The Old Inn

4.6
824 reviews
£25 and under
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 824 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CharmaineS
Dorset
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great choices, friendly staff, lovely garden area front and back. Highly recommend for special occasions or catch up.

MB
MarianB
Orlando
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good beers and a very friendly cheerful service.

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MaryM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time back for over a year.
What a pleasant surprise. Outside eating area superb, Greeted by lovely young waitress who obviously enjoyed her job, and very observant trying to please everyone.
Food beautifully presented and delicious, will definitely be back.

DW
DavidW
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a really nice pub with great food and great service. I had rather pie which was really tasty and followed it up with chocolate fondant which was amazing. My wife had sea bass which she said was great and unfortunately she also loved my pudding. Would definitely recommend this pub

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Linnk
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal with lovely staff will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the setting and the quality of the food we had. Service was a little slow but the place was very busy so totally understandable.
Waiting staff were great but a tiny bit more attention to detail required. Our after dinner black coffee came with milk (in a jug) even though expressly declined at the point of ordering and the 1 dessert ordered (chocolate brownie) came as a chocolate and hazelnut brownie.
No biggie- both were fabulous but it’s that little bit of finesse that was missing that cost 1 star

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Lily
Dorset
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service staff were brilliant and food was lovely.

SC
SharonC
Dorset
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food excellent service would highly recommend for an evening out.

LM
LaurenM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely time at the Old Inn yesterday! We were welcomed and the kids were chatting away to the staff! Not to mention the AMAZING food!! Would 100% recommend and really hope we end up in this neck of the woods again!

KH
KellyH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely atmosphere and the staff very attentive

AB
AlistairB
Dorset
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent family meal in comfortable surroundings with lovely service.

Thank you

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IsabelleS
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Faultless. Staff were brilliant, food was delicious and outside space was really well thought out. Plus they accommodate dogs - and even brought them their own water bowls!

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DavidT
Dorset
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Old Inn has gone to great lengths to make outside eating very comfortable and most importantly warm. Enjoyed a delicious Sunday lunch with friends. Staff friendly and welcoming would not hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for lunch or dinner .

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Knixon85
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic lunch yesterday after a beautiful walk around Badbury rings. The pub is in a lovely setting and everything is geared up really well for outdoor dining. Great atmosphere, everyone said how tasty the food was, and the service was really on point too. Thanks for a great experience!

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CharlieW
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lunch was good. Pub setup and layout was excellent in these Covid times.

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LindaP
Dorset
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our meal, no complaints, but rather expensive. Know you have to pay out for all the undercover areas and heaters etc. but the menu on the day was even more expensive than the one online. Just a little taken aback!
However, good to see you busy and our first meal out for a long time.

JM
JulieM
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We love eating here the food is outstanding. Sometimes a king delay for dessert.

CW
ClaireW
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday lunch out for my Mum. Friendly, attentive staff and yummy food!

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KatherineS
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good lunch forums birthday. Food was very tasty and great service. The ambience was great.

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VickiS
Dorset
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely evening! Good food and service in the tent. Could do with a couple more heaters on a cooler eve.

LW
LeeW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Go; it's great.
Currently 'outdoors only' due to regulatory restrictions but I honestly can't think of another local pub to us that made such efforts to give customers an indoor experience but outdoors.

JO
JamesO
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A modern take on the country pub, best pub around in my opinion for a meal and a drink outside in a great setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
21 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, in a well built outdoor room. Food was tasty and well presented. Great staff.

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IanF
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even better now with sheltered outside front seating.

MB
MarianB
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

6 of us had a great meal at the Old Inn. The food was excellent (we had starters, mains and desserts - all really good) and the service attentive and friendly.
We sat in the wooden extension out the back and although the day was cold and windy we remained warm and comfortable.

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Dave
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It would be more relaxing and hygienic if dogs had their own area or banned. The noise of dogs whilst I'm eating is distracting and off putting. Another customer overheard our conversation and agreed entirely.

Great staff, highly attentive and always give 110% I hope they are rewarded for there high standards of service.

Food prices are expensive. The menu is streamlined and happy its not pages long. Nice work.

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RayC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience at The Old Inn was extremely positive. Food was excellent and not pre-cooked but was not too long before we were served. the service was very friendly and the staff very accommodating.

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steveg
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a quiet area since it was our wedding anniversary. Despite being outside, it was undercover and warm with overhead heaters. Food was excellent. Service was excellent too. Will come again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location, drinks, food & staff.
Connor in particular made us feel like old friends.
Will be returning very very soon.

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Cidge54
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely outdoor dining experience, with friendly professional service. Efficient booking and made to feel very welcome. Enjoyable lunchtime menu.

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PaulG
Dorset
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, excellent menu choice and really great food.

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Harry
Devon
6 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food as always. This is my new favorite pub. I am dining there 3 times this week.

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AlexR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and the staff are simply faultless! I highly recommend the old inn

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CliffV
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prompt, professional and courteous service in very challenging circumstances.

SM
SharonM
Dorset
8 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab as always . Simon and his team work very hard considering atm everything is outside . It all runs very well . A positive approach at all times

TJ
TinaJ
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely set up, waited a little long for our food but I suppose under the circumstances expected, service was good and food was good

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Jh1234
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tony was our waitress, very competent.
Good at her job, made my friend feel special as it was her birthday!
Good was brilliant , nothing was too much trouble:)

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AlexS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was an amazing night for my birthday! Food was amazing service was spot on and the out door areas were perfect!

The only issue I have is finding the way in to be sat, other than that, perfect

SG
SamG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely covered outside area..... nice menu. More heaters would be nice. Good friendly service!

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ALLI
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to go- staff are friendly and attentive, food is good. Lots of covered outdoor space tastefully done.

FAQs

The Old Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 824 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.