Village Pub

Traditional Village Pub

About The White Hart

The White Hart is a beautiful, friendly, 17th century village pub at the heart of Bishops Caundle.

We have a large dining area and a cosy seating area in the more ancient part of the pub, with a hearth and snug, and of course our traditional bar.
You can also enjoy sitting in our large garden, with expansive views across to Bulbarrow – the site of an iron age hillfort.

Owners Roger and Rachel Paull are a local Dorset family and have been in the pub trade for over 18 years.

2021 Travellers’ Choice Award

In July 2021, The White Hart team learnt that the pub has been recognised as a 2021 Travellers’ Choice award winner for restaurants.
This achievement celebrates businesses that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to diners around the globe, having earned great traveller reviews on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months.

“We were delighted to receive an email from Tripadvisor saying, ‘You’re in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide… In this particularly challenging year, you stood out by providing great service and experiences to your guests’.
“It certainly has been a challenging year – for all pubs and the hospitality industry in general and of course very many other businesses. So this award has given us a welcome boost and is hugely encouraging.
“We have been working hard to provide a friendly, welcoming and safe environment as well as high quality food and great local ales and ciders.
“We consider ourselves a traditional village pub, rather than a restaurant, and anyone popping by for a few pints will get the same warm welcome as diners.
“As a village pub, this award means so much to us – to be rated along with high class restaurants. Thank you to our wonderful customers for these reviews! And of course to our dedicated and loyal staff – we have a great little team.”
Roger & Rachel Paull.

“Congratulations to all the winners of the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “The Travellers’ Choice Awards highlight the places that are consistently excellent… Based on a full year of reviews from customers, this award speaks to the great service and experience you provided guests in the midst of a pandemic.”

South West Hospitality Small Business of the Year 2021 – Southern Enterprise Awards

Southern Enterprise Award

The team at The White Hart received a second award in 2021!

SME News Magazine has announced the winners of the 2021 Southern Enterprise Awards.

Now running successfully in its fifth consecutive year, the SME Southern Enterprise Awards programme is about proudly recognising and awarding small and medium enterprises and those professionals who have been determined to reach new heights in their industry despite the drawbacks caused by Covid-19.

‘SME News prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.’

Local MP washing our dishes…

Chris Loder MP at The White Hart, Bishops CaundleWe learnt that our local MP, Chris Loder, worked here at The White Hart for his first job – earning £2.80 per hour washing the dishes.
So we invited him back!


Opening Hours

Tuesdays: 6.30pm till close
Thursdays: 12 - 2.30pm | 6pm till close
Fridays: 12 - 2.30pm | 6pm till close
Saturdays: 12 - 2.30pm | 6pm till close
Sundays: 12 - 6pm

Kitchen Times

Thursdays: 12 - 2pm | 6 - 9pm
Fridays: 12 - 2pm | 6 - 9pm
Saturdays: 12 - 2pm | 6 - 9pm
Sundays: 12 - 3pm

Find Us

Main Road, Bishop's Caundle,
Sherborne, DT9 5ND.
Contact Us
T: 01963 23301
M: 07970 977 404
CAMRA listing

Trip Advisor Travellers Choice 2021