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“It has gone downhill”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of White Horse

White Horse
Ranked #2 of 4 Restaurants in Ampfield
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$16 - US$24
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Parts of the ancient building of the White Horse date back to the 16th century, and the two large Inglenook open fires bear testament to their heritage with their smoking chambers and their priest hole. These fires which are always alight during the winter months throw their heat into the various bar areas.The locals bar, with its dart board, and cosy village atmosphere retains the typical English pub image. Roaring log fire, the slap of cards on the table during a crib match and the thump of darts in the board, echo quietly in this bar. No background music can be heard, just the agitated discussions of the village elders who frequent this oasis of good beer & conversation.The lounge bar, with its equally large Inglenook can accommodate up to 40 people sitting and many more standing. Used by many people as a dining area, it still retains its “Olde World Charm”. A comfortable Chesterfield and deep farmhouse chairs merely add to the pleasant ambience of this lovely area.The restaurant has been built in a new area that extends towards the lovely pub garden. Seating 90 customers it makes a perfect place to enjoy the excellent food that is always available.
Southampton
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“It has gone downhill”
Reviewed 15 November 2013 via mobile

We have eaten here several times over the years and have never been disappointed, until now. It really is a shame.

I feel that the menu choice is just far too large for the chef to be able to cope with. A smaller menu would mean that the chef could concentrate on producing a few good quality meals rather than many somewhat average meals.

Our starter was ok - we had the pate and the duck - but our main was a disaster. We both had the steak and kidney pie. I really do not know what was going on with the pastry but it was simply inedible. The case was solid and tasted vile and the top was just bland. We just couldn't eat it. The chips were dry as well.

Our newly employed waitress did ask if all was ok and so we mentioned to her that the pie was not very good. Her superior, to her credit, did come and see if there was anything she could do but we just simply told her that the pie was vile and she said she'd speak to the chef.

We cut our losses at that point and paid the bill in full. It would have been nice if a discount had been given but, to be fair, we didn't ask for one either which, in hindsight, we really should have.

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whitehorseampfield, Owner at White Horse, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
There is o question that these ladies had a genuine complaint, we had a problem with our pastry that day and it was very hard. It was a problem that was sorted that day and we apologise to these two diners.
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English first
Bristol
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“Welcoming Hostelry”
Reviewed 14 November 2013

Excellent, well prepared meal, most welcoming landlord and staff, one of the most convivial evenings I have spent in any hostelry in a long time. I travel fairly widely in the course of business and socially, The White Horse stands out as a venue I will be returning to for a repeat experience.

  • Visited October 2013
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whitehorseampfield, Owner at White Horse, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
We are truly grateful for your comments and look forward to seeing you again
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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“Old School Reunion”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

Delighted with the attentive service given to around 25 old boys and their ladies. The food was delicious. I didn't see any food left on the plates...Would certainly recommend The White Horse as a lovely ambience, comfortable seating, a very pleasant décor and a huge open log fireplace in one of the bars.
5* service and a thank you to all of the staff
Tony H-H

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Osprey544
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whitehorseampfield, Owner at White Horse, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
You were a joy to look after and hopefully we might see you again next year, many thanks
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A proper country pub”
Reviewed 10 November 2013

As someone who has frequented a pub or two over the years, I can confidently recommend the White Horse to anyone looking for a proper country pub. Good beer, good food, good wine, log fires - even a character landlord! I found the staff very welcoming and cheerful - always a good sign. Had a great dinner there with a group of friends who all enjoyed themselves.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank melocalperson
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whitehorseampfield, Owner at White Horse, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to write a review and we thank you for your comments
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great country pup with good food and welcoming staff”
Reviewed 9 November 2013

If you are looking for a country pub with good food and beer then this is it. Draw up a chair by the log fire and warm your toes while you wait for your meal to be freshly cooked. All in all good value served by helpful friendly staff with hardworking hands on owners. Eat in the restaurant or, if not busy by the fire what could be better?

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Tony K
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whitehorseampfield, Owner at White Horse, responded to this review, 9 December 2013
we are sorry that it has taken so long to reply to your comments, we have been very busy. But many thank for your remarks and we hope to see you again
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