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This beautiful 16th century former coaching inn is an iconic building located in the heart of Cerne Abbas, one of the prettiest villages in England.

Recognition in the major guide books has come and The Good Pub Guide awarded us County Dining Pub of the Year.

Pub accommodation


The New Inn now boasts 12 beautiful bedrooms decorated and furnished to a very high standard. All the comforts and facilities expected from an up-to-date hotel are provided, set in the relaxed atmosphere of a country pub.

The bar, dining room, loos, garden and courtyard have received the same treatment, giving a modern contemporary feel whilst retaining the original period features.


Eating and Drinking

Our food remains in the same award-winning category using the best local produce complemented by well-kept real ales and ciders and an extensive wine list.

Dishes range from traditional pub food with a modern contemporary twist to dishes that would not be out of place on the tables of the best restaurants in the country (see our lunch menu | dinner menu).

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The beautiful village of Cerne Abbas is located equidistant between Sherborne and Dorchester in the heart of Thomas Hardy country. Journey-time by car from London is approximately 2½ hours and there is a good train service to both the aforementioned county towns where taxi transfers can be arranged.

The village is within easy reach of Weymouth, Bridport and Shaftsbury. It is also the perfect stop-off point for those coming to or from Devon and Cornwall.