OUR LOVELY PUB
The Virginia Ash
Nestling on the Somerset/Dorset border The Virginia Ash is conveniently situated in Henstridge at the junction of the A30 and A357. As well as being a famous and thriving local Freehouse pub and restaurant it is ideally placed for a welcome break on journeys between Bath and the Jurassic Coast or The Home Counties and Devon, to name but a few.
A varied menu of home cooked family favourites is available throughout our lunchtime and evening dining hours, and our Sunday lunches are renowned throughout the area. So why not come and visit us soon - you will be most welcome!
MONDAY TO SATURDAY 12 NOON - 2.15PM AND 5.30PM - 8.30PM • SUNDAYS 12.30PM - 6.30PM. (LAST ORDERS FOR MEALS ARE 2.15PM AND 8.30PM MONDAY - SATURDAY AND 6.30PM ON SUNDAY) ADVANCED BOOKINGS ARE ADVISABLE, PLEASE TELEPHONE: 01963 363 868.
DINING AT THE VIRGINIA ASH
SPACIOUS AND COSY
The charming and beautiful interior of the Virginia Ash is perfect for dining. From cosy corners with tables for couples to open plan 'rooms' suitable for parties and larger groups, the restaurant areas show off our historic building to its best, with exposed beams and natural stone work.
You can barely see it from the road, but in our grounds we have the most beautiful secluded garden areas, with outdoor tables nestled between palms, trees and unusual shrubs. On sunny days and balmy nights you can enjoy your lunches and dinners here, served outside to your table.
Whether you're taking a well earned break on your journey or just want to unwind after a long day at work, come and visit us, relax and enjoy a warm welcome and delicious home cooked food - inside or al fresco!
THE VIRGINIA ASH
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
The Virginia Ash dates back to Tudor times. The name, and our pub sign celebrates the legend that Sir Walter Raleigh, on returning from Virginia in 1586 and settling in nearby Sherborne, first smoked tobacco here. His servant doused him with a bucket of water after seeing clouds of smoke coming from Raleigh's pipe, in the belief that he had been set alight. Of course, smoking is not permitted in a pub these days, but for those of you who still enjoy tobacco we have a covered area, just outside the pub, aptly named "The Raleigh Room".