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I visit a lot of pubs, and they vary a lot. Some are good, some are dreadful. On arrival here, I found a genuinely friendly greeting from three of those working there (unusual in itself). The real ale was good and well kept. I ordered a veggie burger, and did not expect much. They tend to be the much of a muchness. This proved an exception, although was arguably not a burger- and that is not a bad thing. It looked good, was very filling, and tasted glorious. The prices were reasonable. Well done the chef with imagination. Shame there are not more of you around. This struck me as a truly local pub in the traditional sense, not one of the modern breed. This is one of those rare ] occasions where I can use the word "excellent".
harrylimex - 18 Dec 2016 16:24
2 pints and a coke cost about a tenner, yes expensive but nothing stopping people buying a 4 pack and a bottle of coke at the supermarket and sitting in their garden for half the price. Still I don't suppose that's the point is it.
unclesam - 29 May 2013 13:17
Look - of course the food's not brilliant; they don't employ professional chefs, just local woman (and the odd guy) earning pin-money who have basic skills only. That's one of the reasons the quality of the food and the service go rapidly downhill when it's busy. If you want a first-class meal, go to a restaurant with a good reputation - it will cost a bit more, but you'll get better food. The owners are charming people, which is a plus-point, but value for money is more important. Sadly, it is over-priced, but then it's Windlesham, so what do you expect?
BillJ - 21 Sep 2010 20:26
I had recently went back to this pub as i heard they had a menu change so i went there with my family and found thats it was true we had a brilliant service, we got taken to our seats and offered a choice of wines before we ordered which was nice and then when we did come round to ordering the waitress was sufficient we had starters and mains which the starters were out within 10 minutes and lovely full of flavour and then we probably waited about another 15-20 minutes waiting for our main course at this time it was really busy so we expected a wait but it didnt take long at all the mains came out i had the sirloin steak and my god it was cooked to perfection none of us who ate that night went home feeling let down we like it that much we've gone back another time i highly rate this pub!!!
bluey86 - 4 Jul 2010 09:23
Place has a nice, large garden, ideal for lunch yesterday. However the food was quite appalling. "Home-cooked" chicken curry....sauce was from a bottle. Mushroom omelette was completely dry, 1 prawn baguette, and 1 prawn sandwich both contained tasteless chewy tiger prawns. Food bill was £30, and we had to wait 30 minutes after ordering. Sure the place was busy, but it would have been courteous if the barmaid had advised that there would be this delay. Never again.
Montrose - 4 Jun 2010 17:18
This pub is just too expensive, but we were encouraged to visit recently to see the final election debate broadcast on "the big screen". What a joke.

At 5 minutes to the start of the 8pm broadcast a couple of blokes propped up a mid size (24"?) tv on a couple of chairs perched on a table then tried for the next 25 minutes to get the damn thing to work - with no success. At 8:20pm we left in disgust - at the pathetic excuse for a big screen tv; at the failure of the pub to do its homework and test the system; and for the pub management not caring a damn. It really doesn't matter what range of fine beers they have, if they don't care, then neither do we. There are other better, cheaper, more caring pubs to visit in the area. Goodbye forever, Half Moon, Windlesham.
boozyoldgit - 20 May 2010 22:03
Most over-priced pub in the area! I brought my wife a J2O at £3.50 and I had a pint of Guinness at £3.90! The food was well over priced too for what is what and not that great! Defiantly much better pubs locally!
craigy1980 - 17 Apr 2010 20:44
have never been here before but gave it a go and was really impressed. Tried the Christmas menu (nice fish choice pan fried trout) and the food was beautiful not your typical pub grub. everyone i came with was pleased and would definately go back to try the regular menu. Great garden which i reckon would make it a good place to visit in the summer
parnies - 9 Jan 2010 20:24
My company had our Christmas lunch at the Half Moon this year and it was excellent. I had Pheasant in a rich sauce which was extremely tasty and many of our party had the traditional turkey which they all enjoyed. The pub itís self is warm and friendly, and the menu always has some excellent local food upon it. Looking at the comment by Mike made me want to write this testimonial even more as the experience and food we enjoyed was first class. My recommendation is to experience the Half Moon for yourselves, because I really enjoyed it.
RichardWoods - 8 Jan 2010 10:10
Whoaa what a load of great beers! It's worth travelling for a selection as large as this. Massive sandwiches and burgers seal the deal for me. Or Venison meatballs!!? Brilliant pub. Quite hard to choose between the blonde and the brunette though...How "Peculier".
jmfellows - 2 Sep 2009 12:39
It's a shame about the old negative reviews for this pub. I have visited a few times in the last couple of months and have noticed a real turn around in the food quality. There was an extensive selection of daily specials including a dedicated 'fish specials menu'. I was told that the chef had changed in recent months and for us the food certainly matched the feel of the rather upmarket restaurant.

There is a large selection of wines, but I tend to stick to the ales of which there are usually around 8 or so on offer. Including Theakston's Old Peculier, Sharp's Doom Bar, Hogs Back, Timothy Taylor's and others that I forget. Certain barstaff seem very enthusiastic about the beers and of late they have all been in top condition. Whether the landlord drinks beer or not I'm not sure but the new bar and cellar manager certainly seems to...!!

This pub is very busy, especially on Sundays when there is only a 2 and a half hour burst of food for lunch so get in early!
johnb1960 - 2 Jun 2009 23:50
It's unbelievable what happened to the previous reviewer (Mike727). The problem, I think, is that the place is just too small for the patronage it sometimes gets.

And, the beer is still no better!
BillJ - 11 Dec 2008 19:21
Booking a table is no guarantee you will get one? In September we booked a table for 7 and in October we booked a table for 9 for 6th December. Both were arranged on a visit and not over the phone. Both were entered in their reservations book and witnessed by my wife. Both were cancelled, but not by ourselves! We were gozumped by parties of 40 and 50. On a chance visit the day before each booking we met with apologies and an offer of a table in the public bar, at their prices, we considered, but having my father in laws 87th birthday in a public bar, well no. No explaination was given as to why our reservation was cancelled and no effort was made to contact us even though they had our name and tel.no. I did offer to pay their telephone bill but was told I was rude! My son had flown from Paris on the 5th for the event. Question who was rude? Since this has happened twice with 2 months we wonder if there is strength in numbers. Such is life.
Mike727 - 6 Dec 2008 18:14
Went to the pub last Friday night and it was really good. The selection of beers and wines on offer is excellent. We sat in the resturant bit and the service and the food were both brilliant!! A little over priced but I would definatly reccomend it!
poppyjane12 - 14 Oct 2008 18:07
Of course the beer's awful - the landlord doesn't drink beer and, in any case, he wouldn't be able to tell the difference between Watney's Red Barrel and Fuller's London Pride even if he did!

Ridiculously over-priced for sour beer and crap food.
BillJ - 5 Oct 2008 22:34
Went for a family meal and wish we had not, It was an hour to before we even got our starter
Staff did not know the difference between lamb and beef when she finally arrived with our dry cold food !!!!
I refused to pay for the main course as it was joke and the veg was cold and hardly any of it
I would never go back not even to drink in the var as would be worried the staff would not know how to work the pumps
Half moon? they only seem to have half a brain between them all !!!!!

jhughes - 11 Sep 2008 12:16
Disappointing.
We'd had a good roast there a few months ago and returned for a quick supper last night.

The quality of food was no better than a Brewer's Fayre. The Partridge was over-cooked and dry, the mashed potato was lumpy and the hollandaise was truly horrible with over-cooked asparagus.
We eat out regularly at pubs and restaurants on several levels and this was the worst meal we've had in a very long time.
Jane38 - 23 Feb 2008 16:37
Excellent range of beers from the local Hogs Back Brewery and Ascot Ales, also Sharp's from Cornwall. Menu looked good, if somewhat expensive.
rpadam - 24 Oct 2007 18:36
Having been an occasional diner at this pub for at least the last 10 years I was disappointed to see that the folks in the previous post had a poor experience. Sometimes otherwise good establishments get it wrong ( in this case big time). We had dinner here last Friday in the bar (now smoke free) where we ordered Steak and Kidney Pudding and Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb. I enjoyed a pint of T.E.A. (Hogsback Brewery Traditional English Ale) whilst my wife had a soft drink.
The service was prompt and food of very good quality. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meal again. The cost of the meal including a large glass of house red wine plus the drinks mentioned was around £35.00 before the tip, not the cheapest but in our opinion good value for money in a very pleasant atmosphere.
In recent years the pub has been recently refurbished and extended. There is a huge garden with childrensí playground and newly built restaurant annexe, also a large car park. We will continue to return to this favoured hostelry and hope that the reported unfortunate bad service was a one-off hiccup.

Dsnell - 24 Sep 2007 21:07
BAD BAD BAD!

Went to the restaurant part - booked for 5 but they only had a table for 4 - should have taken this as a bad omen. Chose to sit outside so we had more space. Ordered the lunch and drinks, and waited, and waited..... and waited... in all it was at least an hour for absolutely nothing in terms of food. We had ordered straight of the menu, so nothing special was likely to confuse the kitchen. My wife went to ask and they said that it was just coming out. Another guy was getting quite angry about his wait too. A minute or two later... JOY! a plate arrived, but before it was put down, the waitress was diverted to give it to the angry guy - near, but so far!!
Anyhow the guy got quite angry finding hairs in the food and sent it back. For us, no food looked like it was likely to arrive anytime soon, and no update from the waitresses as to what was happening or when we were likely to get any food. I went to ask if I could quietly speak to the manager - but after standing around for 10 mins waiting for him or her, I decided enough was enough and they really didn't give a damn (or were over their heads in running this business) and we all left. We walked out slowly, and no-one even stopped us.

Wasted a good Sunday afternoon - and had to find somewhere else. If you do have to go there, make sure they know that you want to eat that day.


frog0 - 29 Jul 2007 21:53
Recently went to this pub for a pub lunch. The beer selection was excellent as was the quality. The food was also very good. Perhaps the only moan was that there could have been a larger selection. However went away feeling quite full. A bit more expensive than the average pub food, but the quantity and quality of the meal more than made up for this.
pugwash - 29 Oct 2006 17:44
This pub/restaurant has great facilities and excellent food. The service has always been first class and I visit it regularly. The garden is lovely in the summer with a super play area for the children. It has a wide range of wines and beers and I would recommend this pub to anyone.
anonymous - 20 Apr 2006 23:23
Good selection of well kept beer. Sharps Doom Bar is a real treat. The garden is great in the summer, and the bar cosy in the winter.
anonymous - 16 Dec 2005 11:20
Although overpriced to the max, the beer is of good quality and variety. Food is good value, but I've had better in nearby pubs.
ascotbeerking - 12 Dec 2005 11:34
This has never happened to me before, but I was short changed THREE TIMES over the last 18 months. One of them was a fiver short! I enjoy a visit but always count the change. Has anyone else had this experience?

VERY expensive beer, but good selection and well kept. Best in the summer to enjoy the delightful, if busy, garden.
boozyoldgit - 14 Oct 2005 20:40
Not cheap, but bar food not that dear either, attracts the monied middle class, recent extension has added to it's facilities needs a bigger car park though.
Argonauticus - 24 Aug 2005 16:50
Almost the perfect pub. Plenty of real ale, on my last visit 6 were on. Also serves Hoegaarden. Good food and childrens menu, but food be expensive. Childrens play area in the large garden. If visiting in the summer get there early as the pub car park fills up quickly. I wish this pub was closer to my house. Worth seeking out.
Simon - 19 Sep 2004 11:36
colloqually its known as the half mortgage as its quite pricy. Around £3 a pint. However, the food and Garden are fantastic. but expect it to fill up with families during summer holidays & weekend during the day. This is due to the renowned kids play area
Graham - 12 Aug 2004 17:01
A very cosy pub in the winter and brilliant service all the year round. The pub closes during the afternoon. (3ish - 6pm)

It is a Free House and has been in the same family for at least 25 years.

Been coming here for most my life, always a good laugh, and if you have time, and can find a table order some food, it will be worth it!

Jay Wood - 3 Sep 2003 14:14
Very attractive pub that usually wins prizes for its flowers and plants & hanging baskets. It has a large, sunny beer garden, and gets fairly busy on hot evenings.

The quality of the ale is fantastic (almost as good as the Hogs Head in Streatham!). I think it's freehold, and there are a large number of ales.

The pub attracts a more affluent crowd (though it's not over expensive).
Tim - 1 Aug 2003 19:17

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