The Grove Arms
Ludwell, Shaftsbury, SP7 9ND
Nestled in the midst of lush rolling countryside, the attractive village of Ludwell is a beautiful destination to escape to. After exploring the stunning scenery of the Donhead Valley, head to The Grove Arms to relax and refresh yourself. Popular with locals, visitors, walkers and even pilots from the nearby airfield, this charming pub is a real community hub. It’s as family-friendly as they come, and four-legged friends are welcome too – they’ll find a willing companion in the pub’s resident labrador, Buddy. The inviting thatched building dates back to the 16th century, and retains several original features including mullioned windows and decorative carved cornices. These traditional elements are combined with comfortable, contemporary decor making The Grove a wonderful place in which to while away the hours. Friendly staff make sure guests feel welcome as soon as they step through the door; its no surprise that visitors return again and again. The team prides itself on offering a wide selection of dishes to suit all palates. Pop by for a delicious breakfast and sample a hearty full Eenglish or veggie breakfast, or perhaps smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast. Nutritious and tasty doggy breakfasts and dinners are also available if you fancy treating your pup. Head chef Sue Craig heads up the kitchen with aplomb, creating top-notch home-cooked dishes that consistently satisfy diners. The menu centres on the fantastic local produce that’s delivered fresh each day. You might start with delicious whitebait and tartare sauce, or a warming bowl of Sue’s soup of the day. Follow with merlot-braised lamb shank served with minted, crushed new potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy, or perhaps a delicious vegetarian aubergine and tomato bake topped with mature Cheddar. You’ll also find tempting handmade burgers, succulent steaks and tasty pies among other options. Several mains are available in smaller portions – perfect for those with less of an appetite. The Grove boasts six splendid bed and breakfast rooms that offer cosy respite to visitors. All rooms are en-suite, dog-friendly and furnished to a high standard, making The Grove a wonderful place to rest your head after a busy day.