The Inn at Cranborne has only been open since April (2012) having been closed for some two and a half years. It was originally known as the ‘Fleur-de-Lys’ but I gather the poor reputation of the old pub necessitated a change of name. This explains the tasty pint “The Fleur”. The new Inn is a ‘gastropub’/hotel, newly refurbished and highly recommended. I had a large room, over the kitchen, with a massive king sized bed, and a bathroom with an ample walk-in shower.
Jane Gould, the owner, is an enthusiastic, ebullient antipodean who seems to be everywhere at once. The willing and welcoming staff follow her lead.
Eating is anywhere in the bar area or, weather permitting, outside where the furniture is solid and comfortable. Various menus according to your wants. Sandwiches/wraps (for example: salmon & crayfish, warm bacon & brie, roasted Mediterranean vegetable) or full blown meals of high quality (for example: New Forest mushrooms, rump of lamb, sausages and mash).
According to type of room and time of the week rooms cost between £75 and £120 per night, including a full English breakfast which will set you up for the day.
Booking for hotel and/or meals essential.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Within this 17th Century building, Jane Gould has brought about her own vision of a traditional English Country Inn. Amongst the wood burning stoves, cosy corners and sharing tables you will find hearty interesting food, lovingly restored bedrooms featuring large beds with snuggly duvets and a choice of pillows and fabulous en-suite bathrooms with powerful showers, some roll-top baths and Bramley products.The daily changing menu is interesting but not overwhelming and there is always great range of well-kept Real Ales, including the Inn’s own Fleur Ale, brewed specially by Hall & Woodhouse.The Inn at Cranborne is fast becoming a focal point of the delightful village of Cranborne, set as it is in the heart of Cranborne Chase with its ample opportunities for fishing and shooting. It is a short drive to the New Forest, the beautiful Jurassic Coast and the sandy beaches of Bournemouth. Winborne, Salisbury, Shaftesbury and many gardens and historic places are within an easy drive. The area is also great for cycling and walking, with Jubilee trail right on our doorstep. ... more less
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