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Good food in the heart of Hardy country

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Wheelchair access
Dog friendly

Deep in Thomas Hardy country, this 18th-century pub is tucked away among pastel-hued flint and stone houses in a valley formed by Sydling Water. With many lovely walks starting from the pub, the staff are accustomed to welcoming muddy-booted families and wet dogs. Relax in the open-plan bar with a pint of Trelawny, a glass of Sandford Orchards Devon Red craft cider, or one of the 18 wines sold by the glass. Next, choose where to eat: the bar, with its open fire; the conservatory with oak, fruitwood and scrubbed wood tables and a deep chesterfield; the restaurant with an exposed well; or the suntrap front terrace. The food is modern British in approach, and menus change daily. Look to the specials list for fresh fish, the pub’s strength; it’s ordered the night before from the quaysides in Weymouth and Bridport.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11–3 5.30–late (Sunday 12–late, summer and bank holiday hours may vary)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–7.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6–9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


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


  • Ramp access available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A37 (Yeovil to Dorchester road), exit at staggered crossroads signed Sydling St Nicholas and Cerne Abbas.

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