TOLLARD ROYAL, Salisbury, SP5 5PS
Named after the original hunting lodge built for King John, this brick-built Victorian inn luxuriates in its location on Cranborne Chase deep in stunning countryside outside Shaftesbury. Its airy, open-plan bar and dining areas have a crisp country feel, featuring rugs on quarry tile flooring, pine tables, snug alcoves and winter log fires. Lunchtime dining here offers a great choice of small-plate sharing options, whilst the contemporary dinner menu ranges from starters like Portland crab on toast to mains of venison haunch, beetroot, pearl barley and greens. Finish, perhaps, with chocolate and orange terrine.