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“Very disappointing meal”
Review of The Half Moon

The Half Moon
Ranked #709 of 909 Restaurants in York
Cuisines: International
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

This is a meal only review. The people were very friendly but there was hardly any choice of food left. The menu isn't particularly long to start with and we were met with a list of things they had either ran out of (chicken, pork) or were on the limited list (only 2 fish and chips left, 1 steak) oh and no puddings at all except ice cream. The bruchetta was the strangest and worst I have ever tasted. Bread sliced so thinly there was hardly any there topped with tomatoes, onions and peppers cooked to a pulp. No hint of any garlic. Yuk! Our party enjoyed the steak (last one!) and pie but the fish was wattery and the veggie option greasy and burnt in parts. Very poor to run out of so many options - apparently they only get deliveries 3 times a week and everything is locally sourced and made fresh to order, except, curiously, the chips, which were frozen! Not a nice meal - not even worth the price of the groupon. Sorry but we were very disappointed. I marked the cleanliness as poor because the hand dryer in the ladies toilet was broken and the towel in place of it was thilfy.

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Reviewed 8 February 2014

Another day. Another empty Yorkshire pub.

It's a Friday lunchtime at 12.30. Fire burning, staff ready to serve. No people in it.

This is one of three pubs owned by the Wharfebank Brewery, the others being The Fleece in Otley and The Rook & Gaskill in York. The Half Moon however is the pub round the corner from where the beer is brewed. Each is under the control of a local pub manager who decides what makes the pub work for his or her locals.

There is no designated car park so you might have to search out a local side road. The main road is also very busy so crossing is a problem, although there is a zebra about a hundred yards towards the petrol station.

We order a pint of Thatchers cider and one of the excellent local Wharfe Bank Brewery Ales. If you're local, put Sat 5th April in your diary for the 1st Pool-In-Wharfedale Beer Festival in the Village Hall. Bring your friends and a fiver entry.

There was a selection of current local newspapers on a table nearby. I like that as it gives the lone visitor who likes to read or may not be from the area an opportunity to catch up and feel welcome.

We sat down by the proper fire near the window and caught up with each other. Felt good. We could hear each other and felt relaxed. There was background music but at the right volume and quality.

Menus were brought over. We both ordered burgers, which were excellent, although I wish I'd had the steak and ale pie as one of the four retired guys who later walked in and sat at the next table had this. It looked fabulous.

In the gents the hot-air hand dryer didn't work and the towel dispenser was empty. I walked back out with wet hands.

I can imagine this place would be wonderful with a crowd and a live local band. Their problem as I'm sure they know is that this is a place you pass through rather than stop at. A good pub which gets driven by.

Next time you're between Leeds/Bradford & Harrogate on the A658 and have time give it a try.

The website isn't up yet but it might be by the time you click on it.


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Thank Martin A
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

My wife and I ate here during a visit to the area and had a wonderful time. The welcome was warm from the old chap behind the bar as well as the locals we chatted with which created a lovely atmosphere. It was a busy midweek night too which we took as a good sign.

Their selection of real ales was impressive (and thoroughly enjoyed) and the menu was good making it a difficult decision for the pair of us. We were over the moon with what arrived as it was very tasty, good home cooked food all served by friendly & helpful staff.

Overall we had a lovely evening and will certainly visit again when back in the area.

Highly recommended!

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Thank Swede666
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