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King John Inn

Tollard Royal, Wiltshire

A favourite weekend hangout for Londoners looking for a breath of fresh country air, this beautiful Victorian Wiltshire inn strikes the ideal balance between luxurious country hideaway and relaxing village pub.

Surrounded by the thatched cottages and flower gardens of Wiltshire’s picturesque Tollard Royal, this rural idyll comes complete with a superb restaurant, its own wine shop and elegant al fresco dining under a stunning Victorian-style garden pavilion. Enjoy Dorset crab on toast and roast rosé veal rack before retiring to your room dripping with rich fabrics and homely antique furnishings. A private cottage across the road offers a cosy bolthole for families and hunting parties.


  • The beautiful tiered garden with its outdoor kitchen - perfect for a summer party
  • The three bedroom Dove Cottage with modern country kitchen and the option to order in meals from the restaurant
  • Chef Simon Trepess's menu of locally sourced dishes from mallard, boar, pigeon and fish direct from Poole Harbour that represent pub grub at its absolute best
Things to Do


Modern meets traditional at the King John, neutral walls are brought to life with historical maps and etchings, Bang & Olufsen phones sit on antique bedside tables alongside flatscreen Sony TVs. Splashes of colour come from bold floral curtains and gingham cushions. The King John Inn has eight rooms, five rooms are in the main Victorian building with three situated across the pebble drive in the renovated coaching house.


The Little Touches

Restaurant & Bar

The chefs at King John’s kitchen are inspired by the fabulous produce that the local countryside has to offer, changing their menus daily. Expect simple, deliciously fresh and flavoursome dishes with meat sourced from the neighbouring village of Iwerne Minster and fresh fish from the Cove in Poole.

Passionate about food

Private dining & events

Dine al fresco in the garden kitchen on a warm Summer’s afternoon whilst watching the chefs cook up some gastronomic delights on the BBQ. The garden space can fit any size group for private occasions, with bespoke menus designed by Head Chef Simon Trepess and a music license for any band performances. 

Al Fresco Kitchen

Country Pursuits


Explore Wiltshire’s rich historical heritage and try your hand at a hunt in Rushmore Estate, an ancient deer forest where King John himself was fond of hunting.

Also visit:

  • Compton Abbas Airfield for unique flying experiences
  • River Allen: fly fishing
  • Salisbury Racecourse: racing
  • Wiltshire & Dorset countryside: rambling and cycling
  • Rushmore Golf Club & Motcombe Park Club: golfing

Culture & Heritage


The wonderful cathedral city of Salisbury lies 30 minutes from The King John and is home to a thriving market, a buzzing arts scene, museums and some of England’s finest historic houses, all waiting to be explored.

Also visit:

  • Blandford Forum: market, Georgian architecture
  • Bournemouth: Pavillion Theatre, beach
  • Rushmore Park
  • Larmer Tree gardens
  • Hambledon Hill (prehistoric hill fort)
  • Knowlton: discover the church and earthworks

Salisbury Cathedral


Cranbourne Chase (AONB)

The King John Inn is located nearby the Cranbourne Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty known for its diverse landscapes. It provides a natural playground of rolling chalk grassland, ancient woodlands, chalk escarpments, downland hillsides and chalk river valleys, each with a distinct and recognisable character. Go play.

Also visit:

  • Badbury Rings
  • Brownsea Island

Cranbourne Chase

Getting Here

Nearest train station: Tisbury 1h50min from London
Taxi from station: approx. 20min
Drive: 2h50min from London, 30min from Salisbury, 20min from Shaftesbury

King John Inn

Tollard Royal
Wiltshire, SP5 5PS
01725 516 207