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Rose and Thistle

The Rose and Thistle is a 16th century thatched roof pub, nestled in the picture perfect village of Rockbourne. Charm and character comes in 'keg's' full at this pub, which epitomises country life at its best. At it's backbone is owner Chris. Being raised in a pub all his life, you can understand why he has such passion for what he does. The term 'labour of love' could not be better suited. Local produce is dished up for a delicious dining experience for all who visit, you'll find nothing sour on the menu.....well maybe the crunch of the Dorset Gherkins, but that'll be out of choice. A well stocked bar offers up unique wines you won't find anywhere else, and show stopping ales make a guest appearance next to the ever favourite 'Doom Bar'. Melting away the hours will be a pleasure. This warm, traditional pub has something for all, whether you consider yourself a Rose or a Thistle.
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A seven arched medieval bridge which spans the river Avon guards the entrance to this historic market town. “The George”, a delightful pub where you can enjoy a cool pint watching the river and occasional brave soul throwing themselves off the bridge (into the water of course!) The town was recorded in the Domesday book of 1066 under the name Forde. Once an industrial & commercial town, Fordingbridge once boasted trades such as brick making, pottery and textiles. As with many historic places it also boasts a little bit of a rebel side through smuggling, the infamous Captain Diamond the “Smuggler King” who spent much of his time in a local tavern. Today the town has rediscovered itself so locals can proudly say they live here. A wonderful place for visitors to come and enjoy the beautiful scenery, nature havens, cycle ways and of course many great independent businesses.
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