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7 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 Crown Inn at Marnhull; The Ship at West Stour; Stapleton Arms at Buckhorn Weston; The White Lion at Bourton; The Bell & Crown at Zeals; The Coppleridge at Motcombe; The Benett Arms at Semley; The Beckford Arms at Fonthill Gifford and The Forester in Donhead St Andrew are some we can presently recommend.

But what we also have close to town is a number of eclectic places which offer an extraordinary lunch experience, from a light lunch in a motorbike collection to the garden of a Post Office; from an amazing farm shop to a walled garden cafe, and from a brush factory to an airfield cafe.

Now, where else could you say that?!

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