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


Tomato Bruschetta
with local tomatoes, hand torn mozzarella and balsamic dressing


Ham Hock & Pea Terrine
with piccalilli and half warm baguette


Dorset Chilli King Prawns
ten skewered king prawns, chargrilled, with our home-made chilli dressing


Soup of the Day
with a bread roll


Antipasti Platter

air cured ham, coppa, salami, buffalo mozzarella, sunblush tomatoes, marinted olives, garlic bread

£6.50 for one  £12.00 for two

Main Courses

and there is always more on our specials board!

Martyrs Inn Steak Hot Pot
prime steak, real ale gravy, suet dumpling, with seasonal vegetables 


Homemade Chicken & Leek Pie
fresh chicken, leeks, cream & mustard sauce, short pastry with a choice of potatoes & seasonal vegetables

£ 12.95

Chicken with Bacon & Sage
panfried bacon wrapped chicken breast, sage mash, creamy white wine mushroom sauce your choice of potatoes and seasonal vegetables


Belly of Pork
served with braised apple and cabbage, creamy gratin potato, black pudding crisps, calvados pan gravy


Baked Butternut Squash 
half a baked butternut squash filled with cannelloni beans, mozzarella, tomato and peppers, with a seed and crumb topping and served with chips


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

Dorset Sirloin Steak 
8oz Sirloin Steak, cooked to your liking, hand carved and served with gratin potato, madeira sauce and seasonal vegetables


Cauliflower & Turmeric Roulade 
filled with peppers and chickpeas, with a rich tomato sauce, choice of potatoes and seasonal vegetables served with chips


Sea Bass Fillets
Sea Bass fillets panfried with lemon butter, served with crushed new potatoes and samphire with a fish velouté and seasonal vegetables


Classic Lasagne
choose from our beef ragu or roasted vegetable with a béchamel and cheddar top and served with garlic bread


From The Grill

add a peppercorn, blue cheese or mushroom sauce for just £1.00

Dorset Ribeye Steak 8oz
with grilled tomato, mushrooms, onion rings, chips & dressed salad


Dorset Sirloin Steak 8oz
with grilled tomato, mushroom, onion rings, chips & dressed salad


Gammon Steak 8oz
grilled pineapple. fried egg, chips and peas 


Our Handmade Burgers

Dorset Martyrs Angus, 2 x 4oz Pattie
Dorset cheddar, caramelised onion & chips


Dorset Smokey Angus, 2 x 4oz Pattie
Smoked cheese, chilli jam, roasted peppers, mayo & chips


Dorset Blue Angus, 2 x 4oz Patties
blue vinny cheese, bacon, mayo & chips


Dorset Veggie Burger, 1 x 6oz Patties
beetroot, feta, chickpea and spices, mayo & chips


Lunch Baguettes

Prawn & Marie Rose
with salad and a handful of chips


Chargrilled Chicken, Bacon & Mayo 
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

Mango & Passion Fruit Cheesecake
with coconut and oat base


Chocolate and Salted Carmel Tart
with salted caramel ice-cream


Spiced Rum Creme Brûlée


Dorset Apple Cake
with a custard and cider sauce


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

Football Supporters Night – 14th June

Details on Facebook!

Booking advised!

French Night – 28th June

Join us an celebrate French food.. .. a seven course tasting menu full of French classic dishes £25.00 per person, limited to 30 seats.

Booking required.

Greek Night – 27th July

Smash a few plates with us.. Its Greek night.. a range of yummy Greek savouries and desserts on the buffet..

Booking advised!

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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)

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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  

on some Sundays, to allow our busy chef’s appropriate time off, our full menu may be reduced, please book a table for Sunday evening or phone ahead and check what our offering will be.