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8 surprising places to lunch near Shaftesbury, Dorset

THERE are an awful lot of very good places to lunch in Shaftesbury when it comes to hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants. The surrounding countryside of The Blackmore Vale and Cranborne Chase also has some seriously good pubs serving top class food.

The Fontmell in Fontmell Magna; The Crown Inn at Marnhull; The Ship at West Stour; The White Lion at Bourton; The Coppleridge at Motcombe; The Benett Arms at Semley; The Beckford Arms at Fonthill Gifford and The Forester in Donhead St Andrew are just some we can recommend.

But what we also have close to town is a number of eclectic places which offer an extraordinary lunch experience, from a baguette in a prison cafe, light lunch in a motorbike dealership or village shop, food on the farm to amazing spreads in a brush factory, walled garden and airfield cafe.

Now, where else could you say that?!

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