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