The Amberwood

4.3
351 Reviews
£25 and under
British
The Amberwood prides itself not only on its excellent food and wine choices, but on its traditional local pub atmosphere, serving award winning Hall & Woodhouse Real Ales and fine wines.
Offering traditional home cooked food, either in the restaurant with full table service with a capacity of 80 covers, or in the comfortable and welcoming bar, both with easy level access.

Regularly changing Special Boards include fresh fish dishes, our Classic Al-a-Carte Menu and a traditional (and very popular) Sunday roast. Also available Monday – Saturday the 2-Course Lunch Menu or Monday - Thursday 2-Course Dinner Menu or create your own favourite with the Pick’n’Mix Snack Menu
We welcome all types of function, from buffets to formal meals, for family gatherings, or business meetings, and our catering staff will be pleased to discuss your requirements.
Please contact us to talk about your plans.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 351 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TraceyE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Meal and service were amazing so much so we've booked to go back on Father's Day

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RosW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, staff extremely polite and helpful, would highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I booked a table for 7:15pm tonight. This was the first time we had eaten out in a year. To my surprise we were greeted after about an hour to take our order. We had one drink and one starter after about 90 minutes. After 2 hours of waiting I was told they were short staffed and one staff member went on about how people are not taking on part time jobs as they are claiming universal credit! I was told it wasn’t like youve got nothing! OMG I will not be returning again! I certainly didnt expect to wait 2 hours and been lectured about peoples’ job choices! Terrible service and terrible customer service!

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Dancers
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Visited again this time to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Always lovely English cooked food. Lamb chops, steak and ale pie, salmon all with a choice of potatoes and vegetables, and stroganoff with rice. Staff very friendly and efficient

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Hico
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As good as always in difficult times,the standard is always excellent.Real good at a sensible price well done.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Booked a table for Sunday dinner with grandparents... first time we have spent time together for a year. When we arrived we were seated at table and told that a high chair was coming for our disabled son. No chair arrived, until we reminded staff that we were still waiting. No one came to take our food or drinks order for over an hour, in fact people who arrived after us were seated, gave their order and received their food before our food order was taken. Once we had ordered the food took ages to come out, so even though the food was fantastic, our experience had already been slightly ruined. We pretty much felt invisible when we were there, which definitely isn’t what is expected when receiving a hospitality service.

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RichardA
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I informed the Amberwood that we were celebrating my wife's birthday. When we arrived we were shown to a table complete with party balloons which was a nice touch. The staff were very friendly and efficient and the food was very good. We will definitely be back!😀

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Susanna
Dorset
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A very good place to eat. The menu was quite extensive and very reasonably priced. The service was quick and efficient. I would definitely Recommend the Amberwood to friends and family

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DarrenF
Dorset
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t fault the quantity of the food and excellent service!

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AvisW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food. Nice menu and specials board. Nice staff. Nice price.

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Dancers
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This, of course, was our first choice to eat as soon as we were allowed to eat indoors. Food is always very good with plenty of choices of English dishes, staff very friendly and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. We shall be back again and again.

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MichaelO
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We found the service and food was very good.
The staff were very nice and efficient and the food was very generous, and really nice surroundings and we would return when we are next in the area.

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Lozzie
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food and friendly service. Freshly cooked tasty food.

DM
DamianM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely place nice staff and great food.
Really good value for money second Sunday in a row we was there.
Good place.

LH
LorettaH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub, completely random choice but a very good one, very nice food, we'll be back!

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SiCo
Buckinghamshire
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Last minute choice (Sunday evening had to eat outside die to COVID restrictions Great food and friendly service.

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HollyH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, service was wonderful and really friendly. Obviously a favourite with locals! Food was normal pub food options but to a really high standard. Definitely would go again.

LL
LeighL
Dorset
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service, always a lovely place to eat

JP
vipJohnP
Dorset
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent service under very difficult circumstances

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StephenB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food,good value, good service & friendly efficient staff

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CynthiaE
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the home style cooking and old English style restaurant. Highly recommend.

JH
JuliaH
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a lovely meal and very good service and value for money. A shame more people aren’t going out in their ‘bubbles’ we need to support local businesses now.

JC
JenniC
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely lunch on Friday. We had the festive roast dinner and it was cooked perfectly. Generous portions, so the ‘smaller appetite’ plates are a great idea! Great to see all the staff adhering to Covid protocols throughout too.

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PhilB
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always great at the Amberwood. Food is decent and the service prompt and unfussy. I love this pub!!

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Dancers
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another lovely meal at The Amberwood. Because of Tier 2 they arranged for us and our friends to sit at tables 2 metres apart and we were able to enjoy our food chatting to each other. The food, three roast dinners and one curry, as usual, were excellent despite it being a limited menu at this time. Lovely to find a pub that serves up vegetables and choice of potatoes instead of chips!! The staff are always very friendly and helpful. Definitely our favourite eating place.

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R2PHF
Dorset
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite dining experiences . I would recommend it to anyone asking.

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JulieW
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food usual pub grub. Drinks expensive. Staff friendly and helpful

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SueB
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Amberwood is a wonderful restaurant: great menu, with loads of choice, plus daily specials on the board - which are always tempting, and offer even more choice! They offer delicious home cooked food, at great prices, with options for those with smaller appetites, too. The ambience is warm and friendly. Highly recommended.

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Dancers
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only found this pub this year and, in fact, used it first during the 'eat out to help out offer'

The food is excellent with plenty of choice and nicely cooked. It is good value especially if you choose the two or three courses menu.

The staff are extremely welcoming and friendly.

Although we have several eating places nearer to where we live we consider the extra drive is worth it

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DeborahS
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Varied menu, excellent service and excellent COVID control

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AndrewH
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Great service. Would always recomend The Amber Wood to anyone

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IrisGGatesceleb
Dorset
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It's been three years since we last visited the Amberwood as we now live some distance away. Pleased to say the food, service and hospitality are of the same high standard. Would recommend to anyone.

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Terry
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really quite good, good value for money, better than both those that are close. Would return.

MP
MikeP
Dorset
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent. Well organised and felt covid safe. Food tasty and well presented. Staff attentive and friendly.
Highly recommended. Will be returning.

SB
SueB
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent home cooked food, great menu choice & option to have small portions, if required.

The Amberwood is still offering 20% off in the ‘ Eat out to help out’ deal, so you can have delicious food for a very reasonable price.

Highly recommended

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TimW
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great welcome, nice selection of fayre including some tasty looking specials. Chose the chicken and ham pie, tons of filling, puffy well cooked top and a selection of 5 veg on the side. Tasty and great value for money - the local ales washed everything down nicely.

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MikeW
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely Sunday lunch. The food was tasty, not overcooked and the portions were generous.

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SIMONW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

totally enjoyed overall ,very polite and friendly service. Great food

JH
JohnH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Everything was fine but the food was only lukewarm.

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Hico
Hampshire
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The ambiance was not the fault of restaurant not many people about.We will be back they deserve it well done.

FAQs

The Amberwood offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01425 272627.

The Amberwood is rated 4.3 stars by 351 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.