Trooper Inn front view Inside The Trooper Inn Food at the Trooper Inn Horses at The Trooper Inn Patio Garden at The Trooper Inn

Welcome to
The Trooper Inn

The Trooper Inn has been at the heart of Stourton Caundle village life for hundreds of years.

Our independent, family-run pub is popular with locals and visitors alike – and dogs and horses too!

We became the proud new owners of The Trooper Inn last December, just before this eventful year.
During lockdown, we made use of the time by expanding the outdoor seating area and giving the pub a fresh look, while retaining its charming atmosphere.
We now have a beautiful courtyard to the rear of the pub, with a marquee, and an expanded beer garden to the side, with covered tables, as well as the seating to the front where you can watch the world go by – tractors, dog-walkers and may be a car.

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.

  • Friendly Village Pub

    Friendly Village Pub

    You can be sure of a warm welcome at our family-run pub in the idyllic Dorset village of Stourton Caundle.
  • Trooper Bar

    Trooper Bar

    Choose from our ever-changing range of award-winning real ales, extensive gin menu, traditional ciders - and more!
  • Trooper Kitchen

    Trooper Kitchen

    Dine in comfort with our wholesome meals, light lunches and cream teas, freshly-prepared in The Trooper Kitchen.
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Steeped in history, in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, this is a wonderful region to explore and we are close to the ancient market towns of Sherborne and Sturminster Newton and the borders of Somerset and Wiltshire.
Our private ‘CS hideaway’ camping and caravan site is nestled in a small level field to the rear of the pub and is due to re-open next summer.

  • Out and About

    Out and About

    Set in the heart of the Blackmore Vale (Thomas Hardy's 'Vale of Little Dairies'), we are less than an hour's drive from the spectacular Jurassic Coast, with much to see in the local area too.
  • Exploring Locally

    Exploring Locally

    We are close to Sturminster Newton, with its historic watermill and the meandering River Stour - and the North Dorset Trailway is nearby.
    Walkers and cyclists are very welcome here.
  • Our Wildlife

    Our Wildlife

    There is a host of wildlife to be discovered in the region, from hedgehogs and roe deer to nightingales and otters.
    Further afield are wild goats, red squirrels and dolphins - and a mute swan colony.
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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, Joe, Jo and Tracy – and Little Trooper our pub dog.

Opening Hours

Mondays: Not open (except bank holidays)
Tuesdays: Not open
Wednesdays: 5.30pm - 9pm(ish)
Thursdays: 5.30pm - 9pm(ish)
Fridays: 12.30pm - 2.30pm
5pm - 9pm(ish)
Saturdays: 12.30pm -9pm(ish)
Sundays: 12.30pm - 9pm(ish)

Kitchen Times

Wednesdays:
5.30pm to 9pm(ish) - Village Hot Pot Night (book in advance)
Thursdays:
6pm to 8pm - Bar Menu
Friday Lunch:
12.30pm to 2.30pm - Bar Menu
Friday Evening:
6pm to 8pm - Fish & Chips (book in advance; takeaway available)
Saturday Lunch:
12.30pm to 2.30pm - Light lunches
Afternoon Cream Teas
Saturday Evening:
6pm to 8pm - Burger Night
Sundays:
Roast lunches - Sittings at 12.30pm and 2pm (booking essential)

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

Our campsite is due to re-open next summer.