A brewery based in Blandford is celebrating the King’s Coronation by offering royalty themed seasonal menu items and drinks.

A special, limited-edition beer, ‘Ale to the King’ will be launched by Hall & Woodhouse owned Dorset Badger Beer for guests to try during the festivities, available alongside special menu items to commemorate British culture and cuisine, including a coronation chicken salad, cherry Eton mess, and Hall & Woodhouse’s popular staple menu items like classic house lager battered fish & chips.

Rosie Akenhead, head of digital & marketing communication from Hall & Woodhouse, said: “The King’s Coronation is a rare opportunity to feel like a part of history.

"We’re excited to welcome guests into our pubs and commemorate the occasion together as a community, with plenty of ways to celebrate and get involved, from culinary experiences to canine compuptitions, if you’ll excuse the pun.

“Alongside our search to find the most monarchical mutt, guests are welcome to bring their beloved dogs to their local Hall & Woodhouse Managed Pub – which of course are all dog-friendly - and make the most of our dedicated doggy ‘beer’ barrels of water and complimentary dog treats at the bar. Many of our pubs also serve dog-friendly ice cream so our four-legged friends don’t miss out on dessert.”

Each of Hall & Woodhouse’s managed pubs in Dorset such as The Duchess of Cornwall Inn in Poundbury, The Olive Branch in Wimborne, and The Smugglers Inn in Osmington Mills, will be holding a ‘compuptition’ to crown the King and Queen of Pub Dogs.

Owners can nominate their pampered pooches by posting an image of them on Instagram at their local Hall & Woodhouse pub and tagging the relevant pub’s page and #HWPubDogs - Entries will remain open until 9am Wednesday, May 10 2023 and winners will receive a two night dog friendly stay at Hall & Woodhouse’s Lulworth Cove Inn.

Child-friendly craft activities will also be available in the pubs for the younger guests to colour in their own Cawston Press themed crowns to wear and be part of the celebrations.