We were passing, stopped off for lunch, and settled by the log fire. We chose from the Main menu the Sea Bream and the Lamb Shoulder Croquette . Delicious and well crafted meals, every item on our plates a culinary work of art, nothing was bland; we were sorry when the performance came to an end. As is usual for lunch we gave pudding a miss. Expensive? If you were aiming to fill a large hole and had little regard for the value of the Chef's creativity and effort you might think so. But the range of food and prices is large and clearly printed on the menu. If you want simple, filling and less expensive food, as we often do, you can have that here.
Ambience? It's a friendly inclusive sort of place, clearly used as a Meeting place by locals, drinking at the bar, reading their papers in and out of the buzz of conversation and bouts of laughter with the 'owners'? . You’ll see the odd dog or two, padding about the pale flagstones, flagstones still managing like magic to remain spotlessly clean! The pub’s elegant style suggests old, and yet unusually the colours, even of the wood, although muted are relatively light, honeyed, as one might see in a Scandinavian period house. Outside a man was painting the sturdy wooden fencing. Everything everywhere looks pristine - and I include the loos. When I've finished writing this I will read about the place! Presumably it has at one time been a museum. If I turn out to be wide off the mark at least I will have given my first impression.
Would we eat there again - or recommend it to anyone else? Of course we would. It looks to be the sort of eating - or just drinking - establishment that will adapt to requirements ( e.g Restaurant or Pub? Gourmet or Simple food?) and give a warm welcome
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Museum Hotel Farnham
- The Museum Inn Farnham, Dorset