Many Dorset picture-postcards feature the 36 near-identical, late 18th-century thatched cottages of Milton Abbas, replacements for a nearby hamlet demolished by the privacy-seeking, landowning Earl of Dorchester. Built at the same time, the whitewashed pub thrives, its bar and outside tables perfect for a lunchtime snack, and the elegant Library Restaurant offering a full carte. Start with home-made smoked mackerel and crab pâté, or grilled haloumi. Then saddle of rabbit, braised in cider with a wild mushroom, tarragon and cream sauce; fish pie; or butternut squash, basil and pine nut risotto. Catch the July beer festival.
A thriving pub in an unusual village
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Open all year
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About The area
Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.
Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing.
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