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Half Moon Hotel, Sherborne Town, Sherborne

Half Moon Street
Sherborne
DT9 3LN
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Traditional Food (Marstons)

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Bucking Fastard left this review about Half Moon Hotel

A very solid looking exterior with fine stonework around the leaded glass windows,this is a town centre hotel with a guest entrance under the arch to the courtyard and car park while a side door gives access to the ground floor pub,which is a popular drinking venue in town.The bar is immediately infront of this side entrance and is made from chests of medicine drawers,most unusual.Along the front windows are two raised sections with worn carpets but a pleasant lived in vibe,the two fireplaces add interest.There is more seating away from the bar ,while around the corner is a large lower dining area below a vast mirror ,this area feels more corporate but non resident can come in for breakfast from 8am.All tables are numbered ,so you can eat anywhere from a standard chain pub grub menu,although good value daily specials with mains around £6 are available Mon -Fri.Flatscreens were tuned to sport but at nominal volume.
Tied to Marstons so expect ale choice from their portfolio of breweries with ,on my Friday evening visit,Ringwood Filly Drift (decent shape),Brakspears Oxford Gold,Wychwood Hobgoblin and Pedigree which felt like a safe but unexciting choice of ales.However the lively drinking atmosphere made up for that,it's a decent pub for a pint.

On 16th November 2015 - rating: 7
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Brew Guru left this review about Half Moon Hotel

Not a lot has changed over the year, still a solid enough respectable pub. They had a Jennings Christmas beer (Red Breast) from the Marstons stable alongside the Ringwood Best

On 29th January 2015 - rating: 5
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Pub SignMan left this review about Half Moon Hotel

Just across the road from Sherborne Abbey, this is a large Marstons pub and hotel built from the same attractive local stone as the surrounding buildings. Entering through the front door, you find yourself in the large, carpeted main bar, with a tiled walkway leading you towards the servery which is on the rear wall. There is a raised seating area under the front windows with some high tables and stools closer to the bar and décor is mostly old photos and paintings including some local scenes. The servery is done in dark wood and the front of the bar counter comprises a series of small drawers, some of which I unsuccessfully tried to open. Down the right hand side, the room extends towards the rear, into an area primarily set up for dining. A partly carpeted space with a few comfortable seating options opens into a spacious wooden floored space reminiscent of a dancefloor, with a few tables and high backed pews dotted around and raised seating areas towards the rear. There are lots of large, plain mirrors in this room, more old pictures and some huge barrels and other such vessels perched on a high shelf above the middle of the room. A cabinet on the left hand wall housed a display of wine bottles and whilst the pub had a bit of a chain feel to it, there were enough touches to give it some individuality. A fairly cheap, yet extensive menu offered decent pub grub and we all tried various snacks and sandwiches which were nice enough but incurred long waiting times on a modestly busy post-Christmas afternoon.
I was pleased to see Ringwood Porter on the bar when I arrived and was looking forward to a pint of this rarely seen brew only for the dregs to splutter out when the barmaid tried to pour a pint, resulting in a turned pump clip and a rethink on what to drink. The only other ale options were Marstons Pedigree and Wychwood Bah Humbug, so I gave the latter a try and thought it was decent enough, if a bit thin.
I'm not too familiar with the pubs of Sherborne, but I would say that this is worth a punt if you're after some cheap food and unadventurous ale. They could probably do a lot more to make this place a real winner, but as it stands, I thought it was safe enough and could see me making a return visit.

On 4th February 2014 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Sherborne, 0.31 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Thornford, 4.17 miles, 1 hr 20 min walk (show)
Yeovil Pen Mill, 5.06 miles, 1 hr 37 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Half Moon Hotel, Sherborne
15th Mar 2018, 00:21
Pub map correction submitted by Jonathan Wilde approved
 
15th Mar 2018, 00:21
Pub map correction submitted by Jonathan Wilde

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 04 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
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  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 March 2017 by E TA
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 24 March 2017 by E TA
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 04 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 04 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 24 March 2017 by E TA
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 24 March 2017 by E TA
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 28 July 2013 by Graham Coombs
  • Jukebox : No last updated 24 March 2017 by E TA
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 March 2017 by E TA
  • Live Music : No last updated 24 March 2017 by E TA
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 March 2017 by E TA
  • Pinball : No last updated 04 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 04 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 28 July 2013 by Graham Coombs
  • Real Cider : No last updated 04 February 2014 by Pub SignMan
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 28 July 2013 by Graham Coombs
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