Our opening hours are: Mon-Sun 7am-11pm

Food service hours are:
Mon-Sat 12pm-2.30pm and 6pm-9pm
Sun 12pm-8pm
The Grove Arms
Ludwell, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9ND

T. 01747 828811

Welcome to The Grove Arms

Through the rolling hills of Shaftesbury down into the village of Ludwell local girl Nina Bartlett found her perfect chocolate box Inn. Having trained in law Nina decided to swap the commercial rush for village life – “you can take the country girl out of the country but you will never take the country life out of the girl”… and so it began accompanied by my Labrador, Buddy.

Join Nina and her young aspiring team at The Grove for fantastic food including fresh seasonal specials, fine Badger Ales brewed by Hall and Woodhouse which travels only a short distance from the brewery in Blandford to the Grove.

Beneath the thatch you will find 6 en suite 4* star AA rated bedrooms complete with residents lounge, perfect for recouping following a day of exploring the stunning local area or sipping a bottle of wine into the evening.

Positioned on the A30 (between Salisbury and Shaftesbury) this Inn is a fantastic retreat conveniently located for easy commuter links, popular local destinations and right from the doorstep there are fantastic walks through open countryside with the highest point in Dorset offering far reaching views only a 2 mile stride away.

We also welcome dogs at the Grove, they even receive their own doggie breakfast in the morning ensuring everyone member of the family enjoys their stay!

We look forward to welcoming you into our home from home retreat…. Nina and the team

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About Us


Our Tale

The Grove is a retreat for all and has fast become the hub of Ludwell life with many joining the team for special occasions, a Sunday roast, a week long escape or simply a cosy drink in our village bar where you will find many a local relaxing with a pint.

The Grove Family

The Grove family dates back, through illegitimate descent, all the way to William the Conqueror. The family crest, now our logo, on the wall above the fireplace, includes the motto “NY DESSUX NY DESSOUX” “Neither Above Nor Below”. It also includes a red hand which represents the non-voting hereditary Baronetcy awarded to Colonel Grove for supporting the King against Cromwell in the Civil War.

The History of The Grove Arms

The original part of the building dates back to the 16th Century and is Grade II listed. Many of the original features are retained in the cosy snug bar including mullion windows and carved cornices. The thatched part of the premises has sadly been damaged by fire twice and has been completely rebuilt with the original exterior stones being painstakingly used throughout. The premises have been licensed since the 17th century and has variously traded under its current name and as The Black Dog.

Today at the Grove

We have fantastic amenities at the Grove with free wifi throughout, a residents lounge, sun terrace to the rear and 6 4* AA rated bedrooms.

Locals, Visitors, Walkers, Hikers, Pilots (from the local airfield) Dogs and Children alike are all welcome through our doors, we are perfectly situated for a long days walking through the beautiful villages in the Donhead Valley.

buddy-1lr Please note, furry friends (cats and dogs) are also welcome to stay in our pet friendly 4* AA rated bedrooms – Buddy our resident Labrador is partial to having the odd friend round for dinner!!

New to the Grove is our Country Room, what is this I hear you all ask? It is a secure room for any guns to be stored, wet clothes to be dried and wellies to be housed securely away from the public eye. This makes us the perfect choice as a rural retreat following a day’s shooting on one of the many local estates or simply perfect for walkers to store their belongings in safety ready to dry for another days walking the next day – nothing worse than soggy boots!

The team at the Grove are all female and we believe this makes our attention to detail exquisite. Nothing is any trouble to us and our returning guests do become part of the Grove family.

Dorset Tourism Award Gold winners for Best Dog Business 2016 Print

Whats On

The Grove offers week night treats for the locals and visitors alike, join the team for one of our fabulous value evenings – saves on the washing up!

  • 25July
    6:00 pm
    Tuesday Night – Build your own Burger

  • 26July
    6:00 pm
    Wednesday Night – Pie and a Pint Night

    last orders at 9pm

  • 27July
    6:00 pm
    Thursday Night – Steak Night

    last orders at 9pm

  • 1August
    6:00 pm
    Tuesday Night – Build your own Burger

  • 2August
    6:00 pm
    Wednesday Night – Pie and a Pint Night

    last orders at 9pm

  • 3August
    6:00 pm
    Thursday Night – Steak Night

    last orders at 9pm

  • 8August
    6:00 pm
    Tuesday Night – Build your own Burger