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See what's happening at

The Old Powerhouse 

Opening Times

Mons 7:30pm-11pm (except Bank Holidays when we'll be open 12-3pm only).

 Tues & Weds 7:30pm - 11pm

Thurs 8pm - 11pm

 Fris 4pm - late!

Weekends 12 - 3pm

& 7:30pm - late!


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 (formerly Bryanston Club) is still the village hub

but is now known as a small events venue, OPEN TO ALL,

(no longer a members club), and wheelchair accessible.

All in the heart of rural Bryanston village, 1 mile from Blandford. 


The Bar

Come have a drink at our well stocked bar open to the public! 

Local ales include Sixpenny, & Remedy Oak. 

Favourites include Doom Bar, Carling, Carlsberg and Stowford Press.

The usual wines and spirits are available, alongside our extensive Non-Alcoholic Range!

We can cater for events of all kinds.


Skittle Alley

Used regularly during the weekday winter months for league matches, but come weekends and summertime you can hire out the room for your private function.


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.

Club & Day

Class Hire

We currently hold day classes for various leisure activities.


If you are looking for a venue to hold your class, do get in touch.


For details click on more information below

Corporate Hire

Host your meetings / lectures with us.

Projector & screen are available for hire.

Coffee & Tea facilities available.

Buffets/meals/homemade cakes 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, and reading books/puzzles for young children to keep busy with!


Snooker Room

With two full sized, newly clothed tables upstairs (over 18's only), patrons will have no distractions and can enjoy space to play their game, after purchasing their drinks from the bar on the way in. This room can be hired out privately for up to 8 people, including a mini bar.

Outdoor Seating

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.

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