The Acorn Inn

Dorchester, Dorset
Inn


A super old place for those who love history and Thomas Hardy. Come for enjoyable gastropub food and comfortable, traditional bedrooms

Bedroom

10 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2 – 3

The
Experience

Perfect Evershot and rolling countryside lie at the door of this 400-year-old gem in Thomas Hardy country. New owners Natalie and Richard took the reins to revive its fortunes, with head chef Robert Ndungu cooking hearty food. It’s very much a traditional inn; locals sup pints of Otter Ale in the long flagstoned bar and guests sample good food sourced within 25 miles. In the dining room, the atmosphere changes to rural country house with smartly laid tables, terracotta tiles, soft lighting and elegant fireplaces. Good gastropub fare is taken seriously, be it an Acorn Inn homemade burger, or open lasagne of confit rabbit followed by twice cooked pork belly, and a warm sticky toffee pudding. Little ones have their own menu, and stacks of colouring books and crayons to keep them busy while they wait. Service is helpful and friendly. Bedrooms creak with age and style; there are antiques and fabric wall-coverings, super little bathrooms, perhaps a wonky floor or a lovely four-poster. It’s worth splashing out on a larger room if you want space.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Suite: Additional z-bed in single room.
Closed
Open all day.
Dogs

Dog-friendly guide to the area, water bowl, towel and treats. Walking map and dog treats in the bar too.

Dogs £12.

Footpath through 900-acre parkland in village, and countless other footpaths in all directions. Coastal path within 20-minute drive.

Meals
Lunch & dinner £5.25-£22.95. Bar meals from £4.95.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £105
Surcharges
Singles £89-£205. Dinner, B&B £80-£133 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available £20 per person per night.
1 Suite for 3
From £170
4 Doubles
From £105
2 Twin/doubles
From £115
3 Four-posters
From £145

Reviews

After a cold and (very) wet day, dinner at the Acorn Inn was just the warm blanket I very much needed! The lasagna with rabbit and leeks was one of the best starters I ever had! The local cheeses delicious and severed at the right temperature, well done. Staff were very friendly and professional. Prefect evening!

Ralph, Amersfoort

My husband, Bulldog Boris & I had a wonderful stay here. The welcome was amazing. All of the staff were really helpful & the hospitality was outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble, the staff even realised I must be gluten free & they asked & provided gluten free bread etc. I was so impressed, our whole stay was faultless.We will most definitely be back & I would highly recommend.

Alison

A beautiful and very ancient inn which exudes warmth and hospitality. I cannot speak highly enough of the Acorn Inn, its staff, the accommodation and the food. Everyone - from Reception, bar staff, and cleaning staff was incredibly welcoming and friendly and all went out of their way to ensure that I was looked after. My room was beautiful, with a four poster bed and views to the front, overlooking Fore Street. I had a wonderful evening meal and a delicious breakfast. I will be back!

Liz

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Location

The neighbourhood