Public House of the Month


Inn at Cranborne

Wimborne, Dorset

The Inn at Cranborne is a stunning 17th Century pub in the heart of the idyllic village of Cranborne, near Wimborne. Join us for a warm welcome, Hall & Woodhouse Badger Ales, seasonal menus with locally sourced ingredients and eight beautiful letting rooms. Our award winning chef creates fabulous food and our friendly team will ensure you visit is perfect.

Cranborne, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 5PP

Tel: 01725 551249

  • Accommodation
  • Meeting Room
  • Free Wifi
  • Car Park
  • Garden
  • Dogs Allowed

Inn at Cranborne

Posted on February 2014

Jane Gould

How long have you been landlord of this pub?

The Inn at Cranborne only opened in March 2012 after being closed for two years, we spent quite a few months getting it ready as it needed a lot of work but I we officially opened for our Village Party on Thursday 22nd March.


What makes your pub special? 

It was after a long search that I discovered this delightful 17th Century building, which gave me the opportunity to create my own personal vision of a traditional English Country Inn.

Amongst the wood burning stoves, cozy corners and sharing tables you will find hearty food from a daily changing menu that is interesting but not overwhelming.

We look after a great range of well-kept Real Ales, including the Inn’s own Fleur Ale, brewed specially by Hall & Woodhouse.

Each of our rooms has been lovingly restored to feature large beds with snuggly duvets, a choice of pillows and fabulous en-suite bathrooms with powerful showers, some roll-top baths and Bramley products.

The Inn at Cranborne is fast becoming a focal point of the delightful village of Cranborne, set as it is in the heart of Cranborne Chase with its ample opportunities for activities particularly fishing and shooting.

It is a short drive to the New Forest, the beautiful Jurassic Coast and the sandy beaches of Bournemouth. Wimborne, Salisbury, Shaftesbury and many gardens and historic places are within an easy drive. The area is also great for cycling and walking, with the Jubilee trail right on our doorstep.


How is your pub part of the local community?

We offer our local guests a drinkers card which gives them 10% off, we also use local suppliers where possible which is heavily for our food and we also have a lavender puree from a local supplier which tastes fantastic.

“My community space” is a new project that the Inn is working towards- the barn will be turned into a community space for local people who make products like wood, food and vegetables and can then sell them out of the barn. This is a community project and the Inn has found a participating business and is looking to launch this initiative for spring.


What events have you got coming up or have recently been a part of?

We have the “Dining Club” which had over 200 members after only 2 months. People are still joining the club on a daily basis and the return visits are being seen with an increase in people using reward vouchers. The Inn is also excited about hosting private dining events for members in the future.

We also host regular music events at the Inn which prove to be very popular.


If you could recommend a perfect combination of Badger ale and meal for your visitors – what would you recommend?

The great thing about Badger Ale is it is a popular choice whatever the guest is eating. Personally I think it goes fabulously with our All Pastry Steak and Ale Pie!


How does your pub sum up the Hall & Woodhouse values?

I’d really emphasise the importance of team, we all work hard to make sure the Inn is a great public house. I enable and trust great people and train them well and reward them well to make sure that they enjoy coming to work.


What’s good to see and experience in your area after a visit to the pub?

We have listed some great places to visit on our website so that our guests can plan their stay in Dorset before they arrive - I would say that Cranborne Estate and Garden Centre are worth a visit and Chettle House is set in 5 acres of lovely gardens, this charming Queen Anne manor house designed by Thomas Archer in 1710, is a nationally outstanding example of English Baroque.


What kind of people do you have visiting your pub?

We really do have all types of guests, the accommodation attracts those wanting to escape from London for the weekend and also we have some great business people staying with us during the week. Our local guests are always welcome and make the Inn at fabulous atmosphere. We also have lots of families visiting us, especially for our delicious Sunday lunch.


What’s your favourite season of the year at the pub?

We are still experiencing all the seasons at the Inn, is only our second winter. We loved summer and the different guests that visited us in the sun, however we also love lighting our roaring fire and being cosy and snug in the winter months.