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We are a traditional 16th century pub serving Italian Small Plates to compete with any Italian restaurant, opposite Sherborne Abbey, that competes with any contemporary work of the Italian Renaissance. 

Our menu is substantially made up of authentic home-made Italian dishes with all our pasta, bread and sauces made in house on a daily basis. The menu also includes a novel element using some of the finest Dorset and Italian ingredients in quirky combinations. It also provides an unparralleled experience for those who have dietary requirements with numerous options for vegetarians, vegans & coeliacs. 

We would suggest you order between 2 to 3 dishes each to share amongst the table with an equal share between the 5 sections of the menu. 

Alongside this, we serve the traditional tipples of ales, lagers, ciders & soft drinks but also over 60 Italian wines by the glass and over 30 Italian themed cocktails.

Please see a sample of a menu, wine list and cocktail list on the right of this page (or below on a smartphone).

"We ate as a group and were entranced by the Italian tapas type meal. The wonderfully tasty different course arrived steadily over the meal, providing almost a taster menu without the taster menu price. Staff were lovely and helpful. As well as the wonderful food this is a pub with a good range of beers. Thoroughly recommend."

Tripadvisor - Oct 2018





Menu - Feb/Mar 20

Sample Sunday Lunch

Vegan Menu

PARTY MENUS (8 or more) 

The 'Basilica' - £15.50pp

The 'Pantheon' - £19.00pp

The 'Colosseum' - £22.50pp


Wine List

Cocktail List

Further Info - Food & Drink

Dietary Requirements





Dietary Requirements

"Love the concept of small sharing plates and every dish delivered. My stand-out was the Dorset lamb with polenta - meltingly flavourful meat with buttery, truffled polenta - a bowl of that on front of the fire would make me very happy. But in fact there was not one dud dish in the ten we ordered. Very impressed and am looking forward to a return visit. Thank you."

Tripadvisor - Feb 2019


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"Wow! Was not expecting to find Italian tapas in Sherborne. Superb selection of tasty dishes, lovely environment with friendly staff, great wine and beer selection. Thoroughly enjoyable experience and a brilliant way to enjoy good food with friends or family."
Tripadvisor - Jan 2019



"Great local ingredients, cooked well with a good selection of choices on the menu. Pleasant service and relaxing atmosphere. A nice treat for my birthday!"
Google - Feb 2019