A DORSET pub has been named on a list of favourite unspoilt pubs.

The Square and Compass, in Worth Matravers, has been named on the Good Pub Guide’s ‘Favourite Unspoilt Pubs in Town and Country’ list.

One of eight pubs to be featured, the guide said the pub was ‘fascinating and hospitable’, having been run by the same family for more than a century.

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The guide’s review said: “The local area’s famously diverse geological history is celebrated in the pub’s (free) fossil museum, the outside furniture is made of local stone and there’s even a summer stone-carving competition in honour of the many chisel-wielders who come searching for treasure in the locality.

“Regulars Hattie Browns HBA and Moonlite are on handpump and a couple of quickly changing guests, such as Hattie Browns Kirrin Island or Dog on the Roof and Trumans Zephyr, are tapped from the cask.

“This is the place to come for the taste of West Country orchards: up to ten farm ciders (such as Kiss Me Kate, Sat Down BeCider) are passed through the two serving hatches to customers in the drinking corridor; also, 20 malt whiskies.”

The pub also serves pasties and pies, which the guide said are ‘usually homemade but sometimes bought in, if it’s really busy’.

The list compiles the ‘genuinely unspoilt and unchanging pubs run by dedicated landlords and landladies’, from across Britain.

Other pubs on the list include watering holes in Cumbria, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Norfolk, Somerset, Suffolk and central London.

The Good Pub Guide is Britain’s bestselling travel guide, where it has remained for more than 30 years.

For more information, and to view the full list of unspoilt pubs, visit the Good Pub Guide website.