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Museum Inn

FARNHAM, Blandford, DT11 8DE

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The celebrated archaeologist General Augustus Pitt Rivers acquired the 17th-century inn and extended it in the 1880s, to provide refreshments for visitors to his museum (which later decamped to Oxford). Standing in the midst of Cranborne Chase, it has a good mix of original and modern to it, with flagstones, alcoves and an endearing jumble of furniture offset by a more up-to-date look in the main dining room, where white walls and light wood tables lift the tone. Jenny Jones casts her net far into the southwest for fine regional produce, from which she constructs the most appealing kind of contemporary pub cooking. Start with a twice-baked soufflé of Blue Vinney and rocket, or scallops with a risotto of Devon crab, prior to venison with a fricassée of ceps in red wine sauce, or well-judged sea bream with cockles and crushed potatoes in saffron sauce. If it's classic pub food you're after, there are steaks and fish and chips on hand. Puddings include a distinctly fragrant tangerine pannacotta with berry and rosewater compôte and crumbled pistachios.

Further information

Tel: 01725 516261
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Dates closed: 25 or 26 Dec
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern, Traditional British
Chef: Simon Trepess
Number of seats: 69
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £11.95
Sunday lunch: £14.50-£16.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

Museum Inn, Farnham


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12m S of Salisbury, 7m N of Blandford Forum on A354. Signed from A354 Salisbury Blandford Forum Rd
Nearest station: Tisbury, Salisbury

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