The Estop family have been here for over three decades, landlord Maurice being only the fourth licensee in 170 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 daily menu) – brill, Dover sole, turbot, skate wings, 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’.
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
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Family room available
Play area available
Allowed in garden
From Wareham take A351 towards Swanage. At Corfe Castle right for Church Knowle. Pub in village centre.