Log in or register
My AA Account

Sign in to see your cover and request assistance online

Log in

Don’t have a My AA account?

You’ll need your policy or membership number

Create an account

Your Finances

Loans | Savings | Credit Cards

Your Driving Lessons

Book a lesson

Smart inn with seasonally inspired menus

At a glance

Bar menu
Dog friendly

On the A350, between Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum is The Fontmell, a stylish and comfortable country pub, complete with a stream flowing between the bar and the dining room. Linger over a pint of one of the weekly changing guest ales at the bar, or curl up on the sofa and peruse the newspapers. Most visitors and guests cannot resist chef Tom Shaw’s frequently changing menus which feature flavour-packed meals such as roasted butternut squash with goats curd, honey and pickled golden raisins; followed by pan-fried hake with Galician stew, and River Fowey mussels; and finishing with sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream. From Monday to Thursday a set menu is available at lunchtime.

Also at this location

Opening hours

  • Closed: 27-28 December and 2-17 January
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Thursday 12-2, Friday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-8
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6-9, Friday to Saturday 6-9.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales available: Keystone Sibeth, seasonal ale, rotating guest ales
  • Real ciders: Rotating guest ciders

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


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


  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Halfway between Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum, on A350

Use the AA Route Planner
Contact the establishment
Press to call
Tell us about your visit

Thank you for your feedback