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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/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lovely

Beautiful place , very good english food, good beer. Great attention at the customer. Lovely...and people with dogs were so funny.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Oleggio Castello, Italy
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Oleggio Castello, Italy
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Beautiful place , very good english food, good beer. Great attention at the customer. Lovely...and people with dogs were so funny.

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kent
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We stayed for 3 nights and were impressed by the standard of the rooms and the friendliness of the staff and excellent service that they provided, We were also lucky to experience their first pub fete which was well attended and lots of fun. The restaurant food was excellent, beautifully presented and really tasty. The location is lovely and makes... More 

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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

great meal her, limited menu but what they do is very yummy. Fantastic dog friendly garden. Mum had ham, egg and chips(fantastic chips!!). I had asparagus and crispy egg and salad as not many veggie options this was a special as they had run out of ham hock. coofee in the sunny garden very tempted to stay all afternoon

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

This was an impromptu visit to treat my partner to a drink out which turned into a meal out in one of the loviest beer gardens I've ever been in. The location is beautiful with fields and views of the mediaeval church (which is definitely worth a visit as well). We decided on the rump steak special in peppercorn sauce... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I visited on a lovely sunny day and enjoyed sitting in the garden. The staff were welcoming and friendly . The menu was short (often a good sign I think!) , I chose the calves liver with black pudding and sage dumpling which was delicious, though I would have liked a green vegetable with this dish (I should have ordered... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

Judging by past experience, the Sherborne area although very pleasant otherwise, seems to be somewhat of a desert when looking for a memorable dining experience. After one or two dismal failures in the locality on our fairly regular visits to the locality, this time we cross referenced with other guides and came across this hidden away little gem of a... More 

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We have had several meals here now and it NEVER disappoints! The menu is varied and changes and everything we tried was delicious - including the Cider Ice cream!! We will be back!

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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

I am reviewing my recent overnight stay with my wife. This was a little 65th birthday treat. We stayed on a Sunday night when we found the pub and restaurant quite busy (it was quiz night, but also a tribute to the food). All our contacts were very friendly and service was excellent - congrats to Nick, the charming owner,... More 

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Yeovil
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

Lunch with friends. Well worth the trip to this remote olde worlde pub/restaurant. Very pleasant dining areas with cosy snug with open fire, sofas and arm chairs. Really great menu, covering all tastes. You will not be disappointed, the meal was superb. We had the steak, absolutely melt in the mouth with truly delicious sauce and really crispy chips. Fantastic.... More 

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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68 reviews 68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We had a lovely evening meal here, you can eat either in the pub or out in the restaurant, both are really nice but the pub is cosier. There's also a great little snug as you enter, with a roaring log fire in the winter. The food is quite expensive but it is delicious , we really enjoyed the whole... More 

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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 - 47
  • Cuisine: British

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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