A very warm welcome to The Half Moon Inn

The Half Moon Inn is a sixteenth century, Grade Two listed historic fishing inn, which dates back to 1540. Nestled in the heart of the traditional, unspoilt Devon village of Sheepwash, and overlooking the Torridge Valley, our inn is located in some of the most picturesque countryside you’ll ever find.

For accommodation, dining reservations and country sports please contact us.

Celebrate this Valentines

Four Course Fine Dining Experience & Romantic Valentines Stay

Valentines 2022 Offers

We would just like to thank everyone at the Half Moon, Sheepwash, for making our stay so enjoyable.

Great Pub, Great Beer, Great rooms, Great location, Fabulous staff –
nothing was too much trouble.

Wishing you all the best for the future in these uncertain times. Take care!

Guest, Autumn 2020

Opening times

12 noon until 11.00pm
Monday - Saturday
12 noon until 10.30pm

Food served daily

Monday - Sunday
12 noon until 13.45pm
6pm until 8.45pm

We are pleased to announce that the Half Moon Inn is under new ownership.

Haydn, Kim and Lily, the new custodians are looking forward to meeting with you and come with fresh ideas and hope for exciting times ahead!

We are now open seven days a week, food is available at lunchtimes 12 – 2 pm and in the evenings from 6 - 9 pm. The inn is open during the afternoon if you would like to call in for a drink and a bar snack. As you would expect we are busy, so to avoid disappointment we would recommend you reserve a table before travelling.

We also welcome new Head Chef Richard, who joined us on 10th June. He is working with the team to develop new menus and daily specials which shall be sourced from local suppliers, wherever possible and will be available shortly.

As soon as we are able to open without restriction, the new Management Team and Staff are planning to arrange an informal get together, so that we can hear your ideas and aspirations for the Half Moon Inn.

Upcoming Events

Make it a Happy Valentine's Day, see our Valentine's 2020 special:

Valentine's Offer

Check availability and book your stay:

Christmas Menu

Festive celebration menus available for booking:

Christmas Menu

We are delighted to announce that The Half Moon Inn has been awarded the Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Award again this year: Best of the Best 2021!

We are in the Trip Advisor top 10% of hotels worldwide

Reviews via Trip Advisor

  • star rating  2 night stay to meet up with an old friend from outside the UK . Absolutely gorgeous place ! The staff are all so friendly & cannot do enough for... read more

    21st October 2019

    star rating  Friendly staff that let us keep our bikes safe in an out building. Great reasonably priced food, very comfortable and clean accommodation. Maybe the best breakfast that I have ever... read more

    Mark S
    12th August 2019
  • star rating  Staying in beautiful Highhampton, Devon. Checked the visitors comments book at our cottage and lots of people recommended the Half Moon Inn for excellent meals and service. Arrived today (08/08/20)... read more

    8th August 2020

    star rating  We stayed here on Friday and Saturday evening on the recommendation from some friends. The pub had a roaring fire and warm welcome when we arrived late on Friday night.... read more

    13th January 2020
  • star rating  Stayed here with our family Aug 2020, place was extremely clean - they take COVID very seriously and have a thorough sanitation policy throughout pub and b&b. Nice breakfast, comfy... read more

    4th August 2020

    star rating  Loved the hotel. The service was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was also excellent. It was a little difficult to find (we didn't have a Satnav)... read more

    18th September 2019
  • star rating  As a woman travelling on my own it is very important for me to feel safe and at home away from home. This inn not only made me feel comfortable... read more

    29th October 2019

    star rating  What a wonderful find in the picturesque Devon Countryside.
    Ideal for all ages & Doggy friendly.
    Choice,Quality,Quantity,presentation of meals offered is very varied.
    Service very friendly....nothing is too much trouble.... read more

    14th September 2019
  • star rating  My husband an I went for lunch during the week. Ate in the bar next to a welcoming fire. Food was delicious as always and the staff friendly. Love... read more

    2nd March 2020

    star rating  My riding partner booked the Half Moon for an over-night stop having previously stayed here with his wife. We arrived late afternoon and first impressions were very encouraging as this... read more

    5th November 2019
  • star rating  Superb warm welcome. Due to a 4 hour drive I missed lunch by 10 mins. They VERY kindly made me some anyway (best ham cheese & onion sarnie EVER). Wonderful... read more

    9th August 2019

    star rating  This is a difficult time for Inns/Hotels like the Half Moon Inn. My family spent three nights there last week. The staff, without exception at breakfast, lunch and... read more

    Christine S
    7th September 2020

With delicious home-cooked food and a well-stocked bar, The Half Moon Inn is well-known locally and further afield for the quality of our hospitality. We are also renowned for our links with local fishing and country sports.

View the river live on the River Torridge webcam:

Webcam – live pictures of the River Torridge at Dolton

Gift Vouchers

You can now buy a Half Moon Inn gift voucher as a treat or a thank you. Simply contact us and we will arrange it for you.

The Half Moon Inn is committed to ensuring that our inn retains the ethos and character you would expect of such an historical building.
We’d love you to come and see for yourself!
Star Rating

What a find, roaring fire, get atmosphere and fantastic food!

Will Hardin - google review