The Half Moon

The Half Moon

Traditional

0.5 miles
Melplash, Bridport, DT6 3UD
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The Half Moon is a delightful country pub nestled in the idyllic village of Melplash. Built in 1630, the handsome building complements the picturesque scenery perfectly, and boasts a spacious garden with a panoramic countryside view.

Upon arriving we were impressed by the bright, airy and spacious interior. The atmosphere is informal and cosy, yet the decor is furnished to an impeccable standard. Traditional exposed beams and an inviting open fire ensure you feel at home, as does the warm greeting from The Half Moon’s new owners, Paul and Sallie Adams. Children and canine friends are also most welcome.

Start by choosing a beer from the large selection on offer, or perhaps a glass of wine from a range that spans the globe, and then ready yourself for an exceptional dining experience. I started with the sensational tempura of Exmouth oysters served with sweet wasabi chilli soya dip. For my main course, I opted for sumptuous Dorset Gold ale-battered cod, and lemon pepper-battered haddock, accompanied by satisfyingly chunky chips, homemade mushy peas and tartare sauce. My partner’s Thai chicken Kiev atop curried Asian greens provided a spectrum of delightfully rich flavours, and came with mouth-watering sweet potato fries.

Finishing the meal on a sweet note, I sampled the decadent white chocolate and raspberry marble cheesecake paired with strawberry and Champagne ice cream, while my partner plumped for the Eton mess, complemented by tipsy strawberry and crushed ginger biscuit. Both sweets provided the perfect end to what was a sensational meal.

Head chef Henry Waterworth is a perfectionist, and it shows in his beautifully presented dishes. With decades of experience, he effortlessly tweaks his main menu and specials board on a daily basis. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan appetites are catered for, and his dishes are always home-cooked using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible – even the vodka is produced in Dorset. With food this good, it’s no surprise that The Half Moon consistently receives high praise, and has been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Sallie also has strong links to the film industry, as an award-winning make-up artist and stylist for a range of television and big screen productions. With her reputation and following, who knows who might be sat at the next table when you visit?


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Opening Hours:
Tues:noon-3.30pm, 5pm-late
Weds:noon-3.30pm, 5pm-late
Thurs:noon-3.30pm, 5pm-late
Fri:noon-3.30pm, 5pm-late
Sat:noon-late
Sun:noon-4pm