The Museum Inn
Farnham, Blandford Forum, DT11 8DE
Winding lanes and hedgerows lead prettily to the door of this beautiful thatched 17th-century venue. On sunny days the ample outdoor seating is the perfect setting for a refreshing real ale, while in winter the warm lighting and cosy decor invites you in. Inside, cosy traditional features like an open fire, wooden beams and a flagstone floor combine with a seasonal menu boasting ingenious new flavours alongside popular pub classics. I started with a beautifully presented dish – smoked sea trout with cucumber pearls, paired with lemon and horseradish yoghurt and sorrel. My companion chose the fresh chilli and spring onion crabcake complemented by the piquant flavours of dashi and pickled mooli. I chose to follow my starter with a hearty pub classic – steak and ale pie with creamy mash in rich red wine sauce. My friend tucked into a delectable aubergine and smoked quinoa cannelloni with black bean rosti and new season tomato consommé. Everything was delicious and cooked to perfection, but it was the dessert that really completed the experience. My elegant rhubarb and blood orange bavarois was perfectly executed, with tangy rhubarb slices, rhubarb purée and blood orange crisp. My companion declared her bitter hot chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream to be the best pudding she’d ever had.