The Crown Inn at Marnhull

The Crown Inn,
Crown Road,
DT10 1LN
Opening Times
mon12:00 - 23:00
tue12:00 - 23:00
wed12:00 - 23:00
thu12:00 - 23:00
fri12:00 - 23:00
sat12:00 - 23:00
sun12:00 - 22:00


The Crown Inn is an award-winning thatched village inn that is steeped in history & offers great food & drink, welcoming hospitality & quality guest accommodation.

We’re located in Marnhull just 3 miles from Sturminster Newton & within the rural & picturesque Blackmore Vale. Originally a 16th century coaching inn, the premises retain such original features as its wooden beams, flagstone floors, inglenook fireplaces & timber walling. There’s even a priest hole that formally linked the pub to the nearby St Gregory’s Church!

For literary fans, Thomas Hardy often frequented the pub, which also features as the ‘Pure Drop Inn’ in his iconic novel ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’, in which the village of Marnhull is his ‘Marlott’, which he imagined to be Tess’s birth place.

Today, the premises feature characterful & charming dining areas, whether you dine in The Library, The Hardy Room, The Pure Drop room or any of its other relaxing dining spaces. There’s also a wonderful bar/dining area that’s full of character & a great place to relax.

Externally, The Crown Inn has a peaceful walled beer garden, a separate courtyard area, as well as a large car park adjoining.

We are also dog-friendly, welcome families & have easy-access.

Our opening times are: Monday – Saturday 12:00pm – 11:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm – 10:00pm.

Food is served daily at lunchtimes & evenings, with our menus including a range of delicious, freshly-prepared meals & pub classics, using quality produce, sourced locally wherever possible. We also regularly have a range of specials so there’s always something new to try. We’ve also a good selection of vegetarian, vegan & gluten-free options. We’re renowned too for our Sunday roasts/carvery, offering a choice of succulent meats, all-you-can-eat veg, plus all the trimmings. Our weekly Tuesday ‘Steak Night’ is also very popular. Large plate & light bite options are available on many meal options, as well as a children’s menu & desserts selection. Takeaway meals are also available lunchtimes & evenings on a daily basis.

Food service times are:
Monday – Saturday 12:00pm – 2:30pm & 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 2:30pm & 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Our bar offers a range of draught & bottled Hall & Woodhouse Badger real ales, along with an extensive range of wines (incl. vegan), lagers, ciders & spirits, including over 50 gins, as well as digestifs & non-alcoholic drinks, including quality freshly-brewed coffees & speciality teas.

The Crown Inn also boasts 7 guest rooms, including family rooms & an easy-access room; each of which offers individually-furnished, comfortable, quality accommodation. Our B&B guests can also enjoy a fantastic complimentary breakfast to set you up for the day.

The Crown Inn is also a registered Brit Stops host site (site reference SW117), offering free overnight parking & fresh water supply. Please call ahead to secure a spot.

A stay at The Crown Inn also makes for an ideal base from which to explore Hardy’s Wessex & everything else this wonderful part of the world has to offer.

For celebratory events & occasions, we also offer a range of hot & cold finger buffets, sandwich buffets, hot servery buffets & high teas, as well as BBQs, hog roasts & other al fresco catering options. Bespoke catering options are also possible, making The Crown Inn highly suited to hosting all manner of events, including celebratory parties, Christenings, wakes & other family gatherings.

With it’s timeless & characterful setting, great food & drink & quality guest accommodation, The Crown Inn has it all, whether you say with us, dine with us or simply enjoy a relaxing drink.


Accepted Payment Methods

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Additional Accessibility

We are family friendly & offer a children’s menu & light bite versions of many of our other main meals.

The Crown Inn is also a registered Brit Stops host site (site reference SW117), offering free overnight parking & fresh water supply in our large carpark. 



Parking Instructions

Easily-accessible, free on-site parking via the Crown Road entrance.