A Warm Welcome from your hosts Tom & Georgia!
The Shave Cross Inn is nestled in the heart of the beautiful Marshwood Vale, West Dorset, just under 4 miles (as the Pterodactyl flies) from the beauty of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Sitting at the crossroads of Shave Cross hamlet, the Inn lies right at the heart of the rural community that is Marshwood vale.
Please note we get VERY BUSY especially on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays but sometimes mid week also. We therefore very strongly recommend that you book a table in advance of your visit using our online booking system (click the “Book a table” button on the homepage).
Additionally, like many hospitality venues in the UK currently we are dealing with a staff shortage and so we are restricting the number of bookings we are taking to ensure we can continue to deliver the levels of service we want to so that you can enjoy your visit.
Your landlord is Tom Littledyke. Tom is assisted by his lovely partner Georgia Wellman and the wonderful team that keep things moving in the kitchen!
Tom & Georgia took over the Shave Cross Inn on 21st January 2020.
The thatched Grade 2 listed flintstone building has origins dating back to the 14th century. Think of flagstone floors cracked with 700 years of wear and tear, roaring open fires, daily chalkboard menus, friendly welcoming hosts, and that’s Shave Cross Inn. With its quintessentially English beer garden, it offers wayfarers – and their canine companions – a welcome rest under twining violet wisteria racemes, with scattered rustic picnic tables, a traditional cobbled courtyard, a classic cottage garden and flower-laden terracotta pots.
Since the reign of Edward III there has been an Inn at the crossroads at Shave Cross. Once a stopping place for pilgrims on the way to St Wite’s Shrine in Whitchurch Canonicorum, it’s now home to The Shave Cross Inn, serving locally sourced produce and great local ales.
Our menu’s move with the seasons and exploit the rich diversity of seafood, meat, vegetables and fruits that Dorset has to offer.
Don’t forget to top off your meal with one of our seasonal desserts and one of our delightful speciality coffees.
All dietary requirements are considered in the design of the menus, but please advise us when making a booking o f any special needs and we will be pleased to work with you. Shave Cross Sunday lunches like the pub are traditional where a single local meat is chosen each week and celebrated in full, cooked in different ways within the roast dinner and served with all the traditional accompaniments. Always offering a vegetarian and seafood choice as well.