Blue Raddle

9 Church Street, Dorchester, DT1 1JN

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

So what in more detail defines what’s on offer at The Blue Raddle? Aside from the real ales served and the heroic exploits of the landlady in the kitchen, what is striking about the place is that it can properly be described as a ‘real pub’-a ‘free house’ in old money, independent and completely owned (for the past nine years) by the landlord and landlady, Rick and Chris Townsend.

Young children are not admitted but well behaved dogs are. There are no fruit machines, no loud music played or football shown. The bar is festooned with pump clips of beers long since consumed and the walls covered with items to amuse. A visit to the loo is accompanied by the sound of comedy classics and in the gents satirical reading matter awaits. Long serving staff members Loopy Lou, Jules, Brads and Co ensure a welcoming and relaxed approach to proceedings and there are numerous events and musical entertainment to be sampled.

Perhaps however, most importantly what really sets an experience at The Raddle apart is all entrants are equal in status and as such can enjoy the company of fellow ‘Raddlers’ without any prejudices which are left firmly outside the door. Being small once full, which quite often it is, the atmospheric result of people chatting lifts the mood and laughter permeates the internal space from all directions. It really is laughter on tap!