The Sailors Return
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The pub is a rabbit warren of small, cosy rooms, with beautiful flagstone floors throughout, a large beamed bar and a nautical theme. Landlady Denise appears behind the bar frequently, but spends most of her time behind the scenes in her beloved kitchen, preparing and overseeing the preparation and delivery of an extensive menu. The specials board is bursting with local produce from the surrounding woods, fields and waters, and changes with the seasons as the supply of pigeon, rabbit and fish alters in availability. Denise's homemade pies are to die for - the perfect thing to warm you up on a chilly day. As you would expect from a good, traditional pub, the ploughman's is particularly good, and comes with plenty of crusty bread. Even the hungriest of clients will be satisfied; portion sizes are more than ample. And if you're a vegetarian you certainly won't be disappointed - there's a good selection of dishes that will tempt even the most enthusiastic carnivores away from the juicy steaks on offer.
If you're thirsty after a long walk, there's an array of superb real cask ales to choose from. I confess to having tried one or two on a recent visit, and I can happily confirm the team keep an excellent cellar. The garden area is the perfect place to dine alfresco, and the salty air and sea views may even inspire you to write your own little homage to this beautiful corner of Dorset.