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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

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 over 20 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. There’s a good vegetarian selection too.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11-3 5.30-late (Sun 12-late, summer & BH hours may vary)
  • Lunch opening: Mon-Sat 12-2.30, Sun 12-5
  • Dinner opening: Mon-Sat 6-9.30

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales: Fuller's London Pride, St Austell Proper Job & Trelawny, Otter Ale
  • Real ciders: Sandford Orchards Devon Red, Westons Old Rosie

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A37 (Yeovil to Dorchester road), exit at staggered x-roads signed Sydling St Nicholas & Cerne Abbas

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