Landlord and chef Karl Bashford, with his partner Susie.

Scotch egg hatches success for Dorset pub

The Three Horseshoes at Powerstock has become probably the first pub ever to be praised by the Michelin Guide for its scotch eggs and burgers.

The Palmers Brewery pub near Bridport is a new entry in the 2012 edition of the international food bible.

Its citation reads: ‘It’s simply all about the food at the ’Shoes. They make their own breads, ice creams, chutneys and pickles. Try the wild boar Scotch egg or veal and bone marrow burger.’

The Guide was published on the same day that The Three Horseshoes won a Gold award from Taste of the West.

Landlord and chef Karl Bashford, 39, who took over the pub with his partner Susie two years ago. He said: ‘I’m chuffed as anything, chuffed to bits, we all are. I’ve never had such a big day.’

Susie said: ‘We’ve worked hard. But when you see people coming back, and people really happy, and when you get amazing surprises like the Gold award, it’s worth it.’

The Shoes’ wild boar Scotch egg is made with a quail’s egg. It’s served with a crispy pigs ear salad. The Dorset veal and bone marrow burger comes with triple-cooked chips and salad.

Ever changing menu

Karl and Susie grow their own fruit, vegetables and herbs and forage for things like wood sorrel and cobnuts. The pub’s menu changes slightly every day. This makes the best use of seasonal and local produce and bring out flavour.

Karl grew up in Croydon and worked in factories and on building sites before finding his vocation in food and drink. He has cooked at his mother’s pub in Wiltshire, Bristol City Football Club, The Flask in Hampstead. Here locals included Noel Gallagher and Russell Brand, and Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Café.

He said: ‘It was a bit of a culture shock, to be honest, coming out to the Dorset countryside. But now I just love the whole shebang. It’s a pretty area, we’ve got a nice local trade. The people that come out to us want to try food and experience a good pub atmosphere. It’s great.’

Also in The Three Horseshoes’ kitchen team are Dan Price, 24, from Powerstock, and Bridport trio Richard Ward, 46, Tom Denning, 23, and Charlie Lawrence, 16.

Susie and Karl said they chose to run a pub and become tenants of Palmers Brewery because it was friendly, personal and supportive. ‘Whenever we need them, they are there,’ said Susie.

The New Inn at Stoke Abbott also got a Gold award from Taste of the West, while The George at Chideock got a Silver. The New Inn at Cerne Abbas is also included in the Michelin Guide 2012. However, the New Inn is currently closed for renovation. It is due to reopen by 1 May, 2012.

Plamers Hop Page Break Left
Plamers Hop Page Break Right

Read these recent articles

Palmers bottled ales win national recognition in S.I.B.A awards

We were delighted to find out last week that Palmers 200 had won the GOLD award in the ‘Premium Bitters 4.5 to 6.4%’ category, with Tally Ho! also winning GOLD in ‘British Dark Beers 4.5 to 6.4%’ group.

Best Pubs In Bridport

Bridport is a vibrant West Dorset market town with a great selection of traditional pubs. There’s plenty of choice so we’ve helped narrow it down a little with this guide to the best pubs in Bridport.

Palmers Release Test and Trace solution for all pubs

When the government guidelines for safe re-opening of pubs were released on 23rd June, one of the stipulations was that pubs ‘should assist NHS test and trace’ by collecting data for all their customers. How to do this looked like a very grey area and was something that at Palmers, we were quick to pick up on.


Our Brews

Copper Ale IPA Dorset Gold Palmers 200 Tally Ho! The Dorset Pale


The brewer’s notebook

sign up for our notes and news

Taste the quality

with Palmers

Confirm Subscription