Wimborne and North Dorset Food & Drink

As with the rest of Dorset, there’s no shortage of excellent food and drink in the area that will suit all tastes and budgets.

Wimborne is home to the Tickled Pig, noted for its inventive use of fresh local produce including its own pork. Elsewhere there’s the stylish Olive Branch pub restaurant, classic home cooking at Cloisters, the popular Number 9 café and excellent pub food at the Stocks Inn, White Hart and Kings Head.

The modern menu at La Fosse in Cranborne has won plaudits from a raft of national food critics, some of which have also taken the trouble to seek out the culinary delights of the Saxon Inn at Child Okeford and the Drusilla’s Inn at Horton.

Being hungry in Blandford Forum is never a problem with a range of excellent eateries including Beatons tearooms, named after the legendary fashion photography Cecil Beaton who lived at nearby Ashcombe House in the 1930s; the characterful Georgian Tea Rooms and the Yellow Bicycle Café with its (you guessed it, yellow bicycle); while Namaste rightly enjoys a national reputation for its piquant Nepalese cuisine. 

The surrounding villages boast a wealth of excellent pubs including the White Horse, Stourpaine; The Cricketers, Iwerne Courtney; The Milton Arms at Winterborne Whitechurch and The Anvil in Pimperne.

One of Dorset’s best kept secrets, the restaurant at Compton Abbas airfield, just outside Shaftesbury, enjoys a terrific reputation locally; while in the town itself there’s tasty local fare at the Ship Inn and La Fleur de Lys and the Salt Cellar at the top of Gold Hill offers good food with one of the best views in the county.

With its country house feel and creative comfort cooking, The Fontmell at Fontmell Magna is a real treat and if you’re looking for an alternative to the familiar supermarkets The Udder Farm Shop and café near Gillingham is well worth finding.

The Stur of the Moment tea room in Sturminster Newton is fast winning an enviable name for its home cooking, especially its vegan and gluten-free dishes, as is the dog-friendly White Horse at nearby Hinton St Mary for its seafood – it’s also home to a craft brewery. Cheers! 

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