The Old Inn

4.6
1296 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 1296 People Are Saying
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LeighR
Berkshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service, will be returning.

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Biologist
London
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both thoroughly enjoyed our delicious lunch at the Old Inn! It was our Anniversary. I had the Sea Bass and my husband had Pork Belly: both fantastic! What a joy! Look forward to returning. Janet

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CSnotsurewhythiswontsubm
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent quality food in a lovely environment. Service was prompt, friendly and efficient. Portion sizes perhaps a little excessive.

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PhilippaJ
Devon
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love it here.
Great food and looks amazing outside and in

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noonoos
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We always come to the Old Inn for the amazing pork belly that they serve. However on this occasion. it was not as good , the roast saute potatoes they used to serve with it that were delicious have now been replaced with Mashed potato and the pork belly a lot smaller, also with a significant price increase of about £2 on this dish we were very disappointed in the change in this dish however it was nice.

Such a shame as The old inn is a lovely place to dine.

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BartU
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely pub, good service and quiet atmosphere (lunchtime – am told evenings are fuller)

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MariaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place - ticks every box.
Consistently excellent.

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PaulaL
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely food and place, good service, friendly staff but service charge of 10% should be optional not just added to the bill.

The Old Inn
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your kind comments and feedback. Service charge is 100% discretionary and added to the bills for guests convenience. The staff will always remove the charge on request as stated on the menus.

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vipGaryT
Dorset
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As Always a great experience in a lovely setting . The sea bass tastes better every time

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DavidE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

On arrival was given a table in the pizza restaurant. No quibbles about finding a table at the front.
Very attentive staff, and food very good. Great evening spent with friends.

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SimonR
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As good as always. Cheeky lunch outside in glorious October sunshine.

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AnnB
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food pub in a superb location. Clean, beautiful decor and very polite, friendly and prifessional staff. Food fairly pricey but utterly delicious.
Will definitely go back.

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MichaelG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely country pub with excellent food, good service & a warm atmosphere. Slightly expensive food for a pub (especially the desserts for what they are) however quality is very high. Highly recommended.

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TimothyD
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely surroundings, superb food and pretty good value considering the excellence from the kitchens. Highly recommended!

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Kaz34
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff attentive and efficient. A little wait for food, but it was busy so to be expected. Food was delicious and good sized portions.

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RussellB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality food served by welcoming, friendly staff .

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AnneT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent friendly service, good menu and well presented food.

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Treen
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

We have always had great meals here.. however I had fish and chips and couldn’t eat it as the fish was thin and brown inside … horrible. Really disappointing as it’s usually great.

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MaryT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Warm friendly atmosphere with great food - will return soon

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BryonyM
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly service. Can never fault this place

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LorenS
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect evening the only thing is I found there was too much tomatoe sauce on the pizza base but other than that it was all delicious and the staff were amazing!

Will definitely come back!

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BikerK
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was lovely and the staff were very attentive and helpful so we would definitely go back! The only negatives would be that it’s quite pricy, and a service charge is added to the bill and we do like to make our own decision as to whether we tip and the amount.

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GaryC
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday lunch, both choices from the menu were excellent and generous portions. Return visit booked before we left !

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KatharineD
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely warm and welcoming on a very wet and windy day! Friendly service, great food, lovely pub!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our last minute decision to go to The Old Inn didn’t disappoint it’s such a lovely country pub. The staff are very helpful and the food was very good. Can’t wait to go back again.

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SimonN
Devon
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really Great evening with superb, food service, wine & beer in a Really Lovely Setting

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LadyC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Haven't visited the pub since before lockdown. They have clearly spent a lot of money on the welcoming exterior. The young waiters and waitresses were very pleasant. However, I was shocked at the food price increases. I have since compared with other comparable pubs and The Old Inn is still the highest. My friend had chicken which looked and tasted good apparently and I chose the ribeye. The steak was cooked to my request but was very tough and lots of grissle running through. The side salad was very good but the pepper sauce way too thin and literally hundreds of peppercorns when no need. This dish did not fit the £25 price charged. The sweets are all £8 each now which is excessive. To sum up, £80 for 2 mains, 1 pudding and a scoop of icecream, 2 soft drinks and coffee is frankly dreadful. The price also included a 10% service charge which we could have asked to be removed I guess but we'd always leave a tip for the waiters so didn't ask for this to be removed. Such a shame about the cost as it kind of ruined our experience of what is a nice venue.

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FRANCESH
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely home cooked food. The whitebait and crackling was just a little too bit overcooked. But we all enjoyed our meal a lot.

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AnneA
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. The four of us really enjoy scallops and the calamari. My salmon was excellent, cooked to perfection. Staff as usual friendly and great with our two spaniels.

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TomK
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t believe I have never been to this cracking pub before, as pubs go in my opinion it’s as good as you can get . Myself and my wife went there last night , driving in horrible weather to get there and I’m very glad we did well worth a visit.

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Jean
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, quality food and service. Polite, helpful staff. We'll be back!

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food very good. Main courses all very good, but felt sweets were too expensive for
fairly average fare. Staff very polite and professional. Decor very tasteful. Good cleanliness everywhere. Prices possibly a bit high, but unsurprising in the current
climate. Will certainly pay another visit.
Overall a good experience.

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RayJ
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Easy to book. Very friendly and accommodating and the food was delicious. We will definitely visit again when next in the neighbourhood.

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SScott
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Old Inn never fails to deliver consistently great food, service and value for money.
Great atmosphere too! Perfect.

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Kar3
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had another outstanding meal at The Old Inn. Nice atmosphere, the staff are friendly and attentive without being intrusive.

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SueB
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time eating here. Excellent food will be returning.

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FrederickS
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely lunch. We all went for the Sunday roast and it was superb. Had some ropey roast dinners of late at other restaurants but yesterday’s could not be faulted, crispy roast potatoes and all piping hot. Will definitely be back.

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HilaryW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great Sunday Roast especially the meat. Ambience great really buzzing Good value for great food

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Foodie89
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was great, and a waiter came to the table pretty quickly to take our drinks order and then our food order. As we were chatting away, we realised that it had been over an hour, nearing and hour and a half, and our food hadn't come, yet the tables around us who ordered after us had already had theirs. We had to ask a passing waiter to check on our order, which arrived shortly after. Our table was cleared by two different waiters, both of which asked if we wanted the desert menu...
Neither brought one. 20 minutes later, we had to go and ask for a dessert menu from the bar. The food once arrived was good, but sadly the service let the it down. When we let the staff know when we came to pay, there was no apology, just the response of "it just depends what order it comes out of the kitchen", which didn't seem right considering we arrived and ordered way before the three other tables around us. Clearly a case of our order getting lost, which happens, but could have been handled better by the staff. Appreciate it was busy, and we knew there would be a wait and were happy with that, but clearly we were missed/forgotten, so our feedback is purely to highlight the need for the staff to be organised a bit better and for it to be dealt with better when it is raised. Won't let this put us off visiting again as it has always been a lovely pub, with great food, so hoping this was a one off!

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JanF
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Inn, indoor immaculate, lovely covered outdoor seating area. Food great. Staff friendly and helpful. Dog friendly. Highly recommended it.

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The Old Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 1296 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.