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CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2015
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"SO SPECTACULAR IS THE view from The Scott Arms pub that a mounted telescope has become a permanent fixture in the beer garden. Centre stage are the shattered ruins of Corfe Castle, framed with perfect symmetry by a pair of thoughtfully matching hills. Some distance away, behind the castle, is the top of Poole Harbour.
Viewed through the telescope, the winding streets, rooftops and church of Corfe resemble a model town. And when the steam locomotive of the Swanage Railway trundles through with its shiny green carriages in tow the impression is complete."

"So thick and impenetrable is the Virginia creeper smothering the pub's exterior that the light and airy interior is something of a shock. It's a warren-like, split-level set-up but the main bar area - with its high ceiling, whitewashed stone walls and polished pine - is flooded with light. Customers lounge on the brown leather sofas beloved of gastropubs.

"Kingston is a photogenic village in a picture-postcard setting. Proof lies in the framed photographs of film shoots that line the corridors. There's Hereward the Wake, filmed in 1965, a BBC TV version of The Three Musketeers shot the following year and The Mayor of Casterbridge from 1977. The actors' spotless costumes, shiny hair and suspicious moustaches look very dated and quaintly unconvincing.

"It's the cinematic view being camcorded by delighted punters around the back that's the real deal."

Jonathan Goodall: Dorset Pub Guide: Telegraph.co.uk

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