We welcome you to The New Inn, Shipton Gorge - a traditional village pub and beer garden run by husband and wife team Jason and Simone Freeman. You can contact the pub by phoning 01308 897302 and details of opening hours, special events, facilities and menus can be found on our website: and on our Facebook page.
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 the Bridport brewers, JC & RH Palmer, and has always been run by tenant landlords. Until the late 1950s there was also a pub in Brook Street, The Mason's Arms, but this was closed around the time that the houses at Peas Hill were built. That property then reverted to two homes, "Old Masons" and "Thatch End".
In 2005, following a period of decline, The New Inn was closed by the brewers, who 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, New Inn Support Limited (NISL).
NISL, having been granted a lease of the pub by Palmers, fund raising through social events, private donations, loans and a grant of £12,000 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 and refurbishment which highlighted the talent and skill that exists within the village. It is estimated that work to the tune of £60,000 was completed by volunteers, but the true value lies in the coming together and in the doing.
The New Inn re-opened in August 2006, and the premises are presently sub-let by NISL to Jason and Simone Freeman. It is now very much a viable concern, appreciated by many villagers but also attracting customers from far and wide. During the summer period many visitors call at the New Inn for refreshments, particularly walkers and cyclists taking advantage of the lovely countryside and the network of footpaths and bridleways in the parish. You will always find a warm welcome, top quality home cooked food and award winning cask ales, lagers, wines and spirits.
NISL continues to raise funds for further improvements and maintenance and another group, Friends of New Inn, along with other volunteers help with the gardening, landscaping and preparation of hanging baskets for the summer.