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Pub classics in a classic setting

At a glance

Bar menu
Open all year

About 1598 Sir Edward Phelips, Master of the Rolls and the prosecutor during the Gunpowder Plot trial, built Montacute House, now owned by the National Trust. Next door, overlooking the village square, stands this 17th-century hamstone building, offering well-kept Palmers beers and Thatchers cider. The main menu features their ever popular shortcrust steak and ale pie, triple-cooked chips and peas; traditional beef lasagne; and hand-carved sliced gammon, free-range eggs and those tempting triple-cooked chips. Sandwiches and jacket potatoes are available too. The pub, with its beautiful walled garden, featured in the 1995 film Sense and Sensibility and the more recent BBC drama series, Wolf Hall.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12-2.30 6-11 (Sunday 12-5)
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-2, Sunday 12-4
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Best Bitter, 200, Copper Ale, Tally Ho! and Dorset Gold
  • Real ciders: Thatchers Gold, Dorset Orchard First Press

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


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

Getting here

From Cartgate rounabout on A303 follow signs for Montacute

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