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Welcome to The Benett Arms

Cropped pictureThe Benett Arms is a traditional country pub dating back to the seventeenth century, located in the peaceful village of Semley and set in the beautiful countryside of the Wiltshire/Dorset border.

The frontage of the Grade II listed building has recently been restored.  There are one or two bits left to do but we are almost there.  See pictures below.

Outdoors, the pub is perfect for summer afternoons with its own pétanque piste, as well as the use of the large village green complete with pond.  The "Common" is actually leased from Lord Talbot who owns most of the "common" land around here!


Church Green

Our team has worked tirelessly to restore this once-neglected pub to its former glory and are proud to offer three comfortable rooms, great beer, home-cooked meals created by the one and only Joyce and, above all, a very warm welcome.

Bar 2014

The bar, with its new super-efficient and clean wood burning stove, is cosy and warm on winter evenings and provides the perfect old-fashioned atmosphere for friends and strangers alike to meet and chat over drinks, whilst there is ample room for you to sample our delicious menu and wine list in our candle-lit dining room.

Our wonderful location means we are the ideal base for your trip to a wide range of local attractions, from Longleat to Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill.




We are an animal and child-friendly pub, and welcome well-behaved dogs.


We are open from 12 - 3pm and 5 - 11pm

and serve food from 12 - 2 and 7 - 9 every day

By the way:  In case you have ever wondered what the latin means on the coat of arms, "Sauviter in modo, fortiter in re" is a much used phrase originating in early Christianity and translates as "gently in manner, strongly in deed".


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Restoration works 2012



December 2012
The new green oak porch finally goes up after "Seasoning" for a year or so.