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The Stapleton Arms

Stapleton Arms Church Hill, Buckhorn Weston SP8 5HS England
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Reopened in July 2021 after a programme of refurbishment and under new ownership the Stapleton Arms in Buckhorn Weston is a stylish country pub with luxury en suite guest rooms situated on the Somerset / Dorset / Wiltshire border close to the A303, A30 between Shaftesbury and Sherborne. Offering an exciting menu of pub classics and more adventurous dishes, this family run pub has a lovely beer garden, open fire, cosy restaurant and a great range of ales and wines.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Children's playground
Highchairs available
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Non-smoking hotel
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Nickrogle wrote a review Jan 2024
48 contributions27 helpful votes
Yet another wonderful meal today. Their Sunday lunch was spectacular. I had the Sunday beef and my wife the pork. Both were excellent. Jo and Phil are great hosts. Their staff are superb and chef’s brilliant too. Without doubt a place to try if you haven’t yet
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Philip Mack, Owner at The Stapleton Arms
Responded 19 Jan 2024
Hi Nick, Thanks so much for your review and delighted to hear you enjoyed your food. We hope to see you both again soon. Kind regards, Phil and Jo
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Sean S wrote a review Jan 2024
6 contributions3 helpful votes
Booked for Sunday lunch on the day and they managed to fit us in early which worked really well as the restaurant and bar soon filled up with customers. We were met by very friendly staff who were extremely polite and friendly and efficient. Drinks soon arrived and starters soon arrived afterwards. We went for the trio of meats roast which I have to say was probably one of the best sunday roasts I’ve had. I can’t really fault our experience and we have booked to come back and sample some more amazing cuisine.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Response from Philip Mack, Owner at The Stapleton Arms
Responded 19 Jan 2024
Hi Sean, thank you so much for your fantastic review we really appreciate it. We are proud to have such a great kitchen team and happy, smiley front of house staff and it's always nice to hear when customers have enjoyed their visit so we can feed that back to the team. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit. Kind regards, Phil and Jo
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AnglaisBiarritz wrote a review Dec 2023
Somerset41 contributions10 helpful votes
We were a group of 11 celebrating our son’s 40th birthday at the end of November. The whole experience was fabulous - food, service, wine list, coffee,value for money. The food was really excellent and it was also really well priced. The warmth of welcome and Staff in general were outstanding. Everybody seems to love working there. I would thoroughly recommend this as a must visit Gastro Pub!
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Philip Mack, Owner at The Stapleton Arms
Responded 24 Dec 2023
Thank you so much for your kind review, we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. We are really fortunate to have a fabulous team of lovely people who enjoy looking after everyone and probably the best Chef in Dorset ;-) We hope you have a great Christmas and New Year and look forward to your next visit. Kind regards, Phil and Jo
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Lauren D wrote a review Dec 2023
5 contributions6 helpful votes
Visited on Friday 1st December for a large Christmas family get together. It was all a bit last minute and there were nearly 20 of us. From start to finish I couldn’t fault Jo and Phil’s hospitality. They were so attentive and accommodating, from making the booking to the night itself. The service on the night was flawless and the food was fantastic! Most of us had never been before and we will definitely be back! Thank you so much for everything!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 24 Dec 2023
Dear Lauren, thanks so much for your lovely review. We really enjoyed looking after you all and we are so pleased to hear you had a great evening. We look forward to seeing you all soon and hope you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year. Kind regards, Phil and Jo
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intrepid1145 wrote a review Dec 2023
Warminster, United Kingdom122 contributions46 helpful votes
The food and service at the Stapleton were faultless. The only issue was the size of the portions, they were enormous!! We all had starters and main courses and were struggling to finish the mains even though they were delicious. We will definitely be back but will probably skip the starter course
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 24 Dec 2023
Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate your feedback....our Head Chef Mike believes in farmer sized portions! We hope we see you again soon and wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year. Kind regards, Phil and Jo
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robinjn1 wrote a review Oct 2023
Sherborne, United Kingdom913 contributions346 helpful votes
We live 6 miles away and a neighbour suggested we give the pub a try. We were very glad that we did! The menu was really good. It looked as if a lot of consideration has been given to the options available. For my wife and I, it's always a good sign if there are lots of options that we would happily choose....and also, encouragement for us to visit again. We both started with the mushroom and Feta pie which was excellent. For main course, I had steak and kidney pie, cooked to perfection and with an added pot of gravy. Chips beautifully done and veg cooked to perfection. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her chicken curry. I wasn't going to have a desert...get bored with some of the 'manufactured' deserts some pubs serve up, but when I heard that they were all home made, I thought I'd at least have a look! The Bramley apple and pear crumble looked tempting....wow, it was delicious. Good choice of wines and reasonably priced. Finally, the staff. All amazing, especially as there was an England rugby semi final going on in the other bar and they were extremely busy. A very enjoyable evening, and will certainly return to try the other temptations on the menu
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 25 Oct 2023
Hi Robin, thank you so much for leaving us such a lovely review and we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit. Our fantastic kitchen team try to make as much on site as possible and we source as much of our meat and veg locally too. We hope you come back to see us again soon. Kind regards, Phil and Jo
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Ely S wrote a review Oct 2023
7 contributions7 helpful votes
We were just passing and decided to pop in. It was our first visit and wow, we were really impressed. Despite it being busy, our lovley waitress was very attentive and friendly. I had a delicious Omlette and my husband had a sausage ciabetta. Both came with chips and salad, beautifully presented and extremely tasty and excellent value. Thank you, we will definitely be back👍👍.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 25 Oct 2023
Good Morning, thank you so much for popping in to see us and we are really happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Phil and Jo
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Rosemary R wrote a review Sept 2023
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom22 contributions34 helpful votes
We eat out quite a lot in this area and the food at the Stapleton is by far the best. We have never had a bad meal there and the chef is amazing. My one criticism is the acoustics in the place. Bar and restaurant both get very noisy and it can be quite hard to hear anything. Small price to pay for such amazing food though.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: No good if you are slightly hard of hearing.
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Responded 24 Sept 2023
Dear Rosemary, thank you so much for your lovely comments we really appreciate it. We are fortunate to have an amazing kitchen and serving team. The acoustics are tricky at times, we've added some rugs and have some other plans to address the issue so hopefully we will make this better for everyone soon. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Kind regards, Phil and Jo
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Dee W wrote a review Sept 2023
Salisbury, United Kingdom5 contributions
Great service for a family party of nine of assorted ages. Enough on the menu to agree with everyone including a vegetarian. Decent sized portions fairly priced that satisfied some rugby playing young men.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Room Tip: Check out the road access, it is found via country lanes.
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Responded 9 Sept 2023
Hi Dee, fantastic to hear that you all enjoyed your lunch, we certainly enjoyed looking after you all. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review we really appreciate it and hope you will return to see us soon. Kind regards, Phil and Jo
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BernardWincanton wrote a review Sept 2023
United Kingdom29 contributions17 helpful votes
As ever the welcome from Jo and Phil is as warm and friendly as ever. What a delightful watering hole this place is. And dear reader, if it ticks yer box, their beefsteak pie is beyond divine. Well worth a visit.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 9 Sept 2023
Hi Bernard, it is always a pleasure to see you and your family and friends. We are so pleased you enjoy coming. Thank you for leaving us such a lovely review and looking forward to seeing you on your next visit soon! Kind regards, Phil and Jo
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Stapleton Arms
Which popular attractions are close to The Stapleton Arms?
Nearby attractions include Discworld Emporium (3.6 miles), Thorngrove Garden Centre (2.8 miles), and Gartell Light Railway (3.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Stapleton Arms?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at The Stapleton Arms?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Stapleton Arms?
Yes, free parking and a parking garage are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Stapleton Arms?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Bell and Crown, The Nog Inn, and The Ship Inn Restaurant.
Is The Stapleton Arms located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.03 miles away from the centre of Buckhorn Weston.
Are pets allowed at The Stapleton Arms?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to The Stapleton Arms?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Sherborne Abbey (8.9 miles), Sherborne Old Castle (8.6 miles), and North Dorset Railway - Shillingstone Station (9.0 miles).