The Ilchester Arms is a family run rustic pub and restaurant with rooms – our passion is to provide fantastic food at an affordable price, wrapped up in a comfortable and stimulating environment. Whether you choose to have a cider and snack by the fire, a home made afternoon tea after a country walk or a freshly caught sea bass supper, we’ve created nibbles through to informal a la carte dining for all occasions.

With on-site parking, 9 en-suite bedrooms and beautiful views from the garden up to St Catherine’s chapel, The Ilchester Arms is the perfect destination to enjoy precious time with friends and family.

Well behaved dogs on leads are also very welcome – please ask about our pet-friendly bedrooms.


Serving home-made food using fresh, local produce is a priority for us. Our butchers, fish, vegetable and cheese suppliers are all local companies, hand-picked for their quality, and with seasonal menus we use the freshest ingredients all year round.

We have such an array of fantastic produce available around Dorset and the Jurassic coast, it’s a delight to keep the menus simple and craft them around what’s fresh and particularly delicious that week… along with keeping hold of a few of our resident British favourites.

Menus have been designed to work with every budget – from lighter, home-made bar snacks and staple ‘hearty favourites’ through to our rustic a la carte seafood and steak dinners. We also offer breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas (see our menu to pre-order) and can even make a cake for that special occasion – please contact us directly and you can speak to our pastry chef about options.


MON-SUN 8am – 10.30am


MON-FRI 12 NOON – 2.30pm

SAT & SUNDAY 12 NOON – 6pm


MON-THURS 6pm – 8pm

FRI & SAT 6pm – 8.30pm

SUN 6pm – 8pm


The characterful circular bar at The Ilchester Arms is the ultimate setting in which to enjoy one of our 40+ hand-picked wines, real ales, draft ciders, local beers and liqueurs. We pride ourselves on having an extensive menu and supporting local suppliers wherever possible.

We also have plenty of delightful non-alcoholic beverages, serving superior barista style coffee, ‘The Gilded Teapot’ teas and freshly blended smoothies and juices, plus quality bar nibbles and home-made snacks.

The recently renovated interior now provides a selection of comfortable sofas and scattered rustic table seating areas in which to relax and while away the afternoon … along with an entertaining selection of board games, books, doggy bowls and film screenings, we like to ensure that every guest feels at home!


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We believe everyone deserves a little TLC over the cold winter. At The Ilchester Arms we aim to give a little back with a special offer. Come and enjoy the tastes of our new chef, relax by the fire and let all the stress of the year leave as you enjoy one of 14 gins, or go for an exhilarating walk along the coast, overlooking the Golden Cap, the Turneresque sunset on the horizon, a truly remarkable sight that cannot be missed.




01305 873841

Valid November 1st 2016 – 2nd April 2017
Available Monday – Sunday

(Excludes Christmas and new years eve)




In one of our superior double rooms including breakfast for two and a late checkout


Traditional cream tea for two, homemade scones, jam, Dorset clotted cream, served with 2 glasses of Prosecco instead of our Guilded teapot loose leaf tea


A beautifully cooked three course dinner included on one of your evenings with us.


We are supeer dog friendly, there are lots of walks and it would seem a shame not to bring your fury friend.  We charge £10 per dog for the stay.


Children are welcome and you can bring them to enjoy the stay also.  The children’s upgrade includes breakfast, dinner one night and a luxury hot chocolate one afternoon.  Add £33 per child (ages 4-12) (Ages 0-3 free)


Discount price £156


“Hi, we’re the Harrison’s”

We’re a family of four and we’re all involved in The Ilchester Arms in various ways.

Tom is the General Manager – he’s a larger than life character who’s successfully managed restaurants and pubs for the past 10 years. He’ll be ensuring that his team meets the highest standards with effective, friendly service creating a relaxed, quality environment to be enjoyed by everyone. If you have any thoughts or feedback please do ask for him (or otherwise just listen out for his infamous bellowing laugh and you’ll soon locate him!).

Geoff and Cathy are the parents of the family‐Geoff is a professional Cameraman with over 40 years experience working in the TV industry, whilst Cathy is a retired professional artist and special needs teacher. Geoff is the Managing Director of the business, and both have had hands-on involvement in the design and renovation of the building … along with keeping Max the dog well fed and well walked!

Sarah, the big sister – is the fourth family member and final business partner. She has over 10 years experience as a film producer and has helped the rest of the family to design the look and feel of the interior along with handling the website and branding.

The whole family has a passion for great food, art, music and beautiful Abbotsbury. We’re so excited about the future of The Ilchester, and are working hard to create a stimulating destination for everyone to enjoy in the years to come. Please do come and share the experience with us.

Tom, Geoff, Cathy and Sarah

The Ilchester Arms Hotel  |  9 Market St, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4JR  |  01305 873841