Firstly, the reviews for the Halfway House in Corfe are actually for this pub as there is no Halfway House in Corfe.
We went here last night on the strength of a few recommendations.As it was still early the barmaid/waitress gave us our pick of several tables which were available in the various rooms.Once seated she came through with the menus and we were slightly wary when we realised it was a Hall & Wodehouse pub with set menus.However,we ordered drinks which were promptly brought. I had a pint of Tanglefoot and my wife had a glass of merlot.Both were very good, but not cheap (£3.30 and £4.95).My wife asked if the meat was free range and was told that it was as it all came from local producers and was all cooked on site by their chefs,so we ordered a burger and the pork belly.After a respectable wait the food arrived and was very good.The burger was large and came with a decent portion of chips and salad and the pork belly was again a decent portion without being huge.What I particularly liked was that they don't try and just fill you up with chips or potatoes. We were tempted by the puddings, but as it was early the two mains were sufficient.In the hour or so that we were there several other people came in to eat and most of them appeared to be locals,which is a good recommendation.The two barmaids/waitresses were friendly and efficient and attentive without being pushy or intrusive and we both thought the service was very good and that several other local pub/eateries could learn from them.Very good value at just under thirty quid for two drinks and two main courses.Not gourmet food, but we will definitely visit again when we fancy a pub meal. On this occasion I would have to say well done to Hall & Woodehouse as this pub puts most of the indipendently run ones in Corfe and Kingston to shame for service,value and cooking.
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