15th century charm meets modern luxury on the banks of the River Stour

About the restaurant

The Riverside at The Coventry Arms is a quaint 15th century establishment on the banks of the River Stour. It serves a modern British menu with fine dining flare, so to tingle your taste buds, think beautifully cooked classics with a modern twist. They also serve a selection of delicious Vegan options as well as a simplified children’s menu.

Dome dining experience at The Riverside

The Riverside features three cosy outdoor domes that can accommodate up to 6 guests each. All domes are equipped with De’Longhi heaters and Bluetooth speakers, allowing the guests to play their own music.

The domes are a perfect setting for any special occasion: be it a birthday party, anniversary or a night out for two. Dine with your loved ones in your private heated dining pod, while subtle ambient lighting will provide a cozy atmosphere even after dark.


Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly

Gluten Free Dishes Available

Standard Menu Available

Ambient / Fairy Lights

Parking Available

High Chair

Play Your Own Music

Countryside Location

Scenic Views

Kids Menu


Vegan / Vegetarian Friendly

Gluten Free Dishes Available

Standard Menu Available

Ambient / Fairy Lights

Parking Available

High Chair

Play Your Own Music

Countryside Location

Scenic Views

Kids Menu


Mill St, Wimborne BH21 3RH, UK

30 reviews

  1. Lovely evening

    We enjoyed our evening in the dome, particularly as our waitress
    was so lovely. Only complaint is that I visited the pub when I booked &
    specifically requested Dome 1, but when we got there on Sunday that message
    had not been acted upon & we had to be in Dome 2. That was disappointing as
    Dome 1 would have been much prettier for my daughter’s birthday.

  2. We had a great meal

    Great food, generous portions at a very good price. We could create our own atmosphere as we hired a dome to dine in for my daughter’s birthday which was a little different and made the occasion more special. Lauren, our waitress checked in regularly with us without being intrusive.

  3. Ambience and service were outstanding, but...

    Dining in a pod experience was lovely. Waiter service outstanding, the food however was disappointing. Nearly an hour wait for the meal and some choices were not enjoyed .
    A shame as the staff were wonderful and the setting beautiful.
    Would recommend but maybe check on the waiting time for food!

  4. Great Service

    Food was really good and good portions.
    Waiter was fantastic! Attentive,Efficient and made you feel special.

  5. Great value all round

    A really nice experience. The food was nice but for me far too much, however I suppose that’s not a criticism. The service was excellent, a very amenable young lady catered for our every whim, even attempting to connect me to the Bluetooth speaker.
    The heater was a real bonus but overall the whole pod was spotless and welcoming.

  6. Wonderful

    Wonderful only thing had to wait quite a long time for food .

  7. Definitely recommend

    Great service and amazing food. Definitely recommend and will be going again

  8. Brilliant food and attentive service

    We had a fantastic meal at The Coventry Arms for my husband’s birthday. We hired a dome, had brilliant food and attentive service. My husband said the ribs were the best he ever had! Was lovely to sit by the river, into the evening without worrying about midges or the temperature!

  9. Only one word needed- wow!

    Tuesday evening dome booking at Risaro / The Coventry Arms for 2 adults celebrating a birthday.
    Parked no problem. Garden area was spotlessly clean and gad ample seating as well as multiple domes. Orderee drinks and promptly escorted to our dome and shown how to use the heater and personal speaker.
    Beautiful surroundings, photo ops galore. Twinkling lights on the rivers edge would captivate adults and children alike.
    Service was outstanding. Our waiter was attentive but not invasive, gave good recommendations and made pleasant & interesting conversation.
    Food – wow! Cooked to perfection, Portions are massive (undone my button in the car!) Absolutely beautiful food!
    Would 100% recommend the restaurant and think the fee to hire the dome is definitely worth it!
    I guarantee we will book again.

  10. Loved the Dome experience

    Staff treated us perfectly, but the wrong food come out first (2 brisket rolls instead of 1 brisket and 1 pulled pork) then when I got my pulled pork roll it was very sparse on the filling and couldn’t taste apple sauce. The sweet potato fries were underdone and quite hard. all food was just warm instead of hot. will go back for the experience, though

  11. Lovely experience for my Mum’s 80th

    Food was delicious. Service was a little slow but we could see
    the pub was becoming busy.
    We booked a dome and this became very warm inside as we finished our meal so
    we moved outside by the stream which was delightful. Typical English weather.

  12. We had an absolute ball

    A group of us came on Saturday night and dined in one of your
    domes which we absolutely loved. We were there from 8 til closing time and it
    was lovely to see the dome and setting in the dome and again when it was
    dark. Loved the fan/heater, music and lights and the young lad who served us
    is an absolute asset to you.

  13. Definitely coming back

    It was a good service, we had Hugh as our table service,
    definitely coming back 😀

  14. Great experience

    The staff were excellent and very friendly. They went out of
    their way to help. The food was good. The dome experience was great and
    alongside the staff made the evening special ❤

  15. Food needs to improve

    Two starters wrong, Cold food. Lovely young girl serving us.
    Loved the location but the food needs to improve. Sadly, wont be
    recommending or revisiting.

  16. Dine at the dome

    Lovely evening in the dome lovely food friendly staff. Will definitely return thank you

  17. Great friendly staff an asset to the pub

  18. Really lovely

    Felt special in the dome we booked. However we waited half an hour for our drinks order to be taken. Would like to see more choice on the menu. Ambience. Five star. Beautiful setting and the dome booking was great for comfort and we liked that we could stream our choice of music! The meals we ordered were very good!

  19. Meal in pod

    Lovely meal in Pod here for my birthday
    Lovely staff & nothing too much trouble
    Have booked 2 pods for our next visit

  20. Disappointed a bit

    Disappointed that there was no kids’ menu on Father’s Day. One
    person’s starter arrived so late their main arrived at the same time. The
    slow cooked pulled pork just seemed to be normal pork. Service was
    obviously trying hard but everything seemed to go against them. It was just
    all a bit of a shame. We had been really looking forward to it.

  21. Great evening

    We had a wonderful evening, 6 of us hired a dome and we had a
    great evening. Staff were brilliant, food was great and we loved having our
    own private area to play music and have a giggle.

  22. Hghly recommend

    wonderful evening at the coventry arms. the pod was amazing,
    highly recommend. after a shaky start, first round of drinks took ages to
    arrive and slight mix up with the pod all was sorted. food was greta,
    portions are big and very reasonably priced. a free round of drinks to
    apologise for pod mix up a great time was had by all. thank you, we will be

  23. Brilliant concept

    We had a great first “Dome” dining experience on Saturday – a
    brilliant concept. The food was really good, the service excellent – thank
    you team!

  24. Highly recommend

    Dome was great – own heating / own music. Food and service
    great. Highly recommend and have booked again

  25. Thank you

    Thank you for a fantastic evening we had a lovely time at the very friendly Coventry Arms pub

  26. Can’t wait to come back

    Great evening in the dome. Great food. Great service. Can’t wait to come back

  27. A good time

    We booked one of the domes for my Dad’s birthday and had a lovely time. The weather was wild outside but it was cozy and warm inside. We loved the speaker, the lights and the warmth. A good time was had by all.

  28. Brilliant

    We had a brilliant night in dome 1. The domes are definitely worth the extra money. They create a lovely atmosphere. The food was very tasty . I had the brisket and it was so moist and full of flavour. It was cooked perfectly. The mash and and veg were super tasty too. We had some issues with the timing that our food came out but the manager and staff explained what had happened and fixed the problem with a discount on our drinks. We will most definitely be returning again.

  29. Great setting by the river, especially in one of the pods!

  30. Loved the dome, fab food & service! will be returning 10/10

    Absolutely amazing service, food was fab will definitely be returning & loved the dome highly recommend 😄

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Your private dome hire. Please note that the dome booking fee only covers private hire of your dome, it does not include the cost of any food or drink.

Booking duration
✅ Lunch – 1 hour 30 minutes
✅ Dinner – 2 hours 15 minutes

Booking cancellations & refund
✅ Get a full refund of the dome booking fee if you cancel at least 48 hours prior to the start of your reservation. All you need is to click ‘Cancel booking’ button below the booking calendar and provide your 8 digit booking number.

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