The Seven Stars in rural Dorset is spacious, rustic and charming. Dogs are welcome in the bar and there is an expansive garden with a children’s play area and bouncy castle (weather permitting). Inside, the comfortable restaurant area can just as easily cater for large groups as romantic evenings for two. A well-stocked bar offers guest ales and fine wine, with something for every taste and budget.
The menu lists an abundance of pub favourites and items from the grill, and there’s an ever-changing specials board with a host of tempting options. We chose warm goat’s cheese salad on a bed of pickled beetroot, and smoked salmon, prawn and crayfish salad to whet our appetites. Crusty, seeded granary bread provided a delicious accompaniment to both dishes. We were delighted with our main courses: smoked haddock in creamy sauce served on a bed of bubble and squeak with a poached egg and vegetables for me, and Steve’s homemade chicken and prawn satay for my companion. We’d heard from other diners that the latter dish featured some of the best satay sauce they’d ever tried, and we thoroughly agreed.
After much deliberation, we settled on Aunty Pauline’s special recipe sticky toffee pudding and homemade treacle sponge served with lashings of custard – a satisfying end to a wonderful meal. We’ll certainly be back to sample the exceptional Sunday roast, which boasts a selection of three meats and all the trimmings. A rural countryside pub with history, character and a menu to die for, The Seven Stars ticks every box.