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“Standards lowered”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Half Moon Inn

Half Moon Inn
Ranked #43 of 51 Restaurants in Sherborne
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Kids
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 23rd April 2011 As chain pubs go it was very good and not to be confused with the fantastic Half Moon Inn at Horsington a few miles away. The food was freshly cooked with a noticeable lack of frozen veg. Service was good, tables clean and prices fair. Menu although ‘corporate’ had a few interesting ideas and he specials were appealing. Parking is a little unusual; a pay and display car park then pub customers get a refund proportionate to spend, so if eating likely a full refund as we did, but you need change before going there. Dinner for 2 with drinks £27.40.
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Standards lowered”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

After receiving loads of advertising emails decided to try the new menu of my local pub ( almost next door !).... Off to a bad start as on only the second day of the new menu my first choice was not available, second choice 8oz sirloin, was strangely cooked, one edge was crispy the rest was normally cooked ? Waitress insisted on calling everyone my love.... She is not ' my love' nor am I hers ! Partners beef and Ale pie had a lovely lump of gristle complete with vein going through it ( certainly NOT prime beef !) no sauces or ketchups offered and meal was certainly of a much much lower quality than has previously been offered by the establishment. Upon returning to the bar to order dessert, I asked to order dessert and the landlord replied NO, not very encouraging !! The landlord suggested a flavour of ice cream, 5 minutes later the waitress came out to say that flavour was not available, does the landlord not know what is available on the menu in his own pub / restraunt ...the other dessert of apple crumble was obviously a microwaved portion, the crumble had the consistency of wallpaper paste and no crunch at all. Quite frankly the new menu appears to have lowered the standards of food offered by 100% and appears to have made the staff unhelpful, so I certainly will not be using again until standards return ( if ever !!)

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  • English first
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English first
Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Excellent lunchtime meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Passing through Sherborne, we decided to have lunch at The Half Moon. They had a lunchtime specials menu - 2 meals for £10.00, with quite a wide variety of choices. We decided on steak and chips. We agreed it was the best steak we can remember having, at any restaurant, The drinks were well priced, (compared to some other pubs and restaurants who charge more than 3 times the price for meals and very pricey drinks). We’ll certainly go back to The Half Moon very soon! The waitresses and bar staff were friendly and efficient, and the tables were cleared promptly. A nice atmosphere and in a lovely town.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Dorsetduckling
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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Good selection of food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

A group of us met here for a meal, it is a typical chain pub, in need of some decoration. Good menu, and the specials menu was great, and very reasonably priced.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank GillB272
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“food food - great staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2013

we are here a number of lunchtimes and evenings and were always looked after well by the staff
Had ham doorsteps most lunchtimes - chunk of meat
beer is a bit pricier than Digby Tap but they do have real ale on and it changes regularly
for a chain, it is very good value
Note - it is time the lock on the gents' toilet was fixed - we do expect one

Visited August 2013
Thank accordionman
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Gosport, England, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Excellent All Round”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

This was our first visit and we were very happy. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The barman even pointed out the special offer on the beer ...£2.20 a pint.
We bought the meal deal of 2 steaks for £10 ...both 8 oz and the meals were well cooked and the steaks very tender . Cooked exactly as ordered . Better than many at 3 times the price. The waitresses were happy and asked if all was fine with our meals. We noticed that empty tables were promptly cleared and clean for the next customers

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Suzy H
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