The Fontmell

Crown Hill, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 0PA
Special place to stay
The Fontmell, Dorset

Contemporary dining inn  

Sourcing the best produce money can buy is priority number one for the team at this modern Dorset inn.

Pork, for example, is sourced from a family farm a stone’s throw from The Fontmell. Owner John Crompton ensures the whole animal is put to delicious use in pub classics like the Sunday roast (where it’s served with all the incredible trimmings), rustic homemade sausage rolls at the bar, and as thick-cut bacon and own-recipe sausages in the generous full English breakfasts.

The charming village inn is naturally split into two dining areas by a babbling brook which flows between the cosy bar and smarter restaurant – though both sides offer an attractive setting for high quality modern British cooking.

If the weather’s good, there’s also an alfresco dining area in the garden where the team turn out artisan pizzas from the wood-fired oven.

Whether you’re indulging in three courses from the fine-dining menu, tucking in to rustic fish and chips by the fire or sharing a family-style supper outside, the vibe is relaxed and friendly.

A delectable drinks line-up – including an exceptional handpicked wine list and The Fontmell’s own house beer, Sibeth Ale (brewed nearby by Keystone Brewery) – and the option to stay the night in one of the six modern country bedrooms makes this a great venue for a weekend getaway.

Sample menu

Starter: Goats' cheese cheesecake, beetroot coulis, beetroot crisp, red pepper coulis

Main: Chargrilled mackerel with heritage tomato, purple potato and fennel salad

Dessert: Dark chocolate fondant, vanilla ice cream

Share The Fontmell

Chef(s): Armando Fernandes
course lunch from: £25
3 course dinner from: £25
Seats: 46
Bedrooms:  6
Room rate from: £80
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