June 2015 – Now under new management – read our latest review CLICK HERE
The Half Moon was always fully booked each time we dropped in for a meal, which means they must be doing something right, so this time we booked in advance to ensure a table!!
We were warmly welcomed at the bar; along with helpful advice on which red wine Vicky should choose (I was driving!). Our table was tucked in a corner and perfect place to discuss this year’s holiday destination, but awful light for any decent photographs (get the excuses in early)!
This is a wonderful old village pub, with oak beams, cosy rooms with open fires and an outside loo for the gents! The menu was comprehensive and they use local produce when possible. My only gripe is that some mains came with chips & salad/vegetables, but others you had to buy these as extras. It is difficult to gauge if you should buy two portions of vegetables or would one be sufficient for two people? I much prefer it when the restaurant decides the portions, by all means have extras/sides, but serve all meals as a complete dish.
We decided against starters and chose the Shipton Mill white and malted grain homemade bread served with rapeseed oil, balsamic vinegar and mixed olives. Which we enjoyed as the mains were being prepared.
Holiday Destination: Southern Ireland or Wales for a brief moment (great fishing!), but after this winter we need somewhere dry!
Vicky chose the venison burger with goats cheese, chips and a redcurrant relish. The burger was perfectly cooked and the relish cut through the rich flavours of the meat & cheese. This also came with a side salad, so we were glad we had only ordered one portion of vegetables!
I went for the John Dory fillets, mussels & fennel, tomato fondue and Portland Crab ravioli. This was a well balanced dish and the ravioli was well made with plenty of crab filling, but the star of the show was the extra portion of vegetables! These were perfectly cooked and included cabbage, carrot and cauliflower in a bowl. The extra portion of chips were BIG chips, with a crunchy outside & a fluffy inside – lovely!
We did have a look at the desserts which all looked tempting but we were both full, so called it a day. The Half Moon is a great little pub, with very friendly & helpful staff and I’m sure you will enjoy your meal here – so why not give it a go, but I suggest you book before you head their way!!
Holiday Destination: We are still deciding!!!
The Half Moon Inn
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