Village Pub

Traditional Village Pub

Drink in the atmosphere of rural Dorset

Since the 17th century, The White Hart pub has provided a focus for the community of Bishops Caundle – a small thriving village in north Dorset, close to the historic market towns of Sherborne and Sturminster Newton.
Our traditional village pub offers a warm welcome to locals and visitors to the region. We’re family-friendly, with ample outdoor space for children to play.
In summer you can sit in our extensive garden and breathe in the fresh Dorset air. In winter you can snuggle up by our cosy hearth.

Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice 2021

‘In this particularly challenging year, you stood out by providing great service and experiences to your guests’. – Tripadvisor.

Thank you to our customers for all the great reviews!
We are very pleased to announce that we have been recognised as a 2021 Travellers’ Choice award winner for restaurants – meaning we’re in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide, based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews by our customers.
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Christmas Food and Festive Opening Hours

Throughout December we have a special Christmas menu!

Christmas Fayre Menu December: Tuesday to Saturday
Lunch and Evenings | Booking Only See Menu


Our December opening hours are as listed on the foot of the website, except the following:

  • Christmas Eve: 12pm to 11pm. (Kitchen closed)
  • Christmas Day: 12pm to 6pm.
  • Boxing Day (Monday 27th) and Tues 28th: 12pm to 4pm. Snacks: 12pm to 2.30pm.
  • Weds 29th: Closed.
  • Thurs 30th: 6pm to 10pm. Kitchen 6pm to 8pm.
  • New Year’s Eve: 12pm to 3pm. (Kitchen cosed).
    6pm to 12.30am. Kitchen 6pm to 8pm. Special New Year’s Eve menu.
  • New Year’s Day: 12pm to 3pm. (Kitchen closed)
  • Sun 2nd: 12pm to 6pm. Kitchen: 12pm to 4pm.
  • Mon 3rd: Closed.
  • Tues 4th: 7.30pm to 11pm. (Kitchen closed)

Freshly-prepared pub food

Enjoy our lovingly-prepared meals, cooked to order – using locally sourced produce whenever possible – including homemade specials and Sunday roasts.
Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available.
You can choose from traditional British pub meals to authentic global dishes – drawing on the Mauritian heritage of our new manageress, Sarah.

West Country ales, local craft cider, award-winning Dorset wine – and more!

We have three specially selected real ales on tap, including West Country ales.

For cider lovers, we offer Laycock Cider, hand crafted a few miles away in Purse Caundle – and chemical-free!
A real old-time cider – the apples are hand picked and pressed in an old cider press.
Also on tap is the refreshing Cornish Rattler Cyder.

We are the proud stockist of D’urberville English sparkling wine in white and rosé.
The wine is grown in a vineyard in the nearby village of Bradford Peverell and produced on the Langham Wine Estate, also nearby in Dorset.
Available by the bottle only for special occasions, including Christmas. Limited stock available.

Our extensive range of gins will soon be complemented with Europe’s number one selling tonic and mixer range, Double Dutch.

If you need a pick-me-up, we also offer a delicious range of coffees and hot chocolate!

Coming Soon

11 December 8:00 pm

Local Dorset legend with large repertoire of musical ballads from classical or jazz to modern day.
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25 December 12:00 pm

Delicious festive feasting for all the family
Fully Booked

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31 December 6:00 pm

Celebrate far from the madding crowd!
Enjoy a quality three course meal from 6-8pm.

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28 January 7:00 pm

Traditional Chinese Food

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09 February 6:30 pm

Old fashioned favourites and some new winter warmers
Complimentary drink of choice (from selection)

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19 February 8:00 pm

An all-action, non-stop tribute show! Garry Pease performs all of the favourites from Rod Stewart's vast portfolio of songs.
Eat with us before the show - 5.30-8pm
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Quiz Nights at the White Hart, Bishops Caundle Quiz Nights – Last Wednesday in the month at 7pm – £2 per person
Max 6 people per team Basket meals: £5 at half time Cash Prices!


Next Dates:

22 December 7:00 pm
26 January 7:00 pm
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Find us!

We are easy to find, being on the main A3030 through Bishops Caundle village, on the right hand side just past the church if travelling from the Sherborne direction.
There is plenty of parking space in our car park to the side of the pub.

You can also find us on Tripadvisor.

With over 17 years in the pub trade, we are a local Dorset family and pride ourselves on creating a traditional village pub atmosphere – and we look forward to welcoming you!

We are delighted with our new managers, Sarah and Adrian, who are enjoying meeting you all.

Roger and Rachel Paull.

Opening Hours

Mondays - closed
Tuesdays - 12-2.30pm | 6-11pm
Wednesdays - 12-2.30pm | 6-11pm
Thursdays - 12-2.30pm | 6-11pm
Fridays - 12-2.30pm | 6-11pm
Saturdays - 12-3pm | 6-11pm
Sundays - 12-8pm

Kitchen Times

Mondays - closed
Tuesdays - 12-2pm | 6-9pm
Wednesdays - 12-2pm | 6-9pm
Thursdays - 12-2pm | 6-9pm
Fridays - 12-2pm | 6-9pm
Saturdays - 12-2.30pm | 6-9pm
Sundays - 12-5pm

Find Us

Main Road, Bishop's Caundle,
Sherborne, DT9 5ND.
Contact Us
T: 01963 23301
M: 07753 179 232 (general enquiries)
M: 07970 977 404 (Roger Paull)
CAMRA listing

Trip Advisor Travellers Choice 2021