Many Dorset picture-postcards feature the 36 near-identical, late 18th-century thatched cottages of Milton Abbas, replacements for a nearby hamlet demolished by the privacy-seeking, landowning Earl of Dorchester. Built at the same time, the whitewashed pub thrives, its bar and outside tables perfect for a lunchtime snack, and the elegant Library Restaurant offering a full carte. Start with home-made smoked mackerel and crab pâté, or grilled haloumi. Then saddle of rabbit, braised in cider with a wild mushroom, tarragon and cream sauce; fish pie; or butternut squash, basil and pine nut risotto. Catch the July beer festival.