Review of The Old Thatch in Wimborne
With hospitality beginning to reopen again after the long winter lockdown restrictions, I was delighted to be invited to have lunch at the newly open The Old Thatch near Wimborne.
The Old Thatch is a beautiful 17th century pub with a lovely thatched roof, that sits just outside Wimborne next to Stapehill Abbey. The Old Thatch has been owned by Nick Pestana since 2018 and during the Pandemic, Nick has joined forces with local restauranteur Andy Lennox to rethink the pub into a community hub for the surrounding villages.
Not only does The Old Thatch have a delicious new menu full of local and British dishes and ingredients, there is also a new Stapehill Store and Bakery laden with local goodies.
When we visited, the restrictions at the time meant we were not able to sit inside but The Old Thatch has a lovely, large pub garden with a large tarpaulin ‘roof’ to keep away the British rain, with heaters and blankets to ward off the cooler Spring air.
The menu is full of British classics, complete with nibbly starters, sharing boards, salads, sandwiches, sides and some larger main courses. They also have a lovely dessert menu with some delicious classics and a cheeseboard full of local cheese.
The drinks menu has clearly been carefully considered with a small selection of each drink type, including local beers and bespoke The Old Thatch cocktail specials made with local ingredients. I had a glass of the Lobo Loco white wine and it was really light and delicious.
We chose the mezze board to start and I then chose the Wild Mushroom Parcel as my main. My husband chose a 10oz Rump steak with peppercorn sauce. The food was delivered by the very friendly and helpful waitress and it looked and tasted amazing!
We managed to squeeze in a pudding because, well they looked too good not to! We shared between us the Apple and Blackcurrant crumble with coconut ice cream and we were not disappointed.
Before I left, I popped my head into the Stapehill Store and Bakery and it was full of local ingredients to stock your own cupboards at home.
The pandemic has seen many country pubs become community hubs as many places were forced to close. The Old Thatch is perhaps the new way forward for country pubs as hospitality begins to reopen its doors again for the summer season… great food, hyper local ingredients and a country store to support the community. Whether you live close by or you are passing through, this pub is highly recommended.
You can find out more via their website – www.theoldthatch.com. Prices start at £6.50 for small plates with a main course costing about £14.
If you run a local business and would like to be stocked in the Stapehill Store and Bakery then do send them an email.
The Old Thatch, 285 Wimborne Road West, BH21 7NW
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Heather was gifted the lunch for two but paid for the drinks.
Photos by Heather Brown