This pub has come a long way since I first visited it in the late 1970s.
It is spacious, spotlessly clean and offers a warm welcome.
On our lunchtime visit last week the pub was quiet, with only one other family in the restaurant. People dining elsewhere were missing a treat.
My husband chose fish and chips, which he said was light and well-cooked, and I had lasagne, which came with a side salad and garlic bread.
Often pub lasagne is greasy and so hot that it burns the mouth, but this was perfectly cooked.
The minced beef was tender, the salad crisp and fresh, and the garlic bread generous - three slices.
We were too full for puddings, which was a shame, but we will be back when we are hungrier to enjoy a two-course meal.
This pub offers excellent value for money, well-cooked dishes, reasonably priced drinks and a friendly lady behind the bar and waiting at table - nothing was too much trouble for her.
There are some wonderful old photos of Shaftesbury and other scenes of Dorset on the walls, which provide interest for tourists and locals alike.
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