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Over the years in Wessex Wheels magazine we built up
a list of recommendations for hotels, restaurants, tea
rooms, inns, etc., that might be considered for anything
from a bar snack and a decent pint to a quality meal.
In the future we intend to include features on caravanning
and touring
in general, starting with a report by
Stuart Bladon following a recent trip to Germany.

Ilchester Arms, 9 Market Street.
01305 871243. Situated heart of the village in beautiful countryside. Open non-residents. Conservatory restaurant. Two public bars, cask beer, large selection wines. Open fire during the winter months, patio, garden, parking.

The World's End. 01929 459671. Traditional thatched inn four miles north of Bere Regis on the A31. Wide choice of home cooked meals. Good selection of vegetarian and innumerable selection of puddings. Local ales, fine wines. Open all year. Ample car parking.

Royal Oak, West Str. 01929 471203. Refurbished dining room (non smoke- ing). Traditional home cooking, vegetar ian meals, real ales. Five large en-suite rooms. Functions catered for. Skittle alley. Regular live music. Open all day. Visit website

The Black Dog. 01305 852360.
Three miles east of Dorchester on the A352 Wareham road. Award winning family pub. Restaurant and bar meals. Extensive menu. Real ales, fine wines. Open log fires in the winter months. Attractive beer garden and children's play area. Open all year. Ample parking.

COLDHARBOUR (nr Wareham)
The Silent Woman. 01929 552909. One mile from Wareham on the forest road to Bere Regis. Traditional family pub. Fish and game specialities, veget-arian menu, real ales. Smoking or non-smoking restaurant. Gardens. Ample parking.

Tram Stop Restaurant. 01297 552717. Colyton terminus of the Seaton Tramway. Tea rooms and gift shop. Cream teas, breakfasts or light lunches, 'meal of the day' special. Evening dinner during August or other times by arrangement. Unique building in beautiful countryside. Open to non-users of the tramway. Car parking.

(nr Wool)
The Seven Stars. 01929 462292. One mile west Wool on Moreton road. Extensive menu, choice of 13 beers/ lagers (4 real ales). Open all week. Play area & bouncy castle, animal farm yard. Close to Monkey World and Tank Museum. Parking.

(nr Wool) Countryman Inn. 01305 852666. Situated just off the A352 two miles west of Wool. Family pub in heart of Hardy Country. Carvery, home-cooked food, vegetarian. Range traditional beers and lagers. Accommodation. Open fires in winter months, gardens, large parking area.

EAST STOKE (btn Wareham/Wool)
Kemps, on A352. 01929 462563. Views of the Purbeck Hills. Victorian Rectory. A La Carte and Set Menu. Bar Meals. Daily Fresh Fish Board. AA Rosette. Good Food and Good Hotel Guides. Conservatory. Weddings and Functions. Honeymoon Suite Bargain Breaks. Visit website.

EYPE (nr Bridport)
Eype's Mouth Country Hotel.
01308 423300. Just off A35 Bridport by-pass. Unspoilt village magnificent views. Large restaurant overlooking sea, interesting menu changed daily using fresh local produce as available. 18 en-suite bedrooms. Two bars, one with sunny patio. Snacks available in both bars. Ideal weddings - ceremony and reception. Meetings, conferences, etc. Large car park. Open all week.

LOWER BURTON (nr Dorchester)
The Sun Inn. 01305 250445. Traditional 17th Century Coaching Inn just outside Dorchester. Always a warm welcome. Extensive menu, daily specials, carvery daily. Local ales. Wines. Families welcome. Garden and child play area. Parking.

The Castle Inn, Main Road. 01929 400311. Charming thatched inn dating back to 1600's, near the Cove. Large selection of food. Various beers and wines. Prize winning gardens. Accomodation. Barbecues in the summer months. Ample car parking.

MORDEN (nr Bere Regis)
The Cock & Bottle, on B3075 between A35 and A31. 01929 459238. Traditional rural inn with log fires in winter. Good Food Guide 1999. Interesting la carte menu. Dorset Dining Pub of the Year. Weekend bookings advised. Gardens. Ample car parking.

MORETON (nr Dorchester)
The Frampton Arms, on B3390 between Bere Regis & Warmwell. Tel: 01305 852253. Fax: 01305 854586. Opposite Moreton railway station. Traditional village inn. Two restaurants (non smoking) renown for good food. Sunday roast. Function room. Skittles. Accommodation. Ample car parking.

MOTCOMBE (nr Shaftesbury)
The Coppleridge Inn, 01747 851980. Two miles Shaftsbury. Converted 18th C farmhouse set in 15 acres. Candle lit la carte restaurant, traditional beers, fine wines. Vegetarian and ethnic dishes catered for. Accommodation. Garden, play area and nature trail.

NORDEN HEATH  (Corfe Castle)
Half Way Inn, on A351. 01929 480402. Traditional thatched country inn. Always a warm and friendly welcome. Real ales, fine wines. Extensive menu, daily 'special' board, vegetarian. Good pub guide. Child area and gardens. Parking.

SANDFORD (nr Wareham)
The Sandford on A351 Poole road. 01929 552026. A friendly family pub. Home made food served lunchtime and evenings. Sunday roasts. Cask ales. Beer garden with children's play area. Open all year. Close to Purbeck Hills, Wareham Forest, Monkey World, etc. Large car park.

Tram Stop Restaurant. 01297 552717. Colyton terminus of the Seaton Tramway. Tea rooms and gift shop. Cream teas, breakfasts or lunches, 'meal of the day' special. Evening dinner during August or by arrangement. Unique building in beautiful countryside. Open to non-users tramway. Car parking.

STUDLAND BAY (nr Swanage) Manor House Hotel. 01929 450288. 18th C Manor House in 20 acres overlooking sea. Bar meals served am & pm. Table d' Hote Dinners daily. Sunday Lunches, Functions and Weddings. Open to non-residents. Large parking area. Visit Website

The Bull Tavern, Bridge Street.
01258 472435. 16th Century traditional thatched award winning inn in the heart of the Blackmore Vale. Lrg selection of home-cooked meals from international menu. Choice three cask ales, 'Casque Mark' award for pubs that serve the perfect pint. Wine list, etc. Bookings advised. Relax and enjoy a drink to the soothing sounds ofClassic FM.

The Village Inn, Studland Rd, Ulwell. 01929 427644/424931. 11/2 miles Swanage seafront. Heated indoor pool. Bar food, traditional local ales. Wine list. Ideal for Purbeck walkers. Sunday lunch carvery. Relaxed atmosphere. Ample car parking. Visit website

WEST BEXINGTON (nr Dorchester)
The Manor Hotel. 01308 897616. Dating back to the 11th century, the hotel is situated just off the Weymouth to Bridport coast road. Award winning restaurant, cellar bar, conservatory. Tue/Web evenings: 2 sirloin steaks, plus bottle of house wine, £19.95. Gardens. Magnificent coastal views. Ample car parking. Visit website

WEST KNIGHTON (nr Dorchester) The New Inn. 01305 852349. Traditional Country pub situated in heart Hardy Country serving lunches, dinners and bar snacks. All food cooked to order. Ideal base for walking. Large car park, garden and childrens play area.

Milton Arms, Dorchester Hill. 01258 880306. Pauline and Mike Jenkins are making this the pub to drive or walk to with homemade meals, a warm friendly welcome and extensive menu including Sunday roast lunch.

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