We like to think we’re connoisseurs when it comes to a good pub and The Fontmell
in Fontmell Magna always delivers.
Pubs come and go, the kitchen goes off, the punters leave but The Fontmell, we’re happy to share, is a safe pair of hands.
You’re in the heart of walking territory here – the awe-inspiring and heart-busting Hambledon Hill is five minutes away as are Thomas Hardy’s Melbury Downs. You can even fly a plane at nearby Compton Abbas airfield which makes it an ideal spot for thrill seeking weekend retreaters.
We like it as much for a post-walk cider and a homemade sausage roll as a full blown lunch in the dining room (with the vibe of an old school library).
A recent lunch with friends delivered the full spectrum of fail-safe cooking from the kids Hereford beef burgers with smoked cheddar and fries, to an exquisite smoked haddock risotto and a spot on fish and chips (fat chips, pea puree, beer batter). One of our favourite things to eat and thank God they never seem to take it off the menu, is the seafood tapas – crab soup, smoked salmon, prawn cocktail and tiger prawn tempura.
The dining room is usually packed and you’ll need to book, the bar has an open fire and just the right selection of magazines. Oh and in summer they serve wood-fired pizzas in the garden. Champagne lovers take note coming soon (26 April) is a Charles Heidsieck dinner, four courses matched with a different champagne. Total decadence which is what we like.