Find this pretty thatched inn, in a village very much on the Thomas Hardy trail, the author lived in the village for a while, and in 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles', Tess's baby was buried in the local churchyard – while the pub was given the name 'Pure Drop Inn'.
Expect a well-turned, out largely open-plan, layout with original wooden beams, an inglenook fireplace and a visible priesthole – some parts of the building dating back to the 16th century.
On the food front, you can eat in the bar, which has its own menu, or in dedicated dining room.
Offerings ranging from various Toasted Flat Breads & Sandwiches to 'Steak & Ale Pie'; 'Roasted Vegetable Curry' and the like.
A smart dedicated dining room inhabits one end of the building, and here the kitchens ambitions are given full rein.
If you plan ahead, you could stay in one of their comfortable bedrooms.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week from 12.00; Restaurant mains about £11 to £14; Bar mains from £9; Sunday Carvery
- Dinner: all week from 18.00; Restaurant mains about £11 to £14; Bar mains from £9
- Wine: a concise, but well-chosen, list has modest mark-ups
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Gillingham Rail (5 miles)
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating
- Rooms available