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


Homemade Fishcake
with honey & dill dressing, rocket salad


Dorset Mushrooms
sauteed with blue cheese, port and double cream


Half Pint of Fried Whitebait
wedge of lemon, homemade tartare sauce


Dorset Chicken Liver Parfait
served with apple and pear chutney and warm bread roll


Mozzerella Arancini Balls
served with a tomato and basil sauce


Soup of the Day
with a bread roll


Selection of Olives
served with olive oil, balsamic reduction and toasted ciabatta


Main Courses

and there is always more on our specials board!

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


Chicken & Ham Pie
corn fed chicken, gammon ham, cream sauce, short pastry with a choice of potatoes & seasonal vegetables

£ 10.95

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


Slowcooked Lamb Shank 
with creamy mash, red wine jus, seasonal vegetable


Crumbled Goats Cheese, Pea & Mint Risotto
with pea shoots and balsamic glaze


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

Crab & Chorizo Tagliettelle
hand-made pasta, fresh crab, rich tomato sauce, served with garlic bread


From The Grill

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

Dorset Ribeye Steak 10oz
with grilled tomato, mushrooms, onion rings, chips & dressed salad


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


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


Our Handmade Burgers

our burgers can be substituted with a chicken breast or home-made felafel patties instead

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


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


Dorset Spicy Angus, 2 x 4oz Patties
chilli cheese, chilli jam, bacon, red pepper, mayo & chips


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

Stawberry 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


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

Celebrate the festive season with our Christmas menu, available for lunch or dinner from the 1st of December until Christmas Eve. Pre-booking is essential. Click here to download the menu


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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

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!