Hall & Woodhouse has invested over £30 million into Dorset in the last five years. The investment includes building a new Brewery in Blandford and major refurbishments of a number of pubs spread across the county. One of these pubs is The Olive Branch in Wimborne and we were lucky enough to be invited along to view the work, also to sample some of their delicious food. Other pubs that have been updated include Lulworth Cove Inn, The Smugglers Inn at Osmington, The Fox Inn at Ansty, The Old Granary in Wareham and The Grasshopper in Poole.
The Olive Branch is tucked away just a short distance from the main shopping area in Wimborne, they have on-site parking and a large beer garden overlooking the picturesque River Allen. There are now distinct areas in the Olive, the main bar area also has the ‘Beer Cave’, with a ceiling of beer bottles. The dining area is now built around the open kitchen, giving a more formal dining experience. Then there is the pantry with long tables, perfect for a relaxed causal evening out. When the weather is hot, they have plenty of outside seating.
The garden was packed with diners when we arrived, we were shown to our table that was next to a window overlooking the garden, it was good to get away from the heat of the day. The menu at the Olive is similar to those across all Hall & Woodhouse pubs, there is plenty to choose from, nibbles, sharing platters, fish, steaks and their burgers.
Drinks were ordered and we settled down to make our selection. Vicky had the Prawn & Avocado Cocktail, a pretty looking dish, but the Marie Rose sauce was very thin and the a large amount of celery in the dish, made the prawns taste a little metallic. The crusty baton was delicious.
My starter on the other hand of Heirloom Tomato Salad with homemade pesto, was vibrant and made from the season’s freshest tomatoes.
I was previously underwhelmed with my last burger I ate in a Hall & Woodhouse pub, but today they seriously overwhelmed me with their H&W Burger, this was a proper dirty burger, two beef patties, lashings of melting cheese, smokey bacon and their own burger spicy sauce. Vicky’s Falafel burger looked a little overcooked but it wasn’t and was equally as good as my beef burger.
After burgers like those we couldn’t fit in a dessert, but there is a good selection to choose from, with a vegetarian/vegan option on all.
The Olive Branch is perfectly situated just a few yards from Wimborne’s main square, making it the ideal place to stop and enjoy their food & drink, especially their burgers..
The Olive Branch
|Invited by PR company?||Yes|
|Guest of chef/restaurant/owner?||No|
|Restaurant/outlet knew ahead we were bloggers?||Yes|
|Was the meal complimentary from the restaurant?||Yes|
|Any complimentary items provided by restaurant/outlet?||No|