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The Queen's Arms - Pub in Somerset

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Corton Denham, Sherborne, DT9 4LR, Somerset
England, United Kingdom

Doune Mackenzie-Frances
+44 (0)1963 220317(landline)

Local, seasonal & organic produce

A friendly family-run inn, ideal for foodies and dog-walkers who love their comforts. Peaceful, remote, and with Sherborne a short drive

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If you're here to eat, nab a seat by the fire in the bar. Failing that, a candlelit dining table or a spot on the terrace. Chef Richard Townsend explores new takes on British dishes - both elegant modern and pub classics with a twist, like Tamworth pork sausage rolls. They don't clock up too many food miles here: eggs, vegs and most of the rest are local; some from their smallholding. And if Fowey mussels with champagne sauce and aged sirloin of beef don't do it for you, tuck into a hazelnut and mushroom roast instead. Expect a grand drinks' list too, of gins, vodkas, wines, fizz and west country ciders (glug, glug) and an unfiltered lager from Bavaria. Cocktails and cordials range from Somerset Sour and Sloegroni to homemade ginger beer. Even the puds aspire to be seasonal (well, p'haps not the dark chocolate cremeux with pearly barley & bay leaf gelato).

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Handpumped ales
Pub serves four or more handpumped ales.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Doune Mackenzie-Frances:

Local points of interest from
Doune Mackenzie-Frances:

  • Corton Denham sits just three miles from the medieval market town of Sherborne, nestled in the dramatic hills that form the border between Dorset and Somerset.
  • Sherborne Abbey is the centrepiece of the town with a lofty nave formed from one of the finest examples of fan vaulting in Europe.
  • The town's history left its impression with two castles: the romantic ruins of the old castle, destroyed during the civil war and the New Castle perched on the edge of a scenic lake and beautiful deer park.
  • The Macmillan and Monarch's way are close by and can offer long distance walks, an afternoon walk to and from the Queens Arms would be to Cadbury Castle, the home of King Arthur.
  • National Trust properties close by include Stourhead and King Alfred Tower, Lytes Cary, Tintinhull House, Forde Abbey, Montacute House and East Lambrooke Manor Gardens, all within a 20 min drive.
  • We are award winners of : 'Taste of the West – Gold’ 2022 and 2023, 'South Somerset and Bristol Tourism Awards Bronze 2022', 'Travel Myth top 10 Places to Stay', 'Sherborne Business Awards Winner 2022'. AA accredited.
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Guest feedback
"If you want a real taste of relaxed luxury in a cosy country pub with the comfort of a hotel, this is the place to go. Plus it's a foodie's dream, and muddy boots and dogs are welcome."

Gwen - Sawday's Inspector, United Kingdom

January 2023

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Breakfast from £5 to £9. Nibbles £4 to £8. Dinner and lunch starters from £10. Mains from £18 to £34. Desserts from £6 to £10.


Paw prints Bringing your dog
Handy to know:

Guests can eat with their dogs in bar for all meals. Ground floor bedroom dog-friendly. Great dog-friendly printed walks in lanyards on back of door.

Dog treats:

Dog bed & bowl, towel to dry paws & small pack of doggy treats. Hose outside room for washing off, or wet room ideal for showering them. Dog biscuits on the bar.

Dog fee:

Dogs £15 per dog per night. Max. 2.

Bringing your dog

Corton Denham, Sherborne, DT9 4LR, Somerset


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