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Award-winning free house in secluded gardens

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Wheelchair access

Euan and Lizzie Cunningham's genuine hospitality make this a real community local and it's a popular pit-stop for walkers on the Wessex Way. It's a dog friendly pub too. In the light, open-plan interior, 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.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12–3 6–11 (Sunday 12–10.30 summer times may vary)
  • Lunch: all week 12–2.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6.30–9, Friday to Saturday 6.30–9.30 Sunday 6–8

Price guide

  • Main course from £11
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival
  • Cider festival


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


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


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

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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