The Half Moon
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The pretty town of Shaftesbury is home to The Half Moon, a fantastic traditional pub with a host of excellent qualities. You can expect to be greeted with a smile from the family-run team, and the homely atmosphere instantly makes you feel at ease. The cosy interior features traditional elements like exposed brick walls and rustic wood beams; it’s a wonderfully relaxing environment that’s great for all manner of occasions, from family gatherings to intimate meals for two.
All food is cooked fresh to order and made in-house, from the shortcrust pastry in your pie to the triple-cooked chips – everything is prepared lovingly by the kitchen team that day. The team prides itself on using the best local and seasonal ingredients, so dishes are constructed with fresh meat and vegetables sourced within a 40-mile radius of the pub. The extensive menu offers a delicious range of classic dishes and has a great selection of gluten-free options.
Start with the likes of slow-braised pig cheeks with celeriac mash, chestnut purée and baby leeks, or perhaps you’ll fancy the Mediterranean-inspired chorizo and smoked bacon hash with sundried tomato pesto and a poached egg. For your main course, indulge your tastebuds with sumptuous confit duck leg in lentil and chasseur sauce with polenta toast. Other stand-out options include beef Bourguignon with horseradish mash, and mouth-watering 8oz rump steak served atop pak choi with a chilli, ginger, coriander and lime salsa. You’ll also find fresh fish dishes, and a selection of tasty burgers as well as pizzas, which can be ordered to take away and enjoy in the comfort of your own home. A delightful children’s menu makes The Half Moon an excellent choice for families. Make sure you pop by on Sunday for the popular carvery; it’s more than worthy of the praise it garners from diners. If you enjoy great food and drink in a friendly, laid-back atmosphere, The Half Moon might be just what you’re looking for.