Situated in stunning heathland at the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, the Halfway Inn is brimming with history and character. Find out more about our history and community initiatives below.

Our History

Constructed of cob and purpose built as a thatched-roof-farmhouse, the Halfway Inn is believed to date back to the 16th Century. Several original features remain including wattle and daub walls and flagstone floors. In 1859 the building was recorded as the Hixlade Head Inn and later in 1896 as the Halfway House, under agreement with Strong and Co. Brewery Ltd. Independent family brewers, Hall and Woodhouse, purchased the property in 1997. It remains part of the Hall and Woodhouse family today, independently run by experienced Business Partners Ben & Anne Brown.

We Support British Forces and Emergency Services Personnel

As an independent business partner, we are proud to offer 10% off food and drink every day of the week to our guests who show a work ID for the NHS, Armed Forces and Emergency Services. Please inform our team on arrival or when booking to ensure the discount is applied. The discount applies to your whole party if the payment is made as one. 

We are not part of any registered discount schemes, e.g. Blue light

We welcome the lifting of covid restrictions and would like to thank you for all your support through these difficult times.

As we enter this new phase, we fully support the policy of personal responsibility.

Bearing this in mind, the following will remain in place; 

  • We continue our thorough cleaning protocols and as usual tables will be sanitised between  guests
  • Full table service 
  • The wearing of face masks is personal preference (not mandatory) 
  • Hand sanitiser stations 

If you are showing any symptoms of Covid 19, please return home and keep safe.


Many thanks

Ben, Anne and the Team