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Welcome to The Forester

Donhead St Andrew

The Forester will re-open on Thursday 3rd December. Christmas and New Year opening times are outlined on this website. We welcome tables of up to 6 people from your household & your support bubble. If you wish to reserve a table please call us on 01747 828 038. We look forward to welcoming you back again.

With best wishes from Chris & Lizzie and our staff at

The Forester

Re-opening & Christmas Opening Hours 2020/2021

Re-opening Thursday 3rd December – open for lunch & dinner

Friday 4th December – Sunday 20th December

Open Wednesday – Sunday for lunch 12.00 – 2.00

Wednesday – Saturday for dinner 6.15- 8.15

Christmas & New Year

Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd  & Thursday 24th December  Christmas Eve– open for lunch and dinner

Closed Friday 25th Christmas Day, 26th Boxing Day, 27th & 28th December

Tuesday 29th December – open for lunch & dinner

Wednesday 30th December – open for lunch & dinner

Thursday 31st December New Year’s Eve – open for lunch and dinner

Friday 1st  New Year’s Day –  open for lunch only

Saturday 2nd January – Open for lunch & dinner

Sunday 3rd January – Open for lunch only

Re-open as normal from Wednesday 6 January 2021

The Forester

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Originally called “The New Inn” The Forester has been a public house since the 15th century. The beautiful old thatched building is made from greensand stone. Inside The Forester still retains that old world feeling with the large inglenook fireplace, stone walls and original beamed ceilings.

Owners Lizzie & Chris run the pub with their daughter Melissa and Son in Law, head chef Andy, so we are a family business helped by our small but hard working team.

Michelin Bib Gourmand 2020

First awarded to us in 2013 Chris & Liz are delighted that the Forester has retained the prestigious and highly sought-after Michelin Bib Gourmand Award for serving excellent quality food at reasonable prices.

The Donheads

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Donhead St Andrew is one of “The Donheads” a group of small, spread out Parishes.

Donhead means head of the downs and refers to the beautiful chalk downs that rise from here up to Win Green and reach as far as Salisbury Plain to the east and the Blackmore Vale to the west.

Others Say

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“I like the fact that it’s still a pub but with the advantage of not just great beers and great food but a wine list chosen personally by the Chris and Lizzie who really know their stuff …

I always have a problem choosing where to eat great seafood. The Forester comes out top for me, the fish is amazingly fresh and Chris and his chefs know exactly what to do with it. By far my favourite pub.”

Mitch Tonks
TV Chef, Food Writer, Restaurateur & Fishmonger.

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“The pub has a well-deserved Bib Gourmand – it fits perfectly with the criteria of serving excellent food at reasonable prices.”

Charles Campion
TV Chef, Food Writer, Restaurateur & Fishmonger.

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The experienced owners take a very hands on approach & along with the chef, are passionate about using good country ingredients, with meats from local farms and estates and fish from the Brixham Day Boats.

Dishes are well prepared and flavoursome, with a classical country base and a refined edge.

Michelin Guide

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