Acorn

Fascinating old place in a pretty village with character rooms, friendly licensees and tasty food; bedrooms

The good pub guide review

Thomas Hardy may well have supped some Dorset ale in this venerable, 400-year-old inn: he certainly knew it, as he has his best-known heroine Tess Durbyfield (Tess of the d'Urbervilles) stop for breakfast next door on her mournful mission to see her errant husband's family. It's in some fabulous walking country for those who walk for pleasure rather than necessity. On chilly days, the log fires and low-beamed cosiness spark much joy. Dorset Jurassic is a regular among the real ales on handpump, alongside 28 wines by the glass, 30 gins (including a gin of the month) and about 70 malt whiskies. A second bar has comfortable beige leather wall banquettes and little stools around tables set with fresh flowers, and a Turkish rug on nice old quarry tiles. This leads to a bistro-style dining room with ladder-back chairs around oak tables; the slightly more formal restaurant is similarly furnished. There's also a comfortable lounge with armchairs, board games and shelves of books and a skittle alley. Throughout are open fires, wood panelling, pretty knick-knacks, all manner of copper and brass items, water jugs, wall prints and photographs; background music, TV, board games and darts. A walled garden has picnic-sets under a fine beech tree. Each of the ten attractive bedrooms is individually decorated and has a Thomas Hardy theme.

The good pub guide food review

A thoughtful choice of good food mixes up-to-date fare with pub classics. Dishes include ploughman's, twice-baked crab and yarg soufflé with pickled samphire, deep-fried whitebait with home-made tartare sauce, roasted cod with lyonnaise potatoes and kale, rump of lamb with potato terrine, honey roasted carrots and spinach and pea velouté, crispy mozzarella arancini with Mediterranean vegetables and watercress and spinach velouté, ham and eggs, beer-battered fish of the day with chips, and puddings such as chocolate mousse with strawberries and yoghurt ice-cream and sticky toffee pudding with candied orange and custard.

2021 Awards

Licensee’s introduction

Welcome to this quality 16th Century coaching inn that Thomas Hardy called 'The Sow & Acorn' in 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles'. Set in the picturesque West Dorset village of Evershot, this lovely old stone-built Inn boasts worthy history. Originally known as The Kings Arms, it once brewed its own ales with water drawn from the source of the River Frome. All the original charm and character of 400 years exudes from the beamed bars and log fires that greet guests on arrival. Nestling among the rolling hills in an area of outstanding beauty and close to the British Heritage Coastline, you have the perfect base for exploring or walking.Well behaved dogs are very welcome!Only the best fresh local ingredients are used to produce excellent meals, in either of the bars or the restaurant. The two oak-panelled bars offer real ales, as well as a comprehensive wine


Licensee Information

Natalie Legg

Contact Details

Acorn, 28 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0JW

(01935) 83228

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11-11

Sunday: 12-10.30