Review of the Greyhound Inn in Corfe Castle
Corfe village is not just home to the remains of a big Castle, one of Dorset’s most beautiful landmarks, the picturesque village is also a busy hub of cafes, historical pubs, traditional stone cottages, country walks heading towards the coast, a museum, and its very own steam railway station. We were on our way to visit the Greyhound Inn, a gastro pub that it just as popular with the local residents as it is with tourists.
As you walk towards the Greyhound Inn, you can’t help but gaze up at the ruins of the Castle towering above. We look up and share an ‘awe’ moment before heading into the pub.
On first impressions, the indoor seating area is just what you would expect from a historical village pub with its smooth stone floor and low ceilings – it is cosy. Whilst navigating the one-way system we were welcomed by a friendly, upbeat waitress and directed outside into the late afternoon sunshine to dine alfresco in the leafy garden.
We were guided to our reserved table and then spent the next 10 to 15 minutes to take in our surroundings (and take a lot of photographs that do not do the castle, or the garden justice). The pub garden is an absolute gem! We were surrounded by lush greenery and one of the best views a pub could wish for. The tables are nicely spaced, with cosy two seats, as well as larger tables for families or a group of friends. To be honest, no matter where you sit in the garden, you will not be disappointed.
The Greyhound Inn menu boasts simple and varied pub classics, fresh seafood dishes (seasonally dependent), stone baked pizzas, ciabatta sandwiches, a great kids menu, and homemade small plates. The drinks menu is also extensive with real ales on tap. For those with dietary preferences, the options are clearly visible. It is a big menu but due to the pubs location and annual visitor numbers they have great choices on offer to suit most tastes and diets.
So with no time to waste, we ordered tempura prawns and the Thai style fish cake for starters, which range from £7.50 to £8.50. I also order the homemade sausage roll – I couldn’t resist it! They all arrive at the table served with their own sauce and brightly coloured salads – as vivid as our leafy surroundings. The sausage roll was the hero in this round with its crispy, flaky pastry, and well-seasoned sausage meat.
The bigger plates, or mains, are good pub classics with options to share a bigger portion (or not), go vegan or gluten free. Prices range from £12.50 to £22. We order the mussels in cider as a main and opted to have the local Dorset crab tien (from the starter menu) mainly because we enjoyed the options available from here so much.
The plump mussels in cider sauce, is a tasty dish. Served with thick cut chips – a nice change to the classic fries that usually get served with this classic. At this point I realise that we have really homed in on the seafood options and best pleased with our decisions. I top up our glasses with some more sparkling Spumante and we admire the Dorset crab tien – it is a really pretty dish. A blend of white and brown Portland crab served with a salad and crostini’s – for loading all that lovely delicate crab meat onto! It was light, fresh and delightful.
From the other side of the menu we have chocolate orange tart and the mixed berry Eton mess. Both puddings provided that sweet hit we desired. The Eton mess was served in a fancy cocktail glass, which for a moment, made me feel like I was on holiday.
As we leave, the sunset over Corfe village and the sky burnt red, flooding into orange, over the castle. It was the perfect finish to a really enjoyable experience.
The Greyhound is open 7 days a week; Monday to Saturday – food served noon-9pm & Sunday – 12 noon to 8.00pm.
This is a dog friendly pub.
The Greyhound Inn features on our Directory of over 600 Dorset based food and drink businesses.
Guest of chef? No
Restaurant knew ahead? Yes
Complimentary meal? Yes
Any complementary items? No
Photos taken by Rebecca Smale.