27. Some suitable for disabled.
lift, bar, common room, restaurant, function suite, free Wi-Fi, in-room smart TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, garden terrace.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in some bedrooms, not in restaurant.
Amex, MasterCard, Visa.
 per room B&B £80–£180. À la carte £40.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Between the High Street and the River Stour, this informal inn occupies a ‘handsome’ Georgian house, well placed for exploring Hardy country. It is owned by local brewers Hall & Woodhouse. Town residents come for coffee mornings and disco nights in the ‘large, well-patronised’ pub – oak-floored, panelled, with a ‘relaxed atmosphere’; in summer, the parasol-shaded beer garden is the place to be. A fire is lit in the book- and bibelot-lined lounge in cooler weather. Lunch- and dinnertime bring ‘pleasing, well-presented’ British dishes, perhaps confit duck, buttered mash, red cabbage, Blandford Flyer gravy; there are small plates, sharing plates, sandwiches with a side of fries. (‘The breakfast buffet could have been more imaginative, though.’) Recently revamped bedrooms vary in size, but each is ‘outstandingly decorated’ with ‘design quirks’ like ‘vintage luggage; interesting portraits; antique, or faux-antique, lamps’. Light sleepers, choose wisely: there may be noise from the pub across the street. ‘Plenty of nice touches in my spacious, stylish room: Spode-lookalike cups, fine teas, a Roberts radio, Travelman Short Stories by the bedside.’ (Richard Osborne)