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16th-century, part-thatched village inn

At a glance

Bar menu
Kids play area

The Estop family have been here for over three decades, landlord Maurice being only the fourth licensee in 150 years. The inn's old-world charm includes inglenook fireplaces and a brick alcove once the farmhouse oven. Real ales include Dorset Jurassic and guests, with draught ciders too. Son and head chef Matthew Estop makes much of locally caught fish and seafood (especially evident on the summer menu) – hake, Dover sole, black bream, gurnard, mussels and crab – as well as local meats, in the restaurant and the carvery. Blue Vinny cheese soup is a popular, long-standing fixture. Don't expect a wine list, because customers can browse for the right bottle in the ‘Wine Shack’.

Opening hours

  • Days closed: Monday (January to February)
  • Opening times: 10-3 6-11 (10-3 5-11 summer)
  • Lunch: all week 12-2.15
  • Dinner: all week 6-9.15 (5-9.15 summer)

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Real ales available: Dorset Jurassic, Sharp's Doom Bar, St Austell Tribute, guest ales
  • Real ciders: Westons Old Rosie, Stowford Press and Traditional

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • Play area available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Wareham take A351 towards Swanage. At Corfe Castle right for Church Knowle. Pub in village centre

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