A mother and son team have taken over the reigns at a popular village pub in north Dorset.

The Grade II listed White Hart pub in Bishops Caundle has been purchased by Patricia and Matthew Schofield for £89,950. The duo say they want their new menu to focus on "classic British pub fayre, with an emphasis on local produce."

The pub which overlooks the Blackmoor Vale countryside was sold by Stonesmith of Exeter

Matthew, who is a chef, said: "Prior to the re-opening of the business, we have spent a considerable amount of sourcing local suppliers – meat, cheeses and dairy produce will be sourced directly from nearby farms, with daily deliveries of bread.

"Chutneys and pickles to complement the ploughman’s offerings will be made in house. We hope customers enjoy the new menu and look forward to welcoming everyone to our village pub."

The White Hart has origins dating back around 450 years and features a bar area, restaurant and skittle alley. There is also three double-bedroomed owner's accommodation at the site which is adjacent to the A3030.

Director of selling agents at Stonesmith, Mike Phillips, said: "The sale of The White Hart generated considerable interest from potential buyers, and we were delighted to agree a sale to such experienced operators. We wish them every success with their new venture."