The Bankes Arms in Studland, Dorset, could almost set the blueprint for every other traditional country inn. Dating back to the 16th century? Check. Built from local quarried stone? Check. Welcoming open fires in winter? Of course. Large garden for lazy summer drinks? Naturally. Surrounded by British countryside? Purbeck has this in abundance.
Except not every other country pub is this close to the sea, with continuous views across Studland Bay towards Poole, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight and just a short stroll to the beach and the iconic chalk sea stacks of Old Harry. The pub is ideally situated at the gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, so is a perfect base for exploring the many treasures of the Purbeck coastline.
The pub has ten comfortable B&B rooms, most with ensuite facilities and all with views of the sea or the countryside (or both). With fresh, locally-sourced seasonal food served every day and the Isle of Purbeck Brewery literally right next door, the Bankes Arms really does tick all the boxes.
ENJOY YOUR STAY
B&B at the Bankes Arms
The Bankes Arms is the perfect place to escape for a weekend or longer and is ideally situated for local beaches and walks or as a base to explore the rest of Dorset. Our ten comfortable and newly-refurbished guest rooms are situated above the main pub. Eight have ensuite facilities and two share a bathroom. The five rooms at the front of the pub have views across Studland Bay and those at the sides and rear have views of the rolling Purbeck countryside.
Food served every day
Fresh, locally-sourced seasonal specials
We serve food every day and, with an ever-changing blackboard menu, our chefs prepare food all through the day from fresh, local produce wherever possible. We have a wide range of seasonal specials featuring seafood and game and we always have several vegetarian options. There’s no need to book (we operate on a first-come-first-served basis) although larger parties are encouraged to call beforehand.
Our extensive gardens, overlooking the sea, are the perfect setting for eating al fresco on warmer days; in autumn and winter our open fire, soups and casseroles will keep the chill at bay.
A truly local pint of beer!
The Isle of Purbeck Brewery
The Bankes Arms is the home of the Isle of Purbeck Brewery, which is situated right next door to the pub. The brewery has been producing its core range of five beers and cider (Purbeck Pommes) plus its eclectic range of seasonal brews since 2003. It now supplies both locally and nationally to other pubs, restaurants, retailers, wholesalers and the public as well as to festivals, events and other beer festivals.
The pub prides itself on the quality and range of its wines, spirits, beer and cider and the landlord is a fellow of the British Institute of Inn Keeping. On any given day, the bar boasts half a dozen ciders nine real ales, all sourced from small independent breweries from Dorset and the South West.