Halfway Inn

4.1
655 reviews
£25 and under
British

The Halfway Inn is a beautiful 16th century pub, located on the heathland halfway between Wareham and Corfe Castle.

Dogs Welcome! Families Welcome!

You may choose to dine in our cosy pub, in our garden room or in our large beer garden with a children’s play area.

We welcome the lifting of Covid restrictions and would like to thank you for all your support through these difficult times.

As we enter this new phase, we fully support the policy of personal responsibility.

Bearing this in mind, moving forward we will
* encourage but not enforce mask wearing indoors
* continue with table service
* standing and service at the bar will not return
* hand sanitiser stations will remain in place
* collect your contact details for NHS test and trace
* encourage but not enforce checking in with the QR code.

LETS ALL STILL STAY SAFE AND RESPECT EACH OTHERS SPACE.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 655 People Are Saying
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Elvis
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food and drink was very overpriced and was nice but no WOW factor.

Not much choice for kids no burger or nuggets.

We had a nice time though and the staff and service was fantastic. There wasn’t a long wait and we were attended to very well.

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JeremyR
Bath
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A conveniently located pub/restaurant close to Corfe and Wareham. We had wanted to spend some time on Swanage seafront and this was an ideal place to have a late lunch. A good selection of food for the three diners including a vegan and a pescatarian. The servers deserve a mention as they were very polite, friendly and efficient. Thanks guys.

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Leah
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely cosy and friendly pub with great food. We visit every year on the way home from our annual Christmas visit to Swanage, and it never fails to impress. Excellent for food allergies too.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 7 January 2022

Thank you for the five star review and great comments. Hope to see you again!

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Steamster
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another great meal at Halfway Inn following a visit to the Swanage Railway. The Inn was warm, welcoming and comfortable. The food was a super Sunday lunch served by the friendly staff together with a drop of wine, literally a drop as the D D for the day.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 7 January 2022

Thank you for the great review and kind comments. Hope to see you again soon! Happy New Year

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PascoR
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional pub, log fire, cosy, excellent food, well above normal pub level, friendly service.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 7 January 2022

Thank you for the five star review!], excellent comments and recommendation! Happy New Year!

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LeighE
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and very friendly staff. Every time we’re in the area we make sure and book a table.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Thank you so much for the great recommendation. We will look forward to seeing you again, next time you are in the area. Happy New year.

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KevinL
London
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the great food and service.
Friendly staff that can not do enough for you.
Thanks

Halfway Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Thank you for the great comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to our pub.

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MichaelL
Worcestershire
4 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place great service and meal was fab

Halfway Inn
Responded on 24 December 2021

Thank you for the five star review and great comments. Hope to see you again soon!

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Chewie43
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt very welcome and the staff were friendly. The food was fab and we had a really great time.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 23 December 2021

Thank you for the great 5 star review. Merry Christmas.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming, friendly staff who made us feel very welcome. Our dog was equally looked after. Great food which was served nice and warm. Will continue to be a regular customer

Halfway Inn
Responded on 22 December 2021

Thank you for the five star review and great comments. We hope to see you again soon!

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MarkS
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly hospitable staff. Superb menu catering for carnivores vegetarians gluten and dairy intolerant and kids. Lovely cosy pub. We will definitely be back as a family.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 19 December 2021

Thank you very much for your five star review, great comments and recommendation! We hope to see you again soon :)

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ColinB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favourite restaurant with real food well made and cooked.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 20 December 2021

Thank you for the five star review, great comments and recommendation! Hope to see you again soon

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Steamster
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely staff and a good meal with a glass of wine. Thanks to all.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 16 December 2021

Thank you for the five star review and kind comments! Hope to see you again soon

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really lovely home cooked food.
Friendy and fun service
Good value for money

Halfway Inn
Responded on 12 December 2021

Thank you for the four star review and kind comments. Hope to see you again soon!

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FionaW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our second visit and we'll definitely be back. Super roast dinners and very good desserts. Service was prompt and attentive. Log fire made for a very cosy atmosphere.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 9 December 2021

Thank you for the five star review and great comments! We look forward to seeing you again soon :)

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AlaineC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were early but our table was available
Good choice of food from two menus
Excellent service

Halfway Inn
Responded on 9 December 2021

Thank you for your five star review and kind comments. We hope to see you again soon!

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Laura
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

The food was very poor. Soggy fish and chips aren’t very appealing. Very limited vegan options.
When asked if I could just have beans and potato for my 1 year old I was abruptly told “Yes but I can’t change the price.”
Rude service and horrible food. Won’t be returning here again.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 6 December 2021

We are sorry you were disappointed with your visit. Upon check back, had you made us aware of your feedback on the fish and chips, we would have happily rectified this for you.

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MalcolmD
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service and nice food, would definitely recommend

Halfway Inn
Responded on 1 December 2021

Thank you for the review and recommendation! Hope to see you again soon :)

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sharonf
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub with a beautiful open fire for these chilly days. The food is very generous in portion size and very good. Not cheap but I don't mind paying for the quality.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 28 November 2021

Thank you for the excellent review and kind comments. Hope to see you again soon!

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BarbaraW
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed visiting here, We have in the past celebrated my mums 90th and had family birthdays as well. Clean, good service a good choice of food and plenty of parking.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 27 November 2021

Thank you for the great review. We hope to see you again soon!

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TrevorE
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday roast is fantastic the staff are all brilliant, Absolutely love this place. I have eaten here on several occasions and never found fault with anything.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 27 November 2021

Thank you for the amazing review! We hope to see you again soon :)

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MarcA
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Two very good family occasion meals over the past weekend. Great service and very friendly staff. Food arrived quickly and was very enjoyable.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 27 November 2021

Thank you for the five star review and comments. We hope to see you again soon :)

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WilliamS
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly host and staff, excellent food, lovely warm logburner adding to the ambience!

Halfway Inn
Responded on 27 November 2021

Thank you for the five star review and great comments!

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BeccaG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly, attentive staff.
Good quality food. Nice atmosphere and felt very welcome. Would definitely return. Thank you very much!

Halfway Inn
Responded on 27 November 2021

Thank you for the great review and comments. Hope to see you again soon!

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JosieJ
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very enjoyable good food convenient parking and pleasant staff

Halfway Inn
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thank you for the great review and feedback. Hope to see you again soon!

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Trout
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were fabulous, very attentive. Delicious food. 10 out of 10. Will definitely be going again.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thank you so much for the five star review and great feedback. See you again soon!

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Holly
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and service, just very expensive for the food you get. £17.50 for a burger

Halfway Inn
Responded on 17 November 2021

Thank you for the four star review and feedback.

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ElinorM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a beautiful pub/restaurant. Staff were lovely, Friendly, Welcoming. The food was amazing!!!! If we had stayed longer we would of gone back here. Hopefully next year. Thank you All.😁

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sharonk
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best roast I have had out , all our food arrived hot , great service would definitely come back

Halfway Inn
Responded on 10 November 2021

Thank you so much for the great rating and feedback. See you again soon!

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Susan
London
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

The Halfway Inn is a good stopover if you are looking for quick service.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 10 November 2021

A two star rating with no other feedback is not very helpful? What was the issue?

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SarahT
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming and service was very good including food, thanks guys x

Halfway Inn
Responded on 10 November 2021

Thank you for the great review.

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Charlie
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The menu was much more basic than was available on previous visits in prior years. The volume of food on the main course was on the large size resulting in a higher price for that basic pub food.
However quality of food and service was excellant.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 6 November 2021

Charlie, Thank you for taking the time to review us and for some very helpful comments. We do offer smaller appetite versions of some of the items on our main menu. Please ask your server if you can have a smaller version of a main meal. We have had to restrict the menu a little at the moment due to a combination of staff shortages and product supply issues. We hope both of these issues will be resolved in the not too distant future. Ben & Anne

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SimonG
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Sunday lunches we have had for a while. Beef nice and pink, tasty gravy and plenty of veg. Pumpkin pie for desert and it was made locally … delicious.
Service was excellent under the circumstances (C19). No pressure to leave. We will definitely make this a regular haunt

Halfway Inn
Responded on 6 November 2021

Thank you for the great rating and lovely feedback Simon. See you again soon. Ben & Anne

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HannahH
Bath
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Portion size on the burger was a little large for one person

Halfway Inn
Responded on 6 November 2021

Hi Hannah, We do also offer a quarter-pounder cheeseburger on our children's menu if you have a smaller appetite. We are happy to serve that to adults too! Our main menu beef-burger is a generous half-pounder! Kind Regards, Ben & Anne

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AmandaB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I ordered the roast beef. It said it would be served pink. The beef was so pink I couldn’t chew it. I ended up putting it in a bag for my dog.
The vegetables weren’t the best. Courgettes on a roast. No thanks. The cabbage was wet and soggy. The best veg was the Cali flower cheese but I had to pay £4 extra for that.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 6 November 2021

Dear Amanda, We always serve our roast beef rare and this is clearly stated on the menu. This does not mean it is chewy. We would happily have replaced the meat on the day rather than you taking it home for the dog. If you have particular likes and dislikes in vegetables , please let your server know next time and we will try to accommodate them. The courgettes are roasted and the rest of the vegetables are steamed, so they should never be wet. Please accept our apologies for the disappointment.

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JamesL
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food.
Really organised pub restaurant

Halfway Inn
Responded on 6 November 2021

James, Thank you for the five star rating and lovely feedback. Ben, Anne & the team.

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DaveP
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brill as every time we go there keep it going like it is now. Thank you

Halfway Inn
Responded on 6 November 2021

Thank you for the great rating and lovely comments Dave! Ben, Anne & the team.

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TrevorE
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic place for a great meal and a good beer. Staff are all brilliant, well behaved dogs are welcome. Food is good quality. Highly recommended.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 18 October 2021

Thank you so much for the five star rating ang lovely feedback. we will look forward to seeing you again soon

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SueB
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came along for Sunday lunch. The food was first class. The service was quick - it was very busy on Sunday, but we were still looked after very well 😊 All round a very nice Sunday, thank you.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 18 October 2021

Thank you for the four star "first class" rating.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Sunday Roast.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 18 October 2021

Thank you for the 4 stars we are delighted you enjoyed your roast.

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Halfway Inn is rated 4.1 stars by 655 OpenTable diners.

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