Today July 24, 2024

The dishes listed below are just examples

Vegan Tagine • Quorn & Tarragon Pie • Gammon Steak & Egg • Beer Battered Haddock
Chicken & Walnut salad • Apple & Cinnamon Crumble

Lite Bites

Soup of The Day • Pork or Not Pork Pie • Scotch Egg • Vegan Vegetable or Steak Pasty
Garlic Bread • Cheesy Garlic Bread • Cheese & Pickle Tartlet • Breaded Whitebait • Tempura King Prawns

Christmas Menu

See what the Landlady is cooking this Christmas

The Blue Raddle is temporarily closed and will re-open

19th of AUGUST



Welcome to the Blue Raddle

The Blue Raddle - Pub in Dorchester, Dorset - Outside view

If you’re after something a little quirky but great fun then you won’t be disappointed with The Blue Raddle.


Located in the historic county town of Dorchester, Dorset, The Raddle is an intimate community pub frequented by local characters, famous for the beers and landlady concocted meals on offer. The wine and other beverage selection isn’t bad either!

The Raddle hasn’t always been a pub. Prior to this it was a private residence being converted to a pub in 1850 and named The Dolphin. In the later part of the 20th century it was renamed several times to the Gun Room and then the Country Gentleman until eventually being named The Blue Raddle, as it is today, in the early 1990s.


The walls of the Blue Raddle are festooned with many items of interest the most noteworthy being a depiction of important events in Dorchester’s past by renowned local artist John Walker.

The piece, aptly named ‘The History of Dorchester in Beer and Sheep’ together with John’s accompanying musings provide an amusing take on matters Dorchester.

Another example of artistic talents of ‘Raddlers’. 

A cartoon by Lyndon Wall which has been published in a number of local publications and aptly depicts the Raddle’s take on the Euro 2020 football results. Click image for larger view.

Food & Drink

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



To protect and preserve the convivial nature of these premises discussion or mention of the following or any related matter is strictly forbidden.

• Politics, Religion, Race • Sex (excluding that of consenting adult sheep) • Birth, Death, Marriage & Divorce • Size… 


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