Welcome to The Anvil Inn

A 17th century picture perfect thatched country pub, located in the heart of North Dorset. From cosy log fires in the winter to summer dining outside in our recently refurbished pub garden, to our eight guest bedrooms and your traditional Sunday roasts – The Anvil Inn has something for everyone.


Karl & Zuzana Bashford, along with their little ones, Sofia and Charlie, have been at The Anvil Inn since 2016. With their years of hospitality knowledge and experience they have created the perfect balance of your traditional family friendly country pub with those modern touches. Think pub classics with a little twist and an extensive menu with a strong emphasis on featuring Dorset’s finest local food and drink producers.


Behind the bar you’ll find an extensive gin collection, showcasing many local Dorset craft gins, fourteen handpicked wines by the glass and bottle, a range of tasty ciders and of course our famous local Blandford Hall & Woodhouse ales.


After a year of opening/closing and a long winter off, Karl, Zuzana & The Anvil team can’t wait to get back to seeing you all, pulling pints, cooking dishes and having a pub full of life again. (Even if it’s only outside for a while!)

Welcome back from lockdown #3


Thank you for taking the time to read a few government guidelines to keep everyone safe during your visit:


  • EVERYONE must sign in or scan the test and trace app.
  • Table service only. Customers must remain seated unless going to the toilet.
  • Sorry, but no vertical drinking and no mingling.
  • Face coverings must be worn.
  • Six people or two households up to twelve. Maximum of six people per table.


Our own guidance:


  • No smoking in the marquee area
  • No tabs in the garden. Payment taken at time of order. No splitting bills of tables.
  • It’s been a long time coming so enjoy yourselves but please remember we don’t make the rules. Any refusal to comply or abuse towards our team will result in refusal of service and a request for you to leave.
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