Food & Drink

Food at the Blue Raddle

Wines on the list are also sold by the glass. Click image to view list (pdf)

Anyone who is familiar with dining at The Blue Raddle will know all culinary delights on offer are the personal work of the Landlady, Chris Townsend herself. Every meal is a masterpiece in home cooking for the family. The meals service is truly domestic in scale as Chris prepares her stews, casseroles, pies, bakes, cakes and puddings for the pleasure of small numbers.

TBR-Dorchester_Voice-April_2013_AdThe menu consists of a blackboard situated above one of the fireplaces and choice varies from day to day depending on what Chris has decided to concoct from ingredients available and sourced locally. Choices for vegetarians and those with other dietary needs are always a priority. In addition to fresh filled baguettes and jacket potatoes (available lunchtime only) some examples of Chris’s concoctions are listed below:

Steak and kidney, steak and ale, chicken and mushroom or Quorn pies

Game, venison or mixed bean casseroles

Broccoli or leek and bacon pasta bakes

Vegetable, bean or lamb goulash

Vegetarian or beef chilli con carne

Dorset apple cake

Old fashion bread pudding

Guinness and ginger cake

Pork or venison sausages, gammon steaks, cod or plaice are also occasionally available.

Beers and Wines at the Blue Raddle

Real Ales

The Blue Raddle is famous for serving real ales at their best and has been selected as West Dorset pub of the year by CAMRA on three occasions. Four different ales are available at all times with each hand pull pump (beer engine) being devoted to a brewery offering ales form each brewery’s range.  Breweries supported are local, regional and national. Occasional guest ales are available. Listed below are the current beers on offer (updated by the Landlord January 2017):

Cerne Abbas Brewery-Blonde (ABV 4.2%)

Head Brewer Vic Irvine and Jodie Moore joined forces in 2014 to found the Cerne Abbas Brewery where they brew beers of the highest quality using local water from the chalky hills of the surrounding Dorset countryside.

Blond evolved into a single hopped beer where use of Jester hops results in an aromatic citrussy brew easy to drink.

St Austell Brewery-Tribute (ABV 4.2%)

St Austell beers are popular throughout the region and beyond. The Brewery celebrated 160 years of brewing in 2010 having been founded by Walter Hicks in 1851. The Brewery is still family owned and operating out of the original buildings located in the Cornish town of St Austell.

A Supreme Champion Ale of Cornwall as voted by CAMRA*, and the South West’s Favourite cask beer**, Tribute is a popular favourite with locals and visitors to Cornwall, as well as being a much sought after brand throughout the rest of the UK. It is brewed using specially grown Cornish Gold Malt. For foodies, Tribute is a perfect accompaniment to chicken, gammon or fish. It’s the ideal alternative to a fine white wine.

Butcombe Brewery-Adam Henson’s Rare Breed (ABV 3.8%)

Butcombe Brewery have been brewing since the early 1970s. Maris Otter malting barley, aromatic Herefordshire hops and Mendip spring water, combined with a sprinkling of the delicious, fruity Cascade hop create this distinctive, refreshing and clean tasting pale ale.

We’ve just introduced a Fast Turnaround’ hand pump which will feature ales from Dorset and the South West served from ‘pins’. The current ‘occupant’ of this pump is Oat Stout (ABV 5.4%) brewed by a favourite of customers at The Raddle, Eight Arch Brewery from Wimborne, Dorset. We will shortly be serving Session (ABV 3.8%) again from Eight Arch followed by Coconut Stout (ABV 6.6%) and Gurt Port Stout (ABV 6.9%) brewed by Cerne Abbas Brewrery. Check our Twitter account for updates!

Other Draft Keg Beers

Peroni (Italy) ABV 5.1%

Camden Pils (London, UK) ABV 4.6%

Stella4 (Belgium) ABV 4%

A limited range of bottled beers are available.


Complementing the real ales on offer a trip to The Raddle would not be complete without sampling the wide range of ciders, local and regional available. Listed below are the current ciders on offer:

Purbeck Cider Company-Dorset Dabinnett (ABV 5.0%)

Since introduction to Raddlers ciders by The Purbeck Cider Company have been increasing in popularity. The Company was established in 2006 by Joe Hartle and operates from the Hartle family Dorset dairy farm located in Kinston, Wareham. Dorset Dabinnett (single variety apple) is a medium full bodied cider full of fruity aromas with a rich balanced taste. Served traditionally still, slightly sparkling or from bottles.

Thatchers Cider Company-Dry (ABV 4.8%), Gold (ABV 4.8%),

As draft keg ciders go those produced by The Thatchers Cider Company are top notch. The Company was founded by William, John Thatcher in 1904 being originally set up at the family farm in Somerset and is still run by family members. Dry and Gold are dry and medium tasting respectively with a refreshing smooth appley taste and a bright sparkle.

We also serve Locally Produced Non Pasteurised Ciders (ABV 6% plus) for which we have dedicated two hand pumps. Again check Twitter for details and updates.

A clear, sparkling. easy to drink mid strength cider bursting with flavour.


Offering a wide selection of quality wines by the glass or bottle has always been a hallmark of The Raddle. Only sparkling wines and champagne are offered by the bottle and not by the glass. Red, white and rose wines from all over the world are available encompassing most popular grape varieties.


A pub wouldn’t be a pub without a decent selection of well known and specialist whiskies, gins and vodkas to choose from. There’s plenty of choice at The Raddle!