PLACES TO EAT

Most places are now open but please check with specific pubs and restaurants to avoid disappointment

PUBS AND RESTAURANTS  with links

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Beatons Tearooms, Tisbury
Beatons Tearooms, Tisbury

15 miles

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At The Chapel, Bruton
At The Chapel, Bruton

14 miles

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The Ship Inn, West Stour
The Ship Inn, West Stour

3 miles

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The Forester, Donhead St Andrew
The Forester, Donhead St Andrew

13 miles

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TheWalled Garden, Morton, Dorchester
TheWalled Garden, Morton, Dorchester

23 miles

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The White Horse, Hinton St Mary
The White Horse, Hinton St Mary

2 miles

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The Green Restaurant, Sherborne
The Green Restaurant, Sherborne

11 miles

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The Crown, Marnhull
The Crown, Marnhull

0.8 miles

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Plumber Manor, Sturminster Newton
Plumber Manor, Sturminster Newton

5 miles

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Pythouse Walled Garden, West Hatch,
Pythouse Walled Garden, West Hatch,

13 miles

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  • Cheese 

  •  Meat

  • Fish     

  • Seafood

  • Festivals and Markets

  • Restaurants and cafes

Dorset has become well known as a 'foodie county'.  Marnhull is situated in the Blackmore Vale (referred to by Thomas Hardy as the 'Vale of Little Dairies' and is proud of its local cheeses, celebrated annually with a Cheese Festival at Sturminster Newton. You can find out more about this and the various entertainments that happen on the day on the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival site. Similarly Shaftesbury has a thriving food and drink festival with the famous (and slightly bonkers!) Cheese Race up Gold Hill.  Read about the Festival on the Shaftesbury Food and Drink Festival site.

There is also much local and enterprising meat and fish production, and chefs like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Lesley Waters revel in the local produce. The Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival brings together champagne and seafood around Weymouth's picturesque harbour in July.  The Old Bank is close to many of these festivals which makes it a perfect centre for exploring local events taking place.

Dorset's coastland  produces crab, lobster and bass to name just a few.  The downs give us the most delicious lamb whilst the vales give us our dairy and beef cattle.  The expression 'chalk and cheese' originates from the variety of countryside that lie alongside each other. Dorset farmland has it all!