“Award-winning free house in secluded gardens”
IWERNE COURTNEY OR SHROTON, DORSET
Euan and Lizzie Cunningham's genuine hospitality make this a real community local and it's a popular pit-stop for walkers on the Wessex Way. It's a dog friendly pub too. In the light, open-plan interior, the real beers are Butcombe and Otter Bitter, while wine drinkers will find up to nine by the glass; there’s no separate restaurant. The menu changes seasonally and makes use of home-cooked, locally sourced ingredients to offer starters or light options. Sandwiches are available at lunchtime, and on Sunday a choice of roast meats is always on offer; specials are forever changing. There are occasional barbecues in the summer.
Facilities – at a glance
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £11
- 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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