Believed to be the country's only remaining pub to straddle two counties, it's only fair that one real ale and one cider – Butcombe and Orchard Pig, respectively – should come from Somerset, and ditto – DBC and Dabinett – from Dorset. Appearing on the thoroughly modern menus could be sea bass with samphire, crab tortellini, crab bisque, caviar and saffron mayo; lamb rump with confit Maris Piper potatoes, textures of onion, seared liver and roasted lamb sauce; and, requiring a deeper dig into the wallet, 50-day-hung, salt-chamber rib-eye with dripping-cooked chips and black-garlic ketchup. To finish, carpaccio of pineapple, iced passionfruit, coconut jelly, pink praline and coriander.
Open all year
Days closed: Sunday evening and Monday
Opening times: 12–3 6–close
Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12–3
Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6–9
Food and drink
Restaurant menu available
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
From roundabout on A303 (south-west of Sparkford) take A359 signed Sherborne. Through West Camel and Marston Magna. Left onto B3148 signed Sherborne. Pub on right.