The Duchess of Cornwall Inn

The Duchess of Cornwall Inn is situated in Poundbury, an urban extension just outside Dorchester, offering a Bar, Restaurant & Bedrooms.

For over 235 years the Woodhouse family have brewed award-winning Badger ales in the heart of Dorset and offered hospitality and a warm welcome in public houses across the South of England. The Duchess of Cornwall Inn reflects the locations, characters and enthusiasms that have shaped this very English family. It conveys their dedication to the craft of brewing, the kindness of genuine hospitality and an ambition to push the boundaries of both with just a pinch of British eccentricity.

Within The Duchess of Cornwall Inn you will find different areas which evoke a country house. The ground floor hosts our Pantry and Bar evoking a casual, drop-in, pot luck ethos, the Dining Room on the second floor focuses on classically simple British food, reliable standard dishes that everyone wants to eat, not an elaborate restaurant. To top it all there are 3 floors of stunning bedrooms representing two themes of Georgian England; Gentility (Jane Austen) and Mercantilism (Charles Hall, our founder).

Parking in Queen Mother's Square is free.

Feedback

All of us in the Hardy Society were very positive about 'our' first night and the subsequent events. I thought Tony's event with Rachel and Dinah worked very well with interesting conversations from the both of the women.

You and Paul must be very happy with the positive way Dorchester people are continuing to embrace the Festival, and in impressively increasing numbers. Congratulations to both of you.

Next year's dates are already in our diaries and we are looking forward to meeting up with you soon to discuss our involvement.

Mike Nixon, Thomas Hardy Society
Feedback From 2016 Festival

I SO enjoyed yesterday. It was a real pleasure to meet you all and what a lovely festival, lovely venue and lovely audience. And Jason was just brilliant. Thank you very, very much for inviting me.

Penny Junor
Feedback From 2017 Festival

I very much enjoyed giving my talk and meeting you and all your colleagues. I can think of no way you could have been more accommodating. 

John Wright
Feedback From 2016 Festival

It is really great to have a Literary Festival in Dorchester and I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into making it happen.

Janet Evans
Feedback From 2016 Festival

Thank you very much for such a warm welcome and lovely (huge...) audience...Emma made the whole event such an easy pleasure for me.

Joanna Trollope
Feedback From 2018 Festival

Going from strength to strength, well done!

Polly Greenway, Domvs
Feedback From 2016 Festival

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