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“Great pub. Excellent food & service”
Review of The Halfway Inn

The Halfway Inn
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Ranked #7 of 61 Restaurants in Wareham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$11 - US$35
Cuisines: British, Brew Pub
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 19 April 2012

Called in here on the off chance at lunchtime on 16th April. Had a small snack and pint of excellent bitter. Decided to go back for evening meal the same evening.
Excellent quality food and wine and really good friendly service. The staff are well trained and very customer focussed.
Highly recommended

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

What a lovely traditional English pub, great food a little on the cold side but great, good choice of beers and lovely staff. If you want to have a pub then this place will please!

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1  Thank trevor e
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

A really good pub grub venue with a very cosy feel. Perfect if you are heading to Swanage and you want a meal en route. Never had a bad meal at this pub!

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Reviewed 25 March 2012

Visited end March on a Sunday evening with elderly parents in law and my partner.

The pub is tidy inside and out, clean and pleasant to look at generally. Good parking and clearly family friendly outside it is a nice place to sit on a summer evening despite being parallel with main road.
Inside is mainly pine with some slightly quirky touches such as frank zapper statements (?!) and piles of books. Lots of little rooms affords a little privacy and cosiness. Blackboards and noticeboards, table menus and mixture of ordering at bar and waiter service.

Disabled father in law was comfortable, he walked from drop off to table, there was very few steps and a very low gradient short stroll to main door. He also accessed the toilets with no problems. He uses a stick and cannot manage great distances, steep steps or gradients etc.

Food was okay. Some of the menu was not available. The menu itself is pretty limited and could do with some updating. Classic pub grub staples like Lasagne, Steak and ale pie, salmon, curry, chicken etc

My main was lamb rogan josh, which arrived with naan, plain rice and poppadoms, as well as 3 accompaniments. My rogan josh was a small dollop of curry in a silver coloured dish. I was very disappointed with the meager portion. Shame because the curry itself was very tasty. My rice was also a very small portion and was stone cold.

I felt the need to have a dessert which is most unlike me because i was still hungry! I chose pecan pie which came with purbeck ice cream. The service was very slow at this point, no one asked if we wanted coffee or further drinks. My pecan pie was okay at best, it was a very slim slice and it came with one single small scoop of ice cream which was again all a little disappointing.

All in all, don't expect much and you won't be disappointed!

I would drink there again but probably not eat, certainly wouldn't take guests. The half way house menu certainly seems expensive for what it was. ie it was over £7 for chicken wings, and a fiver for dessert which didn't even cover 2 scoops of ice cream!
But they do pull a decent pint of Guinness and it does make for pleasant surroundings.The staff were attentive, polite and considerate throughout, although service was a tad slow generally, non existent at some points.

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Thank micha95
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

Having visited the Halfway Inn many times in the past and had great experiences, we pre-booked a table online well in advance of Mother's Day, and made a trip down from Salisbury for a treat for my wife's Mum....what a disappointment!
On arrival there was no record of our booking in spite of having received email confirmation the day before. We observed other people having the same problem.
We had to ask several times for our 'complimentary champagne on arrival' which eventually arrived...warm.
Our drinks order was taken by a waiter that appeared only to know words of one syllable - then a good half an hour later we had to ask another waitress to take our meal order (£24.95 per head). After a further half an hour the mediocre meal arrived, and it seemed that a different member of staff served us each time. After another half an hour of waiting for our dessert order to be taken we decided to give up. We paid for what we had eaten, were overcharged for our drinks, and nobody seemed to know how to use a manual credit card machine as the automated system was down.
VERY VERY disappointing, for what should have been a memorable Mother's Day meal.

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