Beef rib.

REVIEW: The Horns Inn, Ferndown

I was recently invited to enjoy a meal at the newly refurbished Horns Inn. As we parked the car, we were immediately struck by how appealing the beer garden looked; certainly somewhere you could picture spending a summer afternoon with a nice cold gin and tonic. Once inside, we continued to be impressed by the welcoming atmosphere. The Horns Inn boasts stylish modern decor, with quirky touches that help to set it apart from your typical trendy gastropub.

The menu is varied and interesting, with a mix of classic pub grub and more unusual dishes.

For starters, Dave and I had the calamari strips and a prawn cocktail (yes, I know it’s a very retro choice, but I can’t resist a good prawn cocktail). The calamari strips were tender and perfect, with a lovely, crisp coating. The prawn cocktail was a generous helping of plump, juicy prawns in perfectly seasoned Marie Rose dressing.

So far, so good.

As a pescatarian, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of choice I had; pubs menus, I find, are usually the most uninspiring when it comes to having interesting options for meat free guests.

I chose another pub classic – scampi and chips – while Dave went for a rather impressive looking beef rib.

Like the calamari, my scampi was spot on. Lovely, juicy bites of scampi, with a crisp, non-greasy coating. Dave’s beef, I was assured, was amazing. I could see the meat falling off the bone and, I must admit, I was slightly jealous.

Desserts was cheesecake – brownie for Dave, tiramisu for me. Both were delicious – rich, creamy and indulgent – though Dave and I did end up having quite the heated argument about whether custard should go with cheesecake. For the record, the answer is no.


We had a really lovely evening. The Horns Inn offers it all: friendly service, relaxed atmosphere, and hearty comfort food. Definitely worth a visit!

Mental health and lifestyle blogger. Originally from Sussex, now living in sunny Bournemouth. Always up for a good chat.

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