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“Did not work for me”

New Inn Cerne Abbas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$24
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Description: This beautiful 16th century former coaching inn is an iconic building located in the heart of Cerne Abbas, one of the prettiest villages in England. Recognition in the major guide books has come and The Good Pub Guide awarded us County Dining Pub of the Year. The village is within easy reach of Weymouth, Bridport and Shaftsbury. It is also the perfect stop-off point for those coming to or from Devon and Cornwall. Journey-time by car from London is approximately 2½ hours and there is a good train service to both the aforementioned county towns where taxi transfers can be arranged.
Poole, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
362 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Did not work for me”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Beautifully restored gastro pub. Immaculate loos, well paved courtyard. Our visit was on a Monday lunchtime with friends. Very quiet, 3 other customers. Went to bar to pick up menus "You can't have those , all we have got is on this blackboard". They were complicated gastro pub, slghtly pretentious dishes. " but we have got sandwiches" which were rattled off in sharp order. My guests had to memorise them like Kim's game. We got the impression we were slightly interfering with a quiet monday lunch time. We had a bottle of wine & some blackboard dishes which were satisfactory. As there were six of us catching up with news we made quite a bit of noise but it was all slightly uncomfortable with staff hovering. Dishes came quickly & staff were efficient but I have dined out enough to know a warm welcome. Would suit a romantic couple for a quiet whisper in the corner.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Aldhelm
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English first
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

If you have not visited Cerne Abbas then you must do so. It is a quiet and charming village close to the hillside chalk figure of the Cerne Abbas Giant. The small church is well worth a look and packed with history. Once again a pub lunch and this time smoked salmon sandwiches, not the best ever, but fresh and with a nice amount of sides, including well dressed coleslaw.

We sat in the courtyard as it was a nice day and people at other tables were friendly, which added to the ambience. Service and attention, excellent. have been before and will definitely go again.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank Margaret F
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Bradford on Avon, England
Level 4 Contributor
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“Seek an ye shall find”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

A Gem, Owned I believe by Palmers Brewery, who have clearly invested heavily here, money well spent, very nice establishment. Somewhat off the beaten track but well worth seeking out. We stopped for lunch during a leisurely journey, nice day, so opted to sit in the courtyard, (pretty looking garden too). Staff were very helpful, and lunch absolutely delicious, between the two of us we opted for a selection of starters rather than a full on meal, all were fantastic, and the mini breads.....to die for. Looking forward to another leisurely drive and detour to Cerne Abbas, perhaps to stop over (rooms available) and experience the dinner menu!!!.....well done chef.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Copers4
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
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6 restaurant reviews
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“Very very good, creative food”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

I find it had to fault this place. I'm intrigued by some of the more negative reviews. The team here is clearly committed to excellence (not just good), at a reasonable price. Main courses went from £15-£23. We walked in off the street and got a table in 10 minutes.

The food here was very very good indeed, creative, and stunningly presented. I did not find it expensive at all. This kind of food takes a lot of work, and requires real devotion to produce to this standard. All the ingredients were top quality and the flavours..... exciting and delightful. I absolutely loved it.

The setting is smart country pub. Relaxed, attentive service. I would absolutely come here again and will recommend it to anyone who will listen to me rave about the food.

We had been walking through Wiltshire and Dorset for several days, having very different meals each night, wherever we were staying, and this was by FAR the best and the best value. We paid £84 for three courses and 5 drinks for two people. We wouldn't have eaten like this every night but so glad we did for this one.

For example - my dessert: Citrus Creme Caramel with Cherry Soup. The flavour combinations in this dish were outstanding. You could clearly taste each main ingredient, yet have something totally new when all combined.

The setting almost didn't do justice to the food in my view. A good linen napkin would have been nice for example. But really - I'm just being picky now.

  • Visited July 2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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“Wonderful ambience”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Based on recommendations we chose The New Inn for a quiet and private leaving meal.

When you arrival you notice what a lovely building it is and this is carried on throughout the establishment.

We where directed to our table and a drinks was taken almost immediately. Good selection of wines and ales.

The menu consisted of 4 starters, 5 mains and 6 puddings. Also a lunch/ bar menu, with a Sunday roast available on Sundays lunchtimes.

Sample menu below, which is slightly different from the one we had.

The Inn Menu

[Lunch served 12 - 2.15 p.m., dinner served 7 - 9.30 p.m.]


Soup of the day (see blackboard)
Twice baked Portland crab soufflé, citrus salad
Pressed ham, globe artichoke and truffle terrine, piccalilli
Goats’ cheese & pistachio roulade, poached pear, prune puree

Slow roast pork belly & crackling, braised red cabbage, apple sauce & champ
Truffle roasted chicken breast, crushed carrots, runner beans, Madeira cream
Sirloin of mature Angus beef, field mushroom, café de Paris butter, triple cooked chips
Mushroom “Scotch egg”, curly kale, Jerusalem artichoke, mustard dressing
Fillet of line caught cod, crispy potatoes, marinated peppers, lemon jam

Extras (£2.75)

Tender stem broccoli New Potatoes Mixed leaf salad
Triple cooked chips Dish of olives Home made bread


Raspberry & white chocolate baked Alaska, nougatine
Crèpes Suzette soufflé, orange blossom ice cream
Baked dark chocolate fondant, tonka bean panna cotta, poached black fig
Plate of mini puds (to share or not…)
Selection of cheese, fig bread & apple
Lovington’s ice cream

Wine List

Our wines (pdf)

Bar/Lunch Specials

Portland crab & scallop chowder with sweet corn & pancetta

Whole grilled mackerel with samphire, char grilled peppers & new potatoes

New Inn Salad with pickled carrots, haloumi, garlic croutons & candied cashews

Devon Mussels mariniere, triple cooked chips

Slow cooked lamb shoulder with champ mash

Pan fried ham terrine, fried egg & chips

Salmon, cod & smoked haddock fishcake, tomato compote

Home made ½ lb burger, pickles & triple cooked chips

Sunday lunch

Roast rib of Scottish beef with all the trimmings

Slow roast pork belly with all the trimmings

I had the ham hock to start, the pork belly and the chocolate delice. All where fabulous and couldn't fault them. Other had the steak which was equally divine and they where not actually able to finish it and portions where so generous.

We sat in the restaurant area which looked over a lovely maintained courtyard with what looked like accommodation. Owing to the size of the restaurant not being too big it created a very relaxed feeling which meant that the 3 plus hours we we're there flew by.

We paid £210 for 5 people including drinks and coffee.

I would highly recommended as a special treat as would the others I went with. Well worth the short drive from town.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank storm082
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