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Award-winning free house in secluded gardens

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Wheelchair access
Free Wi-Fi

Under Hambledon Hill, where General Wolfe trained his troops before his assault on Quebec in 1759, lies what maps show as both Iwerne Courtney and Shroton; ask locals for the latter when looking for this early 20th-century pub and you’ll be pointed in the right direction. Built to replace a much earlier establishment, over the years it has become not only a real community local, but also a popular pit-stop for walkers on the Wessex Way, who, since the path passes conveniently right by, are rarely so unwise as to wander through without stopping for Joe and Sally Grieves’ genuine hospitality. In the light, open-plan interior, where in winter there’s a cosy log-burner, the real beers are Butcombe and Otter Bitter, while wine drinkers will find up to nine by the glass; there’s no separate restaurant. The menu changes seasonally and makes use of home-cooked, locally sourced ingredients to offer starters or light options. Sandwiches are available at lunchtime, and on Sunday a choice of roast meats is always on offer; specials are forever changing. There are occasional barbecues in the summer. The pub is proud of its long association with the Shroton Cricket Club, from which it takes its name.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12-3 6-11 (Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch: all week 12-2.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6.30-9, Friday to Saturday 6.30-9.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Butcombe, Otter Bitter, Sharp's Doom Bar
  • Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets

Getting here

7 miles south of Shaftesbury on A350, turn right after Iwerne Minster. 5 miles north of Blandford Forum on A360, past Stourpaine, in 2 miles left into Shroton. Pub in village centre

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