Bustling pub with plenty of seating in various rooms, open fires, a thoughtful choice of drinks, good food and a friendly landlord
The good pub guide review
At the heart of this pretty Purbeck Hills village, the New Inn is a perfect place to rest after walking the coast path. This partly thatched 16th-c inn was once part of a working farm and has been run by Maurice Estop and his friendly team for 36 years. The main bar has an open fire in a stone fireplace, high-backed black leather dining chairs and cushioned wall settles around heavy rustic tables on red patterned carpet and quite a few stools against the counter; there's an interesting glass cabinet full of old medicine boxes and tins and quite a few horsebrasses. Ringwood Razorback, Sharps Doom Bar and a summer guest on handpump, six wines by the glass and farm cider; there's a wine shack from which you can choose your own wines, and also a wide choice of teas, coffees and local soft drinks. A similarly furnished dining room leads off here. There are picnic-sets on the lawn and camping available on the fields at the back of the pub (booking advised). The ruins of Corfe Castle (National Trust) are close by.
The good pub guide food review
Popular, seasonal food includes sandwiches and daily fresh fish dishes (best to order lobster, dover sole or skate wings in advance). Among the dishes might be Dorset blue vinney soup, pan-fried scallops, garlic portobello mushrooms on toast, fish pie using six varieties of fish, whole grilled mackerel or sardines, pork belly with black pudding and red cabbage, traditional nut roast with yorkshire pudding, 28-day aged locally sourced steak with chips, and puddings such as plum and ginger crumble with ginger ice-cream and spotted dick with custard.
New Inn, Church Knowle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5NQ
Pub Group: Punch
Weekdays: 11-3, 6-11 (9 in winter)
Saturday: 11-3, 6-11 (9 in winter)
Sunday: 12-3, 6-10