Originally built to house one of the earliest electricity plants in Dorset,
to Lord Portman's mansion (now the Bryanston School).
Over a century later, The Old Powerhouse (formally Bryanston Club) is still the village hub
but is now known as a small events venue,
nestled just out of town, in the heart of rural Bryanston village.
Come have a drink at our well stocked bar open to the public!
Local ales include Sixpenny, & Remedy Oak.
Favourite pump beers include Doom Bar, Carling, Carlsberg and Stowford Press.
The usual wines and spirits are available, alongside our extensive Non-Alcoholic Range!
Your Events at
The Old Powerhouse
Private Room Hire
We have three separate rooms which can be privately hired out for Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Christenings
Wakes, and Baby Naming Ceremony's,
All with various options to give you a bespoke event.
Host your meetings / lectures with us. OHP screen and projector on site.
Coffee & Tea facilities available.
Buffets can be pre-ordered and provided upon request.
Games to suit all ages!
We constantly have families in mind when we host events, with children's pub sports available:
Skittles (plastic), Darts (velcro), Pool (mini table) and our newest addition Table Football.
We have plenty of toys for littlins to keep busy!
Our newly roofed patio, allows patrons to enjoy the
picturesque surroundings of Bryanston, whilst enjoying
a drink in the sun.......or rain!
We have two beer gardens, one of which is
a private space alongside our Function Room.
About The Old Powerhouse
Once the mansion had hooked up to mains electric, the power station needed a new use....
Lord Portman soon moved the existing watering hole from the Reading Room on the Estate to the Powerhouse. This then became Bryanston Estate Club. This was purely for his employees to frequent. They were allowed a drink with some recreational time and kept out of trouble by staying on the estate away from the town.
Once the school took over the mansion in 1928, the Estate Club served the communities around it, and over the decades became extremely popular. Membership was required.
Nearly 100 years on, we have replaced the membership constitution enabling everyone to be welcome. The building has now done a full circle, being renamed The Old Powerhouse and is the only public building in the village.
We have displayed the history, that looked like being lost, by creating a wall of its legacy inside, and a blue plaque on the outside. Work is being undertaken to continuously modernise the space, welcome new groups, and keep it busy.