The Acorn Inn
“Surrounded by unspoilt rolling countryside”
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
All staff will be wearing PPE and will have their temperature check before each shift.
In Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Wessex novelist and poet Thomas Hardy called this pretty, 16th-century inn the ‘Sow and Acorn’. He’d still recognise it, especially its unusual porch, old beams, low ceilings, oak panelling, flagstone floors and carved Hamstone fireplaces. Run by Richard and Natalie Legg, the inn is a big draw locally, with two lively bars stocking real ales from Devon and Dorset breweries and brewpubs, local cider and an impressive stock of 28 gins. In the softly lit restaurant, you’ll find sustainability, localness and seasonality govern the modern British menu. A fish specials board changes daily, while lunch and bar menus offer sandwiches, a charcuterie sharing platter, honey and mustard ham with egg and triple-cooked chips, burgers and ploughman’s. The pub also features a lovely old skittle alley and a beer garden.
Facilities – at a glance
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Sports TV
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Open all year
- Wide selection of wines by the glass
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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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This picturesque hotel is situated in the heart of Dorset and is the ideal retreat; it's worth arriving in time for the excellent afternoon tea. Bedrooms are appointed to a very high standard; each is individually designed, with upholstered walls...
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