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.
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!
- Coming up! Our annual Beer & Gin Festival. 24th to 27th May. Starting Friday 24th at 6.30pm. Choose from 20 handpicked real ales and up to 30 tested gins. There's food throughout the weekend and of course amazing live music!
- Homemade meals freshly prepared for you in The Trooper Kitchen, including our popular Wednesday One Pots and Friday traditional fish 'n chips and our Friday Specials.
- Our Bunkhouse provides simple year-round accommodation for up to 10 people.
For the warmer weather, we also have spacious glamping tents.
- 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!
Kevin and Zena.