The New Inn at Cerne Abbas has also been awarded the county’s Dining Pub of the Year title for the third time.
Landlord Jeremy Lee said he was delighted and proud that The New Inn had been selected as the nation’s best inn.
“It is all about being consistent in what we do,’ he said.
‘From the minute a guest picks up the phone to book a room, to the welcome they get when they arrive, the comfort of our accommodation, the food and service, to the breakfast awaiting them in the morning, we want them to enjoy the whole experience.’
Jeremy, who was named Landlord of the Year in 2012, added that the New Inn maintained its reputation as a dining pub by serving excellent meals in a friendly and comfortable environment.
The team in the kitchen, led by head chef Ben Streak, aims to serve high quality food to please all tastes.
‘We do serve pub basics like good burgers and we are very happy to serve a sandwich and a pint, but equally we are not shy to put roast grouse, scallops or turbot on the menu,’ said Jeremy.
‘We use the best quality produce, sourced locally where possible, accompanied by a wide range of well-kept Palmers real ales and an extensive wine list supplied by their wine store in Bridport.’
The New Inn has 12 comfortable letting rooms equipped with all the facilities expected by today’s discerning guest. Each room is named after a local chalk stream, including the infamous River Piddle.
The former 16th century coaching inn, which is Grade II listed, underwent a major refurbishment in 2012 in one of the biggest single refurbishment projects ever undertaken by the Bridport brewery.
Palmers’ Tenanted Trade Director Jayson Perfect said: ‘We are immensely proud that the New Inn at Cerne Abbas has been recognised for its excellent room offer by being named Inn of the Year.
‘It is fantastic that it is once again the Dorset Dining Pub of the Year and our congratulations go to Jeremy and his team, who are worthy winners of these awards.’
1. Landlord of the New Inn, Cerne Abbas, Jeremy Lee celebrates being named Inn of the Year by the Good Pub Guide 2015, in the elegant bath in the Cerne suite.
2. Landlord Jeremy Lee and the team at the New Inn, Cerne Abbas, behind the bar with the Good Pub Guide 2015 awards for Inn of the Year and Dorset Dining Pub of the Year.
3. Landlord of the New Inn, Cerne Abbas Jeremy Lee and manager Sarah Bonner celebrating the Good Pub Guide 2015 County Dining Pub title.
The Good Pub Guide 2015 entry for the New Inn, Cerne Abbas:
‘Carefully refurbished former coaching inn with character bar and two dining rooms, friendly licensees, local ales and inventive food; fine bedrooms.
‘Several of our readers describe their visits to this lovely place as ‘a real treat’ – and it really is a first class all-rounder. It was sympathetically refurbished a couple of years ago by the friendly, hands-on licensees, who have carefully kept many of its original features and much of its character. The bar has a solid oak counter, an attractive mix of old dining tables and chairs on slate or polished wooden floors, settles built into various nooks and crannies, and a woodburner in the opened-up Yorkstone fireplace; there are lovely mullioned windows and heavy oak beams throughout. Palmers Copper, Dorset Gold and IPA on handpump, a dozen wines by the glass, ten malt whiskies and local cider. The two dining rooms are furnished in a similar style. There are seats on the terrace, and picnic-sets beneath mature fruit trees or parasols in the back garden. The smart, well-equipped bedrooms are found in both the charming 16th-century main building and the converted stable-block. You can walk from the attractive stone-built village to the prehistoric Cerne Abbas Giant chalk carving and on to other nearby villages.
‘The delicious and accomplished food includes pork and ginger terrine with asian salad, twice-baked goats cheese soufflé with olive tapenade, truffle-roasted chicken breast with madeira cream, line-caught cod with marinated peppers and lemon jam, local venison with roast garlic and potato gratin, and puddings such as white chocolate and fig cheesecake and warm treacle tart with orange sauce and clotted cream.’
THE GOOD PUB GUIDE 2015 edited by Alasdair Aird and Fiona Stapley is published by Ebury Press at £15.99