Our Daily Menu

Starters and Light Options

This is a sample menu that changes with the seasons. Availability of fresh fish and this menu can change on a daily basis. This sample menu provides some idea of the type of fish and specials that we serve. If you have any special requests, please ask giving us at least 24 hours notice. Vegetarians, pescatarians and those with special diets are catered for.


Our Famous Dorset Blue Vinny Soup, served with warm Roll and Butter

Salt and Pepper Squid, in a Salt and Pepper coating with Salad Garnish and Sweet Chilli Sauce

Fresh Local Scallops Pan Fried (subject to availability)

Warm Goat’s Cheese and Salad Stack

Cheese Soufflé, choice of Cheddar or Blue Vinny, finished with Parsnip Crisps

Our Homemade Chicken Liver Parfait served with warm Toast

Smoked Haddock and Spring Onion Fish Cake with Salad Leaves, Lemon Wedge and Tartare Sauce

Creamy Peppered and Garlic Portobello Mushrooms, served on Toasted Ciabatta

Crispy Duck Salad, with Pink Ginger

Crab and Seafood Thermidor, Cod, Salmon and Prawns served in a rich Thermidor Cream Sauce

Main Course

Main Courses Subject to Availability

Crispy, Slow Roasted Local Belly Pork, on Black Pudding, with wilted Red Cabbage, Cream Potato and Apple Sauce

Pan Seared Lambs Liver and Bacon, served with a Creamy Mash, Onion Gravy reduction and Seasonal Vegetables

Roasted Duck Leg, with Apple Sauce, with a side of Dauphinoise Potato and wilted Red Cabbage

Beef and Tomato Ragout, between layers of Lasagne Sheets, glazed with a Cheese Sauce and Crusty Bread

Our Homemade Steak and Ale Pie, topped with a Puff Pastry lid served with a side of Chips and Market Vegetables

Steak and Blue Vinny Pie

My Grandmother’s Recipe Shepherds Pie, made in the traditional way and served with a selection of Market Vegetables

Our Traditional Roast of the Day, local farmed Meat, Roast Potato, Pan Jus Gravy, served with Seasonal Vegetables and Dauphinoise Potato

Classic Beef Burger, 6oz local farm Burgers grilled and served in a soft White Bap, topped with Bacon and Cheese, with Coleslaw, Gherkins and Chips

Hand Carved Home Cooked Ham, two Fried Eggs and a Portion of Chips

Steak, 28-Day aged sourced Locally, served with Homemade Onion Rings, Mushrooms, Chunky Chips and Salad Garnish

8oz Sirloin

10oz Rump

6oz Fillet

Please note, the Fillet requires pre-ordering with 24 hours notice.

Traditional Nut Roast, served with a selection of Seasonal Vegetables, Yorkshire Pudding and Vegetarian Gravy

Three of our Butcher’s Traditional Pork Sausages, grilled and served on a bed of Mash, Carrots, Crispy Cabbage and Homemade Onion Rings with Stock and Onion Gravy

Fish and Specials

We write our Fish and Specials Board up daily, depending on deliveries, availability weather and Market Price with a selection from the following:

Our Famous Homemade Bouillabaisse

Our Famous Homemade Fish Pie, a selection of Salmon, Cod, Hake, Prawns, Bass, Pollack and Smoked Haddock

Whole Fresh Grilled Mackerel, finished in a Parsley Cream Sauce, topped with Creamy Cheddar Mash Potato

 Whole Sea Bass simply Grilled

Whole Black Bream

Skate Wings (pre-ordered 24 hours notice)

Fresh Cornish Hake Curry (medium)

Whole Brixham Plaice simply Grilled

Monkfish Tail, served in a Thai Curry and Coconut Sauce

Cod Fillet in Golden Batter

Our Famous Large Battered Haddock or Cod

Whole Lobster (pre-ordered 24 hours notice)

Fillet of Lemon Sole, in Caper Butter

Cornish Mussels

Megrim Sole Grilled

Dover Sole (pre-ordered 24 hours notice)

Whole Grilled Cornish Sardines

Whole Grilled John Dory

Fresh Dressed Crab, served with mixed Salad and New Potatoes

Whole Kimmeridge Crab to Crack (pre-ordered 24 hours notice)

Grey Mullet, pan fried in Garlic Butter

Large Fillet of Smoked Haddock, grilled in Butter on a bed of Mash, with Poached Egg and Hollandaise Sauce

Light Bites

5 Grilled Sardines

Traditional Old Fashioned Ploughman’s Lunch, with Cheese or Ham of your choice, Pickled Onions, Beetroot, Crusty Breads and Butter, Real Ale Chutney and Salad Garnish

Smoked Mackerel Salad

Vegetable Platter, Vegetable Terrine, Hummus, Olives, Crusty Bread and Real Ale Chutney

Veal, Ham and Egg Pie, Salad Leaves, Pickled Onions, Beetroot, Crusty Bread and Real Ale Chutney

Side Orders

Dressed mixed leaf salad

Medley of fresh buttered vegetables

Bowl of chips only served as extra with a meal

Bowl of marinated olives

Selection of warm crusty breads with balsamic glaze and olive oil for dipping

Dish of Dauphinoise Potato


English Cheese and Real Ale Chutney

Home Cooked Ham

Dorset Crab, all served with Salad Garnish and a small portion of Chips

Children’s Sample Menu


Roast of the Day with roast potato and seasonal vegetables

Cottage Pie, Chips and Peas

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Battered Chicken and Chips

Beef Burger and Chips

Two Sausage and Mash and Peas

Macaroni Cheese

Battered Cod and Chips

Ham, Egg and Chips


Lemonade, Pepsi Cola, Orange Squash, Lime or Blackcurrant Cordial


Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry Ice Cream or Chocolate Brownie

A selection from the main courses plus a soft drink and dessert for £7.95

All inclusive.


Fresh catch of the day fish and chips

2 pint containers of real ale, beer, lager or cider

Our famous Dorset Blue Vinny or crab soup packaged for retail take-way in 2 portion containers.


Americano with hot or cold milk



Hot Chocolate

Double Espresso

Pot of Tea

Liqueur Coffee

Fruit Tea

Green Tea



Starters from £5.95

Mains from £10.95

Desserts from £6.00

3 Course Kids Menu just £7.45!




Regarding our menus: The menus on the website are a representation of the type of food we serve and our menu changes daily on blackboards. All fish can be pre-ordered with 48hrs notice subject to market prices.

The New Inn Church Knowle  |  A village inn in Dorset, near Swanage, that serves great English pub food and fresh fish

Church Knowle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5NQ  |  Telephone: 01929 480 357


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