Square & CompassHomemade ciders and pies and a wonderful view at a truly independent pub
Credit: Square & Compass
A large slab of home-made potato pie and a local pint at the Square & Compass is a glorious combo after a walk along the South West Coast Path. The pub is a short detour off the path, and attracts walkers, bikers and cyclists thanks to its scenic location and no-nonsense food and drink offering. There are pies, pasties and sausage rolls, all own-made, as is the cider. Leave room, too, for their apple cake – another huge but delicious portion.
The Grade-II listed building is tiny, with a dark, atmospheric interior and a bar that’s actually two hatches, but there are lots of tables outdoors, all with views of the rolling Dorset hills. Musicians play on Sunday afternoons and some evenings, there’s a fossil collection to examine, and community events through the year, including a cider festival in November. Service is swift, but expect to queue at the hatch on sunny weekends – this is a deservedly popular spot.
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