FARNHAM, Blanford Forum, DT11 8DE
In the 19th century this part-thatched country pub on Cranborne Chase served visitors to General Augustus Pitt-Rivers' small archaeological and anthropological museum, now relocated to Oxford. The interior features the original inglenook fireplace, flagstone floors, a fashionable mismatch of furniture and a book-filled sitting room. If you're passionate about your real ales or ciders, the bar will oblige with Sixpenny 6D Best, Ringwood Best and Orchard Pig. Local estates and farms supply many of the ingredients for dishes awarded two AA Rosettes, among which might be sliced prosciutto and salami with olives and cabbage salad; seared tuna Niçoise with aged balsamic; and wild nettle risotto with wild mushrooms and mascarpone. An interesting dessert is peanut butter and Amarula (a South African cream liqueur) baked Alaska with banana bread. Pitt-Rivers also created Larmer Tree Gardens, a public pleasure garden, on his Rushmore Estate near Tollard Royal.