Serving home made food using fresh produce is a priority for us - our bread and cakes are made daily on site, and our butchers, fish, vegetable and cheese suppliers are all local companies and hand picked for their quality. With seasonal menus we’ll be using the freshest ingredients all year round.

Sean & the kitchen staff

Sean McBride leads the kitchen and the design of the menus, ensuring they are consistently fresh, exciting and always hand-made. He comes to us from the Alexandra Hotel in Lyme Regis, during which time it was awarded with the Conde Naste ‘Best Waterside Hotel’. Prior to this Sean achieved a strong Michelin recommendation for his food at ‘The Puffing Billy’ in Exeter, then moving onto ‘Oliva’ in Topsham where he won Dorset Life’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’ for three consecutive years, plus ‘Chef of the Year’ for two years running. Sean was classically trained under Masterchef Peter Roberts and his early career saw him training in multiple rosette-holding restaurants.


The kitchen staff hold a further five rosette awards between them – including Dan (Sous Chef) who was trained under Masterchef winner Matt Follas and comes from two rosette restaurant ‘Wild Garlic’, whilst Mike (Chef de Partie) comes from two rosette restaurant ‘The Holt’, so you have an award winning team taking care of your meal!


We've created a selection of menus to cater for every budget. From home made bars snacks and meals through to fresh local seafood and steaks.  We also have a fantastic breakfast menu, lunches, home made afternoon teas and even picnics to take away for the day.


Menus are seasonal and so regularly rotate to guarantee we always use the freshest ingredients - everything that we offer is home made, fresh and locally sourced wherever possible.




MON - FRI 8AM - 11.30AM

SAT - SUN - 8.30 - 11.30AM



MON - SAT 12 NOON - 2.30PM

SUN - 12 NOON - 6PM


MON - SAT - 2.30PM - 5.30PM





FRI - SAT - 6PM - 10PM

SUN - 6PM - 9PM



The characterful circular bar at The Ilchester Arms is the ultimate setting in which to enjoy one of our 40+ hand-picked wines, real ale or draft cider, liqueur or a healthy seasonal, fresh fruit cocktail. We pride ourselves on offering an extensive drinks menu, with a wide variety of local beer, cider and wine options to compliment the delicious food  available.


The recently renovated front bar, fireside bar and rear bar areas provide a selection of rustic table seating and scattered sofas to relax and comfortably watch  the world go by.


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

Welcome to The Ilchester Arms Hotel

We’re a 17th century coaching Inn with oodles of history, nestled in picturesque sandstone village of Abbotsbury, Dorset. Situated between Weymouth, Bridport and Dorchester, we’re just a short stroll from the famously glorious Jurassic coastline.


The Harrison family is excited to have recently taken over the business, fully renovating the bar and restaurant in April 2014 with a fresh look, new menu and extended drinks list.


Our passion is to provide fantastic food at an affordable price, wrapped up in a comfortable and welcoming 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, 8 en suite bedrooms (currently un-renovated) 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. Join us for acoustic music evenings, farmers markets, beer festivals and plenty of other exciting evening and weekend events spread across the year - we’ll keep you up-to-date with details on this website!


Bedrooms are currently due for renovation in late 2014. We’re happy to offer the rooms at a reduced rate until we renovate them in line with the stylish bar and restaurant.


Rooms are simple but all offer double beds, en suite bathrooms, toiletries, and of course are only a sleepy stroll upstairs from the revamped bar, restaurant and garden. The nightly rate includes a delicious full English breakfast (see our menu tab for the full options available).


Discounted room rates-

£80 for twin or double

£70 for single occupancy between June and September


Please do contact us for details and to book -


Tel: 01305 873841  or  Email:

The Ilchester Arms Hotel, Abbotsbury




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