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£5 - £11
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Bar, British, Pub, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 10 September 2023

We arrived with our grown up children and partners on the way to a wedding, this is a wonderful pub, staff and locals very friendly service excellent I cannot recommend this pub highly enough. A very happy place, outstanding, simply outstanding!!!!!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 20 August 2023

First visit since the 1970s. Great atmosphere, with families, seemingly local. Mostly very friendly staff. Sunday lunch menu was spot on and a wide range of drinks was on offer. A pint of Harvey's, an Asahi and a bottle of Rathfinny rosé were ordered. These...were served promptly. However, the roast beef, the pork and scampi took a long time to arrive. We were not concerned as our visit coincided with a womens' football match in Australia. That surely slowed things down a bit! The bar area was popular with dog owners and it was a delight to see well behaved Labradors and a Ridgeback. The food was superb. Plenty of tasty vegetables and well cooked meat. This was a very good lunch. - Terry.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 11 August 2023

I was staying locally and my AirBnB host (Rosie) recommended me to eat here, as this is a village-owned community pub. I called to book and was greeted warmly. The pub was full when I arrived and the atmosphere was buzzing. I ordered the fish...and chips and was delighted … tasty fish, crispy chips, and crunchy batter. The locals were friendly and made conversation and if I were in the area again, I would definitely be returning here.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 21 August 2022 via mobile

Booked for Sunday lunch, we had been before & it was very nice, boy how different it was today! Waited over an hour for a starter, after it was paraded to the next table it eventually ended up in front of me, warm dish &...5 prawns , not the best start Sat at table 4, lots of noise from chef ‘pippa’ in the kitchen, dishing out prefers, not that relaxing Sunday lunch. Then transpired they had no chips, not the we were bothered as we were waiting on roasts, but ‘Pippa’ from the kitchen started to f & blind, sorry I came for Sunday lunch, not to hear a load of expletives!! Complained to manager, who said our roasts were on their way, by which time, we didn’t want to stay, so paid for our drinks & left. Not a happy experience & certainly will not return. Sort yourselves out half moon, you need to set the service to the standard that matches your pricesMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Nick M, Owner at The Half Moon Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2022

You have clearly posted your review to the wrong Half Moon, we are The Half Moon Inn, Balcombe. Our chef is not and never has been called Pippa, we have never had an employee called Pippa in any capacity. If you order a prawn starter...More

Reviewed 3 July 2022 via mobile

Despite me being a solo walk in on a Sunday lunchtime the staff were friendly, welcoming and arranged a table for me. The food was delicious and served piping hot. A lovely venue to have lunch and thoroughly recommended.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 15 April 2022

We met friends for lunch and were hopeful when we walked in as it is a very attractive pub. The first person who served us (owner/manager?) was very funny with us when three of us ordered the vegetarian option. She made a point of going...to ask the kitchen if that was ok and said that vegetarians normally phoned ahead to warn them! Really in 2022? We had another waitress who brought our food and took drinks orders who was very friendly and helpful. The passive aggressive waitress was back to take our bill though and was very unimpressed when we wanted to split it 50/50 and asked her to do that maths! Food was unexceptional but perfectly tasty, but the odd service would probably put us off returning.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 27 March 2022

Went in after a nice sunny walk, waited at the bar whilst the barmaid was at the till, after a few minutes without her saying hello, or “I’ll be with you in a minute” I asked if “they were still serving food?” She replied: “have...you booked? If you haven’t booked you can’t eat” At this point there was one table with people on it, and the rest of the pub was completely empty. I said “ok, well can we stop for a drink?” And she replied “yeah but I’m busy”. And wandered off. Incredibly rude barmaid. Think it’d be best to take your service elsewhere if you were planning to book a table.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 23 January 2022

me and my partner arrived at the half moon in after making a reservation over the phone. we then got there we we’re told that there was a 45 minute wait with no table. we managed to get a table after seeing several free ones...in the pub. it only got worse from there. we were waiting for over 20 minutes just to order drinks and we didn’t get our food until nearly 50 minutes later. when our food arrived my boyfriend had a problem with the burger no biggie he just wanted a new bun. however when he told the waiter this the waiter was seen telling this to the manager and the manager responded “ tell him to piss off” my boyfriend was very offended and upset by this as was i. i’m truly disgusted at the staff in this pub not to mention the overall atmosphere felt judgy and a bit locals only. the worst thing is the food wasn’t even good so it wasn’t even worth being told to piss off. i 100% DO NOT RECCOMEND this pub and i hope that the rude staff get what’s coming.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 19 December 2021

How lovely, stopped as we were passing for a quick lunch with no booking. The waitress, Lauren (I think) was so lovely and moved tables around to fit us in. Excellent service, warm and friendly with gorgeous food. Lauren is gorgeous inside and out, had...to leave a review for this little jem! Highly recommendMore

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 29 November 2021 via mobile

I am not sure about the previous review?! Strange. Well, anyway - on to my review. We have just moved to Balcombe and I love this pub. The staff are all very friendly. Food is good. Yesterday we had a delicious Sunday lunch. The beef...was rare as we like it, with lots of lovely vegetables. They have a great wine list, we enjoyed the Chenin Blanc.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 24 November 2021

Where do I start! First of all my favourite barman Paul was let go because he kept spitting in the beers but it gave it a unique taste which I liked. Then the chicken was raw, pretty sure it was still clucking in the kitchen....Again, the old barman Paul used to pluck them out back, so we knew they were dead before we ate them. Then there was a dog that did a poo on the floor next to where we were eating. I normally don’t mind but it had been eating spinach which gave it a tangy smell. Paul would have cleaned it up if he was still working there. Oh well 2/5More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 19 November 2021 via mobile

Excellent, friendly service from when we walked in to when we left. We had a delicious burger and it was worth the wait. I can’t recommend this place highly enough. Fantastic

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 15 October 2021 via mobile

What an amazing pub such a family friendly atmosphere and the food is amazing I’ve been to top London restaurants and This tops them worth a visit and love all they local supported beers to

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 27 September 2021 via mobile

Uninspiring,seems like they want it to be a locals only pub and the food is dreadful. We arrived on time for our lunch booking to be told that food stops 30 minutes before that but the chef has agreed to stay on for us,the first...thing I thought to myself is why mention it? That's not our problem if you took a booking and the chef isn't around and mentioning it only serves to immediately set a negative tone for your guests. The burger was the most inedible and underwhelming thing we have ever had,I've had some amazing burgers all around the world and to call this one is a disgrace. The meat was the cheapest they could find,had large chunks of fat inside of it and the bacon that topped it was pink and under cooked. I would not recommend this pub at all and would never go back.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 10 August 2021

We rented a cottage in Balcombe Village and went for a night out for dinner at The Half Moon. The staff were so friendly and it was such a lovely atmosphere. I am a celiac and wasn’t really sure if I would get anything to...eat that was gluten free… well.. the food was AMAZING!!! We were blown away!! The food and service were second to none - I would highly recommend this restaurant - beautiful food and such friendly service!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5