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120303 1

The Queens Arms

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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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Enterprising West Country cooking in a charming country pub

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

This mellow, stone 18th-century inn is set amid buxom hills on the Somerset-Dorset border where a glance at the menu shows a clear love for local produce and a creative mind. A typical starter might be pan-roasted scallops with tempura soft-shelled crab, salsa rossa and Serrano ham. Main course loin and braised haunch of locally shot venison goes down a treat with shallot and garlic purée, salsify, pommes Anna, chargrilled broccoli and a rich, sweet date jus. Or there could be pan-fried John Dory with chicken and smoked bacon mousse, oyster and Pernod velouté, brown shrimps and spinach gnocchi. For dessert, lemon meringue tart is allied with cherry sorbet.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Alec Hollingsworth

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 24
  • Wines over £30: 18
  • Wines by the glass: 22

Price guide

  • Starter from: £7
  • Main course from17
  • Dessert from: £7.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 78
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 45
  • On-site parking available

Getting here

A303 exit Chapel Cross signed South Cadbury and Corton Denham. Follow signs to South Cadbury. Through village, after 0.25 mile turn left up hill signed Sherborne and Corton Denham. Left at top of hill, pub at end of village on right.

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