The Half Moon, Melplash


…come on in, take the weight off!

Situated between Bridport and Beaminster is the Half Moon Inn, Melplash, a 17th-century country pub. Surrounded by the countryside, a fantastic welcome awaits all – family-friendly too!

Our 17th-century thatched pub is filled with a perfect blend of olde worlde features with a modern twist. An open fire makes the coldest of days more bearable with a pint in hand.

We keep our menus fresh & seasonal offering something for everyone specializing in Steaks, Grill, Burgers and Game, all sourced in the close locality of West Dorset.

We offer the perfect space to eat fresh, fun and exciting food, whilst serving great Local Palmers ale, from Bridport, which you can enjoy by the fireside or in our Marquee or Beer Garden.

Our drinks offering showcases award-winning local brands including Conker gin, Black Cow Vodka, & Sly Dog Rum – all feature within our Cocktail Menu.

*** New for 2022 we have had an all-weather flooring installed in our garden Marquee ***

Winners of Dorset Tourism Awards, ‘Pub of the Year’ 2020!

To say we are over the (Half) Moon (pun intended!) is an understatement.

We are so proud of our incredibly hard-working & talented team who have helped us take our delivery & takeaway offering to the next level during this lockdown and those last year.

2020 has been a trying year but it gave us chance to strengthen our ties within our local community as they have shown us incredible support. Without their support, and a generous local donor who has asked to remain anonymous, we would have had a very different year. The Lockdown in March gave us time to design a website that was able to process our customers’ orders to give the best service you could wish for.

2021 begins with another Lockdown!

January 2021 begins rather differently than most. Instead of welcoming in our wonderful regulars & hungry walkers, we are busy behind the scenes as we find ourselves in another Lockdown – unable to welcome you in.

So what are we up to? Having taken down the Christmas decorations, putting them away safely for next year, we are busy looking forward and planning. We have exciting additions to our delivery & takeaway offering and are planning our reopening (when the restrictions allow).

2021 has begun with the announcement that we have been shortlisted for Dorset Tourism Pub of the Year and we hope this is only the beginning of what will be a great year!

In the meantime, we hope that you are doing your bit to keep yourselves & loved ones safe so that it won’t be too long until you are allowed to visit us once again & enjoy a great pint either by our cozy open fire or in the sunshine in our fabulous beer garden.

Stay safe

Team Half Moon
A Country Pub & So much More!

Take a look at the Calendar to see what Events we have coming up.

Our Pub Quiz is back! Every other Sunday evening – get your team together for a fun evening – Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place – And the honor of winning too!

We also regularly host local folk bands from Bridport & Beaminster. Keep an eye on our social media for the Bridport Broadsides Sea Shanty group visits.

Please check back regularly, both here & our social media for updates & forthcoming events.

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Latest News

  • Jubilee Weekend at The Half Moon

    Celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee 2nd to the 5th June, here at the Half Moon, we have quiet a lot planned!

    We begin on Thursday the 2nd of June with food served 12pm – 2.30pm. Our evening food offering will be a BBQ inspired menu – featuring some Half Moon favourites & some Jubilee specials. This will be avaliable 5.30pm – 8.30pm and is looking to be very popular – booking is recommeded to avoid dissapointment!

    For those wishing to walk up to the lighting of the Jubilee beacon on the Hicknowle estate, the beacon is being lit at 9.45pm to kick off the start of the weekend celebrations. The beacon may be visible from the front of the pub – so you maybe able to watch whilst enjoying a pint, without the walking!

    Jubilee IPA avaliable at The Half Moon Melplash

    Friday – is national Fish & Chips day! – So why not get your Fish & Chips here, or a tasty bite & a great pint or 2! Food is served 12pm – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 8.30pm. Cream teas are avaliable 2pm – 5pm – Again – please book!

    Saturday – we celebrate with Cocktails! What better way to enjoy thhis long weekend than in the Sunshine with a glass of Pimms or a pint of Palmers Brewery Jubilee IPA! Food will be served 12pm – 2.30pm & 5.30pm – 8.30pm.

    We have Long Dog performing with us Saturday from 6.30pm – Come on down & enjoy!

    Long Dog will be performing with us 6,30pm Saturday

    Sunday – will be our Sunday Roast served 12pm – 3pm which is looking to be a busy day – again – please book to be sure of a table

    We will be hosting our quiz Sunday evening too – to book your teams table – call 01308 488321

    All that is left to be said is that we are looking forward to seeing you all & enjoying this Jubilee weekend – and thank you to our team for all of their hard work!

  • The Half Moon at Melpash, 2022 Good Food Award winner – Blue Ribbon

    Wow ! – We are super pleased to have been awarded the Blue Ribbon for Gastro Pubs in 2022.

    We are so proud of our hard working team who work tirelessly to provide the warmest welcome to all of our customers & who ensure they provide the best customer service you will find in West Dorset .

    Our Menus showcase the best local produce in our local area. West Dorset really is a place to be proud of. With Gelato from Salwayash, Baboo Gelato, Fish from Bridport’s Davy’s Locker & not forgetting our brewery – JC & RH Palmers of Bridport – the oldest thatched brewery in the UK! Check out this link for more information on the Good Food Award by clicking here.

    Did you know – voting is open for the next year! We’d be very grateful if you click here to vote for us – thank you!