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Click the map for tourism ideas Dorset has many areas that have been designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has a generally hilly landscape, with chalk downs stretching across the west of the county. Among the ruins left from Anglo-Saxon times are those of Corfe Castle, a seat of the Saxon kings of Wessex. Dorset is home to the famous Cerne Abbas Giant, a huge figure of a naked man cut into the turf on a chalk hillside.
Acorn Inn

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Evershot, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0JW. Tel: 01935 83228
Delightful 16th Century inn located in a typically English country village setting between Yeovil and Dorchester, with open fires, oak panelling and a skittle alley. Excellent food and traditional cask ales.
Anchor Inn

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Seatown, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6JU. Tel: 01297 489215
Excellent inn located as close to the sea as you can get without getting your feet wet. ( Although that can't be guaranteed !) Nestling under 'Golden Cap', the highest point on the south coast of England the inn sits in the centre of a little cove in Lyme Bay. Good food and traditional cask ales can be enjoyed whilst viewing the wonderful photos of the whales and dolphins that have visited !
Angel Inn

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188 Ringwood Road, Longham, Dorset BH22 9AP. Tel: 01202 873778
Welcoming inn serving good food and traditional ales.
Bankes Arms Hotel

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23 East Street, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5ED. Tel: 01929 480206
Excellent stone inn with great views of Corfe Castle and close to the Swanage Heritage Railway station in Corfe.
Bankes Arms Inn

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Manor Road, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AU. Tel: 01929 450225
The Bankes Arms is the home of the Isle of Purbeck Brewery so as you'd expect the local ales are very local and superb! The Bankes also serves good wholesome food and sits overlooking Studland Bay.
Barley Mow

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Long Lane, Colehill, Dorset BH21 7AH. Tel: 01202 882140
16th century thatched inn just 5 miles from Poole harbour, originally a drover's cottage with low beamed ceiling, panelled walls and a delightful inglenook fireplace with bread oven housing a warm winter log fire. Excellent food including a daily specials board can be followed up in the summer by a game on the boule pitch outside.
Boot Inn


High West Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8JH. Tel: 07809440772
Bottle Inn


, Marshwood, Dorset DT6 5QJ. Tel: 01297 678254
Brace Of Pheasants
Plush, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7RQ. Tel: 01404 348357
Thatched inn, formerly the village Blacksmith. Great Food and good ale.
Bridport Arms

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West Bay, Bridport, Dorset DT6 4EN. Tel: 01308 422994
If you're looking to stop close to the sea, you can't get much closer than the Bridport Arms. This 17th century thatched, grade II listed hotel overlooks Bridport harbour serving local ales and good food.
Crown Inn
Church Street, Puncknowle, Dorset DT2 9BN. Tel: 01300 897711
Delightful thatched inn which was once favoured by smugglers. Just 1 mile from the South West Coastal Path and Abbotsbury Castle.
Elm Tree Inn
Shop Lane, Langton Herring, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4HU. Tel: 01305 871257
Excellent 16th century inn, once a famous haunt for smugglers and was the lunchtime venue for Barnes Wallis, the designer of the famous Dam Busters bomb when the bomb was being tested on Chesil Beach. Three bars complete with inglenook fireplaces, flagstone floors and decorated in copper brass and old farm implements. Traditional cask ales are complimented by superb food.
Fleur De Lys
5 Wimborne Street, Cranborne, Dorset BH21 5PP. Tel: 01725 517282
Picturesque inn, sections of which date to the 11th century. Thomas Hardy used it as the model for the village tavern in Tess of the D'Urbervilles and later it inspired Rupert Brooke to pen a celebratory poem.
Fox Inn

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Corscombe, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0NS. Tel: 01935 891330
Excellent thatched village inn dating back to 1620 and renowned for superb food and traditional ales.
Fox Inn
West Street, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5HD. Tel: 01929 480449
Excellent thatched inn dating back to 1620 and renowned for superb food and traditional ales.
4 South Street, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3NQ. Tel: 01308 423187
George Inn
Custom House Quay, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8BE. Tel: 01305 773301
Excellent inn overlooking Weymouth harbour and serving well kept cask ales.
Giant Inn


24 Long Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorset DT2 7JF. Tel: 01300 341441
Greyhound Inn

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The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5EZ. Tel: 01929 480205
Originally two 17th century cottages, the Greyhound's distinctive external feature in a porch with three Tuscan columns supporting a room above. It stands opposite the site where 'King Edward the Martyr' was stabbed in 978 and can be visited from Swanage by steam train on the Purbeck line.
Half Moon Inn

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Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN. Tel: 01935 812017
Lovely half timbered inn adjacent to the wonderful Sherborne Abbey. An excellent reputation for food served in a homely welcoming atmosphere.
Mansion House Hotel

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Thames St, Poole, Dorset BH15 1JN. Tel: 01202 685666
The Mansion House is an hotel rather than an inn. It isn't the cheapest accommodation in Poole but it's well worth the extra. Originally the Mayoral House of Poole dating back to 1780, the restaurant is first class and the comfort is luxury.
Marquis Of Lorne

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Nettlecombe, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3SY. Tel: 01308 485236
Welcoming 16th Century former farmhouse set in beautiful unspoilt Dorset countryside. Good food, traditional cask ales and just 5 miles from the sea.
Nothe Tavern

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Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8TZ. Tel: 01305 839255
Red Lion


33 Hope Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8TU. Tel: 01305 786940
Red Lion


63 High Street, Swanage, Dorset BH19 2LY. Tel: 01929 423533
Rose & Crown
Trent, Sherbourne, Dorset DT9 4SL. Tel: 01252 850776
Thatched flag stone floored inn close to Yeovil. Excellent food and ales.
Royal Oak
23 Long Street, Cerne Abbas, Dorset DT2 7JG. Tel: 0130 0341797
Shave Cross Inn
Marshwood Vale, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6HW. Tel: 01869 868358
14th Century thatched inn set in the beautiful Marshwood Vale and only about 4 miles from the Dorset coastline.
Ship In Distress

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Stanpit, Mudeford, Dorset BH23 3NA. Tel: 01202 485123
300 year old smugglers inn, just 10 minutes from Mudeford Quay serving cask ales and good food with a daily delivery of locally landed fresh fish, crabs & lobsters.
Smiths Arms
, Godmanstone, Dorset DT2 7AQ. Tel: 01300 341236
One of a handful of inns which claim to be Britain's smallest pub, this thatched 15th-century structure was a blacksmiths until Charles II chanced by one day and desiring a drink, issued and granted a license on the spot.
Smugglers Inn
Osmington Mills, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 6HF. Tel: 01305 833125
13th century inn formerly the Crown, and later the Picnic but Smugglers is more apt since here was one of the leading landing places for the gentlemen of the night in the 18th century. It was the headquarters of the famous French smuggler Pierre Latour, better known locally as French Peter. Wide range of cask ales and an excellent menu with some 'Brill' seafood !
Square & Compass

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Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3LF. Tel: 01929 439229
Excellent 18th century grade II listed smugglers inn which has been in the same family since 1907. The ale is served straight from the cask and is served through a little hatch and in earthenware jugs. The Square has flagstone floors, great coastal views and its own fossil museum. A little gem!
The Brewhouse
68 High Street, Poole, Dorset BH15 1DA. Tel: 01202 685288
The Springhead
Sutton Road, Sutton Poyntz, Dorset DT3 6LW. Tel: 01305 832117
Three Elms Inn
North Wootton, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 5JW. Tel: 01935 812881
Three Horseshoes

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Dugberry Hill, Powerstock, Dorset DT6 3TF. Tel: 01308 485328
Located in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the Three Horseshoes serves delicious food with local well kept ales.