Dorset’s hidden secret!

The Trooper Inn is under new ownership.

Situated in the pretty village of Stourton Caundle in the Blackmore Vale, we are an independent, friendly pub at the heart of our community: a stone-built, single-room 17th century inn.


Now Open!

We are very excited to reopen the Trooper Inn after lockdown.
We have been undertaking lots of work at the pub and in particular now have an additional beautiful sunny courtyard to the rear of the pub, in addition to our garden at the front.

When visiting our little pub, we do our best to ensure you have a lovely time whilst also feeling safe.
Please see our safety measures.

We really look forward to seeing you at The Trooper Inn.

See our new opening times below.


  • Trooper Bar

    Whether inside or out, you can choose from our ever-changing variety of award-winning real ales, our extensive gin menu, selected wines, West Country vodkas, traditional ciders - and more!
  • Trooper Kitchen

    Dine in comfort with our wholesome meals, light lunches and cream teas, freshly-prepared in The Trooper Kitchen.
    See details below.
  • Exploring Locally

    Dogs, walkers and cyclists are welcome.
    There are lovely circular walks from The Trooper Inn, the North Dorset Trailway is nearby and there are plenty of local sites to explore.
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The Trooper Inn has been a refuge, offering food and drink to weary travellers, for hundreds of years.
Traditional yet modern – our CAMRA award-winning pub is an attractive blend of old and new, creating an atmosphere which is relaxed and informal, popular with locals and visitors alike.

In pleasant weather, you can enjoy sitting outside the front of the pub, watching the world go by and listening to the tinkle of the village stream, a tributary of Caundle Brook. We also have a cosy beer garden to the side.

Steeped in history, this is a wonderful region to explore and we are close to the ancient market towns of Sherborne and Sturminster Newton.

We’d love you to find us!
Look for our brown pub signs from the A357, between Sturminster Newton and Stalbridge – and take a look at this map.
We look forward to seeing you!

Debbie, John, James and Joe Pritchett.

Contact Us

The Trooper Inn ⚬ Stourton Caundle ⚬ Dorset ⚬ DT10 2JW
Phone: 01963 362405
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Camra-Award Camping and Caravan Club

Camping at The Trooper

The campsite is currently closed, due to government regulations regarding COVID-19.

Opening Hours

Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays: Closed
Wednesdays: 5.30pm - 9pm(ish)
Thursdays: 5.30pm - 9pm(ish)
Fridays: 12.30pm - 9pm(ish)
Saturdays: 12.30pm -9pm(ish)
Sundays: 12.30pm - 9pm(ish)

Kitchen Times

Wednesdays & Thursdays:
5.30pm to 9pm(ish)
Village Hot Pot nights

Friday Lunch: 12.30pm to 2pm
Light lunches, cream teas
Friday Evening: 5.30pm - 8pm(ish)
Fish & Chips

Saturdays & Sundays:
Lunch: 12.30pm to 2pm
Light lunches, cream teas
Evening: 4pm to 7pm
BBQ (weather dependent)