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The Museum Inn

Country pub with a lively locals bar

At a glance

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

In the 19th century this part-thatched country pub on Cranborne Chase served visitors to General Augustus Pitt-Rivers' small archaeological and anthropological museum, now relocated to Oxford. The interior features the original inglenook fireplace, flagstone floors, a fashionable mismatch of furniture and a book-filled sitting room. If you're passionate about your real ales or ciders, the bar will oblige with Sixpenny 6D Best, Ringwood Best and Orchard Pig. Local estates and farms supply many of the ingredients for dishes awarded two AA Rosettes, among which might be sliced prosciutto and salami with olives and cabbage salad; seared tuna Niçoise with aged balsamic; and wild nettle risotto with wild mushrooms and mascarpone. An interesting dessert is peanut butter and Amarula (a South African cream liqueur) baked Alaska with banana bread. Pitt-Rivers also created Larmer Tree Gardens, a public pleasure garden, on his Rushmore Estate near Tollard Royal.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-2.30, Saturday 12-9.30, Sunday 12-8
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6.30-9, Friday 6.30-9.30, Saturday 12-9.30, Sunday 12-8

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Sixpenny 6D Best, Ringwood Best Bitter, Flack Manor Flack's Double Drop, guest ale
  • Real ciders: Orchard Pig

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Ramp access available
  • Accessible toilets


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar

Getting here

From Salisbury take A354 to Blandford Forum, 12 miles. Farnham signed on right. Pub in village centre

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