Having its roots back as far back as the 13th century, this good restaurant with rooms draws in food lovers from miles around.
Expect thick stone walls, a smart panelled dining room with beamed ceilings leading into a conservatory, that overlooks a pretty garden.
The kitchen specialises in turning seasonal, mainly local, produce into simply cooked dishes allowing the flavour of the main ingredients to shine through.
Starters, such as 'Fowey River Moules Mariniere'; 'Duck Liver Parfait with Red Onion Marmalade & Brioche'; 'Cherry Vine Tomatoes with Mozzarella & Basil Salad with Fresh Pesto' and 'Palmers Ale Rarebit (sic), Dorset Snails, Crispy Streaky Bacon & Homemade Ketchup' set the style for starters.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Dorset Calves Liver with Colcannon Mash and Red Wine & Onion Gravy'; 'Fresh Tagliatelle with Spicy Tomato Sauce, Spinach, Fresh Parmesan & Pesto'; 'Pan-Seared Hake, Crayfish and Fresh Herb Butter Sauce' and 'Crispy Duck Leg Confit, Crushed New Potatoes, Chorizo & Mixed Bean Cassoulet' among the mains.
If you still have room you might be tempted by 'Dorset Apple Cake with Clotted Cream'; 'Vanilla Crème Brulée with Shortbread' or 'Steamed Chocolate Pudding with Rich Chocolate Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream'.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; mains about £15 to £22
- Dinner: all week 19.00-21.00; mains from about £17 to £25
- Seats: 35
- Wine: a well-chosen list, has modest mark-ups, and around half a dozen by the glass
- Children's portions: when possible
- Nearest station: Crewkerne Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Rooms available