The picturesque village of Sydling St Nicholas represents rural England at its best and can be found right in the heart of Thomas Hardy country. Stroll along the stream that runs through the breathtakingly pretty village and take in the views of chalk hills, surrounding watercress farms and picture-perfect thatched cottages before retiring to The Greyhound for the very best of home-from-home comfort. The Greyhound has been completely refurbished inside and out, and now boasts a stunning glass and oak conservatory area that’s perfect for outdoor dining, as well as stylish decor and beautiful en-suite rooms.
Twice named Dorset’s best pub for food, and featuring in both The Good Pub Guide and Camra’s Good Beer Guide 2019, The Greyhound has high standards for dining. The daily changing menus showcase the region’s freshest produce, from Dorset beef to seasonal game like venison and wild boar. The chef sources fish from the Jurassic Coast, just 20 minutes away, on a daily basis. Dine in the dog-friendly bar area amid the trappings of a traditional inn – in winter make a beeline for the open fire – or opt for the restaurant for a slightly more formal setting. A log burner makes the restaurant just as cosy, and there’s also an historic sunken well feature to admire.
Full-bellied and content after an evening in the pub, visitors can head to one of the top-notch en-suite rooms, where the sumptuous pillows and comfy bed guarantee an excellent night’s sleep. In the morning, tuck into one of The Greyhound’s wonderfully hearty breakfasts before heading back out to explore one of England’s best beauty spots.