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A pub with a nationally important historic interior

This pub is taken from the national inventory of historic pub interiors, CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

DORSET - Pamphill, Vine

An historic pub interior of national importance

Vine Hill, Pamphill, BH21 4EE

OSRef: ST994003

Tel: (01202) 882259


Opening Hours: 11-3, 7-10.30 (11 Thu-Sat); 12-3, 7-10.30 Sun

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale and Real Cider

Food: Lunchtime Meals

Listed Status: Not listed

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This delightful small country hostelry became a pub in about 1900 when the present landlady’s grandfather fitted it out as such. Until the 1950s it just sold beer and cider under a six-day licence (i.e. Mon–Sat only). The falling site means it is, unusually, on two levels. The little altered public bar is on the lower one and, at 8 feet square in front of the counter, is one of the smallest in the country. From here nine steps lead up to the rather larger tap room which is lined with full-height panelling. On the other side of the public bar, a separate entrance leads into the lounge which was once upon a time grandfather’s sitting room – a very small space probably brought into pub use in the 1950s or 1960s. The gents’ is outside at the front of the building; the ladies’ is also outside but appears to be a relatively late addition. The garden at the front, overlooked by a prolific vine, is a great place to relax on a warm, sunny day.

Vine, Pamphill
Public Bar