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Oh, to be clad in chequered knitwear and tweedy plus fours, with a basket of balls beside us, a keen caddie behind us, and a green and pleasant golf course before us. In this lust for all things golf-y, our Hotel of the week spotlight glows brightly upon The Bull Inn, a pretty little pub with a golf-themed offer…

Style Well-mannered watering hole
Setting Fields, farms and thatch

Our favourite bits Food is the Bull’s headline act; no posturing or pretension, just honest, well-crafted and delicious dishes. Chef Matt Davey, once of the nearby Museum Inn, has been parachuted in to manage the menu, a showcase for fine fish and game dishes that champion Dorset-found fare. The local ale ain’t half bad, either…

Why this week? Calling all amateur and ardent golfers! The Bull Inn is keen to help you perfect your swing, and is offering a boutique hotel offer with a golfing theme: a one-day masterclass with an expert golfer at the nearby Remedy Oak Golf Club, a three-course dinner back at the hotel, and breakfast the next morning.

Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘Mark Thornton has lived the dream: make your fortune in the city, then run off to the countryside to do something you actually care about. The Bull Inn is his labour of love. This remote village watering hole was nothing to write home about when Mark bought it in 2009, now it could fill postcards a dozen times over. For a start, there’s the location – a remote hamlet on the the cusp of Cranborne Chase, a pigeon’s throw from the Earl of Shaftesbury’s gaff. This is prime rambling/riding/shooting/fishing/all of the above country, a patchwork of field and forest that reminds urbanites England is indeed both green and pleasant. Tall hedgrows line narrow roads, so getting here is like driving through a leafy-green labyrinth. Thank heaven there’s a decent pint waiting when you get there.’

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