Places to go out & eat & drink in Sherborne
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Local Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs, Bars, etc in Sherborne

Places to eat & drink in Sherborne.

Lying on the Dorset-Somerset border, Sherborne once occupied a strategic location and was the Saxon capital of Wessex. It still has reminders of its importance in the shape of an abbey and two castles. The novelist Thomas Hardy re-named it 'Sherton Abbas' in his book 'Woodlanders'.

Sherborne Abbey dates back to the 8th century and was used as a cathedral. It had to be rebuilt in the 15th century and contains the remains of two of Alfred the Great's brothers as well as Thomas Wyatt, the 16th century poet. Sherborne School has occupied part of the abbey since 1550.

A local 12th century castle was offered to Sir Walter Raleigh as a gift by Elizabeth 1. Although he graciously accepted this prize he quickly built a more comfortable version of it - an Elizabethan manor house now known as Sherborne Castle. The ruins of an historic palace, now owned by English Heritage, lie close by. It was built by the Bishop of Salisbury, Chancellor of England, but was destroyed in 1645 during the Civil War.

We cannot give a full list of all available food outlets but below is a small selection of those available in Sherborne or surrounding areas.

Sherborne Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, Food Outlets, etc

Digby Tap

Cooks Lane, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3NS
Tel: 01935 813148

The Digby Tap - Sherborne's only Free House serves traditional bar food from 12.00 - 1.45pm Monday to Saturday. The Digby Tap was also used as a location for " A Murder of Quality" based on the novel by John Le Carré, who disliked Sherborne School so much that he faked a nervous breakdown to persuade his father to send him to a Swiss university.
Type: Pub/Inn

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The Grange at Oborne

Oborne, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4L
Tel: 01935 813463    Fax: 01935 817464

Award winning (3 RAC Dining Awards) traditional cuisine from chef Martin Barrett.
Type: Restaurant

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Half Moon

Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LN
Tel: 01935 812017    Fax: 01935 815295

Traditional bar and restaurant food is on offer at The Half Moon. Please be aware that the  restaurant operates a no smoking policy. Enjoy real ales. Children welcome. Dogs allowed. Garden. Accommodation available. AA five diamonds.
Type: Pub/Inn

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Bristol Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4JD
Tel: 01935 812229

Please contact the Landlord for further details regarding food served at the Mermaid.
Type: Pub/Inn

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Queens Head

High Street, Milborne Port, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5DQ
Tel: 01963 250314    Fax: 019630339

Home-cooked food is served in the Bar, Conservatory or Milking Parlour of the Queens Head, a pub dating back to Elizabethan England, having first been recorded as a hostelry in 1738.
Type: Pub/Inn

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Skippers Inn

Horsecastles, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3HE
Tel: 01935 812753   

Bar Food: 11:30am - 2.00pm, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Restaurant: 12.00 - 2.00pm, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Type: Pub/Inn

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White Hart

Bishops Caundle, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5ND
Tel: 01963 23301

Bar Food: 12.00 -2.00pm, 7.00pm - 9:30pm
Restaurant: 12.00 - 2.00pm, 7.00pm - 9:30pm
Type: Pub/Inn

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