Dining Alfresco At The Old Thatch

Anybody else ridiculously happy to be able to dine out again? 

Going out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (not in the same day obvs) is one of those treats that I look forward to so so much. The prospect of someone not only cooking for me and the family but also clearing it all away AND my kitchen not get annihilated in the process is like a dream come true.

I’ve missed it so much. Obviously right now the only dining we can do is outside so with coats at the ready we headed out for a little alfresco lunching at The Old Thatch. 

The Old Thatch is a 17th century pub nestled just opposite Stapehill Abbey in Wimborne. The gorgeous pub has recently undergone a little bit of a revamp and has been transformed into and elegant Gastro Pub, Kitchen and Country Store.

We were invited along to try out the new menu! As I mentioned only outdoor dining is permitted at the time of this review so we were sat in the beer garden under the huge canopy, it wasn’t the warmest day but the waiting staff were very quick to get us some blankets which was very welcome!

As we settled in we ordered some drinks and browsed the menu. And, what a menu it is! They’ve taken what you and I would call classic ‘pub food’ and ramped it up a notch.

For starter’s we shared the ‘local and melted’ a whole baked Shakespeare cheese with gorgeous chilli jam, caramelised onion chutney and warm bread. My mouth is watering remembering this! The cheese was gorgeous, it’s the first time I have had ‘Shakespeare cheese’ and I think I may actually prefer it to a Camembert (big statement) right there. We asked for some more bread as I couldn’t leave one bit!

For main’s we opted for the Bangers & Mash, and The Old Thatch Burger. I think at any pub you need to try their burger it’s a real staple to any pub menu that needs to be spot on. Believe me when I say we’ve eaten a lot of burgers in a lot of places and this one was pretty amazing!

While the bangers and mash was decent, I would definitely say the burger got the overall win of the day. Highly recommend.

Once we were finished with that we took a browse at the desert menu; at this point were both pretty full but when chocolate bread and butter pudding caught my other half’s eye, we were no way not having one. It’s his favourite childhood pudding that nowhere really does so his eyes lit up like a 5 year old!

I went for the Brownie which came with a salted caramel ice cream, chocolate sauce and toffee popcorn (basically a plate of my favourite things). Both delicious and gone in 5 minutes flat.

Overall we had a really nice trip to The Old Thatch; food was good but it was a shame about the weather!

They also have  a great little nature inspired play area with things like a mud kitchen – lovely touch. Elsie is a bit young right now but I could picture her toddling around in there next summer having the best time.

Thanks for having us! We will see you again soon I’m sure.


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