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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Honest, accomplished cooking in pretty village restaurant

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At a glance

Open all year
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

A former coaching inn, this homely place has been run with passion and charm by Gerry and Cathy Craig for more than 15 years. The linen-covered tables are topped with flowers and candles, with wooden beams and exposed stonework adding to its appeal. Gerry's cooking does not try to reinvent the wheel, but neither is it stuck in the past. Confit duck leg with five spice has a good depth of flavour, while a main course fillet of trout comes with a herby butter, new potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Dessert might be warm lemon tart with lemon curd ice cream.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for lunch: all week (ex 1st and 3rd Sunday in month)
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9


  • Chef(s): Gerry Craig

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British, French
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 19
  • Wines over £30: 9
  • Wines by the glass: 6

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 28
  • Off-site parking available: On street, village car park

Additional information

  • Seats: 28

Getting here

In centre of Maiden Newton, 8 miles W of Dorchester

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