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.
Cosy corners, roaring fires, Sunday roasts 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 nearby. 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 starters of three-cheese soufflé with chive sauce, and a contemporary prawn cocktail. To follow, I sampled delectable wild mushroom cannelloni, while my partner plumped for hearty suet steak and mushroom pie with fresh seasonal vegetables. To accompany the food, we enjoyed refreshing gin and tonics selected from the impressive gin collection, which features over 40 varieties.
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.