The Old Inn

4.6
932 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 932 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RalphH
1 review
Dined a day 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 a day 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 2 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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AndrewH
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KarenH
1 review
Dined 2 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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MaddyF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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!

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JaneG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GaryT
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING FOOD FABULOUS SERVICE LOVE THE NEW OUTDOOR AREA

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christine
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

MB
MikeB
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JH
JuliaH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food and good service

MB
MikeB
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food, which is why we travel some distance to visit. PLUS, good Real Ale. Sadly, this combination is all too rare these days. I wish the Old Inn was closer to where we live, but I would put on weight if it was...

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DeliaC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family get together and everything was perfect for us.
Thank you.

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TonyW
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well fed and watered hospitality excellent. Thankyou all

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SusanB
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall very good. I had the Sunday roast beef, which was excellent.

BJ
BazzaJen
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good pub food as always. The Steak and Kidney pie was excellent as usual. Will be back soon.

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AliC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely space for families in the garden at the back, delicious Sunday roasts and children’s food was great too.

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Alanicus
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was good but the drinks were ludicrously expensive at £5 for a pint of beer and £6.50 for a medium glass of wine. The ambience could have been better but that was more to do with other diners being excessively noisy. It was also slightly chilly with doors to the outside being left open. Service was polite enough.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had booked in advance as I have heard how popular this place can be We had arrived early before our table was ready, the staff are very friendly and were happy For us to have some drinks before our table was ready.
They catered for our every need, the food was excellent and the deserts were delicious!
This was my first visit and I would happily go back again and again.

ML
MitchellL
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, and the waiting staff were very friendly and helpful

CS
CarolineS
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Great food and lovely setting outdoors. We had to wait 30 minutes for our prosecco and ask 4 times for it to be brought, a bit strange when all the other drinks were brought out quickly.
The sea bass was amazing and the children loved the pizza!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice setting, improvements to outside eating great. Staff very friendly and attentive.

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Kar3
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are returning guests to The Old Inn and we weren't disappointed. The staff were so friendly, we were made to feel welcome and safe. The tables were comfortably spaced and the food was superb, what more can I say. We will be returning again.

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Diane
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Once again the food was fantastic, service was a bit slow but did not detract from the standard of the food. Price of drinks stupid.

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AMarr
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat in the garden area, and had a lovely meal. Staff were very polite and helpful and the food was very good.
Highly recommend a visit

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Rhonsie
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant. Good decor, atmosphere. Great service, couldn’t fault it but thought the prices were a bit high.

RJ
RaminderJ
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub, love the setting and the outdoor space is great
All staff were very attentive
Food was yum!
We’ll be back again soon

BE
BarbaraE
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff very very attentive but not intrusive, food was exceptional, won’t hesitate to go back.

PG
PeterG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Friendly, welcoming, good service, great food, pleasant ambience.

CJ
CarolineJ
London
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and drink great. Service was good but arrival of food slow (although apologies if busy on the menu)

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FionaC
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

When I order a salad I don’t want it covered in dressing I might as well of had chip put dressing on the side please or not at all

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Henderson1988
Dorset
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and dinner with the sun setting was just what we were after.

GB
GeraldineB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was second to none, dining under the canopies and ambiance were good.
Food excellent. All Covid regulations in place.

FAQs

The Old Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 932 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.