In these days of excesses and binge drinking it is good to know that some standards and traditions remain. It is a fact of life that change must happen and, for businesses in the country, change has become a way of life. No longer can a country pub be sustained by a few locals having a pint, playing darts or bar billiards and talking. The pressures of modern day finance are putting these pubs out of business at an alarming rate. Many Publicans now believe that the only way to survive is to open their doors to all and to reluctantly accept all forms of behaviour. To encourage young people to understand their responsibilites towards alcohol and its effects on their health and behaviour, we are proud to announce that The Silent Woman has become the first pub in Dorset to join the British Institute of Innkeeping "Schools Alcohol Awareness Project". (Further information available at www.schoolsproject.co.uk ) The Silent Woman Inn is different. Whilst we welcome all people to our pub we do have certain criteria. Listening to our visitors over the past years we have tried to incorporate as many of their desires as we can whilst, simultaneously, setting our own standards.
We have enormous outside areas which provide all the space required for children as well as a healthy menu and toilet access purely for our younger visitors. The garden is well lit with beautifully scented areas for those late summer evenings. However, we firmly believe that adults should have their enjoyment too. To this end we do not permit children in our bars or dining areas. This ensures that our adult visitors can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a country pub without the disruption caused by other people's children. This policy is strictly enforced at all times.
As we are in a popular walking area, we are happy to welcome well-behaved dogs in our bar and outside patio areas.
Despite the many walking guide books that advise you to park in our car park, we would be grateful if you could use the nearby public car parks thus leaving ours free for our patrons. Anyone not using the pub will be asked to move.
We actively fund raise for our nominated Charity. Our Casino Evening has, over the last few years swelled our contributions to various charities such as Julia's House, Friends of Forest Holme, Help For Heroes & Footsteps for Roxy. At the same time we all have a chance to put on our posh frocks and play the tables whilst dining on oysters, salmon and a sumptuous buffet and quaffing champagne.