm only

Menu: Click here

Price Range: £7 - £20

Address: Shillingstone, Blandford Forum DT11 0SF

Telephone: 01258 860055 - call to book

Useful things to know: People & Dog-friendly.Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi

The Bakers Arms

The Bakers Arms

The Baker Arms (named thus since 1821) is a quintessential rural pub, situated at the foot of Hambledon hill. Owners James and Desi, have made it their mission to create a  perfectly balanced, freshly prepared, home-cooked Sunday lunch menu for you to enjoy with family and friends. 

Start your Sunday off right with a Classic cocktail such as a Bloody Mary or a Negroni, closely followed by a snack of The Baker Arm's Scotch Egg or the Pulled Beef Brisket & Gruyere Croquettes, with Gochujang mayo. 

The choice of roast varies weekly from, Slow Roast Pulled Beef Brisket, Confit Duck Leg,
Whole roast Poussin, Lamb Shank and 10hr Roast Pulled Pork shoulder with sage, garlic & Doom Bar gravy… Something for EVERYONE..

All served with Yorkshire puddings, crispy roast potatoes, perfectly seasoned Hispi cabbage, roast carrot & LEGENDARY creamed leeks (with a fried egg on top!) 

And if you have room, finish it off with either the Marmalade & Choc Chip Brioche & Butter Pudding & Proper Custard or the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee sauce & vanilla bean ice cream.

On Sundays, they only serve a choice of 2 roasts, plus a vegetarian option, the regular menu is NOT available on Sundays.

They even have a self-catering cottage, named ‘Daisy’ to rent for a weekend getaway. What are you waiting for?

Options: Veggie, Vegan, and Gluten Free options 

Serving Times: 12 pm to 3pm - booking advised

Menu: Click here 

Price Range: £7.50 - £18.00

Address: The Cross, Child Okeford, Blandford Forum,  DT11 8ED

Telephone: 01258 860260 - call to book

Useful things to know: People & Dog-friendly.Wood burner, Beer Garden & Heated Marquee, Darts, Reservations recommended, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi

The Anchor Inn

The Anchor Inn

The Anchor Inn is a rare thing, it is actually owned by the village and completely independent. A lovingly restored gastro pub, run by a very able landlord (and neighbour) and his excellent team, Sunday roasts here are, quite literally, a cut above and so popular, they offer two sittings! 

Be prepared for generous portions of Wood-fired Roast Free Range pork, Feather-Blade Roast Beef, Free Range roast Chicken (Venison & Lamb featured too), accompanied by the most delectable local steamed vegetables, the crispiest, fluffiest roast potatoes, enormous golden yorkshire puddings, with unspeakably delicious gravy… 

AND if you still have room, desserts are delectable. Treat yourself to a choice of Lime & Yuzu Panna Cotta, Apple & Almond Frangipane with gluten-free pastry & vanilla ice cream or Blackcurrant Infused Sticky Toffee Pudding with toffee sauce & pouring cream…

Sunday lunch done right, end of.

Vegan/Veggie, Kids menus & daily blackboard specials are also available and guaranteed to knock your socks off.

This will be a fine dining experience done casually, with love and the freshest ingredients, celebrating all that is quintessentially British.

Featured ales from Otter Brewery, Gritchie Brewery (Yes it is made by Guy Ritchie…), and Blandford’s own, Bare-Faced Brewing to name but a few.

Recently voted, in The Sunday Telegraph, as one of the best 50 pubs in Britain. Beautifully located near Badbury Rings & the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy House. Muddy boots and dogs are most welcome.

Options: Veggie, Vegan, Gluten Free options

Serving Times: 12pm & 12:30pm/ 2pm & 2:30pm

Menu: Click here

Price Range: £7 - £20

Address: West St, Shapwick, Blandford Forum DT11 9LB

Telephone: 01258 857269 - BOOKING ESSENTIAL

** Keep an eye on their Instagram, for Sunday tables too.

Useful things to know: People & Dog-friendly. Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible

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