King John Inn

Salisbury, Dorset

Airy interiors, good local food and a blissful rural setting. A sun-trapping terrace, a crackling fire, and fresh country bedrooms a treat


9 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


You’re on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, lost in blissful country, with paths that lead up into glorious hills. Tumble back down to this super inn, where every square inch has been refurbished, making the place shine. Expect airy interiors, a sober country feel, a sun-trapping terrace and a fire that crackles in winter. Originally a foundry, it opened as a brewery in 1859 and, when beer proved more popular than horseshoes, the inn was born. You’ll find three local ales on tap and great wines too. As for the food, it’s as local as can be: slow-braised red Devon beef pie with mash and vegetables; twice-baked Westcombe cheddar cheese soufflé; Earl Grey tea panna cotta with chocolate and hazelnut biscotti. Contemporary country bedrooms, three in the Coach House, are the final treat. Some are bigger than others but all come with modern fabrics, padded headboards, crisp linen and super bathrooms (one has a slipper bath). In summer, a terraced lawn gives views over a couple of rooftops onto the woods. A perfect spot.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
Christmas Day.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £13.95. Bar meals from £8.95. Dinner, 3 courses, from about £35.


Nightly price
from £90
7 Doubles
From £90
1 Suite for 2
From £150


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Fiona Moucq

  • Rushmore Golf Club is only few minutes away, or why not visit Todber Manor Fisheries (lake fishing).
  • Something to celebrate? The Lounge private function room and our Victorian garden are great places for events and functions.
  • Chalkstream Fishing on nearby River Allen or River Nadder.
  • Local Walks on Cranborne Chase, an AONB.
  • Other attractions include Salisbury Cathedral, Longleat Safari Park, Durdle Door in Dorset, Sandbanks beach & Stourhead House and Gardens.
  • The King John Inn has 2 Rosettes from the AA, 4 stars Gold and is Part of Pub group of the year 2016 by The Good Pub Guide.