Partly thatched former farmhouse with plenty of seating in various rooms, open fires, a thoughtful choice of drinks, good food and a friendly landlord
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Walkers regularly stop off at this usefully placed, partly thatched 16th-c inn in a quiet village beneath a fold of the Purbeck Hills and not far from the Dorset coast path. The linked character bar rooms are full of interest: brass and copper measuring jugs, bed warmers, pots and pans, horse brasses, venerable board games and books, stone jars, china plates, a glass cabinet filled with household items from years ago, tilley lamps, the odd mangle and set of scales, a coastguard flag and an old diver's helmet. The main bar has an open fire in a stone fireplace, high-backed black leather dining chairs and cushioned wall settles around heavy rustic tables on red patterned carpet and quite a few stools against the counter. Dorset Jurassic, Sharps Doom Bar and a guest such as Ringwood Best on handpump, six wines by the glass and farm cider; there's a wineshack from which you can choose your own wines, and also a wide choice of teas, coffees and local soft drinks. The similarly furnished dining room leads off here. Outside are picnic-sets on the lawn, and there's also a campsite. Corfe Castle ruins are nearby.
Good Pub Guide Food
Using local ingredients, the popular food includes sandwiches, twice-baked three cheese soufflé, deep-fried salt and pepper squid and whitebait with sweet chilli dip, home-cooked honey-glazed ham and free-range eggs, cottage pie, game bourguignon, chicken curry, lambs liver and bacon in red onion reduction, smoked haddock with poached egg and hollandaise sauce, and puddings such as crème brûlée and gooseberry and elderflower ice-cream and plum and ginger crumble.
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