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The Crown Inn, Puncknowle - pub details

Crown Inn

Address: Church Street, Puncknowle, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9BN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 19153) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Brewery: Palmers

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Bull Inn, Dorchester (0.5 miles), Manor Hotel, Dorchester (1.2 miles), White Horse Inn, Litton Cheney (1.2 miles)

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The Crown in Puncknowle was a late addition to my Dorset crawl and was a decent last minute supplement. Leaving the coastal hill mist behind, the road drops into a very nice village and to a pub that also serves as the local shop. There were no other customers, just staff. But the barmaid was very friendly and chatty. I believe she was the landlord's daughter. Ales are all from Palmers - Best Bitter, Copper Ale & Tally Ho! The cider was Dorset Orchards First Press. There are a couple of large rooms. But they probably appeared larger than they really were due to the lack of customers. A pub that deserves more trade and probably my second favourite of the day, simply due to the friendliness of the lady behind the bar.
blue_scrumpy - 17 Feb 2017 09:16
Popped in for a pint of excellent Palmers Summer beer (3.7) today which was very enjoyable. But at £3.60 it was 15p dearer than in a pub in the next village so I knows where I'll go for my future pints!
dogbury - 31 Aug 2014 16:43
What a lovely warm and welcoming pub!
Having visited 3 times this year, I can only praise Blanche, the Landlady along with her husband Alex, and all their staff for their wonderful hospitality and great customer serivce.
The food is great, I recommend the tappas slate but watch out for those specials too. There are so many choices and all at a reasonable price. Well cooked, well presented and service with a smile. What more could you want?
Kalami95 - 27 Jul 2013 17:30
Called in the other week for some refreshing Palmers 'Copper' which was excellent. But since my last visit there's been a change of landlord and a substantial hike in the food prices to restaurant levels. If this format is successful then good luck to them but I can no longer afford to eat there.
dogbury - 27 Jul 2013 16:59
I have visited my ‘local from home’ on a number of occasions since February and have seen the gradual transition from Pub to Restaurant continue.
It is good that at least one person finds ‘the sofas’ nice to sit on in the afternoon when having tea. However, they are not very useful when there is a group trying to get to the bar to drink beer in the evening. Table space, in what was the public bar, is limited and all tables are prioritised for diners.
The local ‘regulars’ that I have spent many evenings chin wagging with over the years have mostly gone. They have been largely replaced by vehicle bound visitors and family groups, with children, as also mentioned in a report below.
Dart boards have gone and 10.30pm closing does not encourage, or allow, traditional pub games such as league darts or table skittles.
All this may be the way forward to keep establishments open but it’s a shame that another village pub is on its way to changing into a gastro-diner.
Beer is a big interest of mine and I am sorry that the Palmers flagship ale, ‘200’, has gone. Not enough being sold apparently. (Car based custom?) The rest of the real ales (IPA etc) as mentioned by another reviewer is now ‘iffy’ to say the least and cannot be recommended.
So, worth a visit if you have children and beer is not your priority or you fancy a cream tea in the afternoon. Groups of serious and discerning beer drinkers look elsewhere.

Brownspot - 23 Jul 2013 10:59

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