Butcombe reopens ‘flagship pub’ after major refurbishment

By Stuart Stone

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Accommodation upgrade: the Castle Inn, Butcombe's first Dorset pub, has reopened
Accommodation upgrade: the Castle Inn, Butcombe's first Dorset pub, has reopened
Butcombe Brewery Co has reopened the Castle Inn, near Lulworth Cove, Dorset, after completing an extensive three-month renovation.

Butcombe’s first site in Dorset – the Castle Inn – which is a 16th century thatched pub, reopened on 23 March following the major refurbishment.

The pub has upgraded its accommodation to include 12 uniquely designed boutique en-suite bedrooms.

The transformation also saw the site’s bar and restaurant facilities overhauled, with a daily changing food menu, focusing on grill and seafood dishes showcasing produce sourced from within 30 miles of the pub.

Ashley Walcott, who previously worked at the Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, under Heston Blumenthal has been appointed as the new head chef.

Preserving 'distinct character'

Butcombe Pubs and Inns managing director Jayson Perfect said: “The Castle Inn is our flagship pub in Dorset, and quite rightly a local favourite, so we knew we had to preserve its distinct character and heritage during the renovation.

“The team has worked tirelessly to get the site up and running ahead of what we hope will be a busy Easter weekend. The results of the refurbishment are fantastic.

“We’ve created a gorgeous, high-quality site that fits perfectly with the surrounding countryside and coastline. We’re looking forward to welcoming the Castle’s strong, local following as well as new visitors over the coming weeks.”

The Castle is within walking distance of some of Dorset’s key landmarks including Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, situated on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site and surrounded by the Isle of Purbeck countryside.

Founded in 1978, Butcombe Brewery Co manages an estate of 40 pubs. It now forms part of the Liberation Group.

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