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The Bar at The Grosvenor Arms

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Setting: Country market town
Cuisine: European with a twist
Paws: All welcome

An inn since Medieval times, this buzzy pet-friendly eatery has a tempting treat for all. Sitting beside Gold Hill (famous for its staring role in Ridley Scott’s Hovis commercial), The Grosvenor Arms has a heart and a soul. Dogs are part of the family here, and you can dine with fido in the bar, conservatory or courtyard, where food is served throughout the day and evening. Be sure to try one of the wood-fired pizzas – they are a speciality here!

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While dogs are not allowed in the restaurant, there are several inviting spaces for your dog to accompany you as you eat, including the bar, deli and courtyard. You can also relax in the conservatory and enjoy an afternoon cup of tea and cake. The bar is wood-panelled and welcoming, while the courtyard, with its gently-flowing fountain, is a perfect place to switch off for both human and hound. The full restaurant menu is available in the bar, conservatory and courtyard.

Menus change regularly but you can expect dishes such as Cornish hake fillet with samphire, fennel, harissa, wild rice and sorrel, or roast rump of lamb with rocket and hazelnut pesto, served alongside new season carrots, bacon, peas and crushed jersey royals. There is also a good selection of West Country cheeses.

Doggy delights

With a dog-friendly spot come rain or shine, you and fido will enjoy the laid-back vibe as you relax here, which may be much needed if you’ve just taken the historic walk up Gold Hill, adjacent to The Grosvenor Arms. A bowl and treats will be waiting for you when you arrive.

By day

The bar serves food all day, and don’t forget to try the pizzas. The Grosvenor Arms prides itself on true Italian offerings from its wood fired oven. Lunch options are served from noon to 3pm and include a good selection of ciabattas and salads for lighter options, as well as heartier mains.

From dusk

A variety of local beers, wines, a selection of Bloody Marys, and a tempting cocktail selection are on offer – don’t miss ‘Happy Hour’ from 5pm to 8pm.

The extra bits

There are 16 dog-friendly rooms available at this contemporary, country-casual bolt hole.

Children’s menus are available.

If you’re lucky enough to be staying on the first Thursday of the month, make sure you enjoy Jazz Night.


  • Cuisine: European with a twist
  • The bar, deli and courtyard are open for food from 7.30am to 10pm daily
  • Lunch: Noon to 3pm
  • Dinner: 6pm to 10pm
  • A late afternoon menu, featuring a selection of a la carte dishes and wood-fired pizzas, is available daily
  • On a warm day, relax in the courtyard with fido
  • After a stroll around this market town, explore the blissful surrounding countryside

Where We Are


Shaftesbury, famous as ‘Shaston’ in Thomas Hardy’s novels, is a wonderful place to sample the local fare on market days. Once you’ve taken a turn around the Saxon hill top fort, and admired the Abbey (which dates back to King Alfred’s days) in this delightful town, head out and explore this very English of counties.

Known as the gateway to the South West, this historic town is surrounded by beautiful English countryside and is just half an hour from Cranborne Chase. Straddling the counties of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset, 379 acres of this chalk plateau have been designated an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so there is plenty for you to explore with your dog.

For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below, as well as our guide to the dog-friendly New Forest on our Dog Digest pages.


Address: The Grosvenor Arms, High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8JA

Hit the road

The Grosvenor Arms is easy to find in the centre of Shaftesbury. Just put the postcode in to your Sat Nav, and whether you arrive from the A350 or the B3081, follow the signs to the town centre. The Grosvenor Arms is on the High Street. Parking is not available on site, so use Bell Street car park just 2 minutes’ walk away.

All aboard

Gillingham railway station is less than five miles away, and will connect you with surrounding towns. If staying nearby without the car, arrange a dog-friendly taxi to take you to The Grosvenor Arms.

For more tips on travelling with your dog, including transport options, read our essential guide to travelling with dogs. For more handy tips, check out Dog Digest.

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