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Located in the heart of the historic market town of Thame, The Black Horse is a beautiful pub and brasserie that is simply brimming with character. Serving a menu of seasonal home-cooked favourites with a French twist, join us for dishes to make your heart sing. We also offer a carefully curated wine list, expertly-mixed cocktails and a wide range of ales and beer so there is something for everyone. Please note that your table is available for 2 hours however we will endeavour to remain as flexible as we can to allow our guests as much time as possible to enjoy their time with us.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, European, British, Pub
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have deliberately echoed the review below in the vain hope that the Black Horse sit up and take notice. I'm not sure what has changed. It may just be the state of the UK reflected at a micro level. The Black Horse is also...our go to and has been since it started. But something is not right. The food is OK when it used to be great. To many covers for the kitchen to handle?More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear alexanderlewis, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your account of your experience with us. There are several details that are greatly concerning and i am sorry that you have had a poor experience. We would love the opportunity to make...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This used to be our favourite restaurant in the Thame area and we have eaten there 10-20 times over the past few years. As of late it has taken a real down turn - service was slow and the food underwhelming. It was still busy...and charges a premium but I’m not sure how long this model will last.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear walkingdustbin, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your account of your experience with us. There are several details that are greatly concerning and i am sorry that you have had a poor experience. We would love the opportunity to make...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Black Horse is such a great mix of relaxed surroundings and atmosphere with outstanding service and food. I really think it is excellent value for the quality. A lovely option for a special occasion.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear JoannabR7944LY, Thank You so much for your kind 5 bubble review! Our team will be thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and we do hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes, Team Black Horse

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic seabass and mussels, beautifully seasoned and presented. Excellent service and delicious dessert. Will definitely recommend and be returning

Date of visit: March 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear poshpaws77, Thank you so much for your very kind review, we are so pleased that you enjoyed your meal and we do hope to see you back again very soon! TeamBlackHorse

Reviewed 17 March 2024

Visited on Saturday as in the area and i had Applewood smoked pork ribeye with Dauphinoise potato, roasted Braeburn apple, red cabbage, pork jus - it was very nice as the pic shows. All the 3 other meals had were also very good. Lovely service...and beer good too, the only negative was that when i went to the bar to pay for my meal the charge was £2 more - when i questioned this i was told it was a service charge (to be fair she offered to take it off). i didn't expect this for a party of 4 when we were going to the bar to order and pay for food and drink! It may have been quoted on the paper menu but its not on-line when you look and thought the non-mention of this charge was underhand IMO. Overall good visit....More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2024

Dear Realistic _travellers, Thank you so much for your very kind review, we really value your comments, feedback is always very helpful for us in making decisions for the future of our business so we are very grateful. We were so pleased to read that...More

Reviewed 16 March 2024 via mobile

I had been given a voucher for my birthday to use for a 2 course meal & a glass of Prosecco for 2 people. So these 2 meals & a Prosecco had been paid for upfront. This was the closest restaurant to use it in...from where I live in South Oxfordshire so we traveled a distance as the reviews seemed good. We was seated, given our menus 1 being a set menu for the voucher the other the normal menu & told we could order from the main menu but would have to pay the extra if it was more expensive. We gave our soft drinks order & asked for water. One of us chose a cheaper main meal off the normal menu & the other off the set. We had our desserts & a coffee each to finish our meal. Food was out very quick & have to say was all very fresh & lovely. We asked for the bill & that’s when it all went wrong. Now we were expecting to pay for the 2 soft drinks & 2 coffees so you can imagine our shock when we got a bill for £60! We told the waitress this wasn’t right as they’d charged us for a meal, drinks, a bottle of water which we never received & a service charge. She went to check & told us as we’d ordered off the main menu we had to pay £22 for a meal as the voucher value didn’t cover it yet the meal was only £17. As this made no sense we made her go back & tell her manager we wasn’t happy still. She then came back with a bill for £20 which when all 3 of us added up on our calculators it still didn’t add up. The manager then came to us asking if we were alright & when we explained to her the numbers still didn’t add up she took the bill back off again & came back with a 3rd one for £6. We paid & the look off her face was enough to kill! & she rudely stormed away from us without a word. We got up to head out & she turned her back completely ignoring us. Never have I been so embarrassed & been treated like this in a public place. Not the customer service I give in my place of work even if the customer is rude to me which I wasn’t. Shame as her behaviour puts me off ever going back even though the food was lovely. I also didn’t think until I got home we never even got offered our Prosecco!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2024

Dear Sam C, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed review of your experince. This does not sound like your time with us was up to our usual standards by any means and for this i do send our...More

Reviewed 12 March 2024

Great food and service as always. One server in particular is always brilliant. Unfortunately unsure of her name. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2024

Dear 470jakeg, Thank you so much for your very kind review, i will pass along your comments to the whole team & we will very much look forward to seeing you again very soon. Kind regards TeamBlackHorse

Reviewed 7 March 2024 via mobile

Love this place can not wait to go back . We always go for Sunday lunch so lovely great service .taking my mum for mother's day can not wait .

Date of visit: January 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2024

Dear Rebel1410, Thankyou so much for your kind 5 bubble review, our team will be so pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we do hope to welcome you back soon. Best wishes, TeamBlackHorse

Reviewed 28 February 2024 via mobile

Anticipating a Wednesday steak night deal - sadly we paid an extra £24 on top of cost of 2 steaks! Arguably a good price for a nice bottle of wine but definitely not my idea of a free bottle. Check your bill! Sadly rip off...feeling took the edge off a nice meal!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 February 2024

Dear anng328, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on Tripadvisor, we really value our guest's feedback and it will help us move forward and make improvements in the future. I am so sorry to hear things did not go...More

Reviewed 25 February 2024

We went with friends this weekend. My husband and I both chose the Pork Ribeye and both found our meals quite disappointing. The apple was uncooked and the dauphinois potatoes were just a slab of dry potatoes basically. All the helpings were small and why...should we have to pay for green veg as an extra. I don’t think we’ll be hurrying back to be honest.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 29 February 2024

Dear helebelles, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on Tripadvisor, we really value our guest's feedback and it will help us move forward and make improvements in the future. I am so sorry to hear things did not go...More

Reviewed 24 February 2024

Disappointing meal bland and poor quality steaks that were tough as old boot! Food poorly presented compared to the photos you see online. I was somewhat put off by the kitchen staff all in the car park smoking on my arrival. The chicken portion resembled...a chicken portion from the local chippy. £190 for lunch not good value won’t be returningMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2024

Dear benmY4756DD, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on Tripadvisor, we really value our guest's feedback and it will help us move forward and make improvements in the future. I am so sorry to hear things did not go...More

Reviewed 23 February 2024 via mobile

We’ve been here a few times for a drink at the bar and really enjoyed the atmosphere and excellent wine. So we thought we’d try steak night. Food was good, but we’ve had better. My chocolate mousse dessert was amazing but my husband was very...disappointed with his crumble. I think for the price point we’d have been disappointed had we not had the free bottle of wine for ‘steak night’. Service was good but we were sitting in a huge room with very few other diners which I realise is out of control of restaurant… but it was a bit lacking in atmosphere. Will try again but ask to sit in the bar area.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2024

Dear Penguit66, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on Tripadvisor, we really value our guest's feedback and it will help us move forward and make improvements in the future. I am so sorry to hear things did not go...More

Reviewed 20 February 2024

This was my first visit to the Black Horse but it wont be my last! I came here with a friend and we both had the beef Sunday roast. Excellent beef and a good sized portion of fresh vegetables. Despite the pub being very busy,...the service was excellent. We both opted for dessert as they were on offer at £6 each if you ordered a main course. At this price they were good value and delicious. The food is not cheap but I have eaten in other similarly priced restaurants in Thame and they have not been anything like as good.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2024

Dear Lesterc158, Thank you so much for you kind 5 bubble review! Our team will be thrilled that you enjoyed your visit and we do hope to welcome you back soon. Best Wishes, TeamBlackHorse

Reviewed 15 February 2024

We went to the Black Horse for my husbands 70th birthday with the family. We had the private room and was served by Lauren who was really friendly and efficient. The food, drink and ambience was amazing. Thank you to the team at the Black...Horse. You are all amazing.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2024

Dear T3362Hjanw, Thank you so much for your 5 bubble review, we were all so pleased to read your comments and to see that you had such a great time with us. We look forward to seeing you all again very soon! TeamBlackHorse

Reviewed 10 February 2024 via mobile

We had a wonderful evening on a meal out with friends for the first time at The Black Horse. Great atmosphere and delicious food. The Rhubarb and Almond Tart was incredible. Charlie, who took our orders was so friendly and it added to an already...excellent night. We will definitely be back Thank youMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Manager Black Horse, General Manager at The Black Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2024

Dear gr53, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us with your feedback, your comments are greatly appreciated and we very much look forward to seeing you again very soon! TeamBlackHorse

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Small Car Park but Free parking in High Street Car Parks
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Dear Guest, Thank you very much for your message. Yes, we do have a wheelchair entrance and it is through our garden. We have a lovely outside area that has over 14 tables. Kindly call us on 01844219050 and we will arrange... More
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Yes, there is. They have an area called just that: private dinning room.
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The Black Horse is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5