The Thimble Inn
“Thatched village local in huge grounds” - AA Inspector
This 18th-century pub and restaurant is run by French-trained chef Mark Ramsden and his wife Lisa. The stunning interior features antique furniture, sandstone and oak floors and a glass-covered well. Its patio overlooks the River Piddle, or Puddle, as prim Victorians preferred to call it. Mark uses the best local produce for dishes such as ham hock and smoked chicken terrine; crispy fried king prawns with an Asian slaw, coriander, mint, crispy shallots and sweet chilli; Blue Vinny and spinach risotto with rocket salad; whole roasted partridge, poached quince, braised red cabbage, mashed potato, juniper and red wine jus; Black Forest sundae; and baked vanilla cheesecake with fresh berries, raspberry sauce and white chocolate.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- 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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