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  • 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 https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-app/

    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 www.halfmoonmelplash.co.uk 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 www.halfmoonmelplash.co.uk by clicking the green button that says Takeaway and Delivery

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • Looking forward to a brighter 2021

    After much planning and working with the government’s roadmap, our intentions are to reopen to the public on Wednesday 14th April. We can’t wait to welcome you all back!

    Following government guidelines, we can only allow you to use our wonderful beer garden. Therefore this will be outdoors only. Our team will be busy in the week before we open, putting our marquee up in the garden, this will contain 8 tables available to book in advance. We will have more tables in our garden, which will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis. As per government guidelines, the sides of the marquee will be open so please dress appropriately for the weather. On a cooler evening, please bring a jumper or a blanket (or both) for your own comfort.

    Moving to May, following the government roadmap, (hopefully there will be no delays!) we will be accepting bookings from the 19th for seating inside of the pub. Bookings inside the pub (as with outside) will still have to comply with the government restrictions eg. the rule of 6, etc., and table service only.

    Hopefully, as long as all criteria are met, from the 24th of June we will be open without restrictions.

    We’d like to thank you for all of your support throughout this challenging time & would like to thank you for your co-operation whilst our team find the best way to provide great service during this new way of working.

    Watch this space for upcoming news and events.

  • The Half Moon Inn Melplash, Winners of Dorset Tourism Awards, ‘Pub of the Year’ 2020

    4th February 2021The Half Moon Inn Melplash, announced as Winners in Dorset Tourism Awards category ‘Pub of the Year’ 2020. After what has been an incredibly challenging year for the hospitality industry which has seen pubs, bars, and restaurants have to close with little notice repeatedly and then reopen with some of the strongest Covid_19 compliant regulations it is wonderful to have some good news to begin 2021 with.

                   Jamie Pimbley, Landlord at the Half Moon: “2020 has been a trying year but it has given 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”.

     This award means so very much to us and our team, and has made the struggles of the last year all worth while.

                   Clare Pimbley, Landlady at the Half Moon: “Having only just celebrated our first ‘pub’ birthday days before we had to close for the first lockdown last March, we were very concerned for our future at The Half Moon.  2020 gave us time to spend time with our 3 sons and support them as they began their home schooling adventure.  Our second year has seen us transform our business to a pub at home format and we are so proud of our team who have worked so hard to enable this.”

    Clare Bushby of headline sponsors Clockwork Marketing says: “The Dorset Tourism Awards are more vital than ever before. They provide normality during a surreal time, where everything seems weighted against hospitality. Equally as important, they give credit—where credit is more than due. Rather than despairing, entrants into this year’s awards have been remarkably inventive when faced with the impact of coronavirus. They have shown, against all the odds, that a pandemic needn’t stand in the way of excellent hospitality. This is in no small part due to their unflinching resolve and unbreakable passion for their industry.

    Chair of the Judging Panel Professor Peter Jones adds his congratulations: “Dorset tourism, like tourism the world over, is demonstrating resilience and fortitude in coping with the impact and implications of Covid-19 in some amazing ways. This year’s entries into the Dorset Tourism Awards are no exception. Entrants demonstrated creativity and innovation, passion for the industry, and enthusiasm in providing a great experience for their customers in the most difficult of circumstances.

    “To have been shortlisted for Pub of the Year was amazing, to win the Gold award is just beyond what we could have hoped for. We will proudly be displaying our award in the pub to show off to our regulars when the restrictions lift and they can be welcomed back into the pub”

    Jamie & Clare Pimbley.

  • Valentines Menu 2021 Now Live

    Valentines 2021, will be one to remember – the one in Lockdown.

    Make it special and treat that special person in your life.

    Ready to eat when delivered to your doorstep on Saturday evening February 13th.

    Check out our great valentines menu below … and make your choice – to order, click on the Gold Valentines button at the top of the page. Only a limited number of delivery slots available, so don’t miss out.

    For The Table
    Tear & Share Garlic Dough Balls with Garlic and Parsley Butter

    To Start
    Mezze Sharing board, Salami, Pastrami,
    Serrano Ham & Game Terrine with Mediterranean olive bread
    Baked Camembert Sharer with Spiced tomato chutney
    & mixed dipping breads

    The Main Course
    Beef Wellington served with a panache of vegetables
    Potato gratin and a rich Port Jus
    Moroccan spiced Chickpea and Butternut squash Strudel
    with a panache of vegetables & Minted New Potatoes and
    Dorset Coastal Cheddar sauce

    Tiramisu – Itallian coffee and cocoa pick me up
    Sticky Toffee Apple Pudding served with custard

    A little treat
    Homemade Chocolate truffles sent with every order

  • Dorset Tourism Awards 2020 Finalist

    What a way to begin 2021 – with the announcement from Dorset Tourism that we have been shortlisted as finalists for Pub of the Year! 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. They also provide an outstanding welcome, wonderfully warm customer service, and truly amazing food when we are able to trade in the traditional way!

    Congratulations to all the other finalists – to be shortlisted – we have all done very well.

    We will be sure to keep you posted when the results are announced early next month.

  • Congratulations to our New Years’ Eve winner!

    To say Thank you for our support from our takeaway customers, we ran a competition throughout December to win a new years eve takeout on us.

    All you had to do was to be in it to win it. So if you placed a takeaway or delivery order online by December 24th of 2020.

    Using a random number generator our winner was picked to be number 65, Steff Toms.

    Congratulations from all at the Half Moon we hope you enjoy your order on us.

    Keep an eye out on social media and here for more takeaway and delivery competitions in the new year, 2021.

  • Half Moon December Covid_19 Update

    Tier 2. Not what we here at the Half Moon were expecting. I must say it did put a downer on last week whilst we spent time with our children.
    We have been reading up on the new guidelines & restrictions as to how we can re-open (again) for dine-in as well as continue our delivery & collection menu whilst providing the same great Half Moon service & keep our team, our customers & our family safe.

    So, from Thursday 3rd December, we plan to open but there will have to be some changes (sorry!)
    The tier 2 restrictions mean that we cannot serve alcohol unless it is alongside a substantial meal (table meal).
    As part of the tier 2 restrictions, we cannot allow more than one household at a table. This means that you cannot meet anyone outside of your household or bubble in a restaurant (or pub) setting.
    When booking with us we, therefore need to confirm that your booking will be for one household only. We have been & will continue to contact all bookings made with us online to check that they meet these government criteria.
    If you have a booked table which you need to cancel or amend, please do contact us either via this page or on – 01308 488321.

    Please be aware – all of our previous guidelines will remain in place, so please book your table in advance to avoid disappointment, please wear face masks whilst entering/ leaving & moving around the building & please follow our one-way system. The government track & trace is a legal requirement so this will have to be completed before we can serve you your meal & drink.

    We will be launching our winter (tier 2) menu on Thursday for dine-in & hope to feature some festive dishes alongside some Half Moon favorites.
    Our Christmas day delivered Christmas dinner is booking up fast – so please check out our online ordering for a great opportunity for us to deliver to your door, our award-winning food to go!

    Our award-winning take away & delivery will continue Thursday to Sunday.
    So fear not – if you are not in a position to join us – we can bring the pub to you – almost. Our food to go will be available during our opening hours but MUST be booked in advance (either by phone or through our website www.halfmoonmelplash.co.uk )
    Please note, to protect our team, face masks must be worn to collect your take out food.

    Sorry this is a little long, but we need to be sure we are doing our best for everyone.

    All that is left to be said is thank you for your support this year – Our amazing customers, team & supporters are what has got us this far through 2020 & whilst we may not get to raise a glass of festive cheer with you in person – we look forward to welcoming you back in 2021 when the government restrictions allow.
    Stay safe
    Team Half Moon

  • Dorset Food Drink and Farming Award – We Won!

    2020 has been a challenging year – to say the least!

    One high was being nominated by our amazing customers and supporters for the Best Dining Experience to Go. We were notified that we were in the final three and were over the (half) moon!

    Today we were notified that we had won our Category – We are the best dining experience to go! Well you knew that already – but it is great to have been given this award.

    Thank you to all our hard working team who have helped make this possible. Thank you to our customers who nominated us. Well done to all of the category finalists.

    Don’t forget that our takeaway and delivery menus are still going strong and are super easy to order – halfmoonmelplash.co.uk

    And thank you for your continued support!

  • Christmas Day Delivery Service Launch

    Today is the day we are launching our Christmas Day Delivery service. This service is only available on the 25th of December between 12 and 2:30 PM. This exciting menu will feature some traditional dishes with our Half Moon Melplash flair alongside some real mouthwatering treats. Check out this menu on our website – just follow the link below – Please note, we only a limited amount of slots available so book early to avoid any disappointment!

    To order please visit https://www.halfmoonmelplash.co.uk/christmas/

    Alternatively you can use the button below which will take you to straight to the ordering page

    Mothers Day Delivery

    Please note, we cannot unfortunately take orders over the phone as we require all the delivery information and orders to be collated digitally to give the best service we can.

  • Remembrance Sunday Delivery & Takeaway from The Half Moon

    All Set & ready to go, our main delivery vehicle, complete with Poppy, ready to deliver the best, ready to eat Sunday Roast Lunch.

    With choices of Roast Beef Sirloin, Slow cooked Cider glazed Pork Belly & our Chicken Ballantine, and two vegetarian options, there is something for every one.

    We have a great selection of starters to choose from and our home made desserts are the best way to finish your meals (the Honeycomb & chocolate cheesecake is proving to be very popular as is the Dorset Apple cake!)

    Super easy to order – book your ultimate contact free & covid_19 compliant delivery experience via our website www.halfmoonmelplash.co.uk or call us on 01308 488321. We do also have a limited number of socially distanced collection slots too if you’d prefer to collect. We do ask that orders are placed in advance to avoid disappointment.

  • Our appearance on BBC Spotlight

    Click on this link to see our landlady be interviewed by the BBC for tonight’s spotlight. We are at 14 minutes into the video. Thank you to all who have supported us throughout these unique times. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000p4gy/spotlight-evening-news-02112020

  • Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition at The Half Moon

    This afternoon was the last day to enter our pumpkin carving competition. We would like to thank all those who entered the competition. The entries received were very innovative and unique. The entries are shown below as well as on show in the pub. Please visit our Facebook page to vote for your favorite one last votes to be placed by 11:59 PM on the 31st of October the winner will be announced on Sunday the 1st of November.

  • Jinder at The Half Moon Sunday Session.

    On our second Sunday Session, Jinder proved to be a great hit. With his distinctive style of story telling, the singer song writer had the crowd at The Half Moon mesmerised.

    Alongside the great music, the hog roast went down a treat, and our cocktails were again very popular. Everyone commented as to how safe they felt during their visit to our Covid compliant luxury marquee.

    Tickets are selling well for next week for Endure Fort so don’t miss out on a great evening of entertainment, great food & drink!

    Buy your bubble – maximum of 6 – at www.halfmoonevents.co.uk

  • Dorset Food Drink & Farming Awards!

    2020 is definatley a year to remember – a positive thing this time though!

    We are super proud to announce that we are finalists in Dorset Magazine’s Dorset Food Drink & Farming Awards Best Dining Experience to Go. Thank you to all our amazing customers for your support & for nominating us, and thank you to our great Half Moon team for all of your hard work! The other establishments in our category are of high quality – so its a real privilege to be finalists alongside them.

    No matter what the outcome – we feel very privileged to be recognised for our takeaway & delivery service which enables you to enjoy your Half Moon favourites at home #HalfMoonatHome

    We will keep you up to date as to the outcome & will most definitely be raising a glass to our team for their hard work.

    Mean while if you are feeling hungry – don’t forget you can order your takeaway or delivery clicking the green bean above (order home delivery).

  • The Leggomen at The Half Moon!

    Sunday 6th September 2020 saw The Leggomen kick off the Half Moon’s Sunday Sessions.

    In our first live music cabaret event in our socially distant & covid_19 compliant luxury marquee, the Leggoman entertained a great crowd who enjoyed themselves thoroughly. With a great mix of their usual tracks, we were able to enjoy a great cocktails (the Elder flower Collins was my favourite!) & tasty street food hog roast from The Half Moon kitchen team.

    Big thanks to all of our great team & to our production partner JSW Entertainment. Looking forward to next week for another of our Socially distanced Sunday Sessions with live music from Jinder. E-tickets available via our website www.halfmoonmelplash.co.uk/events

  • Dorset Food Awards! VOTE!

    We’d be so grateful if you could click on the link & vote for us:


    Best Dining Experience – and/or any other category you feel represents us here at The Half Moon.

    Thank you!

  • Now Open and Serving!

    Team Half Moon would like to express their heartfelt thanks to all our locals, regulars and summer visitors for joining us once again in our gorgeous little pub! A home from home for so many of you, it is delightful to see ‘our home’ buzzing once again.

    We are of course adhering to social distancing and COVID Secure guidelines to make this all possible, and our years of experience with events and outside catering brings an added advantage to the Half Moon as we now have our exclusive Marquee Area in the Garden.

    Come and join us at the Half Moon for a reassuringly familiar and traditional Pub Experience in these unprecedented times!


    Due to the Covid-19, we are operating our “Half Moon At Home” Takeaway only business.

    Our current opening hours are:
    Thursday to Saturday evenings 4:30 till 8:30
    Sunday roast dinners 12-2:30

    We ask that orders are placed in advance, especially for Sunday roasts. We ask that customers book collection slots either via phone when placing your order, or via our online ordering system, under our ‘see Menu & order button’.

    We are talking every precaution to ensure that the safety of our team and customers is our priority, and to ensure that you can enjoy your Half Moon Melplash favorites at home.

    As always, any questions please feel free to contact us on 01308 488321.

    It is very unlikely that you can catch coronavirus from food. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. It is not known to be transmitted by exposure to food or food packaging.

    Any Staff member who is unwell will not be at work. If they have symptoms, they will follow government advice and stay at home. Although it is very unlikely that coronavirus is transmitted through food, as a matter of good hygiene practice anyone handling food should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

    This should be done as a matter of routine, before and after handling food, and especially after being in a public place, blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    We continue to follow the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) guidance on good hygiene practices in food preparation and their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) processes.

    We support NHS & Elderly members please ask for details.