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The Rose and Crown Inn Trent

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Opposite St. Andrew's Church, Sherborne DT9 4SL, England
+44 1935 850776
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: This picturesque rural Dorset gem dates back to the 14th century, when it...
This picturesque rural Dorset gem dates back to the 14th century, when it was built to house the builders of the Saint Andrew's church spire. It maintains rustic charm and hosts original features of a thatched roof, beams, large fire places and flagstone floors - an old-fashioned village local with amazing views out over the rolling fields from the beer garden.The pub is now nestled in the heart of the Ernest Cook Trust estate that surrounds Trent village and which is steeped in interesting history. King Charles II hid at Trent Manor House during his escape to France. It was also the home of Colonel Francis Wyndham.The pub was brought into its prime in recent years by the amazing landlord "Buff Biggins" and his legend still lives in the pub now. We have a great reputation for Fine ale; with Camra and Cask Marque we always have Wadworths 6X along with 3-4 other immaculately kept ales.we have 5 star rating for our wonderful new bedrooms. and a special food award from the AA.Winners of the Perfect Pint award.A choice of alfresco dining with views over the fields or just outside the front of the pub watching people coming and going. The Barrow lounge is a wonderful relaxing area with an open fire and comfortable leather sofa. The conservatory has wonderful views out over the valley and garden and the far end of the bar offers a causal view out over one of the local farmer's fields and all the way to Nether Compton. The food compliments the surroundings with good local producers and suppliers in order to offer some traditional British food but also some of Chef Marcus Wilcox's own creations and twists, which can be from a simple snack of Pork Crackling with Apple Sauce to our own version of "Chateau Briand".
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food and friendly service!

I enjoyed lunch at this venue on two separate occasions recently and both times I really had a great my meal. The food was well prepared, very fresh and tasty. The staff were efficient and very friendly and i would not hesitate to recommend this establishment to anyone!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed lunch at this venue on two separate occasions recently and both times I really had a great my meal. The food was well prepared, very fresh and tasty. The staff were efficient and very friendly and i would not hesitate to recommend this establishment to anyone!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our lunch there.food was really good and reasonable price too.staff are so accommodating and dog friendly.lots of space.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I only have good things to say about our lunch experience at The Rose and Crown, there were quite a few of us, maybe 18 or so in an already busy pub/restaurant but the girls took care of us beautifully taking our order while we had drinks in the stunning garden, our table was waiting ready for us inside where... More 

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We went here for lunch on a sunny Saturday at around 2pm. We chose here because they have a fantastic garden outside where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine, or have your meal. We chose the ploughman's to share with a side portion of chips. I had a couple of glasses of very nice Marlborough white wine,... More 

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

went here for a celebration and having booked weeks before and asked for a nice table were shown to our table right next to the toilet door ! service was polite and and informative and the wine list extensive if a little pricey starters were great and probably the best part of the meal mains were ok as was the... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Visited the pub for lunch earlier today and loved it! Beautiful gardens and a perfect place to enjoy great food in the English countryside!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We had booked for five for lunch but grew to a party of 8 and also moved our table outside which can often cause problems for small busy pubs but both manager and staff didn't bat an eyelid and this set the scene for an excellent , if rather unplanned , large Sunday lunch .The place was packed but the... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

When we arrived at the restaurant it was nice inside I went up too order drinks and asked if they had a free table which they did have so I paid for our drinks and was shown to our table we ordered our food ,and while we were waiting we ordered some more drinks my husband ordered a Shiraz but... More 

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Wallington, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

A relative of mine hosted a party for about 120 people at the Rose and Crown. Luckily, it was a lovely warm day as there was a marquee and everyone was milling about in the pub garden. The view of a patchwork of fields complete with black and white cows, a small church and wide open skies, was a great... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We had a pleasant meal here, but the trouble is the food is neither haut cuisine nor is it simple pub food. It falls between the two, and to be honest is tooseasoned and too buttery for my liking. Not great value. I would like to see a more imaginative menu, slightly simpler cooking but still with high-quality ingredients.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Opposite St. Andrew's Church, Sherborne DT9 4SL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  Sherborne
  • Phone Number: +44 1935 850776

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 48
  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

This picturesque rural Dorset gem dates back to the 14th century, when it was built to house the builders of the Saint Andrew's church spire. It maintains rustic charm and hosts original features of a thatched roof, beams, large fire places and flagstone floors - an old-fashioned village local with amazing views out over the rolling fields from the beer garden.The pub is now nestled in the heart of the Ernest Cook Trust estate that surrounds Trent village and which is steeped in interesting history. King Charles II hid at Trent Manor House during his escape to France. It was also the home of Colonel Francis Wyndham.The pub was brought into its prime in recent years by the amazing landlord "Buff Biggins" and his legend still lives in the pub now. We have a great reputation for Fine ale; with Camra and Cask Marque we always have Wadworths 6X along with 3-4 other immaculately kept ales.we have 5 star rating for our wonderful new bedrooms. and a special food award from the AA.Winners of the Perfect Pint award.A choice of alfresco dining with views over the fields or just outside the front of the pub watching people coming and going. The Barrow lounge is a wonderful relaxing area with an open fire and comfortable leather sofa. The conservatory has wonderful views out over the valley and garden and the far end of the bar offers a causal view out over one of the local farmer's fields and all the way to Nether Compton. The food compliments the surroundings with good local producers and suppliers in order to offer some traditional British food but also some of Chef Marcus Wilcox's own creations and twists, which can be from a simple snack of Pork Crackling with Apple Sauce to our own version of "Chateau Briand".

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