The Old Inn

4.6
954 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 & Sanitizing
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 954 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NikkiS
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service , lovely polite staff and very attentive to our requests

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GaryT
Dorset
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding outstanding outstanding outstanding outstanding

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JonE
Berkshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food well presented and very tasty. Some waiting for it to arrive but because it was very freshly cooked. Service was excellent and very attentive.
Would have been a maximum rating but for over-priced drink of tonic - supplied a double without asking at a cost of £7:00 (more expensive than a medium white wine!)

AH
AndrewH
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really like this pub. Great food and friendly service. The muddy fries are to die for. Visit most weeks either with family, friends and with work colleagues and always consistently good.

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ValerieT
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening great food attentive and welcoming staff lovely surroundings.

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Craigc
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Problem we had was that our table was right next to the coffee grinder which was horrendously noisy, coupled with the table of adults opposite us who chatted and laughed at the top of their volume for the entire time we were there. We couldn’t hear what we were saying to each other.

The final straw for me was the decision from this other table to then start discussing swear words.

Not ideal when I was sat with my Mum and my 11yr old and 14yr old trying to have a meal.

Food great but should have asked to move a lot sooner into the evening so was left feeling disappointed about the visit and £140 bill.

Normally great but this one left a sour taste in my mouth.

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paulb
Dorset
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class all round good food ,excellent service ,very good staff
Will return again soon

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LucyY
Dorset
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great last minute booking with The Old Inn. The front of house were very welcoming and kindly changed our indoor table to an outside table at the back. I arrived with my son (22 months) and they organised a highchair and a set of smaller cutlery for him, very nice touch as the adult cutlery at other places is far too big!
We waited for my husband to arrive and ordered with a very short wait for food. All was delicious, pizzas and Mavericks meal, very generous portion sizes.
We were checked on by two members of staff and they were all very friendly.
We will certainly be back - thank you

LN
LindaN
Dorset
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality of good was excellent
Presentation good
Fresh veg on serving dishes was appreciated.
Not been for several years but will certainly be going again.

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Covidwarriors
Dorset
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were a party of 7 at lunchtime,

Staff were very helpful, we moved table from inside to
outside and the table service was good.

A little difficult to find staff to order extra drinks but
it did not spoil our lunch.

Everybody in party enjoyed their food, although
we had to wait a while but we were busy talking
so time went quickly.

Overall it was an enjoyable experience.

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Yardman
Dorset
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Having been numerous times before the makeover. We enjoyed the improvements. Based on other venues I would say the food was more expensive but of good quality for example the sweet was £8. Never the less we will go again with relatives or friends

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DerekS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic setting, wonderful meal & very accommodating staff.

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shelleyc
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, customer service and cleanliness. Two nights running so can’t be bad!!

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RobertH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Generally the experience was good and the service was excellent with very friendly and helpful waitresses
The food was very good with one caveat namely, my pizza with chorizo and Gorgonzola was too rich. Too much Gorgonzola which overwhelmed other flavours and hung heavily on the palate and digestive tract
But I ate it all which is positive

FH
FionaH
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleasant sitting outside,lovely ambience.Good pub food and very nice serving staff.

RM
RobertM
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love this place - the only thing that lets it down is that the service slows too much as the evening progresses.
They are always busy and probably need another pair of hands.
It's not cheap but it is good value.

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kevinC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, would highly recommend, A* for the staff and all in beautiful settings, will definitely be going back very soon.

KW
KellyW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our evening. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful never had to ask for them. They came round at the right times.

GL
GirvanL
Dorset
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service . Not cheap , but thats to be expected these days . We all need to earn a living .

MR
MaryR
Dorset
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent throughout as always excellent service food and ambience

RH
RalphH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We stopped overnight with our Motorhome ( the pub is a “Britstops” Pub). Excellent parking for the Motorhome, quiet and lovely outlook. The food was good typical British pub food with a good choice and reasonable prices. The service was also very good. Would definitely recommend this for motorhomers visiting the New Forest area, or enroute to the south coast.

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OpenTable Diner
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb lunch, especially the swordfish with mango salsa. Outdoor dining area in summer is superb and pet friendly.
Indoor spaces beautifully refurbished. Staff of a high caliber; professional and friendly.

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vipDavid
London
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall it was very good, however, as the waiter was clearing the dessert plates away he said, and I quote "is that it then - do you want your bill now?" Then a pause "do you want anything else? Are you going to order another drink?"
It did not make us feel that we were overly welcome or that he had the slightest interest in anything other than closing up and going home.
Maybe it simply highlights the current difficulty of getting good experienced staff?

JH
JulieH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and a lovely dog friendly pub. Will definitely visit again .

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AndrewH
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly helpful service. Felt safe and will continue to usefor business and personal visits.

KH
KarenH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the Old Inn and the visit did not disappoint. Delicious food, excellent service. Will definitely be visiting again

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Samdean
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a local pub which we use quite often. I decided to take work colleagues out for our late Christmas 'do'. Really lovely food, and lots of staff which helped enormously. However, i would advise you to be careful when ordering drinks.....a 'slash' of coke or lemonade costs a small fortune!

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TraceyR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always, happy friendly staff, great food, lovely place 😊

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MaddyF
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic afternoon at The Old Inn. Staff were so friendly and attentive and nothing was too much trouble. We sat at the front of the pub, which is really nicely set up, with gorgeous views across to the countryside.
We chose lighter dishes on the menu. My ham and mushroom omelette was the best I have ever tasted, and my friend loved her calamari and salad.
Our meals were excellent value for money, though other main meals and drinks are on the higher priced side, this is justified due to the quality and the service you receive.
Would highly recommend.

KH
K8HE
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely pub, lots of indoor and outdoor space.
The server was great however the time between our starter and main was an hour.

KG
KeeleyG
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

One off my favourite places to go but last night was so slow over an hour and 45 minutes for mains slow service and the food was not as good as has been

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Debbie
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We visited the Old Inn on Friday 11th June our booking was for. 7.30.
Staff were very pleasant, and it was busy.
We were shown to our table offered a drink which took about 20 minutes then we had to ask for a menu, we ordered our starters took a little while to arrive by 9.20 we were still waiting for our main course which we were told would be another 10-15 minutes! We decided it was far to late to eat by now so we paid for what we had had and left! We were offered an apology but I would of expected some good will gesture in the way of taking one of our drinks off the bill , but nothing we were told it was because there was two large parties and some of their food had been sent back so they had to sort that first
We won’t be going back!

JG
JaneG
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My only gripe was that we had to wait such a long time to receive and food. Over an hour for our first course is not really acceptable to me. Then another hour for our main. In the meantime the staff were asking if we wanted any more drinks...... Is this a ploy to make your order more drink? I think that the Old Inn have too many 'covers' now, and the staff in the kitchen cannot possibly cope! Shame........

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good all round - would have liked to have been more centrally seated (we were in a side room) but all in all a very nice evening, thanks

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, I booked for my birthday, food was great, staff friendly and nothing to much trouble for them

GT
GaryT
Dorset
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING FOOD FABULOUS SERVICE LOVE THE NEW OUTDOOR AREA

MB
MikeB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming staff, good food with generous helpings, lots of outside space with sheltered and shaded seating.

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christine
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The four of us really enjoyed our lunch on Friday sitting outside under a large umbrella. Generous helpings of food and all delicious. Good service and we will certainly return again soon.

JH
JuliaH
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality and quantity of food was great! Attention of staff and sunny attitude outstanding- we will definitely be going back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Surrey
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food and good service

FAQs

The Old Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 954 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 reservations at the moment.