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“was let down”
Review of The New Inn

The New Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood, Pub
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 16 June 2010

A Beautiful Dorset evening, decided to visit the New Inn for supper. Situated in a wonderful position a short drive from Corfe, the outside very welcoming, but on walking in, a distinct smell of fried fish. Had booked a table, but had to wait till we were greeted, were then shown to our table. Was told there was no Plaice - for a Pub that is suppposed to be famous for fish!!!! We were a party of 4 and decided just to have mains - the special board stated grilled Trout with almonds. One of our party ordered the Trout and the other 3 the Black Bream with Ginger, lemon etc. stuffed. We were then told only have two portions of Bream left, OK so it was two trout and two Bream. A short while later we were told "have no Almonds" How can the dish be advertised and then have no almonds!!! We still went ahead and said OK, so no almonds it will have to be. The Trout was only OK, and the Bream definitely was very bland no taste of ginger or anything else for that matter. Yes the fish was fresh, but that was about that.
Decided to forego desserts and drive back to admire the late evening sun and enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Had been to the pub some years ago and had a very good meal. Not sure what has happened, but would not be going back again.

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Reviewed 11 June 2010

Not only did Maurice let us camp in his field, behind the pub, for free, he provided lovely food and wine (try the white wine from Gloucestershire) for us. He will even let campervans stay for free in his car park as long as they eat in The New Inn, which they would be daft to not too. Thank you very much for a very enjoyable time. Will visit again soon.

Sue and Rick

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Reviewed 7 March 2010

After a nice day out in Corfe me and the wife decided we would take a drive to see if we could find anywhere nice to eat.

We found the new inn and decided we would try there as the surroundings seemed perfect. Our first problem of course was parking, as there was no clear sign to the car park untill we drove further down the road, when entering the car park it was full of pot holes which I really did not want to drive my nice BMW through. Once we were in the car park we were greeted with a old rusty looking caravan from the 40's which really didn't set the scene too well.

In we went though, none the wiser to how much worse this night would get. Once inside we were greeted by staff who didn't really seem to care much, we ordered a drink but to be honest it was slightly warm, I think the beer could have been a bit colder - maybe their celler is warm? On we went to the food, we had a bread basket to start which we shared - it was bloody awful.. the bread rolls tasted like they had been frozen and then re-heated, with no real taste to them, our mains wern't much better but then the real rip off came to our dessert, nearly £5 we paid for a tiny bit of ice cream on a plate with some sauce and cream.

The atmosphere wasn't much better, quite and dead, with the owers/landlords chatting away not paying much attention to anything - they clearly have no idea how to run their restaurant/pub properly. It says its a fish restaurant but no way was it.. i've had better tasting fish in a Mcdonalds filet-o-fish burger.

Had it been nice, I would have brought my kids along next time, however the rather rude "no kids allowed at the bar" sign was rather off putting seeing as it was written in huge writing - obviously not a kid friendly place. Nor a romantic place either with no ambient music being played to relax the scene a little.

To finish off the night I went back to my car to find that my rims had been damaged slightly due to the uneven surfacing of the road. Maybe they should resurface the car park so my car or any other customers car doesn't get damaged like that. Luckily I didn't complain to the owner.

Never again, avoid - not only is it out of the way but its just not worth it, theres much better places out there to eat where you will get much better tasting food, at a much better price and have a better atmosphere.

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2  Thank dorsetsfinest
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Reviewed 1 December 2008

We made a recent trip to the New Inn Church Knowle a party of 20 in fact for a 60th Birthday celebration, we could not have asked for more. The atmosphere was wonderful with a roaring fire and friendly welcoming staff, nothing was too much trouble, in fact patience and kindness was oozing whilst we mulled over a mouth watering menu. The selection was excellent and it was a hard choice to make . Everything was delicious, hot and full of flavour, the staff looked after us like old friends. We encourage anyone to enjoy a meal at this quaint pub tucked away in Dorset and are returning again over the christmas/new year period for another celebration.

Thank BJVBDorset
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Reviewed 26 August 2008

Saturday lunch in the beer garden.

The pub catches your attention as you drive past. A traditional old pub on a quaint road near Corfe Castle surrounded by lovely countryside.

The bar is good and the pub side staff professional. Perfect for a pint or two with local ales and a good vibe at the bar.

The food side of affairs is quite different. The warning signs began when cod and chips arrived after about 2 minutes. The chips were poorly cooked, the fish batter thin and the fish meat tasteless and greasy. ( Thrown in the fat having been frozen?)

The 11 adults with me had similar experiences with their food from across the reasonable expensive menu,

Yet another English pub where the food lets the venue down. With some tweaking it could be great.

1  Thank LHR
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