Marquis of Lorne
Attractive country pub with enjoyable food and drink, friendly licensees and seats in big garden; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
A deservedly popular, cheerful pub with a double whammy of gorgeous, child-friendly garden and spectacular views over the soft Dorset hills topped by Eggardon, the site of an impressive 2,500-year-old hill fort. In warm weather, the pretty herbaceous borders, picnic-sets under apple trees and rustic-style play area are a popular stop-off point for family outings. Inside, the comfortable, bustling main bar has a log fire, mahogany panelling, old prints and photographs and neatly matching chairs and tables. Two dining areas lead off, the smaller of which has another log fire. A wooden-floored snug (liked by locals) has board games, table skittles and background music, and they keep Palmers Copper, 200 and IPA on hand pump in tip-top condition, with ten wines by the glass from a decent list and ten gins. The seven bedrooms are comfortably appointed; people tend to ask for ones with views of Eggardon.
The good pub guide food review
The landlord cooks pleasing food using seasonal local produce (much of it from the pub's own polytunnel). Dishes includes soft herring roe with capers and parsley, roasted asparagus with roasted chicken jus and parmesan, Dorset scallops with black pudding, grilled vegetable lasagne with lovage pesto, lambs liver with bacon and mash, sticky beef with Indonesian-style salad, and puddings such as chocolate nemesis (gluten-free), waffle with bananas and toffee sauce, and Dorset apple cake.