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“Sunday Lunch”
Review of White Horse - CLOSED

White Horse
Price range: US$27 - US$40
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Description: The White Horse is a beautifully restored former Georgian farmhouse in Hurst Green. The place breathes character. Both its bars have a London gentleman's club feel, with their open fire, original flooring and fine oil paintings. An elegant dining room leads to a charming terrace with amazing views across the Sussex weald. On the menu are gastropub-style Modern British dishes such as roasted quail wrapped in pancetta and stuffed with duck liver mousse, with fondant potato, green cabbage and black grape sauce, ��15.50. Lunch ranges from homemade soup and bread of the day, ��5, to chargrilled rib eye steak, sauteed green beans, frites and blue cheese sauce, ��16. Herbs, salads and seasonal vegetables have often come direct from the kitchen garden. Desserts are pretty perfect.
Reviewed 9 December 2013

We were having a late lunch, so accept that some menu items may not be available to us.When we sat down we were advised that roast beef was finished, two pork roast left as well as the main menu. The four of us ordered, two of the orders came back from the kitchen as not available. i asked for clarification as to whether there was ANYTHING else unavailable, I was assured there wasn't. Oh yes. there was. Back came the server, two more items not available. It took 20 minutes to actually get our main course meal in, then once we had finished our starter, we had almost a 30 minute wait for mains.On a leisurely Sunday ,not a problem, however, it meant a train back to London was missed, therefore we had to "waste" an hour, waiting for the next one. In fairness to the staff we didn't forewarn them, as we thought we had so much time, we weren't rushed in time for the train, just dreadfully delayed by the kitchen service, and the waiting staff not being upto speed on what was still available and what sauces came with the dishes, so having to go back into the kitchen to check what dishes consisted of. Maybe avoided if the menu was more explicit in its description.
Out of the four of us, one meal, the chicken, described as delicious,two, a house burger and a ciabatta sandwich, alright and one, the fishcake,really not very nice, at best tasted as though it had been kept warm too long, at worst, re heated.
Our server , who was very pleasant, did attempt to make amends, by offering a complimentary dessert each,by then we had all lost interest.

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1  Thank Maurice C
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Reviewed 8 November 2013

Shame this place is in a lovely location, nice decor but seriously lacks warmth in more way than one., cold with only surrounding sound from the wind and rain, no music no atmosphere (oh ... And a manager/ staff meeting 2 tables away) No one else there... asked on arrival if we were using a groupon offer, which didn t make us feel as if we were getting a deal....this particular menu lacks imagination and choices: cheese board most basic, 3 bland cheap cheeses @ £7.50) small portions ... however chutney was delicious! basically... the whole idea of offering a Groupon deal would suggest introducing /encouraging new customers but I m afraid to say this one experience had the total opposite effect... not impressed with service charge either ..rather em areas send to have bought two of these groupon deals, one for ourselves and ones s a gift

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1  Thank Cancale35
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

over priced food for very small portions - its a pub that hasn't got the a la carte edge but charges for it. Atmosphere was terrible, we were the only ones in there on a Saturday night although that did mean the service was good! Food however did taste good but was nothing special.
we were really cross though when the bill arrived as the service charge was put on there twice, and £17 in total for service was too much; some of it was removed and then we were happy to tip.

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1  Thank karen r
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

Not sure how to put this with out sounding mean but here we go.

Very nice and clean decor.
Staff friendly.
Large portions

Strange music choice for a restaurant
Heating should have been on. It wasn't freezing but it was cold enough that I kept my jacket on and was not tempted to stay for coffee.
Food so, so

They is an old saying "that sometimes less is more" and this was never more true than with the food at the White horse.

I am happy to except that as we were cheap skating it with a Groupon voucher we weren't going to get fine dining. However what we got was basic home cooking.

Crispy duck salad with roasted red peppers
An over large pile of chopped peppers, menu claimed they had been roasted but if they had it was by placing them in front of switched off radiator, Some warm bits of duck scrapings and then dark brown source spread over everything. including the bits of salad on the edge of the plate.

Chicken liver and Armagnac pate with chutney and croutes:
A big pink lump with 4 thin slices of (0.5cm) of french bread

Creamy open wild mushroom ravioli, truffle oil and shaved Parmesan
Thick cream source hiding a selection of mushrooms and some under cooked pasta sheets

Baked fillet of cod with roasted cherry tomatoes and truffle mash
Big lump of mash taking up a third of the plate tasted of truffles but was under seasoned and need more butter or oil to give smooth texture, No tomatoes by 7:30 on a Friday night they had run out. Julienne carrots instead but chopped on the thick side leaving the middles raw, crisp is good but as served with a cooked dish they deserved more than a look at the off radiator. closer to and yes the non roasted roast peppers again. All stuck in a pile with the fish on top.

Not no didn't stay

As dessert

In summary trying hard but failing. Can only think that the Chef was way on Friday night and somebody mum had stepped in.

Basically the whole thing lacked finesse.

This place is a little away from the village and you would have to drive to get there. To be honest save your petrol and get a take away.

Whilst we didn't pay full price, the food served was on the menu and so the review has been based on the normal asking price.

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Thank Stephen L
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

We checked this pub out for a dinner when staying in nearby Robertsbridge. The Ravioli lived up to the recommendations of our Robertsbridge apartment owner. The portions were huge, the veal chops were quite good and the mashed potatoes were really yummy.

The best part of the property is the backyard garden where you can sit and have your beer while the food gets ready. Good friendly service.

Worth checking out if you are in the vicinity . Do let them know that you are coming in if you are big group.

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