Meet the owners of the Brewers Arms

    New owners Ben and Leanne Carter at the The Brewers Arms, Martinstown. Picture: Finnbarr Webster

Just a few miles from Poundbury the popular Martinstown pub, The Brewers Arms has a new family running the pumps.

Husband and wife duo Ben and Leanne Carter took over The Brewers Arms six months ago after being lifelong visitors of the inn.

Ben said: “We decided to take over the pub because we wanted a business that we could grow alongside our family. That life really appealed to us.”

Since moving in just before Christmas, Ben and Leanne have got to know the locals and are planning the future at the well-loved pub.

“It’s all gone really well,” says Leanne.

“The customers have welcomed us and we thank them for their continued support.”

Family and dog friendly, the pub often caters for big family groups and cycling parties. 

As a former Dorchester schoolboy, Ben grew up in Dorchester and was a frequent visitor to The Brewers Arms after going mackerel fishing with his father. 

Now returning to the pub with two boys of their own, Ben said: “For us it is great that we can run this great pub, but at the same time spend so much time with the boys and make this into a great family business for us all.”

The pub was originally built as a girl’s school in 1848 and converted into the village inn in 1865 when the beer came from the Brewery House opposite. In the early years, the pub was particularly popular with farmers washing their sheep in the washing pool just up the lane in front of the pub. The washing pool is still there and now acts as the starting point for the annual Duck Race, which sees hundred of plastic ducks “racing” down the stream. 

In the summer it is a great pub to relax in the beer garden and listen to the nearby stream  and in the winter there’s a log burning fire to keep you warm nestled around the cosy fairy lights and rustic tables. 

Leanne said: “Martinstown is such a nice community and great place to bring up children. We love that there’s a Post Office, village hall and church. My family are from this village so it means a lot to us that both our boys were christened in the church.”

The Carter family – Leanne and Ben with their sons Joss and Noah 

The Carters plan to add an al fresco pizza oven in the beer garden, which is already a great spot for watching the sun go down, and plan to set up acoustic sessions. The pub can also be hired for weddings and special occasions. 


The Brewers Arms has a reputation for great Sunday roasts and it is a great place to spend your Sunday. The Carters are proud that 80% of the produce is locally sourced and aim to extend that even more. 

The freehold pub offers a wide range of cask ales including Palmers Copper, Cerne Abbas Brewery and Sharp’s Doom Bar. 

There is also cider on tap and there are plans to offer tasting sessions this year. 

The menu changes seasonally, but one of the all time favourites that will stay for the foreseeable future is the fishcakes. 

For sample menus (Main, Sunday, light bites and children’s) click here or for specials  here. 


Tuesdays: Don’t miss Curry Nights on Tuesdays where a curry and a drink is £10.

Wednesdays: The popular quiz nights are on every Wednesday from 8.30.

Every third Thursday of the month is Film Night – films are classics. 


Opening Hours: Opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 12-3 and 6pm until 11pm and 12 until 4pm on Sundays.

To stay: The B&B rooms start at £90 per person. You can book a table or rooms by calling 01305 889361  or visiting the website

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Address: The Brewers Arms, Martinstown, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9LB




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