The region of Dorset is famed for many things – the county boasts a versatile landscape, it’s the birthplace of Mary Anning, and perhaps most interestingly to us, it brought us Dorset Knob biscuits. In our opinion, Dorset’s wide selection of excellent pubs also makes it one of the UK’s most desirable destinations. Dorset hosts a truly remarkable range of fantastic pubs, offering contemporary dining, cosy, atmospheric settings and a blend of classic and contemporary dining.

Tastefully refurbished in 2014, and the recipient of the notable title of the 2012 Dorset Dining Pub of the Year, The Kings Arms at Longham scores highly across the board when it comes to decor, service, ambience and, of course, food. The pub owes its success in the kitchen to the highly accredited Timothy Butler and Mark Miller, along with their team of highly enthusiastic and dedicated chefs. For those who love beef, The Kings Arms could not cater for you any better, offering a mouth-watering range that includes sirloin, rib-eye, fillet and côte de boeuf. A large range of dishes incorporates freshly caught fish, so there’s plenty for the pescatarians in your party. The menu at The Kings Arms represents excellent value for money, all offered with a friendly atmosphere.

Conveniently located along two major footpaths within the picturesque village of Sandford Orcas, The Mitre Inn is unsurprisingly a haven among keen walkers, cyclists and tourists alike. But for those seeking a taste of traditional and well-made pub grub, a visit to The Mitre Inn is well worth it. For optimum pub satisfaction, The Mitre Inn offers range of real ales and ciders to ensure that you keep hydrated and refreshed while you await your meal. The menu boasts a range of enticing dishes from succulent fish dishes to start, and hearty main courses of steak and kidney pie accompanied by deliciously seasoned new potatoes and a variety of fresh veg. Whatever time of year you choose to visit, you’ll be met with year-round friendly and attentive service.

Set within the idyllic village of Sydling St Nicholas, The Greyhound has benefitted from a recent extensive refurbishment. The pub is an enticing establishment for those seeking a rest after traversing the surrounding countryside. Having acquired the desirable status of Dorset’s best pub for food and having featured in both The Good Pub Guide and the Good Beer Guide in 2017, it is undeniable that The Greyhound offers an impressive dining experience. The menu is regularly updated to take full advantage of the range of produce that the West Country has to offer – the proximity of the Jurassic coastline means that fish is caught daily, and the farms of the area provide an excellent variety of meat, with Dorset beef, wild boar and venison making regular appearances on the menu. Those seeking an atmospheric retreat flock to the crackling wood burner – is there anything so comforting after a day spent hiking? The pub boasts many quirky features that add an historic touch – keep an eye out for the sunken well.

Situated within the rural, picturesque village of Stratton, The Saxon Arms has recently acquired the title of West Dorset CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017. The pub produces excellent, high-quality food at appealing prices. The Saxon Arms’ award-winning head chef Gareth Homer presents a mouth-watering menu that is brimming with versatility, comprising a range of dishes like fresh local fish, hand-dived Portland scallops, prime English meat, local game and vegetarian dishes, all of which celebrate everything that the region of Dorset, and the UK has to offer. The Saxon Arms has also won accreditation for its services to the local community, having raised £40,000 for charitable causes. Keen to reinforce its image as a community hub, everyone is welcome at The Saxon Arms, even your four-legged friends. They can easily accommodate local clubs and societies, too. The Saxon Arms is a fine example of a truly traditional British pub.

The Kings Arms can be found in Stoborough, close to the outstanding sprawling Jurassic coastline. This charming 17th-century pub has community at its heart, and is a popular destination for families and dog-owners. Take a seat inside and soak up the traditional atmosphere with a pint in hand, or head to the garden to admire the views – it’s incredibly popular on sunny days. The menu is versatile, with everything from seafood casserole to a Purbeck venison burger to tempt you. Whether you plump for something traditional or prefer a contemporary dish, the generous portions of perfectly prepared food are sure to satisfy.

For more fantastic venues, check out the Dorset Food & Drink Guide 2018 below or request your free copy here.

Alice Price

Alice Price

A baking enthusiast and a cat lady at heart.

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