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A famous Dorset country pub in a spectacular location

Nestled in the heart of Wareham Forest in Dorset, the Silent Woman offers superb home-cooked food, beautiful gardens and a tranquil environment.

Until the 1920s the pub was known as The Angel, but after Thomas Hardy referred to it as ‘the Quiet Lady’ in his novel ‘The Return of the Native’, the pub changed its name to ‘the Silent Woman’. Today, the pub is a popular wedding venue, with a lovely garden gazebo and picturesque landscaped garden. This, along with its famous range of traditional home-made desserts, carefully chosen fine wines and local, award-winning Badger Beer on tap, makes the Silent Woman a unique pub not to be missed.

We are open from 12pm on Saturday 26th September – book a table here.

Yes! When we re-open we will be a family friendly pub not only at the heart of Wareham forest, but also at the heart of the community. As a family owned and run business being family friendly is important to us.

Absolutely, well behaved dogs on leads are more than welcome inside and out. There might even be a treat for our 4 legged friends at the bar!

Short answer is yes.

The Silent Woman is being managed by Barr & Barr’s Hospitality, a family run group of local pubs. Our other sites such as Onslow Arms Loxwood all re-opened on 4th July with the “Good to go” stamp of approval from Visit England.

We will be implementing the same measures into Silent Woman.

  • We advise you to plan and book ahead,Bookings are for up to 6 people max
  • You’ll be able to order & pay on your phone. or via table service
  • There will be plenty of hand sanitisers available for you to use.
  • We ask that you please think of others. If you feel unwell, please stay at home.

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