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“Exceeded all our expectations. Wonderful!!”
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The Museum Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Farnham B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 6, 2013

We had our wedding reception at The Museum. The staff could not do enough for us and our guests. We had 34 for a wedding breakfast at 4pm and we gave our guests a menu choice and Helena and all her staff managed to deliver a fantastic 3 course meal to all our guests. The food was fantastic and with guests from France and London wowed by the food we were delighted. We stayed in the large and lovely General Suite with a 4 poster bed and balcony. We are fans of the venue and pleased to have introduced another 34 new fans. Thank you to all the staff.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Sweet pub with lovely warm decor. Having been to both the museum and the King John Inn, the King John Inn did serve much better and more accomplished gastro pub food. However, the service and the food was good here and better value in some ways. The crab risotto with scallops was excellent as was my pork terrine. The mains were also good, but the steak we ordered was cooked a little too rare (nearly blue) to be medium rare, but it was good all the same. The lamb with polenta was really nice. Service was friendly and efficient and the wine / beers good. Overall lovely little pub for a good plate of food and we had a lovely relaxed evening.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Farnham is a delightful small village in the heart of Dorset with thatched cottages, delightful small church and this wonderful Inn serving excellent food and a wide range of wines. Real Ale also available. We enjoyed a lunch with friends in the bar area where the food was beautifully presented and some delicious combinatins including Welsh Rarebit with Snails.

We stayed in one of the Stable Rooms which was of a good size but does overlook the car park (or in our case a marquee as we were attending a wedding!). The beds were comfortable and a delightful range of teas/coffee provided.

Breakfast was an enjoyable affair with lots of local food on the menu including eggs, sausages, and bacon. Smoked Haddock and Salmon also available.

Makes a lovely venue for a weekend away if you wish to walk, or visit nearby Salisbury or Bournemouth.

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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Diane_Robin
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

The food is great and you can have either just a drink and some nibbles or a full meal, at any time of day almost ! There are lots of comfortable chairs, settles and rooms to choose from and there are papers on hand to read. It has a good menu choice with tasty locally sourced food and the service is good.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank skatkatemouse
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

If you have to count pennies don't come here BUT we found the incredibly kind and helpful service and the good food and the little touches MOST appreciated, enjoyable and welcoming. A very professional yet personal service is on offer here. Locals in the bar area can be very noisy so if you want a bit more peace I would head off to a side room !

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Had heard so much praise by friends who had visited it in the past, although this was some time ago and have now learned it has changed hands since they last were there. We (4) visited full of anticipation, but sadly it did not attain the level that we were expecting. One of the waiting staff gave the impression that they would rather have been somewhere else. The food was just pub grub, albeit acceptable for pub food I guess. However, the Sirloin at £24.50 plus another £2.00 if you wanted a small jug of sauce with it, sadly did not meet with the description on the menu. The Guinness (I had just the one) was not kept well and again have tasted far better. However, the bottle of house red that two of us had with our meal was very good and they must be complemented for that. As I didn't have my reading glasses with me, I may well have missed the "Service Charge Included" on the menu. I hate that, having to pay for the meal to be brought to the table, because that would be the only service they provided. I was charged a little under £20 for that!! The dining furniture to say the least, is a bit Grandmothers kitchen table and you might have to try a couple of chairs to find one that feels mildly comfortable. Considering my guests and I had traveled some distance, I felt there were far better places I could have taken them for dinner. Just another pub pretending to be a restaurant resulting in Expensive Pub Food.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

June 2013 - eating not staying; friendly staff.

We went to the Museum recently, having not been there for ages. It used to be excellent when Mark Treasure (the chef) was there but it sadly has gone down hill considerably since the new owners. The interior decor has been cheaply refurbished and has detracted from the feel a country gastro-pub should have. Having been regulars when the original management ran it, we can both say that it would be buzzing most nights because the locals loved it.

The service was slow, the pub was relatively quiet with perhaps 15 people there at most. We ordered the calves liver with spring onion mash each and extra chips. It arrived after a long wait and was a rich but small portion for a main course. The liver was cooked well but lacked flavour, and the crispy bacon was cut too thick and overcooked. The mash was good with spring onions cut and mixed in with it. The gravy was too thin and flavourless. For £15.95 each for the mains, the food was extremely disappointing. The extra chips we ordered were undercooked, and the ones at the base of the pot were soggy which says a lot considering they were french fries which are easy to cook properly.

To be fair to The Museum Inn I'm sure it does have some lovely rooms to stay in though, and with a bit more refinement and quicker service it would be back on my list of top pubs in the area to visit for food.

If I was going to stay in the area, I would prefer the King John - if you go there you will catch a glimpse of what the Museum used to be like, certainly from the foodie angle anyway. In my opinion it has overtaken the Museum and we have been regulars there for a while anyway because it is closer to us. Have a few pints at the Museum - the Sixpenny Handley Best brew is great. Farnham is a quaint village to walk around too.

I'm an amateur foodie - I hope you find this review helpful.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about The Museum Inn

Address: High Street, Farnham DT11 8DE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Farnham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Farnham
Price Range: $111 - $186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Museum Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Museum Inn is a superb 17th Century country inn situated in the delightful village of Farnham, Dorset, on the glorious Cranborne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a renowned countryside pursuit's destination. The pub has eight beautifully appointed double en-suite rooms, four in the pub itself and a further four in the old Stables. If you want to add an extra luxurious touch to your stay, choose our General's room which comes complete with floor-to-ceiling French windows, darkwood antique furnishings and a stunning four poster bed. Each of our bedrooms come with luxury Feather and Black bedding, flat screen digital television, direct dial telephone, Wi-Fi internet access, and tea & coffee making facilities with homemade biscuits. Our 2 Rosettes restaurant serves seasonal British food and you can expect that every plate on the Museum Inn menu is as fresh as it can be and is expertly crafted with a passion for the local countryside. With low ceilings, flag stone floors and a roaring log fire, the Museum bar has a cosy, traditional feel with a relaxing ambience that ensures a steady stream of local clientele. It offers a wide selection of imported drafts and local beers as well as an extensive wine list. Salisbury and its cathedral are only a 30 minute drive away whilst the beautiful hillside town of Shaftesbury is only 20 minutes. The Museum Inn also sits 2 miles away of the historic Rushmore Park, an area of lawn and open woodland home to the Rushmore Golf Club. ... more   less 
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