Today May 7, 2021

Lunch & Evening menu

Vegan Tagine £10.95 — Quorn & Tarragon Pie £10.95 — Gammon Steak & Egg  £10.95 — Beer Battered Haddock £13.95 — Chicken & Walnut salad £10.95 — Apple & Cinnamon Crumble £5.30


Substantial Bites

Soup of The Day From £4.95— Pork or Not Pork Pie £4.95 — Scotch Egg £4.95 — Vegan Vegetable or Steak Pasty £4.95 — Garlic Bread £3.95 — Cheesy Garlic Bread £4.95 — Cheese & Pickle Tartlet £8.95 — Breaded Whitebait £8.95 — Tempura King Prawns £8.95

The Blue Raddle is re-opening on
Friday 21 May.

Unfortunately, we are currently temporarily closed but intend to re-open on Friday 21 May.

When we re-open we will begin by opening every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Our opening times will be: Open every Friday and Saturday all day from noon until 11.00pm and every Sunday from noon until 4.00pm.

We’ll be serving meals all day from noon until 9.00pm on Friday and Saturday and from noon until 3.00pm on Sunday.


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!

Sheep-at-bar-joking-blue-in-the-faceThe 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 name The Blue Raddle makes reference to ‘raddling’. In its basic form ‘raddle’, a coloured slop, is applied to the ‘tup’s’ brisket. The tup being a ram amongst ewes! In his efforts to tup or mate with a ewe raddle is left as evidence, thus assisting the shepherd in the management of his flock through to lambing.



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. 



As if an evening spent at The Blue Raddle isn’t entertaining enough!

Here’s a list of regularly held evening events and entertainment at The Raddle:

• Friday Charity Meat Draw Night
• Wednesday Folk Music Night
• Wednesday Fiddles Music Night
• Sunday Cheese Night


Travellers' views