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.