The Inn at Cranborne
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Jane Gould spent a long time looking for the perfect country inn and it was certainly worth the search. There are few places as charming as the 16th-century Inn at Cranborne, located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fishermen, walkers, locals and visitors all sing its praises.
A pretty exterior, cosy corners, roaring ﬁres and real ales are just the tip of the iceberg. Jane knows that fresh local ingredients are the best, so she and the chef have launched a new menu comprising ingredients sourced within 30 miles of the inn. Local foraging results in the likes of wild garlic, nettles and blackberries, while vegetables, herbs and fruit come from the inn’s cottage garden. The chefs behind the scenes are passionate about produce and change the menu seasonally. We whetted our appetites with delicious home-baked warm bread with a selection of oils, followed by starters of deep-fried crabcakes and goat’s cheese tartlet with balsamic glaze. Partial to game, I plumped for the pan-fried guinea fowl – cooked to perfection and served with rosti potatoes, vegetables and blackberry wine jus. Opting for a lighter dish than my hearty game choice, my companion went for the poached cod ﬁllet with Milanese risotto.
Pop in for a hearty breakfast if you’re off to walk the Jubilee Trail, which runs past the pub, or enjoy it at leisure if you’ve chosen to stay in one of the eight en-suite rooms. A good night’s sleep beneath a ﬂuffy feather duvet will set you up for exploring the beautiful local area.