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orset 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.Click Here For a List of Links to Inns with Websites

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Acorn Inn

Evershot, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0JW Tel: 01935 83228
Back to top MAP Acorn Inn Home Page Email the Acorn 9 Rooms Good Food Real Fire Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Haunted Inn
Acorn InnDelightful 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

Seatown, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6JU Tel: 01297 489215
Back to top MAP Anchor Inn Home Page Email the Anchor 2 Rooms Excellent Ales Real Fire Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Excellent Sea Views Lyme Bay Review of the Anchor
Anchor InnView from the Front DoorExcellent 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 !

Barley Mow

Colehill, Dorset, BH21 7AH Tel: 01202 882140
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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.

Brace of Pheasants

Plush, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7RQ Tel: 01404 348357
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Thatched inn, formerly the village Blacksmith. Great Food and good ale.

The Crown

Church Street, Puncknowle, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9BN Tel: 01300 897711
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Puncknowle Church OppositeThe CrownDelightful thatched inn opposite the Village Church 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
Back to top MAP Superb Food Real Fires 5 mins walk to Chesil Beach Nominated by DJ Poulton
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. Wide range of traditional cask ales are complimented by superb food amid classical music.

Fleur de Lys

5 Wimborne Street, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5PP  Tel: 01725 517282
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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

West Street, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5HD  Tel: 01929 480449
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Excellent 16th-century inn, where every Shrove Tuesday members of the Ancient Order of Marblers - who used to work in the nearby Purbeck stone quarries - must prove their sobriety by running through the village without spilling any of their beer.

Fox Inn

Corscombe, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0NS  Tel: 01935 891330
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Fox InnExcellent thatched inn dating back to 1620 and renowned for superb food and traditional ales.

George Inn

Custom House Quay, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8BE  Tel: 01305 773301
Back to top MAP Overlooking Weymouth Harbour Nominated by DJ Poulton
Excellent inn overlooking Weymouth harbour and serving well kept cask ales.

Greyhound Inn

The Square, Corfe Castle, Dorset, BH20 5EZ  Tel: 01929 480205
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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

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

The Mansion House

Thames St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1JN  Tel: 01202 685666
Back to top MAP Luxury Children Welcome Good Food Real Fire Accommodation About 40 seconds Walk to Poole Harbour ! Wear your Sunday Best ! Highly Recommended
Brilliant DayThe 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

Nettlecombe, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3SY Tel: 01308 485236
Back to top MAP Marquis Home Page Email The Marquis 2 Rooms Excellent Ales Rural Views Real Fire Children Welcome Well Behaved Dogs Welcome Lyme Bay
The Marquis of LorneWelcoming 16th Century former farmhouse set in beautiful unspoilt Dorset countryside. Good food, traditional cask ales and just 5 miles from the sea.

Rose & Crown

Trent, Sherbourne, Dorset, DT9 4SL Tel: 01252 850776
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Thatched flag stone floored inn close to Yeovil. Excellent food and ales.

Shave Cross Inn

Marshwood Vale, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6HW Tel: 01869 868358
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Shave Cross Inn14th Century thatched inn set in the beautiful Marshwood Vale and only about 4 miles from the Dorset coastline.

Ship In Distress

Stanpit, Mudeford, Dorset, BH23 3NA  Tel: 01202 485123
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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
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One of a handful of inns which claim to be Britain’s smallest pub, this thatched 15th-century structure was a blacksmith’s 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
Back to top MAP Accommodation Good Food Excellent Ales Weymouth Bay Nominated by DJ Poulton
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

Worth Matravers, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3LF  Tel: 01929 439229
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Excellent old smugglers inn which has been in the same family for over 90 years. The ale is served straight from the cask and is served through a little hatch and in earthenware jugs. Flagstone floors and great coastal views.