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Traditional pub with lovely views

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

This partly thatched and half-timbered, rustic 15th-century inn makes the most of its stunning Blackmore Vale location. There are exceptional views from the patio beer garden and nearby East Knoyle village green across these Wiltshire and Dorset boundary-lands, where Sir Christopher Wren was born and the family of Jane Seymour (Henry VIII’s third wife) were based. Hidden in a timeless village on a greensand ridge, the engaging exterior is well matched by the atmospheric interior, with lots of flagstone flooring, wood-burning fires and restful stripped wood furniture. Locals eager to partake of Thatchers Cheddar Valley cider or Hop Back Crop Circle rub shoulders with diners keen to make the acquaintance of the eclectic menu. Blackboard menus increase the choice, dependant entirely on the availability of the freshest local fare. Starters might include deep-fried rosemary and garlic crusted brie wedges with cranberry jelly. When it comes to main courses, good, wholesome pub grub is the order of the day. Desserts include lemon posset and gluten-free options are available.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 11.30–3 5.30–11
  • Lunch: all week 12–2.30
  • Dinner: all week 6–9

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs


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

Getting here

From A303 follow Blandford/East Knoyle signs onto A350, follow brown pub signs.

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