Serving home-made food using fresh, local produce is a priority for us – pretty much everything we offer is made daily on site, from our bread rolls, jams and pickles through to seasoning our nuts and smoking our meats. 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 local, fresh and particularly delicious that week… along with keeping hold of a few of our resident British favourites.


Menus are 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 even make cakes for that special occasion - please contact us directly and you can speak to our pastry chef about options.


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, including wine options to compliment the delicious food available.


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 and even doggy bowls, we’d like to ensure that every guest feels at home!

Welcome to The Ilchester Arms Hotel


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 -


Breakfast - 8-11am, Mon to Sat (8-11.30am Sun)

Lunch – 12-3pm

Cream Teas – 12-5pm

Dinner – 6-9pm


With on-site parking, 8 en suite bedrooms (pre-renovation) 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 very welcome and please also ask about our pet-friendly bedrooms.


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 (though not yet updated) are pleasantly simple and clean, and a delightfully sleepy stroll from the revamped bar, restaurant and garden.


Rooms offer either double or single beds, en-suite bathrooms and complimentary toiletries. The nightly rate also includes a delicious full English breakfast (see our menu tab for the range of options available).


We welcome dogs in our ground floor Courtyard rooms - these bookings include a £10 surcharge to cover a deep clean, plus doggy water bowl and biscuits.

To receive the best room rate, please contact The Ilchester

directly on 01305 873841

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The Ilchester Arms Hotel, Abbotsbury

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