Think you know Dorset well, but you're also desperate to try something new? Take a look below at some of Dorset's finest businesses.

The Acorn Inn

Bournemouth Echo:

Surrounded by the beautiful Dorset countryside, the Acorn Inn is an award-winning 16th century gastro pub with 10 individually decorated bedrooms. It also has a full a la carte restaurant, serving the best of local produce from land and sea.

There is a traditional bar with well-kept draft ales, a wide-ranging choice of wines, signature gins and cocktails. Guests can enjoy their favourite tipple while relaxing on the terrace in the summer or by one of the three open fires in the winter.

28 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0JW

01935 83228

Hussey & Briggs

Bournemouth Echo:

Hussey & Briggs is a family business with a wealth of knowledge and experience which extends from the sales team to the installation engineers. The company has been transforming houses into homes since 1997.

With showrooms in both Bridport and Poundbury, Hussey & Briggs not only provides high quality windows, doors and conservatories, but also offers expert advice and a friendly service from start to finish.

With specialist knowledge in aluminium and timber window and door systems, the team can cater for all property types.

Lantern House, Crown Square, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3DY

01305 269449

J L Design

Bournemouth Echo:

JL Design interior design studio provides a full interior design service for commercial and residential projects.

JL can offer everything from architectural and technical surveys, floor plans, 3Ds and interior/exterior elevations, through to project management.

The studio can design packages based on colour schemes, furniture, fabrics and lighting, as well as creative solutions for kitchens and bathrooms.

Our 15+ years' experience assures strong relationships within the industry, and a highly skilled team of trusted trades, designing spaces that inspire, and where functionality meets the wow factor.

Symondsbury, Bridport

07803 169118

Jordans Jewellers

Bournemouth Echo:

Where you once had to choose between high-end fine jewellery and affordable high street pieces, Jordans Jewellers has bridged the gap with numerous items that cater to everyone regardless of their budget.

Located in Dorchester on South Street the ladies are making a difference one jewel at a time. Whether you're shopping for yourself or a loved one, you'll be sure to find something that makes the wearer shine and guarantees to transform their jewellery collection.

29 South Street, Dorchester DT1 1BY

01305 250413

Seasons Green

Bournemouth Echo:

Seasons Green is a gorgeous gift shop and gallery in Corfe Castle, inspired by the beautiful Dorset countryside and coast. The pretty 17th century shop is a treasure trove of art, crafts and all manner of gifts, by local artists and producers as well as independent makers from further afield. Reflecting the changing seasons, it's the go-to place for gifts, home decor and decorations to celebrate Easter through to Christmas. Check out the website for a taste of what's in store.

14 West Street, Corfe Castle BH20 5HD

01929 477228

Sunninghill Prep

Bournemouth Echo:

Sunninghill Prep School is located in Dorchester town centre and offers an innovative curriculum for pupils aged two years, nine months to 13 years. Just minutes away from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Sunninghill Prep makes full use of its glorious location, with sailing and windsurfing available. Music is at the heart of Sunninghill Prep, with 85 per cent of students from Year 2 to Year 8 learning a musical instrument.

Small class sizes, excellent facilities and strong pastoral care ensure happy, adventurous, compassionate and hard-working students.

South Walks Road, Dorchester, DT1 1EB

01305 262306

Station Kitchen

Bournemouth Echo:

Fancy eating in one of Dorset's most iconic restaurants - a reclaimed first world war railway carriage at the seaside. Headed up by 2AA rosette executive chef and owner, Claire Moore and her team, it serves a seasonal menu, with Lyme bay lobster, scallops and mussels all prepared with love and passion.

This kitchen is full of fun, flair and big ideas. Traditional Sunday lunch boasts the most incredible grass-fed, dry-aged Dartmoor beef, free-range pork, corn-fed chicken, and with killer cocktails, this place is the place to be.

Old West Bay Railway Station, Station Road, West Bay, Dorset, DT6 4EW

01308 422845|

Wessex Internet

Bournemouth Echo:

Wessex Internet passionately believe that rural communities deserve better internet, rolling out its full fibre network to connect and serve market towns, villages and hamlets across Dorset, Wiltshire, south Somerset and now most recently into parts of Hampshire.

The company was recently awarded UK Fibre Provider of the Year 2023, plus Best Rural Provider for the second year running.

From Cranborne Chase to the Dorset coastline, Wessex Internet is proud to offer its customers broadband the way it should be - fast, reliable and affordable.

The Old Laundry, Ranston, Blandford Forum DT11 8PU

0333 240 7997