We welcome you to Shipton Gorge and to your local pub, the New Inn. We have a traditional village pub and beer garden and the social hub of the village. The pub is managed and run by Landlord Paul Crisp with Kate and their team. Contact details for the pub tel. 01308 897302. Details of opening hours, special events, facilities and menus can be found on the website www.newinndorset.pub and on Facebook.We welcome you to Shipton Gorge and to your local pub, the New Inn. We have a traditional village pub and beer garden and the social hub of the village. The pub is managed and run by Landlord Paul Crisp with Kate and their team. Contact details for the pub tel. 01308 897302. Details of opening hours, special events, facilities and menus can be found on the website www.newinndorset.pub and on Facebook.
HISTORY OF THE NEW INN
The NEW INN at Peas Hill is now the only pub in Shipton Gorge. It was named the New Inn because it replaced a house that was destroyed by fire in the early 19th century. It is owned by Bridport brewers JC & RH Palmer and has always been run by tenant landlords. Until the late 1950’s there was also a pub in Brook Street called the Masons Arms. This closed and the property reverted to two homes “Old Masons” and “Thatch End”.
In 2005 following a period of decline the New Inn was closed by the brewers. Palmers were reluctant to invest in a business that was considered unviable. However the villagers were determined that the pub should again become the hub of village life. Residents were consulted through questionnaires and public meetings and it was quickly established that this was a cause worth pursuing. A group was formed that would seek advice, negotiate with interested parties, mobilise work parties and raise funds. The group became a registered company called New Inn Support Limited (NISL). The board of directors is made up of volunteer villagers.
NISL, having been granted a lease of the pub by Palmers, fund raising through special events, private donations, loans and a grant from DEFRA allowed some £40,000 to be spent on renovation and improvement. The pub interior was re designed and extensions built. An inspiring number of residents offered to help with the building refurbishment which highlighted the talent and skill that exists in this village. Work to the tune of £60,000 was completed by volunteers, but the true value is the community spirit; the coming together and doing.
The NEW Inn re-opened in August 2006 and the premises are presently sub-let to Paul Crisp. Paul is a professional experienced publican and has quickly built a very good reputation. The pub is now a viable concern and much appreciated by locals and visitors alike. NISL continues to raise funds for further improvements and maintenance. Another group ‘Friends of the New Inn’ along with other volunteers help with gardening, decorating, and preparation of hanging baskets for the summer.
So many villages have lost their village pub but in Shipton Gorge we are very fortunate. This village has a heart, a social centre and a great amenity that we hope you will enjoy. Many visitors call at the New Inn particularly walkers and cyclists enjoying our lovely countryside. The pub runs special music events, theme nights, games nights and monthly quizzes. You will always find a warm welcome, top quality home cooked food and award winning cask ales, lagers, wines and spirits.