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Half Moon Inn

Address: Salisbury Road, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8BS [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 2834) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Gillingham - Dorset (4.9 miles)

Brewery: Hall and Woodhouse

Pub facilities/features:
Cask Marque accreditation

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> Current user rating: 5.8/10 (rated by 13 users)
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sorry i just looked at my last post and miss something from this line....i find the food fine as it is a public house .... fine
ABSA - 3 Mar 2011 13:16
I have found that sometimes,i love going here when ann marie or the manager or the trainie manager is on duty,as the service is secound to none, but if i go any other time it takes a long time to get served and that the staff talk so long with each other ,they forget that a customer is waiting to either ask for the bill or to order something else,
i find the food fine as it is a public house,and i think the cheffs do a great job. see you all soon,i live in hope that the staff will learn the customer should come first !
one more thing ,i see the look you are going for but the chairs are very Uncomfortable ,there are chair far to small or so hard that you want to leave asap, maybe you could look into that?.
ABSA - 3 Mar 2011 13:13
My God, this place is a disgrace. Another Hall & Woodhouse 'Plastic Managed House'. The menu is the usual 'McDonald's style' junk. Even the 'classic comments' printed on the walls are replicated in all their establishments. The Ales are the normal H&W offerings with the 'Sussex' masquerading as a 'guest ale'. All were in 'drinkable' condition however!! This place is a waste of time. Keep driving to the next one. 1/10 I'm afraid.
wolvesfan - 30 Oct 2010 23:28
This restaurant is brilliant, if you have a large group of people its very good. the food is cooked to a wonderful standard. the food is priced about right and tastes wonderful, I would recommend this to everyone.
Burto111 - 7 Sep 2010 16:54
If you want to visit a pub, don't come here. It isn't one.

It looks like a pub from the outside. However, once you get in, as other posters have commented, the truth is out: its a restaurant! A restaurant that has a bar.

The food is standard pub fare, but the choice on the menu is plentiful, and, having experience the food (0/10) and the bar (0/10) at the "Royal Chase" Hotel over the road (my God-the "Half Moon" must get so many customers from that place, and, compared to their efforts at food and drink, this particular pub, sorry, restaurant with a bar, is Nirvana!), happily supped and ate here for a couple of nights, and it would have been more.

Yes, the decor is a stark and clinical effort to reproduce "olde world"-lots of wood and attempts at atmosphere; those little touches-'oh so amusing' lines of prose on the wall and the like-wooden planks from Homebase made to look like 18C beams, that sort of thing-but it is clean, light, airy, there is plenty of room, and the staff-and however many of them are there, we were served by 5 different people each evening!-are friendly, albeit in that unconvincing manner that comes so easily from Aussies and their Southern Ocean ilk.

I like how they offer smaller servings on some of the meals, so many pubs and restaurants-with-a-bar pack your plate with food piled so high, it has its own gravitational pull, and, even after an hours solid chomping, you seem to have more than you started with-despite this, when the staff come round and ask "everything alright?", you always say, "yes, lovely thankyou" instead of asking them how they have broken the laws of physics by serving organic matter that self repletes itself, however...

...the food is hot, hearty and tasty and the range of beers modest,-but they are there.

One bad, bad mark for the brewery-the bills states, proudly, that "all tips go to our staff", when, infact, they do not-we were told that sums added electronically as a tip is hoovered up by the chain and the staff never see a penny. Not nice and a lie to their customers.

If this place could rediscover a little pub-type energy over the coming months, it would be quite a find. As it is, I suspect the good folk of Shaftesbury will sup elsewhere and leave the "Half Moon" for us folk that '...bain't from round 'ere, is thee?..", which is a shame. But its OK, and, if you are in need of an early evening feast, or do not wish to face the Monkfish at the "Royal Chase", then pop in...
Brancastrian - 3 Jul 2010 22:28

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