In Deepest Dorset
The pub and campsite are now closed due to the COVID-19 virus and will not reopen until notification is received from the government confirming that we are able to open again.
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.
An attractive blend of old and new, our CAMRA award-winning pub has an atmosphere which is relaxed, cosy and informal, for you to sample our selection of real ales, gins, wines - and more.Outside, we have seating to the front, for those who like to watch sleepy village life, and a cosy beer garden to the side. The picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring our carefully nurtured cask ales.
Dine in comfort with our wholesome meals freshly-prepared in The Trooper Kitchen. Lunchtimes from Thursday to Sunday. Evenings from Wednesday to Saturday. Further details below.
If you live far away, in the summer months you can bring your tent, caravan or motorhome and stay in our 'CS Hideaway' campsite, nestled in a small level field to the rear of the pub. Alternatively, you might like to hire one of our bell-tents or our bunkhouse.Although off the beaten track, you can reach us easily by car or train - 11 miles from the A303 and just over 6 miles from Sherborne station.
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.
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.
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.
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 sandly 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!