Unchanging country tavern with masses of character, in the same family for many years; lovely sea views and fine nearby walks
Good Pub Guide Recommended
At peak times you'll find a queue of customers at the serving hatches in this much loved gem, but the charming Newman family (who have run the pub for over a century) cope with warm friendliness and efficiency. Our readers love the place and the fact that it remains quite unchanging and totally unspoilt. A couple of simple rooms have straightforward furniture on flagstones and wooden benches around the walls, a woodburning stove, a stuffed albino badger and a loyal crowd of chatty locals. Bristol Beer Factory Milk Stout, Butcombe Haka, Hattie Brown New Moonlite, Otter Head, and Palmers Copper tapped from the cask, and home-produced and ten other farm ciders are passed through the two serving hatches to customers in the drinking corridor; also, 20 malt whiskies. Darts and shove-ha'penny. From the local stone benches out in front there's a fantastic view over the village rooftops down to the sea. There may be free-roaming chickens and other birds clucking around and the small (free) museum exhibits local fossils and artefacts, mostly collected by the current landlord and his father. Wonderful walks lead to some exciting switchback sections of the coast path above St Aldhelm's Head and Chapman's Pool - you'll need to park in the public car park (£2 honesty box) 100 metres along the Corfe Castle road.
Good Pub Guide Food
Bar food is limited to home-made pasties and pies.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Anywhere