Best Country Pubs in Dorset
The charming Dorset countryside provides a perfect setting for country pubs. Historical towns and villages across the county offer a fine selection of pubs to visit. The combination of a country or coastal walk goes hand-in-hand with a delicious Sunday lunch next to a roaring log fire in a cosy country pub. Not forgetting the reward of some liquid refreshment. Whether you’re local or visiting the area, here are some of the finest country pubs Dorset has to offer.
Thimble Inn – Piddlehinton
The Thimble Inn near Dorchester is an award-winning thatched country pub. Steeped in history this 18thcentury building is set in a picturesque rural setting in Piddlehinton. Visitors are treated to stunning views across the Piddle Valley and nearby gardens. The pub has undergone a stunning refurbishment giving the interior a fresh makeover with a tasteful decoration of rare antiques. Tuck into hearty homecooked dishes that use the best Dorset produce available, complimented by a well-kept Palmers cask ale. A winter visit will include the added benefit of a roaring log fire to add to the warm welcome.
Half Moon Inn – Melplash
When it comes to historical pubs the Half Moon Inn in Melplash has it in abundance. Its origins date back to the 1600s and is credited as the founding location of the popular Melplash Show in 1846. This fine example of a traditional thatched pub has a beautiful West Dorset location. Situated close to Bridport and Beaminster this country pub benefits from a large beer garden with scenic views. All the hallmarks of a dog-friendly country pub are here with log fire, plenty of parking and fine Palmers ale on draft.
White Horse Inn – Litton Cheney
Located in the heart of the Bride Valley The White Horse Inn is a classic village pub. Renowned in Litton Cheney and beyond for its friendly service and high quality menu. The large outdoor space provides a convenient stop off for walkers and cyclists. It really comes to life in the summer months with BBQs and live music set alongside a quaint stream and countryside views. As a Palmers pub you’re guaranteed the quality of Casque Marque ales to accompany locally sourced and seasonal food.
Marquis of Lorne – Nettlecombe
The Marquis of Lorne is a 16th Century Country pub in the rural Dorset hamlet of Nettlecombe. Not far from Bridport this award-winning pub has fantastic nearby walks in its peaceful surroundings. Extend your visit at this gem in rural Dorset with a stay in of the 7 characterful rooms.
Smugglers Inn – Weymouth
The Smugglers Inn is much-loved country pub in a stunning Dorset coastal location. Situated close to the village of Osmington and featuring spectacular coastal views that take in the Isle of Portland. Features of this pub include a spacious garden and a cosy log fire for the cooler times of the year. Enjoy a pit stop at The Smugglers on a walk along the South West Coast Path.
The Sun Inn – Dorchester
The Sun Inn is a warm and friendly country pub on the outskirts of Dorchester. Its location makes it perfect to combine a walk either along the river from Dorchester town centre or included in a walk to nearby Charminster. Expect great food and drink with an especially popular Sunday lunch menu. During the summer season the front courtyard comes to life, as does the garden and children’s play area. Suitable for the whole family, including disabled access. There’s plenty of parking and room to fit everyone in.
The Countryman Inn – East Knighton
The Countryman Inn is a welcoming pub in the quiet village of East Knighton, 4 miles from Dorchester. With its relaxed atmosphere you won’t regret stopping here on your walk for a bite to eat or just for a restful drink. Its dog friendly too, and your four legged friends is sure to appreciate the warm log fire near the entrance. The Countryman is an idea base in a central Dorset location to the countryside, and not far from the coast.
The Anchor Inn – Seatown
The Anchor Inn is a West Dorset country pub with breathtaking coastal views. This iconic pub is tailor made for walkers. Situated just 1 mile from the highest point on the Jurassic Coast, Golden Cap. The popularity of this charming Palmers-owned pub is exemplified by the many glowing online reviews and returning customers. Who come back time and time again to enjoy a stay in the luxurious guest rooms.