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Set in rural Leicestershire, The White Horse offers authentic Italian dining in a traditional pub environment, with cask ales and a real fire.
PRICE RANGE
£10 - £25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had gift voucher for afternoon tea very good present food is very good nice addition of a reasonably priced glass of fizz in the package nice outdoor space would recommend to friends and family staff are very helpful

Date of visit: June 2023
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Pesto White horse, General Manager at Pesto at The White Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review! We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and had a lovely afternoon tea! We hope to welcome you back very soon at The White Horse! 😊

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sienna was amazing very attentive and very polite! She was wonderful given the restaurant was busy and the whole evening from food, drinks and staff were lovely which made for a great birthday meal 👏

Date of visit: February 2024
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Pesto White horse, General Manager at Pesto at The White Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful feedback. We hope to see you again at The White Horse soon! 😊

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful food and excellent and friendly service by Sienna who looked after us very well for the evening. Highly recommended

Date of visit: February 2024
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Pesto White horse, General Manager at Pesto at The White Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the feedback, we will ensure your compliments are passed onto the team! We hope to see you again soon!! ☺️

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had not visited for a long time and we were pleased to find it as good as ever. Good food and quick service. We were looked after by Tatiana who was friendly and attentive.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Pesto White horse, General Manager at Pesto at The White Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We’re so happy you enjoyed your visit with us at The White Horse! We hope to see you again soon! 😊

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The whole environment and food was of a high-quality. We were served by lady called Tatiana who gave his advice as it was our first visit. There is no doubt will be going again has the whole experience was so nice.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Pesto White horse, General Manager at Pesto at The White Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your compliments. We hope to see you at The White Horse again soon! 😊

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

popped in for Sunday lunch after my sons football match. our server Becky went above and beyond to make us welcome and service was quick and with a smile 😃 good food isn't always hard to come by but good service is and this is...where Becky excelled. thanks we'll visit again next time we're in the areaMore

Date of visit: January 2024
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Pesto White horse, General Manager at Pesto at The White Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We’re so happy you enjoyed your visit to us at The White Horse! We will ensure all the compliments are passed onto our team. We hope you visit again soon! 😀

Reviewed 16 January 2024

The White Horse is a nice building. It is a shame the food lets it down. The service overall was quite good. The waiting staff all worked hard perhaps not enough of them as our waitress found it hard to crack a smile until just...before we left when which coincided with it getting quiet in the restaurant. BRUSCHETTA FUNGHI the word bruschetta derives from italian for burnt/toasted yet ours was simply slices of fresh bagutte covered in cold creamy mushroom. The bread had not been toasted and the mushrooms were cold. The dish would have been better with warm mushroom but it is unclear from Menu what temperature they should be. PATATE AL PARMIGIANO was OK but would have been a lot more enjoyable hot rather than luke warm. FUNGHI ALL’AGLIO was boring lacking depth of flavour and not hot enough. POLPETTE DI MANZO was in my opinion too spicy. PENNE ALL‘ARRABBIATA not much can go wrong with this dish butPesto manged to spoil it by serving it up luke warm. FRUTTI DI MARE GRATINATI this turned up after the other dishes, for which the staff apologised, and was fantastic hot tasty good portion of fish. It would have been perfect if they served up a slice of bread to to mop up the sauce. I have been to Italy many times and various provinces so perhaps I have a high expectation when it comes to Italian style food but Pesto diappointed by a wide mardin on this occasion.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Pesto White horse, General Manager at Pesto at The White Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback about your recent visit. We apologise that you felt it wasn’t up to our usual high standards. We do take all positive and negative feedback seriously. We hope we can welcome you back to The...More

Reviewed 29 December 2023

Oh Dear... Service erratic, we had to reiterate x 3 for all of our dishes. Dragoncello ' watery ', NEW Bruschetta Ricotta whipped with lemon juice...Dreadful, straight from Granny's Cafe! Asked for Cointreau..gave up till 30 minutes later..Rigatoni Di Salsiccia average...overall most disappointing..sorry..

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 28 December 2023

Food lovely. Staff not all in uniform and some rather scruffy. Used to be a place to go for a special occasion but now like an expensive pub, served by kids and high prices. Think there are nicer places to go for less money

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 15 December 2023 via mobile

We visited last night for my mums birthday, first of all the service was appalling, the food was rushed coming out. While the waitress was serving the food to the table she knocked my drink over the food. They never offered to replace this and...we had to ask for the food to be replaced. She didn’t explain what dish was what and placed it down wherever she wanted on the table. She elbowed me in the face and didn’t notice! I ordered a drink to replace my knocked over one which never came. No one checked on our food (some of which was cold) and the whole experience was uncomfortable and rushed. We understand this is a busy time of year but we would like to enjoy our meal. We even felt dirty looks from waitresses as leaving. Really disappointed after a great experience at another Pestos in the area and will not be coming back.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Pesto White horse, General Manager at Pesto at The White Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 16 December 2023

Hello, I'm so sorry to hear that you was let down by your recent visit to us at Pestos. Please could you reach out to us at whitehorse@pestorestaurants.com so we could look into this further. Kind regards

Reviewed 9 December 2023

Alysha was attentive, pleasant and efficient. Food was excellent and served promptly. Very pleasant evening spent with good friends

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023

Love going here with family get together can get very noisy alway extremely busy. Can park fills up quickly .but still worth a visit .

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 7 October 2023

Went to pestos as a celebration, I have been a couple of times and really enjoy the food at pestos. This time was really disappointing. The food was great, decent portions good value for money but the service really did lack. As someone who worked...as a waitress for years it’s not difficult to put a smile on your face, or check back on your table. It was busy I understand, but no check back, the person who put down the food did not offer any salt or condiments etc. we had to ask for it separate. I don’t think a single person smiled at us whilst we were there. These are really the basics. Again, I get it was busy but this really is not hard. I felt the waitress was a bit abrupt, almost like we were annoying her. Very short with us. Not somewhere I’d rush back to purely because of service issues, food wise I cannot fault it.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Pesto White horse, General Manager at Pesto at The White Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2023

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your recent visit. Sorry that our service wasn't up to our usual standards. Please get in touch directly to discuss this further whitehorse@pestorestaurants.com Many Thanks

Reviewed 1 October 2023

Thursday 21th September 2023. My husband and I travelled up to Newbold Verdun in Leicestershire to go out to lunch with my husband's cousin and his wife. We went to ‘Pesto’ a nice Italian Tapas restaurant just ten minutes from where his cousin lives in...Desford. We arrived for 12.30 pm and were shown to a nice table for four in the restaurant. The pub itself is light, bright and airy with a lovely conservatory dining area, where we were seated on this bright cloudy afternoon. The place was lovely and warm and the staff were bright and welcoming, especially our waitress Tatiana. We did not bother with any starters but went straight for the main course. We each chose a selection of three dishes each from the ‘Tapas’ menu. My husband's cousin had lasagne, a mini pizza and fried potatoes. His wife had chicken skewers, an Italian mixed salad and spicy Italian meat balls. My husband had salmon pasta, fried potatoes and a mini pizza. I had a mushroom crepe, roasted Italian vegetables and fried potatoes. The dishes all arrived together and were very hot and well presented. We washed all this lovely food down with a bottle of pint of larger for my husband's cousin, a pint of bitter for my husband, a rose wine Spritzer for m and his wife had chilled sparkling water as she does not drink alcohol. We did not bother with desserts as we were all well fed. We did have coffees afterwards my husband and his cousin had black Americano coffees. His wife had a cappuccino coffee and I had a decaffeinated latte coffee. The bill for the food was very reasonable.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Pesto White horse, General Manager at Pesto at The White Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2023

Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to the White Horse & look forward to welcoming you back soon!

Reviewed 1 October 2023

This is not Italian food. Very long menu and they can not do anything well. Service was okay. But if you have been to Italy and have eaten food there then this restaurant is not for you.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Pesto White horse, General Manager at Pesto at The White Horse, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2023

We are so sorry to hear about your recent visit to Pesto at The White Horse, can you please contact us at whitehorse@pestorestaurants.com so we can address the issues you have raised. Kind Regards

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