Review of the Half Moon in Melplash
The Half Moon is located 5 minutes from Bridport in a small village on the road to Beaminster. The pub itself is a beautiful thatched pub that has been recently taken over by young couple Dan and Cami who have done a brilliant job at refurbishing it. The interior is beautifully furnished and combines elegance with the classic pub feel. There is also a spacious beer garden that is the perfect spot to grab the last bit of evening sun. Since Dan and Cami took over they have added in garden activities for children like a giant black board.
The pub has a definite family-feel to it, with all the members of staff giving a warm welcome that made us instantly feel at home and comfortable.
Everything about the half moon shouted locality, from the fresh mackerel on the menu to Palmers beer and Dorset orchards craft cider and even the artwork on the walls. Overall, it was a lovely showcase of Dorset produce.
The menu, in my opinion, had a great combination of dishes- all of which I would happily of eaten! The menu is reasonably short but still very varied. Chef Dan works with as much local ingredients, especially fresh fish, as possible and serves a daily changing range of specials in addition to the normal menu.
I opted for two options of the specials board- Shetland king scallops with butternut squash, pea puree and basil, followed by the Line caught West Bay Mackerel stuffed with thyme and citrus fruits, an orange salad and chips. These two dishes were exceptional value, with the Mackerel at only £12.
The scallops were delicious, a selection of really subtle flavours, a creamy pea puree, crispy pan fried scallops, scattered with spots of balsamic vinegar to give a sharp hit.
My Mackerel was simply delicious. It was perfectly cooked, with soft flesh and a beautifully crisp skin. The flavours of thyme and citrus were prominent but in no way over powering. Chef Dan kept this often underrated fish the star of the show with a simple orange salad.
I visited with my mother; she shared the scallops with me and had Seabass with butternut squash, samphire, balsamic, herb oil and new potatoes. Again, at £13 for a generous portion of fish this was brilliant value.
Unfortunately, neither of us could manage a pud but we did have a quick look at the menu for next time!
Overall I think Dan and Cami have done an amazing job with the Halfmoon and have created a lovely atmosphere to enjoy delicious food – I would highly recommend it.
I will be visiting in the very near future and cannot wait to try more of their menu.
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