Pubs & Restaurants
Click on the link to visit a website. Please also see our Notice Board or Visitor’s Book for bars, restaurants and other eateries recommended to and by us within a 20-mile radius of the cottage. Booking Restaurants/pubs is recommended especially at Half Term, School Holidays and Peak Season.
Plush: The Brace of Pheasants
An award winning favourite of ours - and one of the Top Ten country pubs. First class pub restaurant and an (almost) hidden gem near Piddletrenthide. Renowned for its good food and charming rural setting. Consistently good food and friendly service. Lovely bar with great ambiance and friendly staff. Dogs made as welcome as humans. Super walks around the valley too.
Puddletown: The Blue Vinny Inn
Takes its name from the famous Dorset blue-veined cheese. Home cooked food and, when possible, the ingredients are seasonal and sourced locally from friends or trusted specialist suppliers. Wines complement the menu with a range of excellent guest ales on tap. Dog friendly.
Milborne St Andrew: The Royal Oak
A magnificent Carvery every Friday from 6pm and every Sunday from midday. Live music, food events and family fun. Dog friendly.
Milton Abbas: The Hambro Arms
Located in the picturesque and historic village of Milton Abbas, which is featured on many picture postcards of Dorset. This is a 'chocolate box' village, with 36 identical thatched cottages and a unique history. Great atmosphere, super food, a dog-friendly bar with humans welcomed commensurately.
Dewlish: The Oak
A traditionally run Dorset Inn, serving home cooked food in a friendly informal atmosphere. Dog friendly.
Piddlehinton: The Thimble Inn
Thatched 18th Century pub in the beautiful Piddle Valley. Serves innovative, local, seasonal food, fine wines and ales. Good Sunday Lunch; otherwise try the steak burgers with chef’s special Blue Vinny sauce.
Corton Denham, Sherborne: The Queen's Arms
This quintessentially English Georgian Inn is a true gem with oodles of rustic charm in the gloriously rural setting and gently rolling landscape of the Dorset/ Somerset Hills near Sherborne. The terrace has uninterrupted views over verdant farmland – an ideal spot to soak up the view and enjoy great food and drink in this most civilised of settings. Snuggle up in front of the roaring open fire with newspapers, a pint and a homemade pork pie. Dogs (and humans with muddy boots) are very welcome. Children are genuinely welcome and have their own menu and an activity pack. A pilgrimage for Foodies.
Bournemouth: Shades Restaurant at Derby Manor Hotel
A true class act. Fine dining and great ambiance with tip top service. Enjoy an aperitif in the Derby Bar then, if you love fish, check out Derby Manor's Hot Seafood Platter, The Chef's Selection of Market Fish & Seafood @ £22.95 or £40.95 to Share is delicious.
Once a smugglers' haunt, this is a lovely venue for a drink or meal. Good menu with wonderful comforting food and desserts in winter coupled with excellent service. Richard and Denise are great hosts and cater for most special diets - e.g. vegan custard and gluten free gravy. Lovely venue for summer too. Dogs are welcome and then there are lovely walks nearby in Wareham Forest.
Athelhampton: Athelhampton House
Great Sunday Carvery as well as the normal menu served in The Coach House Restaurant in this privately owned Stately Home which you can visit.
Dorchester: La Caverna
One of Dorchester’s Top Ten, serving delicious, freshly made Italian food for over 20 years. The restaurant & Pizzeria’s atmosphere is intimate - created by the low ceiling cellar – where the warmth of the welcome and standard of service from attentive, friendly staff are second to none.
Evershott: The Acorn Inn
With two bars and an award-winning restaurant serving a range of exceptional seasonal dishes, this 16th century hostelry is equally popular with locals and guests alike – and received Gold in the Taste of the West Awards in 2015. The restaurant features smartly laid tables, terracotta tiles, soft lighting and an elegant stone fireplace carved with oak leaves and acorns – the perfect place to relax in comfort.
Burton Bradstock: The Hive Beach Café
Located right on the beach at Burton Bradstock on the Jurassic Coast the café enjoys far reaching views across Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach. It's the perfect location to enjoy year round fresh, local seafood, homemade cakes or just a simple cup of tea. Fantastic food and the fresh crab (seasonal) has to be experienced to be believed. Wonderful service and dogs welcomed. No bookings taken. Just turn up and wait your turn.
Wyke Regis: The Crab House Café
Situated in a breath-taking part of Dorset looking out over Chesil beach, the restaurant has its own Portland Oyster beds just a stone’s throw from the restaurant. So you can enjoy fresh oysters on your table within minutes of them leaving the water. Enjoy locally caught fish and seafood recipes all from fish landed within 40 miles.
Snacks, Tea & Treats
Dorchester: Walnut Grove Coffee Shop
25 Durngate Street DT1 1JP
More than a coffee shop but a licensed restaurant serving everything from coffee and cakes to lunch-time meals. Perfect if you're out and about in the walking streets of the bustling heart of town. Friendly staff, generous portions. Try their cheesy chips ! We return on every visit.
Abbotsbury: The Old Schoolhouse Tea Rooms & Tea Garden
Traditional Tea Rooms in the centre of Abbotsbury not far from Dorset's famous Swannery. Pretty walled Tea Garden. Dogs are allowed.
Milton Abbas: Tea Clipper Tearooms
Set in the wonderful village of Milton Abbas within one of the 36 almost identical thatched cottages, you may be assured of a warm welcome - and a delicious Dorset Cream Tea among the teatime delights offered. Check opening hours before you go. Well behaved dogs welcome.
Lytchett Maltravers: The Barn Café
Situated in a beautiful farm courtyard at Bere Farm, along with Bergére Interiors, The Old Piggery Garden Centre, White Pepper Cooking School & Dorset Charcuterie, this is a cosy place to sit by the fireplace in Winter or outdoors in Summer to enjoy delicious cakes baked by lovely ladies Becky, Head Chef, Mel, and Sally. All coffees are from artisan roasters, Clifton Coffee or enjoy a Dorset ‘brew’ from one of their speciality loose teas served in a colourful teapot. Try Turkish Apple Tea, Russian Caravan or Lady Casterbridge tea. The standard menu is complemented with Daily Specials during the week. They also sell a variety irresistible gifts. Dogs are allowed.
Wareham: The Quayside Barn
Ice cream and coffee shop overlooking the River Frome serving real dairy Marshfield Farm ice cream, heavenly ice cream waffles and delicious thick shakes. Perfect on a warm Summer’s Day. Alternatively, take a seat inside for an Italian coffee or real Dorset tea.
Durlston Country Park & National Nature Reserve: Seventhwave Café & Restaurant
Relax and unwind in the Seventhwave Café, Bar & Restaurant. Rain or shine, you can find a seat with a view in the stunning surroundings of Durlston Castle. Open daily throughout the year (excluding Christmas and Boxing Day). See also: Favourite Walks.
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