Halfway Inn

3.9
470 reviews
£25 and under
British
In line with government advice, we are operating a COVID-19 secure management system. All bookings must be for no more than 6 people and we will require a name and telephone number.for each adult guest, or you can scan the QR code.We prefer cashless payments. Please wear a mask when not seated.

The Halfway Inn is a beautiful 16th century pub, located on the heathland halfway between Wareham and Corfe Castle.
From 12th April 2021 our covid secure outside areas will be open and we will be serving food and drink all day every day.
From 19th May you may also choose to dine in the cosy pub, our garden room or our large beer garden with a children’s play area.
Table service will apply throughout and social distancing must be adhered to.
We cannot wait to welcome you back!
Dogs Welcome! Families Welcome!

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 470 People Are Saying
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.1
service
3.8
ambience
3.7
value
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Patricia
Dorset
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt safe and well looked after. Easy to socially distance. Great food, good service.

Halfway Inn
Responded 16 hours ago

Thank you Patricia for your kind review. Have a lovely day

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HilaryS
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First visit for us. Excellent evening meal. Easy parking, Good choice of food and drink, very well served, good price and good adherence to Covid guidance. Gluten free well looked after. We shall definitely return and would strongly recommend to others.

Halfway Inn
Responded 2 days ago

Dear HilaryS, Thank you very much for your kind review. I hope we can welcome you back again soon. Take care

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Menomuncher
Dorset
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely service and great soup, chips and hot chocolate. Thank you

Halfway Inn
Responded a day ago

Dear Menomuncher, Thank you very much for your kind review.

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Belle
Dorset
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good food friendly and prompt service had to sit outdoors due to covid restrictions but very well organised

Halfway Inn
Responded 2 days ago

Dear Belle, Thank you very much for your review. I hope we can welcome you soon back indoors as well. Have a lovely day

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LordM
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Warm welcome. The roast dinner turned up very quickly. Was only just warm and had to semd the cauliflower cheese back as it was raw.

Overall a bit disappointing considering the reviews.

Halfway Inn
Responded 2 days ago

Dear LordM, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent experience. I am disappointed to hear that we had let you down with the served Cauliflower cheese. I hope we can make it justice at your next visit in a close future. Have a lovely day.

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DuncanC
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good traditional Sunday roast. Delicious roast potstioez & rich gravy

Halfway Inn
Responded 2 days ago

Dear DuncanC, Thank your very much for your kind review. Take care.

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AlineJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience1

The marquee was lacking atmosphere, maybe being in some plants, nicer lighting, heaters for ambiance.

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TraceyC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were lovely and friendly and the service was super quick.
The food was lovely and our son loved the play park !

Halfway Inn
Responded 2 days ago

Dear TraceyC, Thank you very much for your time to leave your kind review. I hope we can welcome you back again soon. Have a lovely day.

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steviet
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

really friendly helpful staff , lovely food.
would be handy to have outside heaters

Halfway Inn
Responded 5 days ago

Dear steviet, Thank you very much for your time to leave us your review.

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LynneC
Dorset
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We really enjoyed our lunch at the Halfway Inn on Friday, 7 May. The service was excellent and the food was very good. Simple, well cooked pub food. Just what I wanted.
Although I don’t normally like to eat at a picnic table, as we all have to eat outside, this was fine but I will look forward to coming back and eating indoors.

Halfway Inn
Responded 5 days ago

Dear LynneC, Thank you very much for your kind words and your time to leave a review for us. It means a lot. We are happy we could meet your expectations. I hope we can welcome you back again soon in the Pub. Have a lovely day.

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pud321
Dorset
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lovely waiters and waitresses and over service was really great. However I felt the food was pretty overpriced for the portions. We had tarka daal and as a vegetarian who makes it often it wasn’t spectacular as you’d expect from the price. The brownie was amazing though.

Halfway Inn
Responded 2 days ago

Dear pud321, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent experience. We are disappointed to hear that you are not satisfied with your visit. Falling short of meeting your expectations is not to the standards we strive to achieve. Thank you providing this information so we can improve upon our services. Kind regards

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Domino
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting and tasty food and service excellent. Made to feel safe, without a lot of fuss. Look forward to another sunny day!

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AndyG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Thank you for making us feel welcome, safe and looked after. Very helpful staff. Our party was grandparents, parents and child and baby and we all enjoyed our lunch. Well kept, clean and safe.

Halfway Inn
Responded 7 days ago

Dear AndyG, Thank you very much for your kind words and your time to leave a review for us. It means a lot. We are happy we could meet your expectations. I hope we can welcome you back again soon. Have a lovely day.

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Abbie
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Way below average food, and wildly overpriced for the quality of it. Had to return a dish as inedible. At least the staff were lovely.

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SARAHN
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely food and great attentive service. Eaten outside in the marquee but could have done with a patio heater as it was really cold.

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Responded 6 days ago

Dear SarahN, Thank you very much for your 5 star review. It's always nice to read comments like this. Believe me when I say that and I can surely include the whole staff, we would love a heater as well, however our Pub is a 16th century building with a thatched roof so any heating unit would be highly hazardous. But as of May 17th we will be able to welcome you in a much pleasant environment. Thank you very much again your time to leave us your kind review. Kind regards

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DianeH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Excellent service as it was very busy, quality of food good and large portions

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Responded on 6 May 2021

Dear DianeH, Thank you very much for your review.

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JulieB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Marque was pretty empty and we would have liked to have had the option to sit there

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SueP
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Family get together after 8 months, booked a table for 5 , we had excellent service, and very helpful staff, felt very safe and told us all information. Meal arrived hot and with a smile , quality food and reasonable prices. Staff were very good as it cannot be easy in these times. ( Pouring with rain but we were all together ) That was the main thing!!

Halfway Inn
Responded on 6 May 2021

Dear SueP, Thank you very much for your kind review. I am happy to meet your expectations. I will definitely pass along your comments to our team. Have a lovely day.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Food was very poor for what was quite expensive for pub food. Such a shame as it’s a beautiful pub with nice grounds. Nachos had a weird sauce and not proper salsa, chips were saturated in fat and not at all nice, wife’s chicken skewer was soggy, salad limp and the new potatoes had eyes. But of a let down.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 2 May 2021

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent experience. We are disappointed to hear that you are not satisfied with your visit. Falling short of meeting your expectations is not to the standards we strive to achieve. Thank you providing this information so we can improve upon our services. Kind regards

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A lovely meal, very polite and helpful staff.

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BeverlyC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good welcome and Covid requirements explanation.
Good selection of food well prepared and served.
First drinks took a long time to arrive, but that was explained by a changeover of staff at the time of our reservation and the protocols to be observed.
The Halfway House is doing everything it can to provide a good experience in these challenging times. Well done

Halfway Inn
Responded on 1 May 2021

Thank you for your kind review. I am happy to pass along your comments to the team! I hope we can welcome you back again soon and I make sure even your first drinks arriving in no time. :-) Kind regards

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Rich
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Mediocre food, well over priced. No outside heaters like similar venues.
Staff friendly an efficient.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 30 April 2021

Dear Rich, Thank you very much for your time to leave a review about your recent experience. I am truly disappointed to hear that you are not satisfied with your visit. It's a shame it was not raised your problem in the actual day. We would have tried to make justice for you. Unfortunately we are not allowed to use terrace heaters because we are a 16th century premise with a thatched roof so that would be a high fire hazard. Thank you for your understanding. Take care

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Tracys
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was lovely and tasty. Had main course and dessert and both were excellent. Really friendly helpful staff who went out of there way to help you. Nice old pub look forward to visiting again when in the area. Highly recommend

Halfway Inn
Responded on 30 April 2021

Dear Tracys, Thank you very much for your kind words and your time to leave a review for us. We are happy we could meet your expectations and I will definitely pass your comment to our team. Have a lovely day.

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Jill
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice lunch in the sunny aspect garden! Staff very friendly and helpful. Thank you.

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ChrisW
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Despite the conditions, this was well organised and welcoming. Plenty of parking and seating, and attentive staffing. The electronic ordering is efficient and speedy, and the food served hot, on hot plates. It could off quickly, but that's windchill for you!!

Halfway Inn
Responded on 28 April 2021

Thank you very much for your kind words and your time to leave a review for us. We are happy we could meet your expectations. Have a lovely day.

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DeborahS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were initially put onto a table which was freezing due to the wind. Asked to be moved although told they would look into it nothing happened. We moved ourselves to another table. There were lots of tables under the marquee so I cannot understand why people kept being put onto tables outside in the wind

Halfway Inn
Responded on 28 April 2021

Dear DeborahS, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent experience. We are disappointed to hear that you are not satisfied with your visit. Falling short of meeting your expectations is not to the standards we strive to achieve. Thank you providing this information so we can improve upon our services. Kind regards

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GemmaR
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly staff, welcoming to my dog, food was lovely, I had roast pork, it was delicious, meat was moist, crackling was nice and crisp and all the veggies were very tasty. Reasonably priced and great relaxing atmosphere in the sunny garden.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 28 April 2021

Thank you very much for your review. It's always nice to read comments like this. I hope we can welcome you and your dog back as soon as possible.

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SandraS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food very good hot and plenty of it clean and well vovid managed

Halfway Inn
Responded on 28 April 2021

Thank you very much for your review.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing roast dinner, never disappoints!

Halfway Inn
Responded on 28 April 2021

Thank you for your kind review. We are happy to pass along your comments to the team! Thanks again for taking the time to leave us this information about your recent visit. Take care! Kind regards

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CarolineN
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The sun was out but it was blowey. However having the gazebo cover area was helpful. The service was prompt, layout of tables appropriate and the food was outstanding and a beautiful roast hot to eat outside. Puds were lovely to.

Sociable environment for families and dogs

Halfway Inn
Responded on 29 April 2021

Thank you for your kind review. We are happy to pass along your comments to the team! Thanks again for taking the time to leave us this information about your recent visit. Take care! Kind regards

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LozanneS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lovely fresh fish and chips, staff great and plenty of outdoor space.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 28 April 2021

Thank you for your kind review; we are happy to pass along your comments to the team! Thanks again for taking the time to leave us this information about your recent visit. Take care! Kind regards

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Ali21
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very friendly and dealt well with the covid situation very well and having to eat outside at the moment.
The atmosphere was very pleasant and the food (as always) was excellent.
They had a good range of menu choices considering the limitations due to the situation. The only downside was the wind and it got a bit cold, but that’s nothing to do with the halfway inn.
I have always liked eating here and even with covid, it was still as good as always.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 1 May 2021

Thank you very much for your kind words and your time to leave a review for us. We are happy we could meet your expectations. I hope we can welcome you back again soon. Have a lovely day.

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GeraldR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Reasonable pub grub menu but at restaurant prices
Food quality average.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 28 April 2021

Dear GeraldR, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent experience. We are disappointed to hear that you are not satisfied with your visit. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will use your comments to refine our efforts to ensure this issue does not happen again. Kind regards

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Patricia
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First meal out in a year, wonderful. Booking very easy online. Felt very safe with the way everything was set up. Very friendly and helpful staff. Excellent meals, rib eye steak and steak and ale pie. Scrummy desserts. Can’t wait to go again.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 24 April 2021

Thank you very much for your kind words. We are can't wait to welcome you again. :-)

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JanetteM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

For a Badger beer pub to have no Badger beer was a great disappointment. Over priced for what is basically pub grub.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 23 April 2021

Thank you very much for your review. Unfortunately the brewery has not started to make Badger best after the lockdown. We are expecting it around end of May. However our tasty Firsty Ferret is part of the Badger family. Please give us some time and let us catch up after a long break.

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KevinP
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben and Ann have made brilliant steps to accommodate the current covid guidance and turned a difficult situation into an experience that is almost normal. Food as ever was yummy.

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Responded on 25 April 2021

Thank you for the lovely comments and congratulations on your wedding.

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FionaR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was lovely the service was good the surroundings were nice but I did find the drinks rather expensive

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Responded on 23 April 2021

Thank you very much for your review.

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MichaelB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food fast served. With a smile.
Would definitely go again

Halfway Inn
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thank you very much for your great review. I hope we can welcome you back again soon.

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Hewett
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

would have given 5 stars for every criteria but held back as they ran out of ingredients for a couple of meals from the simple menu.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thank you very much for your review. After a three months closedown we are still working our hardest to put back our supply chain to our day to day level. I hope we can sort this out really quickly.

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PeterC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well managed, no I COVID related issues, food and service excellent.

Halfway Inn
Responded on 21 April 2021

Thank you very much for your review. I hope we can welcome you again soon.

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Halfway Inn is rated 3.9 stars by 470 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.