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Country pubs around Dorset

Poole and Bournemouth are besotted with an outstanding array of traditional country pubs that know a thing or two about great food and drink. Check out our pick of the very best country pubs in and around Dorset and plan your next family meal out at one of these great local pubs.

Here are our pick of the best coutry pubs in and around Dorset...


The Scott Arms

Where: West St, Kingston, Wareham BH20 5LH

About: The Scott Arms is as traditional as country pubs come with beautiful wooden beams, stone design, stunning views, and great food making it one of the best country pubs near Poole. Boasting one of the best beer garden views overlooking the Purbeck countryside, The Scott Arms serves up heartwarming, wholesome and locally-sourced food making it the perfect country pub to visit whether you’re looking to warm up in winter or chill out in the summer.

They stock delicious ales, beers, ciders, wine and a range of spirits to make your pub experience as authentic as they come, and even offer B&B stays if you want to extend your stay in this idyllic countryside setting near Poole.

Telephone: 01929 480270

Dog Friendly: Yes

Sunday Roast: No

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The Bankes Arms - Studland

Where: Manor Rd, Studland, Swanage BH19 3AU

About: The self-titled country inn by the sea, the Bankes Arms is the home of the famous Purbeck Brewery and is one of Dorset’s exceptional country pubs, located just a 30-minute drive from Poole town centre. Located next to the famous Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, this country pub is more than just a pub with it not only serving up outstanding pub grub but also providing stunning views of Studland Bay and beyond. 

The Bankes Arms operate on a first-come-first-served basis meaning you can’t make a table reservation so if you want to enjoy a brilliant meal in one of the areas most popular country pubs then arrive in plenty of time. Escape the busy streets of Poole by taking a trip to this picturesque country pub and enjoy fantastic food and drink with stunning views at the Bankes Arms Studland.

Telephone: 01929 450225

Dog Friendly: Yes

Sunday Roast: Not currently but planning to soon, check their Facebook here for more information.

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The Red Lion Inn - Sturminster Marshall

Where: Church St, Sturminster Marshall, Wimborne BH21 4BU

About: There are plenty of great country pubs titled The Red Lion, but The Red Lion Inn located in Sturminster Marshall truly is one of the best country pubs near Poole. This charming traditional village pub knows a thing or two about creating mouth-watering home-cooked food and is a great place if you’re looking to enjoy a relaxed pub meal with friends or family. 

Featuring a comfortable bar area, separate restaurant and beautiful beer garden that includes a children’s play area, The Red Lion Inn is a country pub popular with both residents and tourists visiting Poole. With a mixture of traditional ales, beers, ciders, and wines, The Red Lion Inn is the ideal pub if you’re wanting a quiet drink with friends or a relaxed meal out with the family.

Telephone: 01258 857319

Dog Friendly: Yes

Sunday Roast: Yes

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The Old Granary - Wareham

Where: The Quay, Wareham BH20 4LP

About: Part of the Hall & Woodhouse group, The Old Granary is a stunning country pub near Poole providing delicious food, refreshing drinks, and stunning views of the River Frome all year round. Set in the heart of the Wareham community, The Old Granary is arguably the most instagrammable country pub in Dorset with its magnificent architecture making it a traditional pub that offers more than just excellent food and drink.

Dine directly next to the River Frome and feel at home enjoying a first-class meal at this exceptional country pub that features a selection of variously styled dining rooms perfect for every occasion. If you’re looking for a country pub experience that isn’t set far away in the countryside surrounding Poole then pay a visit to the excellent Old Granary in Wareham for an unforgettable traditional pub experience.

Telephone: 01929 552010

Dog Friendly: Yes

Sunday Roast: Yes

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The Langton Arms - Corfe Mullen

Where: Tarrant Monkton, Blandford Forum DT11 8RX

About: Located in Dorset’s Tarrant Monkton, The Langton Arms is located just a 30-minute drive from Poole town centre and is well worth a visit if you’re looking to enjoy a meal at a traditional country pub. An award-winning country pub set in the heart of the Dorset countryside, The Langton Arms has been managed by the same local family for 26 years and is a champion of supporting local with their own nearby farm providing the meat for the pub.

The Langton Arms sums up everything that the British love about visiting a traditional country pub serving up exceptional food and drink to the local community and visitors to the area seven days a week. The pub is also part of the Love Local Trust Local campaign and also offers a quaint B&B experience allowing you to relax and unwind at one of Dorset’s best country pubs.

Telephone: 01258 830225

Dog Friendly: Yes

Sunday Roast: Yes

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