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 is Open!

All subject to Covid-19 guidelines; outside table service only for Rule of 6 or 2 households per table.

We are still offering takeaways for all our meals.
Please book takeaways, if possible, 24 hours in advance.

We thank you all for your amazing support in these difficult times.
Stay safe ~ Kindest regards, The Troopers xx

See bottom of website for our new opening hours and food times and, if possible, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.
If the weather is good and customers are drinking, then we shall stay open later than 8pm. If the weather is bad and no one is in attendance, then we shall be forced to close.
These days and times are only applicable up to 17th May 2021.
After this date we hope to be able to offer table service inside the pub with Rule of 6 or 2 households applicable and increase our opening hours, again subject to Covid-19 guidelines at that time.


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 in December 2019, just before this eventful time.
During the first 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.

  • 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.

  • Trooper Camping

    Trooper Camping

    Our private CS Hideaway camping and caravan site is nestled in a small level field to the rear of the pub.
    Close enough to enjoy the convenience of our pub, yet far enough away to absorb the peaceful countryside.
  • 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.
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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 ‘Fluffball Trooper’ our pub dog.

Opening Hours

14th April to 17th May

Wednesdays – 6pm to 8pm-ish
Fridays – 6pm to 8pm-ish
Saturdays - 12.30pm to 8pm-ish
Sundays – 12.30pm to 5pm-ish

Please book tables in advance.
[NB: Opening times to be revised after 17th May].

Kitchen Times

Wednesdays - Village Hot Pot
6pm to 8pm-ish
Fridays - Fish & Chips
6pm to 8pm-ish
Saturdays
12.30pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 8pm
Sundays - Roast Lunch
1pm to 3pm-ish

See our menu options here

Takeaways are still available for all our meals.
Whether eating here or taking away, please book in advance if possible.

Contact Us

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

Camping at The Trooper

Our campsite opens from 19th April 2021.
Self-catering only. Toilet/shower facilities closed.
Facilities permitted to be available from 17th May, subject to Covid-19 requirements and the weather.
Book in advance please.

Camra-Award Camping and Caravan Club