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Charming village pub serving hearty food and Dorset ales

At a glance

Bar menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

This 17th-century former coaching inn is a must-visit destination in Cranborne Chase, nearly 400-square miles of rolling chalk downland. Badger Best shares bar space with Dorset and Somerset ciders. Choose a table near one of the wood-burning stoves for something hearty from the daily-changing menu, which includes an abundance of local produce. Try the retro prawn cocktail followed by the steak, mushroom and ale pie.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2, Saturday to Sunday 12–2.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6–9, Friday to Saturday 6–9.30

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs


  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

On B3078 between Fordingbridge and Wimborne Minster.

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