You’re well looked after here. This has been a place of succour to the weary traveller for 300 years and and it’s thought that much of Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge was written here. There’s a bright and jolly buzz downstairs: a smoking room with comfortable chairs in pretty fabrics, a gorgeous bar with a green marble top and a restaurant with a partly open kitchen so you can enjoy the performances.
An excellent breakfast menu includes really good veggie choices plus Old Spot pork and sausages from Wedmore, and home-baked bread. A ciabatta menu at lunchtime is popular but you can also get classic pub grub or posh modern British with a twist. Three hand-pumped ales, Jurassic Coast cider, colourful cocktails and a decent wine list mean you’d better stay the night.
Bedrooms come in different sizes but even the smallest have beautiful windows and high ceilings. All have mini fridges, Nespresso machines and Roberts radios. And very good beds.