The Acorn Inn, Dorchester DT2 0JW
Thomas Hardy Country, Historic Features, Quality Food
This 16th-century coaching inn is quite literally plucked from the pages of a classic novel. Name-dropped by Thomas Hardy in his book ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’, The Acorn Inn appears to have retained much of its old-world charm. Located in the beautiful village of Evershot, the inn’s rural setting is complemented by its warm service and its fine local cuisine.
The Acorn Inn’s 10 bedrooms range from snug doubles toelegant four-poster rooms, each equipped with complimentary wifi and luxurious toiletries. Exposed beams, oak panelling and flagstone floors all add to a sense of rural tranquillity throughout the venue. But for a true taste of the inn’s history, make sure you book ‘The Hardy’ Room. Its carved oak, four-poster bed is adorned with acorns and oak leaves and is believed to be over 350 years old!
In the restaurant, Executive Chef Robert Ndungu creates seasonal dishes with ingredients sourced from nearby artisanal producers. All the bread is baked a few doors down at the Evershot Bakery, while their veggies are grown onsite.
Maverick tip: The Acorn Inn is dog friendly, so if you’re bringing your canine companion along with you make sure you let them know. Water bowls and doggy treats are available on request.