The pub was purchased freehold in January 2015 and has now reopened after major renovations.  We pride ourselves on providing a great village pub, with fantastic food and drink and first class service. 



The Half Moon Inn has served the community of Newton Upon Derwent since 1743.  Originally a single storey thatched roofed building it had taken on its present day guise by 1904, and underwent some refurbishment in the 1930’s.  In the 1800’s inquests were conducted there and from 1852 the Newton Agricultural Shows were held in the grounds, ending the day with a wonderful village dinner with many toasts! Many landlords have come and gone, from Mr and Mrs Turner in the 1900’s to Mr Christmas during the war who settled in the village to take his wife and family from the bombing in Hull. 

Newton Upon Derwent, so called as it lies above the Derwent goes back to around 1150, although it is thought that there may have been a Roman settlement here.  The name Derwent is derived from the Old British word ‘derua’ meaning oak, and thus the name Newton Upon Derwent suggests ‘the new village above the river where the oaks grow’.  The Derwent was important to the village with water transport bringing supplies.  The water meadow that runs down to the river from the village is called The Mask. 



Newton is special as it is a village that plays host to a number of barn owls who at dusk fly down the middle of the village, settling on gate posts and fences before flying home to their nests in the surrounding countryside. 


The pub aims to be an informal, relaxed eating and drinking venue for everyone. Our Bar offers four hand pulled cask ales and one IPA craft beer, five lagers, ciders and Guinness, and a full selection of wines, spirits and aperitifs or digestifs. We have a great area for drinkers to gather, where there is a TV showing SKY and BT Sports on a selective basis. We have a strong syndicate of racehorse followers and three pub sponsored racehorses running and winning on a regular basis.The atmosphere and ambience of the pub is lifted by our SONOS music system which plays a series of eclectic playlists at a controlled background volume in different zones of each room, appealing to people of all ages and musical tastes. There is free WI-FI so that all our customers have uninterrupted access to social media, apps, and other contacts during their visit to the Half Moon.

Our famous and amazing value weekday STEAK NIGHTS are usually highly popular and bring an unbeatable  atmosphere and vibe to our cosy village pub. All of our food is freshly prepared and sourced from the best local butchers, fishmongers, and grocers and is prepared to perfection by the best Chef in Yorkshire. Friday and Saturday nights at the Half Moon combine an offering of the best food choice in the area, with a selection of reasonably priced drinks, and a social setting which is second to none. Our prices are kept to the most reasonable level possible,and we do not add service charges. All tips are discretionary and are equally divided between the full team.Our management and staff are young, friendly, well presented, happy and helpful. We can arrange seating plans to cater for dining groups ranging from 2 to 22 people and frequently welcome families and friends covering all generations of age groups.

We have a quiet dining area for those who prefer some exclusivity or simply want a quiet chat over their meal. Our Sunday lunches are a fantastic combination of freshly cooked meats and vegetables, with starters and puddings to provide the best possible Sunday experience. We are probably the ‘Best Sunday Lunch in Yorkshire.’  Pubs are about people, and we try to cater for all people and all tastes. All that we ask in return is that all customers remain courteous and respectful to our staff. If we occasionally do not live up to expectations be assured it is not through lack of trying.

We’re a big pub in a little village.

Please come and pay us a visit.