Two iconic brewers in Dorset reveal which pubs they are reopening this July

PUBLISHED: 17:51 03 July 2020

The Anchor Inn at Seatown, one of Palmers' award-winning pubs reopening this month Photo: Stephen Banks

The Anchor Inn at Seatown, one of Palmers' award-winning pubs reopening this month Photo: Stephen Banks


With the new one metre plus rule in place for social distancing how are our some of our Dorset pubs planning their reopenings from Super Saturday and beyond

From the 4 July pubs and eateries across the county will be reopening to the public, providing they have put a range of measures in to stop the spread of Covid-19. So, what will this look like? It varies from venue to venue, but pub landlords, chefs and restaurant owners have been looking into the best way to keep customers safe whilst enjoying a meal out or a pint. We talked to two iconic Dorset breweries about how they are going about reopening their pubs across the county from Super Saturday and beyond.

Hall & Woodhouse, who have been brewing beer in Dorset since 1771, are reopening their pubs in a phased approach from 7 July. Matt Kearsey, Managing Director of Hall & Woodhouse, said: “Our priority is to re-open our pubs in a safe and controlled way for our returning team and guests. We have surveyed our guests during closure to ask what safety measures they would like to see in place when we re-open, and we have taken this feedback on board. We look forward to welcoming back our teams and guests over the next few weeks.”

Hall & Woodhouse establishments reopening include: The Yachtsman, Poole (7 July); The Crown Hotel, Blandford Forum and The Angel Inn, Wimborne (8 July); The Duchess of Cornwall, Poundbury and The Olive Branch, Wimborne (9 July); The Smugglers Inn, Weymouth (14 July); The Ship Inn, Weymouth (16 July); The Monmouth Ash, Verwood and The Grasshopper, Poole (21 July); The Old Granary, Wareham (22 July); Lulworth Cove Inn (29 July); St Peter’s Finger, Poole (30 July). These are proposed opening dates and subject to change, so check the individual pubs website. Find out more at

The Duchess of Cornwall Inn, a Hall & Woodhouse establishment in PoundburyThe Duchess of Cornwall Inn, a Hall & Woodhouse establishment in Poundbury

Palmers, who have been brewing beer in Bridport since 1794, own 53 pubs across the West Country including the multi- award-winning Anchor Inn on the beach at Seatown. Jim Jones, Palmers Tenanted Trade Director says that their licensees are busy making sure that everything is in place for a safe and enjoyable first pint. “The vast majority of our Dorset pubs will be opening from the 4th July, some will start trading from the 11th and some will have a progressive opening.

“Lots of our pubs, such as the Half Moon at Melplash have been doing local deliveries and takeaway services, many pubs will continue to do so post-lockdown,” says Jim. “A lot of people are understandably going to remain cautious about going to the pub so these alternatives are going to remain popular.” Find out more at .

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