The Silent Woman is a characterful pub nestled in the heart of Wareham Forest in Dorset, serving great quality food and drink to a wide variety of locals, diners and holidaymakers. The Silent Woman is nestled in the heart of Wareham Forest in Dorset, just a short distance from the thriving South Dorset town of Wareham. There are plenty of picturesque walks and attractions nearby, as well as several popular camping sites. The larger town of Poole is just 10 miles away, offering an abundance of seaside attractions. Consequently, the customer base is wide and varied with the pub attracting campers, walkers, day-trippers as well as being a destination dining venue for nearby residents Although there is a railway station in Wareham, transport by car is undoubtedly the most popular way of visiting the pub due to its rural forest location. Until the 1920s the pub was known as The Angel, but after Thomas Hardy referred to it as ‘the Quiet Lady’ in his novel ‘The Return of the Native’, the pub changed its name to ‘the Silent Woman’. Today, the pub is a popular wedding venue, with a lovely garden gazebo and picturesque landscaped garden.

Once a smugglers haunt, legend has it that an "unusual" Landlady (one who talked too much, heaven forbid!) gave away the smugglers' secrets in Wareham market place. Fearful of capture by the ever-present Excise Men, the smugglers silenced her by cutting out her tongue, thus creating that unique phenomenon "The Silent Woman".  

To take a guided tour of the inside of The Silent Woman and see a 360 degree image of our beautiful gardens just click on the link below:

BH20 7PA

01929 552909


We are open

Families are very welcome.