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.

Chris and Leanne and their team are ready to welcome you, 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.

Book a table today!

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

Our Menu


Marinated Olives  £3.00
Warm Rustic Rolls aged balsamic and olive oil  £4.95


Battered Squid Rings
with lemon mayonnaise


Garlic and Rosemary Baked Camembert
with chutney & baked ciabatta


with tartare sauce


Dorset Pate
served with chutney and baked ciabatta


Garlic Ciabatta
or garlic and cheddar ciabatta


Battered Brie Wedges
cranberry dressing and bread roll


Soup of the Day
with a bread roll


Main Courses

our specials boards are bustling with even more delicious dishes created by Chris and his team, why not give us a call to find out whats on today!

Ham, Egg & Chips
with dressed salad and tomato relish

Large £9.95 or Small £8.50

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


Wild Mushroom Tagliatelle 
in a white wine cream sauce, with spring onions, toasted walnuts and dressed watercress


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


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


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


Our Burgers

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


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


Butternut, Red Pepper, Crispy Aubergine & Haloumi Burger
served in floured bap with salad, chips, onion rings and burger relish


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


From The Grill

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


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


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


Barbecue Chicken Breast 
grill tomato, fried egg, fresh pineapple, chips, mushroom  


Surf ‘n’ Turf
4oz Rump Steak and Breaded Scampi with grill tomato, fried egg, fresh pineapple, chips, mushroom  


Add some Sauce!
Peppercorn, Blue Cheese or Mushroom


Lunch Baguettes

Prawn & Harissa Mayo
with salad and vegetable crisps


Cod Goujon & Tartare Sauce
with salad and vegetable crisps


Gammon, Cheddar & Piccalilli
with salad and vegetable crisps


Brie, Bacon & Cranberry Sauce
with salad and vegetable crisps


Goat’s Cheese and Onion Chutney
with salad and vegetable crisps


Cheddar & Tomato
with salad and vegetable crisps


Delicious Desserts

Vanilla Baked Cheesecake
with ice cream


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


Apple and Sultana Crumble
with custard or ice cream


Irish Cream Liqueur Creme Brûlée
shortbread biscuit


West-country Cheeseboard
Dorset Cheddar, Blue Vinny, Somerset Camembert, biscuits, 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


Valentine’s Menu.

We are serving our valentines menu on the evening of Saturday 13th of February. A selection of delightful dishes served with style by the team, a full wine list is available. Four courses for £25.99, booking is essential! give us a call on 01305 848249 to book your table

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Our Comfortable Pub

Have a look around our lovely pub, we think it looks lovely and we hope you do to.

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


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!