The Martyrs Inn, a Dorset Pub

The Martyrs Inn, is nestled in the centre of the historic village of Tolpuddle, near Dorchester, in the heart of Dorset. Built in 1921 to replace an older pub, The Crown as it was then known, was renamed the The Martyrs Inn in 1952 and has been providing a great place to eat and drink ever since.

The Martyrs Inn is open every day from 11am to 11pm and serves food daily from 12 noon to 9pm. We offer a great range of local draught ales, continental lagers, worldly wines and excellent food.

Our Beer

We serve excellent Hall and Woodhouse beer brewed at the Badger Brewer in Blandford Forum, in the North of Dorset just 10 miles away. In the summer we usually have 3 real ales to choose from, including First Call, Tanglefoot and excellent season special, and in the winter a choice of 2 delightful winter warmers.

Our Food

We serve a range of Pub Classics, including our Martyrs Inn Steak Hot Pot. We make delicious burgers from our locally sourced Dorset Aberdeen Angus beef, and a range of Bistro style dishes on both the menu and specials board. We source as much food as possible from Dorset, and use suppliers in and around Dorchester the county town.

Our Service

We offer great friendly service to our local and visiting customers a like, we work hard to provide a prompt, courteous service. Children, families, dogs, muddy welly boots are all welcome.

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The Martyrs Inn is a business operated in partnership with Athelhampton House, just a mile or so down the road.

Our Menu


Marinated Olives


Garlic Ciabatta
or garlic and cheddar ciabatta


Warm Rustic Rolls aged balsamic and olive oil  



Smoked Haddock Fishcakes
with tomato salsa, dressed salad and balsamic dressing


Somerset Brie & Caramelised Onion Tart
in short pastry with dressed salad


Fried Whitebait
with homemade tartare sauce


Dorset Pate
served with chutney and baked ciabatta


Soup of the Day
with a bread roll


Main Courses

West country Venison Steak
served with a madeira sauce and seasonal vegetables

£ 18.00

Homebaked Ham, Egg & Chips
with real ale chutney

Large £9.95 or Small £8.50

Martyrs Inn Steak Hot Pot
prime steak, real ale gravy, creamy sliced potato top, with seasonal vegetables 


Wild Mushroom & Blue Vinny Tagliatelle 
in a white wine cream sauce with crumble blue cheese, wild mushrooms and watercress


Add a side!
chips, vegetable selection, dressed salad or onion rings


Hunters Chicken Breast
fresh chicken breast cooked with our barbecue glaze, back bacon and dorset cheddar, served with chips and dressed salad


Local Pork Sausages
with mustard mash, green beans and onion gravy


Beer Battered Cod
tartare sauce, chips, mushy peas

Large £12.50 or Small £9.50

Breaded Scampi
tartare sauce, chips, mushy peas

Large £10.50 or Small £8.95

Roasted Salmon Fillet
with thyme mash, green beans and caper butter


From The Grill

Handcrafted Martyrs Beef Burger
served in a floured bap with salad, chips, onion rings and our own burger relish


Have it your way!
add Cheddar, Bacon or Blue Cheese


Cajun Blackened Spice Chicken Burger
served in a floured bap with salad, chips, onion rings and harissa mayonnaise


Butternut,  Aubergine & Haloumi Burger
in floured bap with red peppers, served with salad, chips, onion rings 


Sirloin Steak 8oz
with grilled mushroom, tomato, chips and dressed salad 


Add some Sauce!
Peppercorn, Blue Cheese or Mushroom


Gammon Steak 8oz
fried egg, fresh pineapple, tomato, chips and dressed salad 


Lunch Baguettes

Prawn & Harissa Mayo
with salad and a handful of chips


Chargrilled Chicken, Mayo & Watercress 
with salad and a handful of chips


Gammon, Cheddar & Piccalilli
with salad and handful of chips


Brie, Bacon & Cranberry Sauce
with salad and a handful of chips


Goat’s Cheese and Onion Chutney
with salad and a handful of chips


Cheddar & Tomato
with salad and handful of chips


Delicious Desserts

Vanilla Baked Cheesecake
with ice cream


Sticky Toffee Pudding
with badger ale toffee sauce and caramel ice cream


Apple and Cherry Crumble
with custard or ice cream


Camomile Infused Creme Brûlée


Chocolate Fudge Cake
with vanilla ice cream


West-country Cheeseboard
Dorset Cheddar, Blue Vinny, Somerset Camembert, biscuits, knobs and a glass of Port


Coffee and Tea

Espresso  £1.50     Cappuccino  £2.25    Caffe Latte  £2.50    Hot Chocolate  £2.50    Liqueur Coffee  £4.75   Tea  £1.99

Fish & Chip Friday

Fish and Chip Friday at the Martyrs Inn

Friday is literally Fry-Day at The Martyrs Inn, we are serving our great value Fish and Chips. Fresh Cod or Haddock,  (depending on the season) in home-made beer batter and our rustic chipped potatoes, peas or mushy peas served all day long.

At just £9.99 including a half (first call real ale, stowford press or fosters lager), or a 125ml glass of house wine or soft drink (cola, lemonade, lime & soda, elderflower spritzer) this has to be excellent value for money

Our full menu is available as well, Booking a Table is recommended.

Poster of Fish and Chips at The Martyrs Inn near Dorchester

Curry Night Monday

Poster for Curry Night at The Martyrs Inn near Dorchester

Great Value 3 Course Curry Night

Every Monday evening we served a delicious 3 Course Indian Curry at The Martyrs Inn, A set starter, followed by a Curry Buffet with at least 4 different curries, and a Indian inspired dessert.

Our curries are all scratch made in our kitchen, from traditional spices, not a jar of pre-made sauce in sight. At £11.99 per person including a half (first call real ale, stowford press or fosters lager), or a 125ml glass of house wine or soft drink (cola, lemonade, lime & soda, elderflower spritzer),  there is no better way to spend a Monday evening

Our full menu is available as well, Booking a Table is recommended.

Sunday Carvery

A great Sunday Lunch at the Martyrs Inn

Our great value Sunday Carvery is open every Sunday from 12noon until 8pm, we serve a selection of local roast meats, fresh seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes and all trimmings. Enjoy the carvery on it own for £9.99 or have it as part of our Great Value Dining offers £14.99 including a half (first call real ale, stowford press or fosters lager), or a 125ml glass of house wine or soft drink (cola, lemonade, lime & soda, elderflower spritzer) and dessert from the menu.

Our full menu is available as well, Booking a Table is recommended.

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Special Events

Christmas Menu coming soon

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Our Comfortable Pub

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Our Delicious Food

We think the food is amazing, a great range of Pub Classics & Bistro style food served by Chris, Chad and Gavin in our busy kitchen.

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Contact Details

The Martyrs Inn, 49 Main Road, Tolpuddle,
Dorset, DT2 7ES   Telephone: 01305 848249


We would be pleased to book you a table for lunch or dinner, or if you have an event, group visit, or want to use the car park then don’t hesitate giving us a call

When Open:  01305 848249     (11am – 11pm)
When Closed:  01305 848363    (Athelhampton Office)

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  • Grill Night is Coming to the Martyrs Inn

    Join us every Thursday and Saturday for Grill Night. We will have a changing selection of fish and meat available each week. You will have a choice of, Salmon, Mackerel, Tuna or Sardines. Cuts of meat available will range from Pork and Lamb Chops, Steak, Gammon, Chicken and Game when in season.

    Not to leave the vegetarians out there will be some delicious vegetarian dishes available, think grilled Halloumi, Asparagus, Butternut Squash, Peppers, Aubergine with punchy marinades.

    Customise your dish for an extra £1 and add Onion Rings, Garlic Butter, Peppercorn Sauce, Hollandaise Sauce, BBQ Glaze, Honey Glaze, or even a Blue cheese Sauce made from the local Blue Vinny.

    Chips, Grilled Tomato, Mushroom and a side of Salad complete your meal, all for £11 with a drink included. Choices include half a bitter or larger, small house wine, coke or lemonade.

  • Free Coffee

    A special offer for all our season ticket holders during the months of January, February and March, just call in any time we are open at the Martyrs and enjoy a free cup of coffee. Every season ticket holder can have a a cup of Coffee every single day! A frothy white or a straight black.! upgrade to a cappucino for 25p or add one of our homemade salted caramel biscotti for 50p. Lovely…

  • Bombay Sapphire


    Just seen this evening a great offer on one of favourite Gin brands, its Ocado the online grocer, £17.00 a litre, thats got to a great deal. Of course we stock it behind the bar at The Martyrs Inn. Drink responsibly please.

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Opening Times

Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Pub Open (all-day) 11.00am – 11.00pm     Food Served (all-day) 12.00 noon – 9.00pm, except Monday where food finishes at 4.00pm while we prepare for Curry Night!


Pub Open (all-day) 11.00am – 10.30pm      Food Served including Carvery (all-day) 12.00 noon – 8.00pm

in the winter we may stop serving food or close the pub early if quiet, if you are running late then we would still be pleased to see you, perhaps just give us a call on 01305 848249 to let us know you are on your way!