Dorset’s hidden secret!

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.
  • 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 - and more!
  • Trooper Kitchen

    Homemade meals freshly prepared for you in The Trooper Kitchen - from Wednesday One Pot, Thursday Tapas Night, Friday Traditional Fish 'n Chips, to our themed food nights!
  • Trooper Camping

    Our private 'CS hideaway' camping and caravan site is nestled in a small level field to the rear of the pub.
    We also have glamping tents and a bunkhouse - ideal for travelling light.
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  • Trooper Events

    We have many events throughout the year, including regular Folk Nights, Quiz Nights, unique themed Food Nights and our annual Beer Festival.
  • 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 close to the borders of Somerset and Wiltshire too!
  • Exploring On Holiday

    Dogs, walkers and cyclists are welcome.
    There are lovely local walks and the North Dorset Trailway is nearby.
    There's plenty to do and see, whether by foot, bike or car!
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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!
Kevin and Zena.

Contact Us

The Trooper Inn ⚬ Stourton Caundle ⚬ Dorset ⚬ DT10 2JW
Phone: 01963 362405

Camping and Caravan Club Camra-Award

Opening Times

Friday12-2pm, 6.30-11pm
Saturday12-2pm, 7-11pm
Sunday12-3pm, 7-11pm

Trooper Kitchen

WednesdaysOne Pots 7-8.30pm
ThursdaysTapas 7-8.30pm
FridaysFish & Chips 6.30-8pm

The Trooper Kitchen is now also open on Saturday evenings. Booking essential.


Our camping season starts around the 1st April and ends around the 30th September, depending on the weather.
Advance booking is advisable.

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