The Half Moon, Melplash


…come on in, take the weight off!

Situated only 2 miles north of Bridport is the Half Moon in Melplash, Dorset. Surrounded by countryside, our menu offers something for everyone specialising in steaks and game, all sourced in close locality of West Dorset.

We offer the perfect space to eat fresh, fun and exciting food, whilst serving great Palmers ale which you can enjoy by the fire side or in our beer garden.

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 web site which 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 Tourisms 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 cosy open fire or in the sunshine in our fabulous beer garden.

Stay safe

Team Half Moon
Live music and so much more!

Take a look at the Calendar to see what Events we have coming up. We are constantly responding to the latest government guidelines and legal restrictions in regard to COVID-19. Alas, this means our including our specially developed Sunday Session’s – great live music in a safe but fun environment, are currently on hold. However, please check back regularly for updates.

Half Moon Events

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Latest News
  • Lockdown Restrictions Easing Postponed

    With Boris’ latest announcement, of the postponement of the restrictions easing, we wanted to update you all of the methods we have adopted from the guidelines to ensure your visit is Covid_19 compliant.

    We ask that upon your arrival, all of the group wear face masks (unless medically exempt). As of April 12th, all guests to the pub over the age of 16 years are required to give details for the track & trace system. The easiest method is via the app available for both Apple & Android phones. This way helps our team to seat you promptly so that you can get down to the serious business of enjoying a great pint of Palmers Brewery real ale, maybe even with a bite to eat as well!

    The app is easily downloadable via this website

    During your stay, we do ask you to follow the government guidelines of not coming to the bar to be served. Our team will happily serve you at your table. We do also ask that children remain seated as much as possible during your visit & to always be accompanied by an adult when moving around our wonderful pub.

    We do understand that these rules have completely changed the ‘pub’ experience and that many of you are eager for ‘normal’ life to begin again. We ask you to respect our team, as they have the difficult task of implementing these rules as well as working in a busy environment. Hopefully, if we all carry on sticking to these guidelines, there will be no further extension to these guidelines and they should be easing on the 19th of July.

    Until then we hope you enjoy your visit to us and that the restrictions are not extended further!

  • Full Steam Ahead for the next step of reopening!

    We are busy here at The Half Moon getting ready to welcome you back inside the pub from May 17th – Well actually Wednesday 19th May.

    You can be assured that we take our Covid_19 compliancy seriously, we want you to feel safe during your visit to us. All of our team have completed training on how to manage the Covid_19 risk in the workplace to ensure your safety during your visit. Our cleaning procedures already thorough have been reviewed. We have been awarded the AA Covid_19 Confident accreditation as a result of this, so we can show our commitment to your safety.

    What to expect when you visit us?

    As per the Government guidelines, all people visiting us over the age of 16 years will need to check-in via the NHS track & trace app. Please have your phone ready as this helps speed up your check-in & get you to your table promptly. No app? We have the use of a digital format sponsored by the wonderful guys at Palmers Brewery – a GDPR compliant method – that with your co-operation will enable your visit to go smoothly.

    Face masks are still required to enter the pub and to move around during your visit.

    From the 19th May, you can now sit inside the pub! Guidelines of the rule of 6 or two households apply for sitting inside. The rules have been relaxed somewhat for outside so it could be said that we are beginning to return to normal life.

    We have limited tables available inside the pub and in our heated garden marquee – so to be sure of a table please book via our website or call us on 01308 488 321.

    Not yet ready to join us inside? Our takeaway is still going with easy ordering, again via our website by clicking the green button that says Takeaway and Delivery

    We look forward to seeing you soon!