The Shave Cross Inn

Shave Cross Dorset DT6 6HW

You'd be hard pushed to find a prettier beer garden than that of The Shave Cross Inn, a quaint 700-year-old pub in the heart of West Dorset. But despite the very English walled garden, cosy pub interior and selection of real ales, the food here is decidedly exotic, with a Caribbean-influenced menu featuring the likes of Creole sea bass, veggie filo parcels with calypso rice, Guyanese goat curry and Jamaican jerk pork with pineapple and plantain. Inside there are flagstone floors (peer hard and you'll find the odd embedded fossil) and roaring open fireplaces with a separate restaurant area. Outside there's a thatched well, pond, and children's playground, and if that's not enough, there's also Britain's oldest thatched skittle alley, said to partly date back to the tenth century. 

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