This handsome village pub wreathed in Virginia creeper has a knockout position over the Vale of Purbeck and an utterly glorious view of Corfe Castle. Brothers Simon and Ian are hugely welcoming and dish up good pub grub with a nod to all things local: Dorset county paté with homemade pickles, Poole clam chowder, Purbeck ice cream; and in the summer Simon’s Jamaican wife Cynthia fires up the garden Jerk Shak for the best jerk chicken around. Inside the 18th-century building is a warren of nooks and crannies with an inviting bar area – plenty of ales and cider on tap. Upstairs are three unstuffy double rooms – crisp linen, plump pillows and colourful blankets stop them feeling plain – with brand spanking new en-suites with showers over bath, towels and smellies. After a restful night you’ll skip down for a yummy, mostly locally sourced, breakfast. The décor throughout is simple and comfortable and it’s a popular spot for locals and holidaymakers. There are miles of good yomps around and Swanage with its sandy beach is a hop in the car; for added fun you can catch the steam train.