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.
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!
We are aiming to re-open The Trooper Kitchen in mid-February, with traditional pub food freshly prepared for you.
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!
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.
Our private 'CS hideaway' camping and caravan site is nestled in a small level field to the rear of the pub.
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.
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.