The White Horse
Pub in Hedgerley
In my view this is the most traditional British pub that I have ever come across with the most amazing selection of real ales and ciders.
It is awesome and I just love going there purely for the quintessential experience it always delivers.
There are 8 good quality ales on any given day and this rotates on a regular basis, so what you might have had today may well not be on tomorrow or next week. That said Rebellion IPA is always available, but they are always on the look out for new and interesting ales. The board tells you a little about the taste of each ale, along with the alcohol percentage, which is helpful given so much choice.
This pub has an immense turnover of beers, going through some 1,200 to 1,300 beers a year! A lot of the beers come from local breweries, for example Ascot and Tring Brewery. They also have a rolling stock of ciders.
The White Horse puts on the most amazing Beer Festivals during the long Bank Holiday weekends where you will have somewhere in the region of 130 beers to try! The first one is over the Easter Holiday weekend, the next one is over the Witsun weekend (at the end of May), which is the really big one (some say the largest beer festival in the country!) Then the last one is over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
There are some good wines available by the glass starting at £3.45, bottles start at £12.25, for example a Spanish Rioja, Pinot Noir, Chilean Merlot and Australian Shiraz. The Whiskey lover will not be disappointed either.
They only serve food at lunchtime and it is all homemade. For example you can get a good old Ploughman’s for £6; chicken Liver Paté (£6.25); Ham Hock Terrine (£6.25) and a good selection of sandwiches. In the gaming season they will serve pheasant and other game as well as Venison. Hot meals are also available such as Beef Casserole (£7.25); Sausage, Eggs & Chips (£6.75) or Chilli in a wrap (£6.50). There is an in-house chef at the weekends who makes some great pasta dishes and they do a fabulous Sunday Roast.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Well all the puddings are at £4 and include things like Almond & Coconut Pudding (with or without custard), Strawberry cheese cake and Cherry Flapjack pie, again with custard if you want.
Lunch is served from 12noon to 2:00pm on weekdays and 12 noon to 2:30pm at the weekend.
There is a good sized beer garden at the back for those warmer days and some bench tables at the front of the pub so you can watch village life go by. The car park is small, but there is plenty of parking available along the road.
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Clientele||Regulars, locals, cyclists passing through and visitors from abroad.|
Very relaxed and down-to-earth, where a lot of the regulars will know each other and Andy the charming manager and his warm and welcoming team. The pub is small and cosy with two open fireplaces.
Last updated on 14-11-2011