Pubs in Dorset - 9 Of The Best

With a well established tradition for fine local produce, nutrient rich soil and fresh seafood, Dorset has more than its fair share of fine eateries. Locals and visitors alike are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing somewhere to eat, and Dorset is simply brimming with opportunities around every corner. For those of you who like to indulge in a tipple with your meal, a pub is the obvious choice. And whatever it is that takes your fancy - from the historic and traditional to trendy gastro-pubs, the selection of pubs in Dorset will not disappoint. To make it a bit easier for you, we've put together a selection of a few of our favourite pubs in Dorset which offer something for everyone. 

Pubs In Dorset -A Few Firm Favourites

The Smugglers Inn

The clue is most certainly in its name with this pub. The Smugglers Inn at Osmington Mills has a long-standing association with smuggling and is believed to have been the residence of one of the most notorious smugglers in Dorset in the 18th and 19th centuries. Situated on the South West Coastal Path, The Smugglers not only makes an excellent lunch stop to rest and refuel, but it also offers wonderful views of the Isle of Portland from its beer garden - perfectly suited for al fresco summer snacking. If you're visiting Dorset in winter, you can warm up in front of the pub's roaring log fire and enjoy a sumptuous winter feast instead. 

Weld Arms

Just a few miles along the coast at Lulworth Cove is the historic Weld Arms. With its mix of wooden and flagstone flooring, exposed beams and open fires, it's one of a handful of pubs in Dorset which really oozes traditional pub charm and character. Well known locally for its culinary expertise and home-cooking, it's advisable to book a table for evening meals in advance. It's a great option for families too, as children are welcome in all areas.Where to stay: Jasmine Cottage is a quintessential thatched cottage situated in the heart of the village of Osmington. The owners have put plenty of thought into updating and equipping this delightful property with all you could need for your holiday home away from home. Jasmine Cottage offers both double and twin rooms, making this the perfect choice for families holidaying together or large family groups. 

The Blue Vinny

The Blue Vinny in Puddletown is located inland, just outside Dorchester. This renowned Dorset pub was taken over a few years ago by new owners and its food has quickly gained a first class reputation. The menu features great food at affordable prices, and showcases the best of Dorset's local produce. Anyone heading south to their Dorset holiday cottage along the A357, A35 or A37 should definitely earmark this as one of the best pubs in Dorsetto stop at along the way.Where to stay: Pear Tree Cottage and Myrtle Cottage provide calm and relaxing spaces in beautifully renovated characterful cottages with all mod cons. Situated just half an hours drive away from Dorchester, they're your perfect holiday bolt-holes to return to after a day out exploring the town's many delights. 

The Square & Compass

Famed for its rich family heritage and home-brewing exploits, The Square & Compass at Worth Matravers is truly unique. The Newman family have been the proud owners of this fine establishment, which dates back to the late 1700s for over 100 years. The current proprietor, Charlie, is the descendant of the 1907 landlord, who is now honouring his ancestral past by brewing his own excellent cider on-site. The history and stewardship which is so prevalent here makes this a true jewel in the crown and is treasured by locals and visitors alike. Championing homemade simple fare, we highly recommend their tasty homemade pies & pasties. The pub also has a great live music scene, with regular music sessions which will appeal to many. Pubs in Dorset don't come much better than this!Where to stay: The Old Mill House in Swanage is perfectly placed to enjoy Durlston Nature reserve followed by lunch at The Square & Compass. This unique former Mill House has been lovingly restored to create a welcoming home for eight. 

The Anchor Inn

If its a sea view youre looking for, then The Anchor Inn at Seatown sits right on the beach and boasts one of the best locations on the south coast. It celebrates its proximity to the sea with a delicious variety of seafood. Many of the accompanying ingredients are freshly foraged by the pub's head chef who is passionate about local produce and foraging. This all helps with his quest towards creating some amazing dishes which include the best of Dorsets artisanal foods.Where to stay: Albury House is conveniently located just 5 miles west of The Anchor Inn. Mixing quintessential thatch with chic interiors, this comfortable holiday home sleeps 10 -13 guests, making it the perfect choice for family and friend get-togethers. Alternatively, North End Farmhouse is just a few miles north and inland. Sleeping up to 14, you'll have plenty of space for family and friends of all ages. 

The Saxon Arms & 'Sisters'

With a reputation as one of the countys finest dining pubs, The Saxon Arms is a great choice for the pub traditionalists amongst you. Nestled in the picturesque rural village of Stratton near Dorchester, this beautiful thatched flint-stone Dorset pub always guarantees a warm welcome. The pub offers a wide selection of real ales, and a consistently impressive menu featuring all manner of dishes including deli boards, classic British pub dishes, fish, salad, pasta and vegetarian options. While the prices may be a little more than your average pub, the food and drink is always served with friendly conversation in a first-rate atmosphere.The Saxon Arms also has three sister Dorset pubs which are both well-loved haunts for locals and rewarding finds for visitors. Try The Greyhound Inn situated in the pretty chocolate box village of Sydling St Nicholas, The Kings Arms at Stoborough near Wareham or The Kings Arms at Longham.Dorset pubs really are an attraction in themselves and in our experience are an important part of the holiday cottage experience. We all need a break from the kitchen, even when opting for a self-catering holiday and a night in any one of these fantastic pubs in Dorset is the perfect way to get it. We hope you enjoy!

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