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The King John Inn, Tollard Royal

We love this local pub in the heart of Wilts - the best of country living at a gorgeous country pub

It truly is the best of country living at this gorgeous inn, nestled inside the beautiful Cranborne Chase on the Wiltshire border. The King John Inn’s team are passionate about celebrating the heritage and sophistication of British countryside life, from its food to its fine traditions to country sports.

Let’s start with their award-winning restaurant: unsurprisingly, with fine shooting estates and the Cranbourne Chase on their doorstep, their menus are rich in game and fresh ingredients straight from field-to-fork. Their proximity to the coast also gives them access to the finest in British seafood. Just as we always like to see, they work with a number of small farms and local suppliers, offering up relaxed versions of the traditional British classics – an approach that has seen them awarded 2 AA Rosettes. We’ve got our eyes on the twice baked Westcombe Cheddar cheese souffle and the dressed Portland crab – yum!

Staying over? Book into one of their eight luxury bedrooms – true rustic sanctuaries with fine antique furnishings, en-suite bathrooms with roll-top tubs or rain showers and king-size beds draped in feather bedding. They also offer Noble Isle bath products – our favourites.

Are you a dog lover? When it comes to doggie heaven, this shooting pub has it in bells and whistles. Their overnight package includes a dog bed, blanket and bowl in your room, and downstairs at the bar are doggy treats and pawsecco.

For a special occasion you need look no further – there are plenty of spaces on offer, including a private Lounge, to offer an exquisite heritage destination for celebrations or weddings. For summer dining, enjoy eating al fresco in their elegant Victorian tiered garden.

Out and about, they are perfectly placed for fishing, shooting and walking. Some of the UK’s premiere shoots including the renowned Ashcombe, Rushmore and Prescombe Estates are just moments away. And with their historic Victorian building named after one of King John’s hunting lodges, shooting is a way of life here…If you are arranging a shooting party, enjoy an effortless stay here with fully insured gun cabinets, dog beds, private lounge with open fire and leather sofas, full English breakfasts, award-wining wine list, cigars and nearby helipad. They can even arrange a dedicated Shoot Butler to cater to all your shooting needs.

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Tollard Royal Wiltshire SP5 5PS
+44 (0)1725 516 207

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