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Best Pubs in Dorset

Quaint little inns with handles on the beer jugs, to top class gastropubs. Here's three of the best pubs in Dorset.

The Half Moon

You’ll have to book if you’re hoping to get a table here. That’s how good it is. And as our reviewer pointed out, ‘the cottage garden with lovely views makes it the perfect place for a summer pint’. It’s a thatched gastro-pub with an innovative menu making use of lesser-known fresh local ingredients.


The Inn at Cranborne

Everyone is welcome here from babies to four legged friends! Relax in 17th Century surroundings, renovated to give a chic countrified atmosphere. A hearty menu and well-kept real ales seal the deal.


The Marquis of Lorne

A favourite of local explorers – the pub is set in stunning Dorset countryside close to the well-known Eggardon Hill fort which is ripe with history of olde. So go for a good stomp and admire the views, to enjoy a much needed pint afterwards. Or just sit and watch the others do it from the comfort of the little beer garden.

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