Butcombe buys first pub in Dorset

By Michelle Perrett

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Flagship pub: Butcombe's Jayson Perfect hails the Castle Inn
Flagship pub: Butcombe's Jayson Perfect hails the Castle Inn

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Butcombe Brewing Company has made its first move into Dorset with the purchase of the Castle Inn, West Lulworth.

The Castle Inn is a traditional 16th century thatched pub and boutique hotel, near Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door on the Jurassic coastline.

Butcombe bought the pub from the Halliday family for an undisclosed sum.

It marks the first Dorset site for the brewer and will be a flagship site among its portfolio in the south-west.  

Liberation Group, the owner of Butcombe, recently acquired four pubs for £4.3m in the West Country. This brings the number of pubs in the Butcombe estate to 35.

The pub is renowned for its large selection of traditional ciders, including Butcombe’s Ashton Press. It also earned the pub the title of ‘National CAMRA Cider and Perry Pub of the Year’ in 2014. 

The Castle Inn has was also East Dorset’s CAMRA Rural Pub of the Year in 2014, 2012 and 2010. The pub is popular with ramblers and dog owners and is well located for walks along the scenic south-west coastal path.

Butcombe Brewing Co pubs and inns managing director Jayson Perfect said: “The Castle Inn will be a flagship pub for us in Dorset as we expand further into the south-west. We’re delighted to have brought such high-quality pub to strengthen our Butcombe estate and look forward to welcoming the strong following this outlet has into the Butcombe fold.”

Last year, Butcombe said it planned to grow to up to 100 sites over the next five years.

Liberation Group recently revealed its environmentally friendly ethos by banning plastic straws in all its pubs.

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