The Old Inn

4.5
631 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.
What 631 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RogerS
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The right food in the right restaurant at the right price, Overall. First Class!!!

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LeeV
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Friendly, efficient service, lovely wood burning stove. A traditional pub with a great menu choice. The food was amazing and I can highly recommend a side portion of onion rings! Delicious

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COLINB
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent value for money and friendly staff. Would highly recommend.

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JaneB
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely Sunday evening meal , great food , welcoming staff

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KIMBERLEYE
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy our visits here, great, food, service and atmosphere. One of our favourites

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Genesis
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

We were politely greeted and served and had a very enjoyable lunch experience. We will return.

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Budgie56
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I took a friend for her birthday to have Sunday lunch. Everything g was very good and very CoVid secure

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KathD
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Very much a regulars place could tell we were not from the village food very nice

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly helpful staff. Lovely atmosphere. Food is amazing

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AnneA
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fantastic family meal, for all of us..meat eaters and vegetarians. Perfectly cooked! Really going to miss eating at the old Inn over lockdown

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SharonM
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a great pub . Every time we go we are not disappointed. Make you feel very welcome .

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AlisonL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Staff so helpful and friendly. Keen to ensure everyone has a good experience in spite of trying circumstances

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GaryT
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The reason we keep going back and back to the old inn because it delivers consistently on all levels .Also one of only few restaurants in the area who do fresh fish .

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LottieE
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, an absolute joy. Perfect atmosphere, wonderful warm welcome and delicious food. Thank you!

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RobertM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience2

We had two excellent courses with good,attentive service and got as far as the dessert menu then the staff disappeared and we sat for 20 minutes then gave up and left - shame as it all started so well.Not a unique problem to the Old Inn but disappointing and frustrating.

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GeorgeB
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We almost go out for lunch every Tuesday. This was the first time we had visited the Old Inn we shall go back again very soon.

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CarolR
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

The inn is charming but I can't recommend it based on the night we were there. There was one server and the restaurant was full. We had to wait for some of the things we asked for and even then it was the manager who finally took care of it. The food was average in general - "okay" was the opinion of 3/4 of our group about their mains. The fourth had a pie which was very dry. The menu had a lot of options - maybe too many? Social distancing procedures were fine.

The Old Inn
Responded on 29 October 2020

I am sorry we did not meet your expectations, and you think our food is average. I appreciate the pub was very busy but we did manage to serve you in within 90 mins. We would have happily replaced the pie or served more gravy if requested. As a gesture of goodwill, we did knock off your dessert. I hope you will try us again.

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NeilU
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very professional, friendly and attentive service from all!
Just enough atmosphere without being too noisy.
A good selection and variety on the menu with additional specials board.
Excellent food! Will definitely go there again.

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DeeW
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious roast dinner and cozy setting definitely will be returning

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AnneA
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfectly delicious food
Great for any occasion. Staff are friendly and helpful
COVID is tAken seriously

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SK123
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

We had a booking for 7:30, when we arrived we were told it would be a 10min wait which is fine (understand the need for a bit more time cleaning tables etc due to covid) However, we were left in an outside ‘waiting area’ for 45mins without any member of staff coming to check on us or offer an update about our table.

After 45mins we had to go and find someone to ask about our table, so were finally sat down at 8:30.

When the food eventually arrived it was ok, but having waited so long it wasn’t really enjoyable, especially with the waiting staff running around the restaurant shouting about how sweaty they were.

We were given a round of drinks (1.5 pints of larger) ‘because we had to wait so long’ but by that point we just wanted to get out of there as quickly as we could!

If you are overbooked, just tell people honestly so they can choose to wait or go somewhere else.

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HelenC
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Although local to us, very much a firm favourite in the friendliness and excellent service of all the staff. The food is always fresh and beautifully presented. We are lucky to have The Old Inn as a local pub, but would travel here to eat if not.

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Lumpy27
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved this pub. Felt very homely, the staff were wonderful very friendly and efficient, the meal was excellent. Definitely would go back.

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DollyH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely pub that serves great food. The staff were all very friendly.

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MichaelK
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another visit, another excellent experience. Can’t be faulted: food, service, ambience and value for money all first class. And, for consistency (my wife and I eat at the Old Inn quite frequently), the Old Inn can’t be faulted. Highly recommended.

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VanessaP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food in safe congenial surroundings. Staff attentive, friendly and polite as usual

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KenE
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A good overall experience. Good food, lighting, friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always excellent great staff atmosphere and food. It’s our second home.

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SuzanneW
London
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely location. Cosy atmosphere. Delicious hearty home cooked food.
Polite staff.

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KarenT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just had a fab evening. Good food, good conpany, lovely evening.

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VicB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent, quick service. Lovely food. Highly recommend

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carld
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We go most Wednesday because the food is always excellent.

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PaulD
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All ways good food & service
And made welcome ever time you visit

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JanetW
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We were delighted with the service we received and the food was not only excellent but the choice was fantastic. Our only criticism is that the coffee was far too strong and tasted as if it had been on the heat for too long i.e. burnt. We told them about this and were not charged for the coffee so no complaint here.

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Alice
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had such a lovely evening. The food was lovely. Staff very friendly, we had our dog with us and they came over with some dog treats.

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SarahE
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Really nice evening at the Old Inn, really nice ambience.

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JaneB
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took friends out for dinner , so enjoyed our lunch last week, I wanted to see how the evening service was . Great evening

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Dantheman
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lived up to the hype from family and friends - can see why them come so often!

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RichardS
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great venue, fabulous food and good service.
A genuine country pub experience.

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LYNDAD
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great pub, lively atmosphere and delicious food. I felt covid safe.

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The Old Inn is rated 4.5 stars by 631 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.