WEST STOUR, Gillingham, SP8 5RP
Walkers can explore the footpaths, which pass through the picturesque Dorset countryside surrounding this coaching inn built in 1750. The main bar has a traditional flagstone floor, low ceiling and log fire, while the lounge bar has stripped oak floorboards and chunky farmhouse furniture. Both offer a selection of beers and ciders, with weekly-changing guest ales. There's a good variety of sandwiches available at lunchtime - smoked salmon and crayfish being just one. An evening menu includes goats' cheese potato and chive croquettes; mixed seafood platter; aubergine, brie, chicory and red pepper tarte Tatin; and steak, mushroom and Blue Vinny shortcrust-lid pie. Outside there's a suntrap patio and large child-friendly garden. Perhaps time your visit for the beer and cider festival in August.
Tel: 01747 838640
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Palmers IPA, Sharp's Doom Bar, Ringwood Fortyniner, Butcombe, guest ale
12-3 6-11.30 (Sat-Sun 12-11.30)
No coach parties catered.