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Acorn Inn

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The Acorn Inn, has been awarded GOLD in the Taste of the West Awards 2015 in the best dining pub category for the South West of England. It also recently received a full page rave review in Condé Nast Traveller, as well as the Sunday Mirror, Sunday Telegraph and Country Homes and Interiors. It’s also named as one of Tom Chessyre’s ‘Top 6 British Inns’ and highly rated in Alastair Sawday’s ‘Special Places to Stay’.

Run by the enthusiastic and experienced management team of Jack and Alexandra Mackenzie, The Acorn is that increasingly rare thing – a traditional village pub full of life, laughter and good company, but with an award-winning restaurant that’s a star attraction in its own right. More than one visitor has remarked (after a few pints) that they are moving to Evershot!

Built in the 16th century from the honey coloured local stone this old coaching inn still retains its original historical character and charm. Thomas Hardy mentions it as 'The Sow & Acorn' in 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' and the style, with its old beams, low ceilings, oak panelling, flagstone floors and roaring open fires is little changed from his era.

Ten comfortable en-suite hotel rooms in our family and pet friendly inn, are named after places in Hardy’s novels and provide the most modern creature comforts including free wi-fi, but with traditional fabrics and furnishings in keeping with the period.

The country pub is very much at the heart of the community, with a lively bar frequented by a great crowd of regulars who enjoy the real ales, quiz nights, skittles leagues and yard of ale drinking challenges in the company of laid back Jack. And yet the restaurant also wins top accolades from the serious foodies who come back time and again for the exceptional gastro experience.

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Number of Rooms: 10
Number Ensuite: 10

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Credit Cards Accepted
Evening Meal Provided
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
No Smoking Rooms
Open All Year
TV in Rooms

Sample Menu:

A La Carte Menu

Marinated Olives 2.5
Evershot bakery bread and butter 0.50 per person

First courses

Home made soup of the day with fresh Evershot bakery bread
Fino sherry @ £3.50 per 50ml 5

Game terrine with apple and cranberry puree, toasted Evershot bakery cob and red onion marmalade Chateau La Roca Grenache Syrah @ £4.45 per 125ml 7

Open lasagne of confit rabbit, leeks and wild mushrooms with cheese crisps and rosemary jus Cabaletta, Rosso del Venezie – Italy @ £4.50 per 125ml 8

Fresh Cornish crab, lime, coriander and chilli bruschetta, balsamic dressing
The Frost Pocket Sauvignon Blanc @ £ 4.95 per 125ml 8

Beetroot and herb cured salmon, orange fennel salad with fresh rocket and dill oil
Crocodiles Lair Chardonnay £5.65 per 125ml 7

Goats cheese and sun-blushed tomato mousse, beetroot tart tatin, beetroot crisps and sweet beetroot coulis
Walker Bay Sauvignon Blanc @ £4.75 per 125ml 6

Main courses

Slow roasted lamb shoulder in red wine, spiced crushed potatoes, baked heritage carrots, wilted
spinach and crumbled goats cheese Paparuda Pinot Noir @ £7.25 per 250ml 17

Char-grilled, 10 ounce, rump of beef , smoked bacon and artichoke gratin, buttered tender stem broccoli,
triple cooked chips and Béarnaise sauce Tomero Malbec @ £10.75 per 250ml 23

Roasted belly pork with fennel and Maldon sea salt crackling, sage mash, caramelised apple, parsnip
puree and Somerset cider sauce Villa Wolf Gewurztraminer @ £10.00 per 250ml 17

Maize fed chicken and Dorset blue Vinny Kiev on creamed potatoes, sautéed cabbage, smoked bacon, thyme jus and vegetable crisps Macon Villages Chardonnay @ £11.50 per 250ml 16

Light and crispy beer battered local fish of the day with triple cooked chips, mushy peas, fresh
lemon and homemade tartar sauce Picpoul de Pinet @ £8.35 per 250ml 13

Parsnip and carrot rosti, roasted sweet potato, spinach, leek and mushroom ragout and a spiced tomato sauce Blanc de Mer @ £8.50 per 250ml 13

Side dishes

Seasonal vegetables, triple cooked chips , chopped salad or tossed salad 3.25 each

Here at the Acorn, our philosophy is to create dishes using seasonal produce from local and sustainable sources. We work closely with our suppliers so they can provide us with line caught fish and farmers who adhere to good animal husbandry and free range practices. We were thrilled to be made Sustainability Champions 2014 by the Sustainable Restaurant Association, receive a Taste of the West Gold for Best Dining Pub 2015 & Best Pub in Dorset from South West Tourism 2014/15.A list of all our brilliant suppliers can be found on a blackboard in the bar.

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