Carefully refurbished former coaching inn with character bar and two dining rooms, friendly licensees, local ales and inventive food; fine bedrooms
Good Pub Guide Recommended
It is thought this fine old place originated in the 15th c as a guest house for the abbey (built by Benedictine monks). It then became a coaching inn, and there remains a great deal of character and original features throughout, including lovely mullioned windows, heavy oak beams and a pump and mounting block in the former coachyard. The bar has a solid oak counter, an attractive mix of old dining tables and chairs on slate or polished wooden floors, settles built into various nooks and crannies and a woodburner in the opened-up Yorkstone fireplace. Palmers Copper, Dorset Gold and IPA on handpump, a dozen wines by the glass, several malt whiskies and local cider. The dining room is furnished in a similar style; background music. There are seats on the terrace and picnic-sets beneath mature fruit trees or parasols in the back garden. Bedrooms, both in the charming 16th-c main building and the converted stable-block, are smart and well equipped. You can walk from the attractive stone-built village to the prehistoric Cerne Abbas Giant chalk carving and on to other villages.
Good Pub Guide Food
Highly rewarding food includes samdwiches, twice-baked cheese soufflé, crispy pork belly with skate wing, braised gem and caper butter sauce, jerusalem artichoke risotto, chicken with foie gras, stuffed leg, thyme croquettes and spinach and wild mushroom sauce, cod with roast garlic mash, baby leeks and onion velouté, sirloin steak with café de paris butter and triple-cooked chips, and puddings such as pistachio cheesecake with maple syrup and vanilla ice-cream and caramelised banana tart with banana bavarois and passion-fruit sorbet.
What They Say
The New Inn dates back to the 16th century and is a beautiful property in the heart of one of the most idylic villages in England. New life has been breathed into this iconic property at the hands of a team that has enjoyed success with a number of food led pubs in West London that include The Chelsea Ram, Thatched House and The Fox and Hounds. The interior has had some gentle updating but the original features are intact and an open fire roars in the winter months. The kitchens are in the hands of Dan Brinklow whose CV includes time with The Roux brothers, Marco Pierre White and Jean Christophe Novelli. Half an acre of beautiful walled garden completes the property for alfresco dining or just a cool pint. The wine list is short but well put togther and the landlord takes pride in his cask ale.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar, Dogs Bedrooms