Worth Matravers Travel Guide

  • Village duck pond
    Village duck pond
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    Stone cottages
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    Village view
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Worth Matravers Things to Do

  • The Square and Compass.

    This is a pub with views overlooking the village out towards the sea.Plenty of outside seating on stone benches.A very unusual pub in that it doesn't have a bar counter,so all food and drink is served through a couple of serving hatches.Excellent selection of drinks, with some good real ales,around 15 different ciders and 20 malt whiskies.The only...

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  • Square and Compass - A pub with a...

    The Newham family have owned and run this pub for generations.Within the pub you will find a small museum,with most of the exhibits coming from Purbeck,but some are from other localities such as Lyme Regis,north Somerset coast and Whitby.The collection of fossils have been found by members of the family that own the pub.Most are from Purbeck and...

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  • Church of St Nicholas

    The Church of St Nicholas is just a few minutes walk from the duck pond.A Norman church with a western tower and a pyramid shaped stone roof.First built around the year 1100 and over many years it has been changed and added to before being completely restored in 1869.

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  • The Square and Compasses

    We would normally put a pub/inn tip under "nightlife" or "restaurants", but, frankly, the Square and Compasses pub is one of the main reasons why so many people visit Worth Matravers. It is reputedly one of the best pubs in England, and has received many awards. It is certailnly different, and well worth a visit. This is no ordinary village pub, in...

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  • Getting drunk on the atmosphere

    We had fun ogling the different types of vegetable matter there and looking around in general but there's more inside, and again I thank Ant Veal's site:"I go there for the unique atmosphere of the place. There's no bar as such, merely two hatches in the corridor and beer is served directly from the casks behind. Bare flagstoned floors, wooden...

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  • It's an inn, fair and square

    Actually it's the Square and Compass with purported links to smuggling and it sits atop the rise overlooking the town surrounded by what can only be described as an eclectic mix of bric-a-brac.I wished that it had been open when I was there. Though it's only small, it sure looked interesting and, if you believe Ant Veal's site, it is, and I...

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  • Saint Nick

    Then there was the church. Yet another that reeked of mediaeval history and had a graveyard to boot.It's called St Nicholas of Myra and stands close to the centre of the stone-built village and is one of the oldest in Dorset. With a Saxon door blocked up in the 12th century the church is memorable for its Norman nave, tower and windows and Early...

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  • Peace and harmony

    How good was this. As I watched the ducks noncholantly waddle down their green, a cat kept an eye on them. Not for purposes of attack, just out of curiousity. He's the one on the left. It's the way things are in Worth Matravers.

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  • Oh, did I mention what an attraction...

    Right in the middle of the village is a large circular area. It contains a duck pond at the top, a duck walking area in the middle and a cute little garden at the bottom. The ducks are community property. It was such a wonderful feeling.Here Rosemarie checks out their "dog" boxes, or duck kennels, whatever. They are supplied and looked after by the...

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  • And, something for the community

    I couldn't believe it, here in this village they even had a somewhat optimistically named Town Hall, looking totally in character with the rest of the village.

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  • Creeper Cottage

    How aptly named and what a delight. Set on the hillside heading towards the inn this abode understandably caught my attention along with its appropriate title.

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  • Not a tourist in sight

    It surprised me in retrospect. Here we were, looking at a lovely row of houses that, if they were placed in the Cotswolds, would draw people by the busload, as they do at Bibury.Yet we had the place to ourselves (well, there was a duck or two also) and it was all so wonderful.

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Worth Matravers Restaurants

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    Worth Matravers Tea and Supper Room: Quaint Dorset tea room

    by CDM7 Written May 10, 2014

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    The charm of this little restaurant is in the decoration.It has a vintage feel about it,with its mismatched china and cutlery,together with a variety of dining room chairs which include church pews.Even the music which plays softly in the background takes you back to the 1940s.When the weather is fine eating outside in the delightful garden is a treat.
    The menu which varies depending on the time of year comes from locally sourced ingredients.Really enjoyed our lunchtime meal which was fresh,full of flavour and nicely presented.Staff were very friendly and welcoming.
    Advisable that you book a table as it can get busy in the summer months.

    Favorite Dish: Decided to have the Natural smoked haddock,organic soft poached egg,spinach,buttered leeks,crushed potatoes and wholegrain mustard sauce.A great combination of flavours and absolutely delicious. Followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding,Chantilly cream and caramel sauce.

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