The Dorset Arms is, quite simply, one of Britain's finest pubs.
In fact, this is so much the case that it is tempting to say no more and, therefore, pique the reader's curiosity to the extent that they seek out this traditional ale house and discover first-hand what makes it so special . . . but, then again, it is difficult not to want to tell others about such a marcellous discovery.
We took a break from our long morning in the field to have lunch at the hosteltry which has been owned by the Sackville family since its doors first opened in the 16th century.
It takes its name from the Earls and Dukes of Dorset, one time heads of the Sackville family. Owing to such a long lineage of ownership, there is little about the place that isn't imbued with the family and village life. To some extent, the pub feels like an extension of the family's drawing room, with family photographs, prize ribbons, and stories decorating the walls and backs of menu cards on each table. In the surrounding area, one has the opportunity to stroll through the real life '100 Aker Wood', made famous for Winnie the Pooh in the books by A. A. Milne, and visit Charles Rennie Mackintosh's favourite countryside walks in England.