FONTMELL MAGNA, SP7 0PA
On the A350, between Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum is The Fontmell, a stylish and comfortable country pub, complete with a stream flowing between the bar and the dining room. Linger over a pint of one of the weekly changing guest ales at the bar, or curl up on the sofa and peruse the newspapers. Most visitors and guests cannot resist chef/patron Tom Shaw's frequently changing menus which feature flavour packed dishes such as goats' cheese soufflé with wild mushroom ragout; pan-fried pork belly with langoustines, caramelised cauliflower and cumin purée; or pan-fried sea trout with spinach, samphire, crab fritter and prawn bisque. From Monday to Thursday a set menu is available at lunchtime.