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Hearty food and Dorset ales in a delightful village

At a glance

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

Jane Gould searched long and hard for somewhere she could realise her vision of a traditional English country pub. Since finding this 17th-century, former coaching inn she has skilfully transformed it into 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, such as roast local venison with celeriac three ways and juniper jus; home-cured peppered duck with poached baby pear and blackberries; or spelt and barley risotto with roasted squash, toasted pumpkin seeds and Old Winchester cheese crisp.

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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

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Badger Best, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Westons Stowford Press, Badger Pearwood and Applewood

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, June


  • 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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