Today September 22, 2020

Lunch & Evening menu

Vegan Tagine £10.95 — Broccoli & Blue Cheese Pasta Bake £10.95 — Gammon Steak & Egg  £10.95 — Beer Battered Haddock £13.95 — Chicken & Walnut salad £10.95 — Apple & Cinnamon Crumble £5.30


Lite Bite

Pork or Not Pork Pie £3.95 — Vegan Vegetable or Steak Pasty £4.95 — Garlic Bread £3.95 — Cheesy Garlic Bread £4.95 — Brie & Redcurrant Tart £8.95—Dorset Cream Tea £6.50

The Blue Raddle - Great ales and home-cooked food in Dorchester

Our opening times during August, September and October will be
Friday, Saturday open all day from 12.00 midday to 10.00 pm and
Sunday open from 12 midday to 4.00 pm.

We will be serving meals as usual on Friday and Saturday lunchtimes and evenings although our menu for both sessions during this three month period will temporarily be the same.
We hope to extend our opening hours further and get back to normal from November onward.


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


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