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Welcome to The Forester

Donhead St. Andrew

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.

The Forester Donhead Michelin Bib Gourmand Award 2017

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.

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Our Food

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Our Philosophy

Food and drink should be the business of anticipation, passion and celebration. At The Forester we strive to make sure that your visit encompasses all of these.

There is only one rule at The Forester – And that is to find the freshest produce you can and let it speak for itself – other flavours added only seek to compliment.

At the Forester we are mindful of the sustainability of the fish we buy, and source all our seafood from Devon and Cornish waters with the majority from day boats.

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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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