An unassuming small-town local tucked away in a back street just across the way from Sherborne Abbey, built of stone and claiming to date back to the 16th century. Inside it has been opened up to some extent, but still has four distinct areas and retains a plain, no-frills atmosphere with stone-flagged floors throughout. Simple food is served at lunchtimes and there is a range of real ales from West country microbreweries, generally tending towards the accessible rather than exotic end of the spectrum. It has a lively local feel to it, but in a busy tourist town is also welcoming to casual visitors. Not far from Sherborne Castle, a spectacular Jacobean house that is more folly than stately home.