Gourmet escape in Hardy country
This 16th‑century coaching inn ticks all the classic rural pub boxes thanks to its log fires, oak panelling, bare beams and original skittle alley. However, fantastic food crafted by a team of skilled chefs and a mention in Tess of the D’Urbervilles elevate Acorn Inn to a different level altogether.
The Acorn’s delicious food pays homage to the surrounding Dorset coast and countryside. Expect to find seasonal compilations that champion local producers; dishes include the likes of rack of Portland lamb with potato and thyme terrine and wild mushrooms.
A more casual bar menu, which features comforting classics such as honey and mustard baked ham with lacy free‑range fried eggs and thick cut chips, continues the seasonal and local theme.
An extensive whisky, rum and gin collection, a suite of comfortable bedrooms and the beautiful Dorset setting make it impossible to resist the temptation to linger longer. Whether you’re craving a weekend retreat or a casual dinner with friends, this picturesque bolthole should be on your hit list.
Trencherman’s tip: if the ten beautifully decorated bedrooms are booked up, check out Acorn Inn’s elegant sister establishment, Summer Lodge, nearby.