Plenty of snug places to enjoy a pint in several linked areas, reasonably priced food and quite a choice of drinks; comfortable bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Its bucolic setting right in the middle of Dorset gives explorers the choice of Jurassic coast to the south or Hardyesque market towns to the north, and this lovely old inn is run by friendly licensees who are happy to advise on great days out. Staying over is a tempting option ' there are eight attractive rooms, two of which are dog-friendly. The beamed bar rooms are filled with a great variety of tables and chairs on red patterned carpet, an array of ornaments from horsebrasses and other equine tack to pretty little tea cups hanging from beams, and lighting in the form of converted oil lamps; the atmosphere is properly pubby. Booths are formed by some attractively cushioned settles, walls are of exposed brick, stone and some panelling and there are three log fires (one in a capacious inglenook); background music, children's books and toys and board games. There's Butcombe Bitter, IPA Liberation and a local guest on handpump, farm cider and 16 wines by the glass. A neat lawn has picnic-sets with parasols. Breakfasts, if you do stay the night, are lovely.
The good pub guide food review
Crowd-pleasing, fairly priced food includes lunchtime sandwiches, pan-fried king prawns, caesar salad, field mushrooms with stilton and caramelised onions, a pie of the day, scampi and chips, a curry of the day, mixed bean, lime and coriander chilli with rice, cumberland sausages with mash and peas, and puddings such as crumble or cheesecake of the day and lemon and lime posset with chantilly cream and shortbread.
Hunters Moon, Middlemarsh, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5QN
Pub Group: Enterprise
Weekdays: 10.30-2.30, 6-10.30 (11 Fri)