In Deepest Dorset

Hidden away in the pretty village of Stourton Caundle in the Blackmore Vale, The Trooper Inn is a traditional pub dating from the 17th century – yet with a modern feel.

  • Trooper Bar

    An attractive blend of old and new, our CAMRA award-winning pub has a relaxed atmosphere for you to sample our selection of real ales, gins, wines - and more.
  • Trooper Kitchen

    Dine in comfort with our wholesome meals, light lunches and cream teas, freshly-prepared in The Trooper Kitchen - Details below.
  • Trooper Garden

    Trooper Garden

    We now have an additional beautiful sunny courtyard to the rear of the pub, in addition to our garden at the front.
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In the heart of undiscovered Dorset!

Off the beaten track, on a quiet village lane, The Trooper Inn is a well kept secret, a hidden jewel in the heart of the north Dorset countryside – with real ales, good food and great atmosphere! For hundreds of years, The Trooper Inn has been a long-standing, community focal point in this rural idyll. We have a separate function room/skittle alley with its own bar. In previous times it was a cider house!

Visitors will find our pub friendly, welcoming and comfortable – home from home!

And there is a sense of timelessness, surrounded by nature, with the ancient Dorset coastline an hour’s drive away.

  • Steeped in History

    Thomas Hardy visited The Trooper Inn early in his career, on the 22nd December 1877, where he attended an inquest while researching the workings of the law for possible novel material.
    "In the evening I went with Dr Leach the coroner to an inquest which was to be held in Stourton Caundle on the body of a boy. Arrived at the Trooper Inn after a lonely drive through dark and muddy lanes. Met at the door by the Superintendent of Police and a policeman in plain clothes... "
    At the time, Thomas Hardy was living nearby in Sturminster Newton, next to the River Stour.
    The pub was earlier known as The Catherine Wheel.
    It is said that, during the Napoleonic wars, a table was erected outside the inn to enable men to enlist as troopers on route to the port at Weymouth and it was henceforth known as The Trooper Inn.
  • Abundant Wildlife

    Rich in scenery, history and wildlife, the region is well loved by walkers, nature lovers, cyclists and artists alike.
    We are close to areas of outstanding natural beauty and special scientific interest, with nightingales and rare moths and butterflies arriving nearby in the Spring - and wild deer abounding year round. Buzzards are frequently seen, ravens are on the increase and red kites can be seen not far away.
    In the summer, our swallows and martins are a delight to watch while sitting outside with a pint.
    Close by is Hambledon Hill nature reserve - an unspoilt ancient hillfort where you can find at least five species of orchids. And the Dorset heathlands are home to all six native reptiles.
    The unique Dorset coast of is popular with bird-watchers - and seabirds are sometimes seen migrating over us here.
  • Spectacular Coastline

    We are less than an hour's drive away from the sea. The dramatic Dorset coastline is a World Heritage Site.
    Described by the World Heritage website as a 'Walk Through Time.' With its rocks and fossils revealing detailed stories from Earth’s ancient past, it is a favourite with fossil-hunters.
    And with sweeping beaches, spectacular cliffs, blustery headlands, sheltered coves and bustling seas-side towns, there is something for everyone!
    There are safe sandy beaches, dog-friendly beaches, cliff walks, cycle trails and the wilder Chesil Beach - with Abbotsbury Swannery - and Portland Bill, where dolphins can sometimes be seen!
    The popular coastline can of course be busy in the summer months.
    So the Trooper Camping Site offers the perfect hideaway from which to explore on day's out!
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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

The campsite is currently closed, due to government regulations regarding COVID-19.

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

5.30pm to 9pm(ish) - Village Hot Pot Night (book in advance)

5.30pm to 9pm(ish) - Bar Menu

Friday Lunch:
12.30pm to 2.30pm - Bar Menu
Afternoon Cream Teas
Friday Evening:
5.30pm to 8pm - Fish & Chips (book in advance; takeaway available)

Saturday Lunch:
12.30pm to 2.30pm - Light lunches
Afternoon Cream Teas
Saturday Evening:
5.30pm to 8pm - Bar Menu

Roast lunches - Sittings at 12.30pm and 2pm (book in advance)