The Inn at Cranborne

4.1
95 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Gastro Pub
Top tags:
  • Cosy
  • Casual
  • Sunday Lunch
Come and enjoy a traditional English Country Inn In this beautiful 17th Century building right in the heart of the Cranborne Chase. A cosy location on the edge of the new forsest, a great place to stop after exploring the gorgeous local area. Amongst the wood burning stoves, cozy corners and sharing tables you will find spectacular hearty food from our daily-changing "30 mile menu" that is fresh, interesting and sure to please! We look after a great range of well-kept Real Ales, including a Guest Ale, brewed specially by Hall & Woodhouse. The Hall and Woodhouse Brewery is only 9 miles from The Inn. accompanying our friendly staff, great food and beverages, our Inn also boasts 9 rooms. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, Comfort Food, English
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 8am-9am, 11:30am-2pm, 6pm - 9pm
Saturday: 8:30am-9:30am, 11:30am-2pm, 6pm - 10pm
Sunday: 8:30am-9:30am, 11:30am-2pm, 6pm - 9pm
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Phone number
01725 551249
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
John Doe
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Parking Details
Our Parking is behind the inn, the driveway comes off Castle Street.
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Public Transit
Public transport is quite limited to the area, there is however a bus stop within a 2 minute walk from the Inn.
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Entertainment
Here at the Inn at Cranborne we celebrate seasonal events as well as host live music monthly. Join us for our much-loved ale festival in June.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 95 People Are Saying
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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Having visited regularly, our Sunday lunch experience was not a pleasant experience. We did not get a warm welcome on arrival and we were shown to a table set for 4, there were only 3 of us. The extra setting was not cleared until after main meal had been taken away. When the roasts arrived our parsnips were raw and we were not approached to see how our lunch was and there were no staff nearby to catch their eye to complain. My husband had to go up to the bar and complain. New parsnips were brought out after we had all finished our roasts. No apology was forthcoming just a huff from the manager when we said they are too late as we had finished! A 10% service was added to our bill which my husband paid without checking so all in all a very dissapointing experience.

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C
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Food overpriced for what it is. Very long wait for food to arrive. Burger was very standard for the price. Didn't ask how I wanted it cooked and it arrived dry.
Service charge of 10% included in the bill and not discretionary.
Not going to revisit.

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MA
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Roast beef was chewy and I couldn’t eat it. Manager kindly refunded this meal. Starters were okay and staff friendly. Was very basic pub food for a high price.

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N
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very comfortable bar area with character. Food very tasty and well cooked. Service good. Would visit again.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We booked here by accident for a Bank Holiday Sunday evening. It was very busy and we arrived a little early. We weren't in a huge rush, but Paul the manager advised we order before a large group arrived nad ordered - how wise. It was a busy night and several turned up without booking - patiently Paul handled each one and advised how long they might be waiting. He was a master. Our food was excellent and we had a wonderful evening. Nadine who served us was responsive and good at her job.

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J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round, a little pricey but really good food.

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DD
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Over priced,very basic standard menu badly cooked, obviously have issues with their kitchen team hopefully this is a temporary situation.

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AT
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere , food was lovely and service was good . We will definitely be back

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B
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every thing about our meal was great. Good food and good service. It was a pleasant surprise to find Moretti on draught which is my favourite Italian beer. The menu was not extensive which I think is a good sign as the chef can concentrate on a smaller range of dishes. We shall certainly come back.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to chef and staff for looking after our complex dietary requirements and making us welcome.

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C
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food here and lovely staff. Dog friendly also , we’ve done a nice walk and lunch with our 🐕. He got treats from staff and was most welcome .

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EC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful meal with good friends last Saturday evening. Excellent choice of well prepared local food.

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GG
Dorset
7 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very pleasant evening here. We shared a starter as I had read that the portions were generous. They were not wrong. Our mains, I had fish cake and my husband the pie, were very tasty and generous. However, we did managage a dessert. The sticky toffee pudding was out of this world and the ice creams and sorbet delicious. All round lovely tasty meals and well balanced, the staff were friendly but respectful and a good time had by both of us.

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TC
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

For a self proclaimed gastro pub the menu was very limited e.g. two types of potato on the entire menu and they were chips or skinny fries. Staff were friendly but the very basic menu really lets this place down.

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely meal and such a friendly atmosphere. Glad we found the Inn as there’s no doubt we’ll be going back there 😃

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S
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good all round experience. Friendly staff, good service.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice cosy and friendly atmosphere but the evening meal menu was basic and rather unimaginative although although what we chose was well cooked and nicely presented. We certainly had no complaint and enjoyed our evening.

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PE
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never eaten here before. The staff were welcoming and the food was delicious. I had belly pork, a good portion nicely presented. I would eat here again.

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HS
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad meal. Highly recommend. I asked for special food and they were more than obliging... very friendly.

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AR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, warm atmosphere & fabulous food - local to my work.
Ice-cream & sorbets were delicious.
Could have a security light in the car park??
Have returned since for drinks with friends.
Service excellent.

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Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Highly recommend for Sunday Lunch. Great food. Baked cheese soufflé, the roast and Sticky toffee pudding are to die for. Really relaxed and friendly pub and dogs are made welcome, not that I brought mine as he is far too naughty!!

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CM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and excellent service on a Saturday lunchtime.

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A fabulous lunch in cosy surroundings. The fishcake was heavenly and the pork belly was perfect comfort food for a winter's day.

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

Have been before so took friends & did not lube up to expectations this time

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it !! Thank you .
We have been to 10 Castle Street opposite and was very disappointed and had a refund so I’m glad to have found somewhere we can go in cranbourne

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D
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just decided to pop out for a Sunday evening bite to eat . Very quiet but still felt warm and inviting . Food and service excellent . It's a 15 minute drive from us and we tend to forget to try here but we'll definitely come more frequently after this experience .

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Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have had the best Sunday lunch here. Thank you to all the staff for all your hard work. We love eating here, can’t fault it.

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JS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

When we arrived, the waitress had no knowledge of our booking. She then checked her emails to find that we did. We chose a table as the restaurant was fairly empty. I mentioned that I was gluten free but the waitress wasn't sure what that was. Her words were, 'Is that flour?' At this point, I felt a little disappointed as this didn't bode well. She brought over a second menu that outlined all allergies but wasn't very helpful. Couldn't tell me which items on the menu were gluten free or not. We had wanted starters but not one of them apart from a salad was GF. We ended up ordering our main courses. It was a cold evening and I had hoped to have a hot meal but the only GF option was pork which I didn't fancy. Oh, well. Salad again. We noticed that the waitress had also forgotten to mention the specials. My husband had a pudding and a dessert wine, and we left disappointed. I had imagined that we would get a more personal service. There are so many places that provide GF options nowadays that I was shocked that anyone working in a restaurant would not know what GF is!!

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CA
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely spot to meet up for a family Sunday roast. Lovely food and well presented

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly good and well presented food in a nice relaxed atmosphere.

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M
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Uninspiring limited menu and overpriced for very standard food. Had high expectations for local produce as stated on the menu so disappointed.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Sunday lunch and the food was superb. Very nice friendly staff.

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OT
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly, informal service, excellent menu, healthy portions.

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, perfectly presented, local produce. Seems expensive, but if you like to see beautiful food it is worth visiting.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent food, very well-presented and good value.

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive staff, great food and a lovely setting. We sat outside to start with and then moved inside as the evening went on. Really enjoyed the whole experience

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DN
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our first time there and we were not disappointed. Excellent food, very friendly and attentive staff. Happy hour was a real bonus too.
Only disappointment was that our online booking was not showing in their system, but we still got a table.

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M
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely food, something a bit different. Was a little quiet in the part we were in. Staff great. Will definitely return

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wet pleasant place, friendly staff, very nice food and great ambience and decor. You must go and try it!

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Dorset
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was exceptionally friendly and efficient. The lunch menu was quite limited. As the weather had turned out rather warm, a couple of lighter dishes would have been nice. However, we all enjoyed our choices and would return again.

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