The Old Granary
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Sitting on the edge of the River Frome is the iconic Old Granary pub, a highlight of Wareham Quay’s eateries. Recently renovated, the pub boasts an atmospheric bar and restaurant area downstairs. Guests can head upstairs for a quieter, more intimate dining experience, and take in the excellent views looking out onto the river.
Any fan of real ale will be instantly pleased at the sight of the bar, which is stocked full of Badger beer, though the ample wine list is also tempting. The à la carte menu features some relatively rare dishes, such as the duck hash starter I sampled. It was a great opener, comprising a delicious combination of fried potato, onion and shredded duck served with a fried egg on top. My companion tucked into crab mayonnaise, which proved a simple but delicious treat. Another sumptuous dish followed: British rose veal tenderloin wrapped in sage prosciutto with heirloom tomatoes – a harmony of flavours. There’s plenty to choose from, with pub classics like beer-battered fish and chips, pies and burgers also on offer. The dessert selection is also bountiful – I can highly recommend the homemade lemon tart.
We were welcomed like family, and could have spent longer working our way through the menu while watching swans and boats leisurely passing by outside. There’s also an outdoor terrace where you can sit and while away summer evenings. The Old Granary should be top of every diner’s hit-list.