Dorset's hidden secret!
Your friendly local pub in the heart of the Dorset countryside
We discovered The Trooper Inn (now our home) in 2006 - drawn by the friendly, rural community and quiet, scenic surroundings.
Since taking ownership of the pub, we have doubled the size of our family, won The Taste of Dorset Award for best local and beat 57,000 other pubs to get down to the last 16 of CAMRA Pub of the Year 2013.
Quite an achievement considering most people don’t know where we are!!
We have featured in every edition of The Good Beer Guide since 2006.
The 6 skittle teams and darts teams which frequent us ensure a lively and friendly atmosphere.
Choose from an excellent selection of award-winning beers including those from our own micro-brewery. (When Kevin gets the time to brew).
We are a friendly pub at the heart of our community: a stone-built, single-room village pub with a separate function room/skittle alley.
Every Friday evening, you can join our popular, traditional fish and chips night.
In pleasant weather, you can enjoy sitting outside the front of the pub, watching village life, and we also have a cosy beer garden to the side of the pub.
Our private camping and caravan site, situated in a small field to the rear, is recommended by the Evening Standard (April 2016): '10 of Dorset's best attractions and camping spots'.
An annual beer festival is held in the Spring, with other events throughout the year, including regular live traditional jazz sessions and folk music.
Dogs and walkers are welcome.
Even though we're a well-kept secret, we'd love you to find us! Look for our brown pub signs from the A357, between Sturminster Newton and Stalbridge.
We look forward to seeing you!
Kevin and Zena.