Overall we had a good 2 night stay at the White Horse Inn, using it as a base to visit the Shawsgate Vineyard which is about 6 miles away. (Vineyard experience is highly recommended, entertaining tour for those interested in wines and generous tastings).
With the White Horse there were positives and negatives as in any establishment. For the positives, the pub is in a quiet, pretty location, and the staff were unfailingly polite and friendly. The owner Gill was welcoming and friendly, also efficient with booking taxis for our trip to the vineyard (her husband had taken a short break so we did not meet him). The pub is old and atmospheric, with a newish outdoor seating and BBQ area ideal for families. The previous reviews about the pub not welcoming children were noted by us, and obviously this is probably a sore point with locals. The owners have put up a Child Policy document on the notice board outside to clarify matters but I suspect some folk have taken umbrage - children under 6 are not allowed in the bar or restaurant after 6 p.m. The diners when we were there tended to be mature and the food is expensive so possibly small children running about has caused problems in the past (just guessing).
We had Room 3 @ £90 per night which was clean, nicely decorated, large bed, and good sized bathroom. The room however did have some maintenance issues being the mould around the windows which needs cleaning off and the window needs repairing and repainting. Blinds would be nicer than net curtains also, just personal preference. The mastic around the bath also could do with raking out and renewing with fresh mastic.
We ate at the restaurant both evenings, and the food is very good although there are some niggles. Some dishes such as the crab risotto and pork tenderloin were outstanding but the apple tarte tatin was very disappointing and not how it should have been. The goats cheese starter portion was a bit mean - 3 small balls of cheese. Breakfast was first class, no complaints whatsoever - fabulous granary bread which made the bread served at dinner seem all the more strange, it was sliced and not appealing.
Be aware the White Horse is in a fairly isolated village/hamlet and there is not much around. However, that will appeal to some who like tranquillity (like us). This B&B /pub is recommended and once the maintenance issues are sorted, our room would have ticked most of the boxes.
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