Dorset’s hidden secret!

The Trooper Inn is under new ownership.
Please see below for our revised opening hours.

Please kindly note, we are not yet able to offer meals. The Trooper Kitchen is due to re-open in mid-February.

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.

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.

  • 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

    We are aiming to re-open The Trooper Kitchen in mid-February, with traditional pub food freshly prepared for you.
  • Trooper Events

    We have many events throughout the year, including regular Trooper Folk Nights, monthly Jazz on Sunday, Trooper Quiz Nights, our annual Gin & Beer Festival - and over the next few weekends we'll be showing all the Six Nations Rugby fixtures!
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  • 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.
  • Trooper Camping

    Our private 'CS hideaway' camping and caravan site is nestled in a small level field to the rear of the pub.
  • Out and About

    Set in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, we are less than an hour's drive from the spectacular Jurassic Coast - and we're close to the borders of Somerset and Wiltshire.
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Our secluded campsite is recommended by the Evening Standard: ’10 of Dorset’s best attractions and camping spots’.

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

Camping and Caravan Club Camra-Award

Opening Hours

Mondays Closed
Tuesdays 7pm to 11pm
Wednesdays 6.30pm to 11pm
Thursdays 12 noon to 2pm
6.30pm to 11pm
Fridays 11am to 2pm
5pm to 11pm
Saturdays 12 noon to 11pm
Sundays 12 noon to 11pm

Trooper Kitchen

Please kindly note, The Trooper Inn is under new ownership and we are not yet able to offer meals.
The Trooper Kitchen is due to re-open in mid-February, for freshly prepared pub food.

Camping at The Trooper

Our camping season runs from around 1st April to 30th September, depending on the weather.
Advance booking is advisable.

Camping tariffs:
£12.00 per night - unit & 2 persons
£2.00 per person per night thereafter
£3.00 electric per night
50p per dog per night