The Old Inn

4.6
1394 reviews
£26 to £40
British
The Old Inn is a traditional country pub in the heart of the idyllic village of Holt. Situated close to the historic town of Wimborne Minster, The Old Inn is the perfect destination when you fancy a homemade, traditional pub meal. With real fires, a beautiful garden and fantastic service, this pub is definitely worth a visit. We have worked hard to put together a menu that offers something for everyone. Everything is freshly prepared at the Old Inn, from our Chicken Liver paté, to children’s chicken nuggets. We pride ourselves that all of our meals are traditionally cooked using largely locally sourced ingredients and our seasonal specials are definitely worth looking at too, as well as our delicious desserts! We aim to provide a prompt, efficient and friendly service and we can cater for all types of parties.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1394 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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Westy
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service and food was excellent. Conner always looks after customers very well

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BarbaraJ
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience great Christmas Decorations and a lovely warm fire. There was a great choice of food, which was served efficient and friendly staff.
We enjoyed the food and the experience.

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Colehillian
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thankyou Connor we had a lovelySecret Santa party good service great food 🎅🎅

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RobertF
Dorset
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our first visit and it was a great experience. The ambiance was warm and greeting, the staff were attentive but NOT overbearing and the food was of a very high standard.
We will definitely visit again.

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Gladys
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have introduced many of my family and friends to the Old Inn and will continue to do so in the future!

Thank you

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lewisd
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

lovely afternoon lunch with an old friend in a nice setting. Thanks Old Inn be back soon :)

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KarenG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time and we were impressed. Definitely returning! Food delicious and staff welcoming.

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SteveG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived in a busy Sunday evening, our table wasn’t quite ready but we were seated and drinks arrived in no time. Then moved to our table and order taken. One of the party needed gluten-free and staff were really accommodating. Food arrived and was really excellent. Puddings great too. Staff are outstanding. Looking forward to next visit on the 19th. Thank you

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LorraineD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff very friendly and attentive. Food choices extensive and tasty. Although we thought £15 for a cheese board a little excessive.

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DebbieS
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday roast and service as good as usual. We’ll be back again soon.

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RussellB
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, good food and friendly staff. Highly recommended

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ianw
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A new pub for us and been there twice recently. Good choice on the menu and food is very good. Great ambience and engaging staff. Inside and outside is beautifully presented.

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MarieH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, great food great service great ambiance.

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TonyS
Dorset
12 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As a previous diner at the Old Inn, we expected a very pleasant evening's meal and were not disappointed. The rustic nature of the dining room and the log fire burning, created a perfect warm and cosy environment in which to enjoy dinner.

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Martin
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Gem of a pub tucked away in Holt. Well worth finding. Good menu, excellent service and no fuss. Thanks, M

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AmandaW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and we didn't wait too long for it to arrive. Excellent service throughout

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PeterL
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. Nice to see some Christmas dishes appearing. Pudding was excellent. Attentive unitrusive service. Great value. Highly recommended

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Chandrika
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as usual. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees.

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ColinC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and friendly welcome, service was good, meals were excellent all in all a very nice experience will dine again

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MichaelG
Dorset
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bloody amazing food the fillet steak was amazing and well the onion rings is super bloody amazing I never had onion rings like that before best ever

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SylviaP
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

fantastic venue with lovely Christmas deco, very helpful staff and food delicious

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ColinH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been over 30 years the I had been to the Old Inn as I had been living overseas. We booked on the Saturday and managed to get a table for 2. Great staff and food was excellent. We will come back soon.

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Clive
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was of poor quality. Meal and drink expensive with a service charge added without telling me.

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vipMichaelK
Dorset
5 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another terrific dining experience at the Old Inn. From experience, this is the best pub/restaurant in the vicinity, including Wimborne and beyond. Never fails to deliver excellent, good quality food at very reasonable prices. Staff are without exception are very good, particularly Connor who always looks after my wife and I on each visit. Well done The Old Inn!!

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DougS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service and nice ambience. Would definitely eat there again

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Joybelle
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time here for a long time and was very impressed. So few pubs in the area that one wants to go back a second time and this one is a definite. Look forward to seeing you soon. Nice to see staff wearing masks.

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RoyH
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Food was average considering the cost, chips were greasy - oil probably needed changing.
The biggest disappointment was being seated in a "side room" and therefore missing out on the ambience of what is a good old pub. We paid £77 for two with a drink each which is expensive for pub food served in a sterile side room.
If booking make sure you know where you are sitting!

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DavidF
London
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere in old country pub. Great selection of good food. Reasonably priced. Service was excellent.

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HeatherR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, no loud music to compete with. Very accommodating, thank you. Looking forward to returning on Boxing Day.

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AnthonyS
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been on several occasions, always good food and reasonably priced.

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MichaelG
Dorset
5 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food amazing location amazing staff best food for a long time

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LynnL
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another excellent meal at the Old Inn - Veggie burger (mushroom) was the best ever !!

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Oscarmum
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing Sunday lunch, we had the roast beef, not the cheapest roast around but definitely worth a visit

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JennyD
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We moved to the area 4 years ago and have been looking for a good restaurant for Sunday lunch. We have at last found The Old Inn, the best lunch we have had since moving to Dorset. The staff were excellent, being attentive and helpful through our meal. The roast beef was second to none. Can’t wait to return. Next time our family visit we will be taking them along.

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

All good though tables for two seem to be squashed into spare places - our table was opposite the kitchen and toilets.
So not the best ambiance
Busy restaurant, though staff and service very good
Food nicely presented - as usual too much heat for me in a roast - just a personal thing - veg could have been a little more tasty - rather bland cabbage !

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DavidC
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great welcome by staff as usual. Impressive menu with varied choice. All four of us had very well cooked and presented dishes. In fact we ended up pinching bits off each other. The latest wine list was also good choice and NOT overpriced. My main praise has to be for the exceptional wait staff who gave us their best attention. To quote Arnie....”I’ll be back”.....

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Hammer65
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The pub is very warm and cosy and has a lovely ambience. The service from bar staff and waiter was excellent. The food was good in terms of quality and quantity but no better than this. It was significantly over-priced. This would have been fine if the food had been of a very superior standard but sadly this was not the case. So overall something of a mixed bag.

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SteveD
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good website and excellent communication. Good surroundings and service. Food excellent .

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NoelB
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smashing evening - thanks as always Oliver and his Dad

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StephenL
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent time spent at the Old Inn. The service was exceptional and the food was out of this world, if you like Onion Rings then go nowhere else! The staff were lovely and very accommodating and knowledgeable. I would thoroughly recommended a visit.

FAQs

The Old Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 1394 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.