The area around Salisbury is often nicknamed "White Horse Country" due to the multitude of horse shapes that have been scratched into the chalk hills. Some of these go back thousands of years and more often than not their origins or purpose remain a mystery. Further south, these shapes do not occur that often, so in this respect the White Horse of Osmington which overlooks the hills of south Dorset and can even see the sea is something special already. Moreover, it's the only White Horse with somebody riding it (or at least the only one I have heard of). Legend has it that the horseman is King George III, and that he was deeply offended that the horse wasn't riding in the direction of Weymouth, a place he frequently visited. He is said to have never come back to Weymouth after the horse had been made. After it had deteriorated over the years a reconstruction project of the White Horse has just been completed and it now looks as though it was new and not some 200 years old. While you will have the best view of the horse from the A353 from Preston to Osmington, it is worth walking up the hill and taking the horse's (or horseman's) perspective. It's a pleasant walk of 30 minutes from Osmington.
Osmington Mills, , Dorset, England S33
The inn dates back to the 13th century and was known to be the home of the leader of a gang of smugglers in the 18th-19th century.Set in a nice sheltered position between two hills with great views across the sea to Portland Bill and Weymouth.Outside eating area makes this a nice spot for lunch or evening dinner during good weather.
Service was good with friendly and helpful staff and a varied selection of beers.
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Favorite Dish: Had something i rarely eat, the beefburger with blue cheese,chips and salad and must say it was tasty and nicely presented.This was followed by treacle and ginger tart with ice cream,all very good.
The Sunray is Osmington's only pub / restaurant. We came there after a long day of walking and were really hungry. After a look on the menu we knew that we would be well catered for. The majority of dishes is rather international, but you can find some British pub food as well. I went for the Chicken Fajitas which were really good and the serving was enormous.
Favorite Dish: Chicken Fajitas were great