The Old Inn

4.6
1455 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 1455 People Are Saying
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Foodie77
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food was lovely. We especially liked the pizza's delicious.

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, very attentive service, great surroundings and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Very slow service (an hour to receive mains), which is more the norm than the exception at The Old Inn. Good quality/flavours, but service does let down the overall experience.

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vipHarry
10 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Staff were wonderful as always. They even remembered our favourite table.

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Family
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, excellent food, staff very good. Eaten here a few times now and always been pleased, so will be returning.

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CazzyD
Dorset
6 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointing. Great food and very engaging staff.

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BarbaraS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the ‘new’ Old Inn.
So much has been done to it, and you are made to feel so welcome!
The food is always reliable and good.
A lovely touch was that they put on the Christmas tree lights for us early afternoon
So my friends could see how pretty they looked.
Thank you everyone at the Old Inn

JC
JaniceC
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub , great food, lovely atmosphere, very friendly welcoming staff

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KarenT
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fab food, great ambience. Love it

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SharonA
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We both enjoyed a New Year's Eve lunch here yesterday. Efficient, polite staff, great service and the food was spot on.
We'll be back here soon.

Thanks

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Koxie
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food atmosphere and all round service was excellent

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SharonW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and friendly staff. Only problem was the waiter forgot to bring a jug of water over so after 15 minutes I asked again, very apologetic.
Fully recommend the place

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Most enjoyable meal thank you

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MariaC
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully decorated for Christmas
Great service
Great food
Fresh flowers on tables
Good atmosphere

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ScotsLass21
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Ambience very good, Steak and Ale Pie delicious, Vegetarian French Onion soup very good, calamari good, lamb delicious, deep fried Camembert delicious.
There were six of us and above are some of the dishes we had.

A little disappointing for one in our party - two of the three beers asked for were not available, but it did not spoil the lunch. The House Red was delicious although a little pricey.

The Raspberry Sorbet was gorgeous!

Staff were friendly, knowledgeable and professional.

Thank you Old Inn staff.

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chrisb
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, nice atmosphere, good xmas decoration. booking flexible to us changing time & numbers. we have often tired to go before but often full eariler in the year.

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vipLiz1200
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, food Anna attention to detail first class. Great pub and would highly recommend.

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ClaryH
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third visit to the Old Inn. The standards on food, service, cleanliness and decor are clearly very high. Our group each ordered something different and all the food was delicious.

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ElizabethN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is the second Boxing Day in a row we have gone to the Old Inn. I booked a table for 4pm and was slightly perturbed when all I could hear from staff was how excited they were to be closing at 5pm. My brother got held up and wouldn't arrive until about 4.20pm. I asked the staff to wait or said that we would leave as they were asking him to place an order over the phone whilst he was driving. In the end the manager came over to reassure me that we would get fed and that we could take our time. In all honesty, if there is a 5pm shut time, I'm not sure that they should be taking a booking at 4pm. I would also say that whilst I appreciate how hard all of the staff must have worked over the Christmas period, we are funeral directors and so have had a pretty tough time of things as well!

Food was well received by all, the roast beef went down especially well. However, since last year, as with everything the prices have increased and the cost of the meal for four adults and one child was almost £200. I think now, it's a venue for a special occasion.

The location is beautiful and the Christmas lights and tree were outstanding.

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AnthoNYC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a great experience when dining here. The staff are fantastic.

JA
JANETR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Disappointed as we had booked a certain table well in advance only to arrive and find someone else sat there!! Very disappointing but otherwise everything else very good.

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HollyE
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely pub, great service and ambience. Fillet steak and fries a bit pricey @£30 with no salad or veg. Steak and kidney pie was tasty but steak within not cooked enough.

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

9 people on busy Christmas Eve, all the meals arrived at the same time, service was timely and friendly as always, and the food was the usual excellent quality. Always recommend The Old Inn, Holt.

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RogerS
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whatever the season you always hit
the right button. Happy eating 😋

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Janeed
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pre Xmas lunch with friends. Service was delightful. Food exceptional. My first visit here. Will be back!

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TonyL
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good Christmas lunch & service from the friendly team.

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GaryS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great menu which covered everything. Duck and lamb very good.

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IanD
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very helpful with good distances between tables and excellent food

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PeterH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

My roast beef dinner was a disappointment and expensive.

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SteveG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Excellent food but surpassed by the service which always goes above and beyond. Was there with my daughter, son-in-law and 2 year old grandson. His meal arrived with his Dad’s starter as offered. High chair provided along with smaller cutlery as we had forgotten to bring his. He’s not a big fan of ice cream and so waitress offered to arrange for bananas and custard which he loves. Simple gesture but most welcome. Our food was excellent throughout. Cannot fault the Old Inn and it’s staff in sn6way.

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TimothyD
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff are always welcoming, the food is terrific and the ambience really special. Impossible not to like the Old Inn.

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Fiona
Dorset
5 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pie as always. Great table by the fire as asked for . Great service

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TerryS
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to find, good parking facilities. Very accommodating and flexible, dog friendly. Eating available inside or out. Food excellent, staff very friendly.

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DuncanR
2 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great meal, best steak I have had for a while.

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DavidS
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening, your staff are very welcoming and polite.

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TinaW
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for our works xmas dinner 3rd year in a row as the food & service are very good and we all leave very full and happy - cannot recommend it high enough.

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MichaelG
Dorset
8 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well where can I start with the service in the pub was amazing and the food bloody amazing if I could I would be 10 star I would say it one of the best pub I been in

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Imcpu2
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, better than average food and a nice atmosphere. Would love to go back in the summer and sit outside. A chance find that was above average in all things

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AngelaH
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a wonderful meal in perfect surroundings.

JA
JANETK
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal at he Old Inn and can thoroughly recommend it, the staff were attentive but not obtrusive and were knowledgeable about the food offered. The menu was varied and offered meals that are not just standard pub fare. We will certainly be visiting again in the new year.

FAQs

The Old Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 1455 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.