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The Bankes Arms Inn - The Country Pub by the Sea

The Bankes Arms Inn in Studland, Dorset, could almost set the blueprint for every other traditional country pub. Dating back to the 16th century and built from local quarried stone, the pub is surrounded by lush Purbeck countryside. The Bankes Arms has cosy open fires in winter, a large pub garden for refreshing drinks in summer and a warm welcome all year round.

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. As a result, we are just a short stroll to both the beach and the iconic chalk sea stacks of Old Harry Rocks. The pub is ideally situated at the gateway to the famous Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. As a result it is a perfect base for exploring the many treasures of the Purbeck coastline and beyond.

We have ten comfortable B&B rooms, most with ensuite facilities and all with views of the sea or the countryside (or both). All overnight stays include one of our legendary breakfasts served in our guests’ dining area. 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. 


B&B at the Bankes Arms

The Bankes Arms is the perfect place to escape for a weekend or longer. It 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 rooms at the front of the pub have sea views across Studland Bay; those at the sides and rear have views of the rolling Purbeck countryside. After a good night’s sleep all guests are served with breakfast, including potato and chorizo hash, smashed avocado, vegetarian options and, of course, the classic Full English.

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Rooms 1, 3 & 4 allow an additional guest in the the optional chair bed (ideal for children aged 6-16). You will need to book the Chair Bed for your additional guest.

Please note: Our rooms are not suitable for children under 5.

Rooms 2 and 3 offer the option of a Double Bed or Twin beds


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Full payment is required at time of booking. Bookings cancelled more than 14 days prior to the check-in date will be entitled to a 100% refund. Bookings cancelled 7-14 days before the check-in date will be entitled to a 50% refund. Bookings cancelled less than seven days prior to the check-in date will not be entitled to a refund.

Great pub food served every day

Fresh, locally-sourced seasonal specials

We serve food every day and, with an ever-changing menu, our chefs prepare food 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 overlook the sea and are therefore the perfect setting for eating al fresco on warmer days. In autumn and winter our open fires, warming casseroles and mulled wine 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 perfectly situated right next door to the pub. The brewery has been producing its core range of five beers and cider plus an eclectic range of seasonal brews since 2003. It now supplies both locally and nationally to pubs, restaurants, retailers, wholesalers and to the public. In addition it provides kegs on sale or return to festivals, events and beer festivals.

The pub prides itself on the quality and range of its wines, spirits, beer and cider. The bar boasts a wide range of ales (including several fresh from the brewery next door) and ciders from breweries across the UK. We have some must-try craft gins suitable for all seasons as well as some interesting vodkas, rums and whiskeys. Our red and white wine selection has some very palatable and affordable favourites or you could treat yourself to a bottle of something sparkling to mark a special occasion.