The Dinnington Docks
PUBLISHED: 12:34 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:02 11 December 2018
The Dinnington Docks is a rare, unspoilt country pub, set in rolling Somerset countryside with beautiful views from a large garden, skittle alley and ample parking.
Known for its Cask Marque approved local ales, fine local ciders, spirts and a well-balanced wine list with many wines offered by the glass. All complementing a menu boasting locally sourced ingredients delivered as pub classic, daily specials or the foodies delight of good starters, mains and deserts. Good food and drink well served, the Dinnington Docks is many peoples favourite – it is the Dinnington tradition.
The interior has not changed in some 60 years and many of the features are much older. Set in a beautiful Hamstone building aside the ancient Foss Way Roman road, the land on which Dinnington sits was given by the Poulett family to their loyal Falconer, the Poulett family estate was so vast that the English Channel and the Bristol Channel could both be seen from their own land. Originally called the Rose & Crown this public house is believed to have been a coaching stop in the early 1600’s with many of the foundation stones robbed from a nearby Roman Villa – excavated by the C4 Time Team, indeed many a fine pint was enjoyed by the crew while scenes where filmed in the unspoilt Dinnington Docks interior.
The Dinnington Docks was so named by the locals and now formally known as such because of the canal docks close by, serviced by a train line that passed to the side of the then Rose & Crown. Whilst there is little evidence of the Docks or Railway today, photographs and drawings can be seen hanging on the wall of the bar, along with many items of Rail memorabilia, included the signage for both the Dinnington Docks and Allowenshay signal boxes. Indeed, the remains of the close by Allowenshay signal box are reputedly still visible – it is also said, the sound of a train whistle can be heard on a still night.
Fosse Way, Dinnington, Hinton Saint George, Somerset, TA17 8SX