The Dinnington Docks is a rare, unspoilt country pub, set in rolling Somerset countryside with beautiful views from a large garden, skittle alley and ample parking. Known for its Cask Marque approved local ales, fine local ciders, spirts and a well-balanced wine list with many wines offered by the glass. All complementing a menu boasting locally sourced ingredients delivered as pub classics, daily specials or the foodies delight of good starters, mains and deserts. Good food and drink well served, the Dinnington Docks is many peoples favourite – it is the Dinnington tradition. The interior has not changed in some 60 years and many of the features are much older. Set in a beautiful Hamstone building aside the ancient Fosse Way Roman road, the land on which Dinnington sits was given by the Poulett family to their loyal Falconer, the Poulett family estate was so vast that the English Channel and the Bristol Channel could both be seen from their own land. Originally called the Rose & Crown this public house is believed to have been a coaching stop in the early 1600’s with many of the foundation stones robbed from a nearby Roman Villa – excavated by the C4 Time Team, indeed many a fine pint was enjoyed by the crew while scenes were filmed in the unspoilt Dinnington Docks interior.

The Dinnington Docks was so named by the locals and now formally known as such because of the canal docks close by, serviced by a train line that passed to the side of the then Rose & Crown. Whilst there is little evidence of the Docks or Railway today, photographs and drawings can be seen hanging on the walls of the pub, along with many items of Rail memorabilia, including the signage for both the Dinnington Docks and Allowenshay signal boxes. Indeed, the remains of the close by Allowenshay signal box are reputedly still visible – it is also said the sound of a train whistle can be heard on a still night.

We hope you like our new website, and the awesome photographs of the pub, our amazing team, the food and some of our lovely Guests, there will be more added as we go. The very lovey Sue Nitti took them, I found Sue on Instagram and have followed and liked her posts for sometime. What an amazing job, such a great eye…
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We took over the Dinnington Docks in October 2018. But the story started some 40+ years ago. As a child, each summer I would be sent off to stay with my God Father, a man with 2 great passions in life, trains and beer. So, it followed that each summer visit was spent travelling around Northamptonshire and surrounding counties visiting pub after pub and heritage train lines, as well as helping him build his ‘n’ gauge model railway – a shared passion.

Within a few years, I had a collection of beer mats, bar towels and stolen glasses representing pretty much every brewery in the country. At 10 I could describe the flavour of beer, how it was made and some of the history of the brewery – and my parents never could understand why I liked beer!

About 18 years ago, a friend told me about a pub, a strange public house that served great ales, but was a little odd. That weekend I convinced my wife to jump on our bikes and ride a few miles out of Ilminster to sample the beer. The Rose & Crown, as it was called then, was easy to find and on entering the front door it was like stepping back in time. We ordered, ordered again – the beer was superb, and then one local asked if we knew about the pub’s history, I said I didn’t. We listened to the story of the Dinnington Docks, instantly the Dinnington Docks was my favourite pub…

When I found out it was for sale, I had to buy it. I might be a romantic, but I love this pub, and its team of simply lovely people – both sides of the bar. Together we’ll get the Docks back to its former glory, this will be no modern makeover, it will be a caring loving restoration – the Dinnington Docks will be great again.

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Situated near to the beautiful town of Hinton Saint George in the Hamlet of Dinnington we are ESE of Ilminster, NW of Crewkerne and NE of Chard. For those that know, use: 50°54’51.5″N 2°50’58.8″W or ST403131. We are in Sat Navs, just use TA17 8SX, once in the hamlet you can’t miss us.


We regularly host events from Church service – yes Christmas eve the Vicar comes to us, he just can’t compete with our Cask Marque approved Ales, but there’s no ordering during the readings. Last Tuesday of the month is hair cut night… Additionally, we have an annual Conker tournament, four skittle teams… As well as hosting some amazing musicians, from Sticky Toffee Jazz on a Sunday to Friday evening Guitar and vocals… If it’s cars then go no further we host the Docks Transport Society on the 1st Wednesday of the month and TVR club on the 3rd Thursday of the month – come by and take a look at all the beautiful cars classic and more modern.

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Mondays to Thursday

We are open at 12 noon and close at 11pm with food being served from 12 noon to 2pm and then again from 6pm to 9pm.

No food Tuesday evenings however.

Fridays to Sundays

We open at 11.30am and close at 11pm with food served from 12 noon to 2pm and then again from 6pm to 9pm, on Sundays food is from 12 noon to 4pm.

No food Sunday evening.