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Langton House

Dorset, England

Visit this pub in Dorset for live music, great drink and its very own Stonehenge...

Posted by Luci Ackers on Dec 19, 2016
Visit this pub in Dorset for live music, great drink and its very own Stonehenge...

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Move aside Stonehenge! Discover Swanage's very own version of our country's most famous Neolithic mystery... And stop for a drink while you're here!

Just a 10 minute drive from Langton House you will find the Square and Compass pub, a great little haunt in the heart of Dorset that is brilliant for live music and a relaxed drink.

The Square and Compass first became an alehouse back in 1776, though it wasn't until the 19th century, under the ownership of Charles Bowen, that the name changed to what you see today. It has passed down through the family and changed hands a number of times. But its musical element has always been present, with the family continually encouraging musicians to bring their instruments along. Nowadays the country pub still attracts live acts but has added a number of other special events to its repertoire as well. This includes dressing up for New Year's Eve, summer Square Fair, stone carving sessions, Pumpkin Day in October, an annual table-tennis tournament, an autumn Jazz Fest and a bottled beer festival in the winter.

Kevin Hunt began running the pub in 2003, having taken over from owner Charlie Newman. Charlie is still in the wings and has now taken to producing his own cider, which you can try when you visit. The pub in fact has a selection of award-winning beers and ciders so you won't be disappointed. Here you'll find a wonderful atmosphere for those seeking good drink, tasty homemade snacks and great live music.

Aside from the excellent atmosphere inside, the Square and Compass has a little more to offer than originally meets the eye...

Out the back of the pub you will find a rather curious structure called Woodhenge.

On a whim, in the summer of 2015, landlord Charlie Newman decided to construct a wonderful wooden replica of Stonehenge in a field near to the Square and Compass in Worth Matravers. Though initially asked to remove his Woodhenge, which stands at roughly 10 metres long and 3.5 metres high, the Purbeck council eventually agreed to allow the incredible structure to remain for two years. So if you want to go and admire it, you'd better get a visit in quickly!

Have a look at the Sqare and Compass website here. Being so close to Langton House, it is well worth a visit while you're here!

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Luci loves getting out and about for a good cycle ride or easy-going walks in the countryside, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she previously spent working for the National Trust. Her love of writing started from a young age and on rainy days nothing beats curling up in a secret corner with a good book.

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