Built by the father of modern archaeology himself, General Pitt-Rivers, this wonderful 17th century Dorset inn is the archetypal countryside tavern.
Huddled among the rose gardens and postcard-perfect cottages of Farnham, The Museum Inn’s thatched roof and cosy interiors give a traditional homely feel. Inside there are plenty of snugs and intimate corners to be explored. Award-winning creative cuisine gives a twist to traditional dishes with some inventive local ingredients. Dine on everything from Dorset snails and local-estate venison to cheese served with delicious Dorset honey before settling down in your cottage-style room and falling asleep in the sublime Dorset countryside.
Farnham, Nr Blandford Forum
Dorset, DT11 8DE
The award-winning menu gives a true taste of Dorset’s finest flavours
The beautiful Moles Cottage is the utmost in private countryside elegance
- The regal Sitting Room offers a relaxing area away from the pub bustle
There are eight beautifully appointed double en-suite rooms to choose from at the Museum Inn. Four in the pub itself and a further four in the old converted Stables. Our favourite is the opulent General’s Room – a vision of gold and burgundy countryside decadence with a handsome darkwood four poster bed and its own private balcony overlooking the flowering gardens. For the ultimate in lux country comfort however, Moles Cottage is a self contained cottage complete with rich antique furnishings, its own entrance and private English garden where groups of up to 16 can enjoy dinner cooked by a personal chef before retiring for a few whiskys in front of the huge fireplace. A favourite for shooting parties.
Restaurant & Bar
Behind the bar you’ll find delicious real ales, wines and spirits, but the true gems are on the menu. Making the most of the bounty of Dorset’s coast and countryside, classic British dishes are given a luxurious twist with fine local flavours. Expect plates of Dorset snails, lemonade-battered chilli squid and sticky beef shin with mustard and fries beside the staple burgers and fish ‘n’ chips. A prime location for shooting, local-estate venison and other game dishes appear regularly and are finished with fabulous desserts such as chocolate and Guinness torte or local cheese served with delicious Dorset honey.
Private dining & events
Don’t be fooled by the name, The Shed private dining room is an elegant and spacious space with high wooden walls, sloped ceilings and tome-lined bookshelves. Parties for up to 34 guests seated or 60 guests standing can spend the evening wining and dining beneath its eaves or, for a more intimate affair, The Hall can seat up for a dinner of 14. The opulent sitting room offers the perfect place to take some tea or coffee on their buttery sofas and armchairs, while cigars can be enjoyed in the adjoining courtyard. A plasma screen with HD laptop connection, DVD player, iPod dock, free WiFi and pads and pens are available on request.
Compton Abbas Airfield
Take to the skies at the nearby Compton Abbas Airfield with one of their unique flying experiences including the chance to fly vintage British aircrafts.
- Ashmore, Rushmore & Prescombe: shooting and stalking
- 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 Museum Inn 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.
- Blandford Forum: market, Georgian architecture
- Bournemouth: Pavillion Theatre, beach
- Ryshmore Park
- Larmer Tree gardens
- Hambledon Hill (prehistoric hill fort)
- Knowlton: discover the church and earthworks
Cranbourne Chase (AONB)
The Museum Inn is located on 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.
- Badbury Rings
- Brownsea Island
Nearest train station: Salisbury or Tisbury - 1h30min from London
Taxi from station: 30min from both
Drive: 2h10min from London, 20min from Shaftesbury, 30min from Salisbury.
Helicopter landing site available. Landing area latitude and longitude: 50.949404, -2.077693
Farnham, Nr Blandford Forum
Dorset, DT11 8DE