Situated in the quaint village of Stoke St Mary, Half Moon Inn is a charming family-run pub that makes regular patrons out of all who visit. From the outside, this large red-brick building makes for an inviting sight. The pub’s two spacious bar areas are welcoming hubs for families, friends and everyone in between – dogs are welcome too, so there’s no need to leave your canine companion at home. There’s also plenty of outside space in which to enjoy a refreshing pint or bite to eat, and a wooden play area keeps little ones entertained.
The menu changes regularly to reflect the quality local produce available. Those dining can enjoy starters such as pork and honey mustard terrine accompanied by pickle vegetable relish, toast and dressed leaves, as well as goat’s cheese bruschetta with red onion marmalade, pumpkin seed pesto and pea shoots. Main courses might include comforting dishes like West Country fish broth comprising a light tomato and saffron stew with bass, hake, salmon and mussels, or slow-roasted duck confit with spring onion mash, honey-baked vegetables, wilted greens and Port jus. There’s also a selection of juicy steaks that come with vine cherry tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, dressed leaves and rustic chips. The sumptuous food is even more impressive given the reasonable prices. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’re sure to be impressed with the great food, friendly staff and jovial atmosphere.