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Acorn Inn

28 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorset, DT2 0JW
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Acorn Inn, Dorset dining

Evershot dining pub with pedigree: the Acorn Inn

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 award-winning chef Robert Ndungu and a mention in Tess of the D’Urbervilles elevate Acorn Inn to a different level altogether.

Robert’s smart cooking pays homage to the surrounding Dorset coast and country, and seasonal compilations such as pan-roasted cod with lyonnaise potatoes and kale, dill and saffron velouté champion local producers.

The 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. So, 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 country-style bedrooms are booked up, check out Acorn Inn’s elegant sister establishment Summer Lodge, nearby.

Sample menu

Starter: Twice-baked crab and Cornish Yarg soufflé, pickled samphire, saffron and dill velouté

Main: Roast rump of lamb, potato terrine, honey roast carrots, spinach, pea velouté, red wine jus

Dessert: Apple mousse, white chocolate, shortbread

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Chef(s): Robert Ndungu
course lunch from: £21
3 course dinner from: £35
Seats: 50
Bedrooms:  10
Room rate from: £120
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