6 of the best pubs with an open fire in Purbeck and beyond

We may now be well into spring, but we all know that doesn’t necessarily translate into blue skies and warm weather here in England! For every crisp morning walk, there is a pub with an open fire to warm yourself by. Why not pop in for a spot of lunch and enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional Dorset pub? We’ve rounded up 6 of the best pubs with an open fire in Purbeck and beyond.

best pubs with open fire in Purbeck

The Quay Inn, Wareham, showcasing its cosy fire

Best pubs with an open fire in Purbeck…

1. The Quay Inn, Wareham
The Quay Inn is a dog-friendly, cosy pub right on Wareham Quay with a lovely big fire to warm your cockles by. Serving good pub grub and local drinks, and hosting live music many nights of the year, The Quay turns into a party spot by night!

2. The Lulworth Cove Inn, Lulworth Cove

The only pub in Lulworth to remain open during the winter months, the fire at The Lulworth Cove Inn is a welcoming sight – and smell! Super dog-friendly, this pub even has dog biscuits and bowls of water ready for your four-legged friend. The food here is fantastic – and if you can brave the sea breeze, the pub garden boasts views of Lulworth Cove.

best pubs with open fire in Purbeck

The brightly coloured Lulworth Cove Inn

3. The Weld Arms, Lulworth
Another Lulworth pub, this time right outside Lulworth Castle, The Weld Arms has gone from strength to strength following recent refurbishment. An independent pub, the menu offers more than just pub grub, and the cosy interior invites you to sit and stay a while. The open fire place in the main restaurant seating area is calling your name! In the summer, the very large beer garden is the perfect spot to enjoy a cold one, with a children’s climbing frame and views of the Purbeck hills.

4. The Bankes Arms, Studland
The Bankes Arms holds its own annual beer festival in its gorgeous garden, but if you’re not visiting at peak times, you’ll find a roaring fire and local, seasonal food to give you a true taste of Dorset.

Best pubs with an open fire in Dorset…

5. The World’s End, Almer, Near Blandford
The pub’s unusual name belies its war-time past. Plenty of seating can be found inside, head for a table close to the fire to soak in that cosy feeling. Run by Hall and Woodhouse, the same as the Lulworth Cove Inn, the menus may be similar but the feeling of a Dorset pub cannot be replicated!


best pubs with open fire in Purbeck

The World’s End

6. The Springhead, Sutton Poyntz, Near Weymouth
The Springhead is set in a stunning location just outside of Weymouth. Sit outside by the willow trees and enjoy the trickle of the stream, or venture indoors for good food and local drink by the log burning stove.

best pubs with open fire in Purbeck

The Springhead interior, and the gorgeous willows weeping into the stream outside


Of course, if you’re looking for a cosy holiday cottage to complement your trip, we can help with that too! We have classic thatched cottages as well as historic and Purbeck stone cottages. Here is a selection of our favourites. Search also for Holiday Cottages with an open fire.

Thatched Cottage Lulworth Cove

Elizabeth Cottage, Lulworth Cove. Sleeps 4

Cottage with log burner

Cheeseman’s Cottage, Muckleford. Sleeps 4 +1 & baby

Cottage with faux log burner

Bronte Cottage, Wareham, Sleeps 5 & baby

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