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The following is an article that appeared in the Sunderland Echo on the 23rd October 2008

The Half Moon, Stockton Road, Easington


Published on Thursday 23 October 2008 14:37

The Half Moon is one of Easington's most long-established pubs, lying right at the heart of the village.

It is a relaxing, traditionally- decorated village pub situated on Stockton Road, with a warm and friendly atmosphere.

It serves a great selection of food in the bar and the restaurant, including eastern delights, seafood, steak, vegetarian and old favourites such as half a roast chicken wrapped in bacon and hot beef sandwiches.

And the pub has recently started a two meals for 10 deal on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

The theme for these nights is traditional pub food, such as 8 oz burgers, farmhouse grills, roast of the day and chicken curry – to name a few.

David Dryden and his business partner Robert Graves said the new deal was to help cater for customers during the current financial squeeze.

"Because of the credit crunch a lot of pubs have started to do deals and we thought we should too," David said. "Customers can still enjoy dining out, and if it is well received we will consider extending it to a afternoon."

The Half Moon also serves a traditional Sunday lunch from 12-p.m. All meals are cooked to order and it is best to book for the restaurant as it can get busy, especially on an weekend.

For example, there was a party of seven of us, yet they were accommodating enough to rearrange the tables so we could sit together.

And if there is an odd number in your party, like ours, they will do a meal for 5 each as part of the two-meals for 10 deal.

The restaurant is light and airy and has quiet background music which adds to the relaxed atmosphere for the diners.

There is also a bar area, where you can also have meals or just enjoy a drink. Prices start from 2.25 for a pint of beer, 2.55 for lager, 2.55 for a 175 ml glass of wine and a single vodka and coke starts from 2.

The village pub has disabled access and is very child-friendly. There is no set time that children have to be out as food is served until 9.30pm from Monday to Saturday.

The Half Moon also has another bar towards the back of the pub, which has a big screen to show all major matches and a pool table area with tables, stools and comfy sofas you can relax in.

The decor is very traditional in burgundy, gold and dark wood which adds to is charm.

And at the back of the pub there is a decked terrace with a sitting area where you can smoke or just enjoy the good old British weather.

Sarah Williams