The Old Inn

4.6
1378 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 1378 People Are Saying
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PeterL
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MichaelG
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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ColinH
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Joybelle
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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
4 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.

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StuartT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely pub atmosphere with roaring log fire. Food was excellent.

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JaneH
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, tasty and well presented. Great service. Interior furnishings lovely and the Christmas tree was up!

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DavidS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very welcoming staff, efficient and helpful. Food was excellent. Certainly will return soon. Many thanks David

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IanL
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite haunts. A welcoming pub with excellent food, generous portions and very good service.

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JaneK
London
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and highly recommended. We had a delicious lunch, the staff couldn't have been more helpful and the ambiance is lovely.

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KarenD
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely village pub. Friendly staff and good food. We will be back

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SandyP
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and setting
Staff very attentive
Great selection of courses
Difficult to fault
Would definitely recommend

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TimH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, atmosphere and service. First time we have been to the Old Inn but certainly won't be the last

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RobertM
Dorset
6 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They've stuffed the prices up,added a service charge and the specials majored on comfort food but it was still a very pleasant dinner.

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RayC
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and exceptional service. Pub was very busy illustrating the popularity of The Old Inn

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CarolM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good meal and good service will be returning again

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PeterS
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,lovely atmosphere and attentive service that was friendly without being intrusive.
We have been before and will be back very soon.

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StephenH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food but expensive. Service excellent and Xmas decorations of the outside very impressive.

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting with friends not seen for a long time. Great place and good food.

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LynnL
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service - not so sure about dogs in the main indoor eating area though

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Trevor
Hampshire
3 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Old Inn is a well run and presented pub. The food is professionally prepared, the atmosphere welcoming and enjoyable. The log fire provides an excellent focus on cold(er) autumn / winter days. Overall, a very enjoyable experience - thank you.

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FionaL
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food. Very organised.
Had to wait a while after main and never got asked if wanted dessert etc so hence why marked down.
Other than that, all very lovely.

FAQs

The Old Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 1378 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.