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The White Horse Harpenden

Redbourn Lane | Hatching Green, Harpenden AL5 2JP , England
01582 469290
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Ranked #18 of 57 Restaurants in Harpenden
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Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Harpenden, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Decided to take friends out for Sunday Lunch .... bar staff very friendly and the Dome Bar was excellent . Although the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc expensive was at the right temperature and was very good. We had a lovely table at the far end of the restaurant and the waiting staff first class , excellent roast meal more wine... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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133 reviews 133 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The food is nice enough here but the service is slow (seems to be a common refrain in recent reviews). The ambience is pleasant in the restaurant. The fish board to share as an hors d'oeuvre was nice - crab, sardines etc (except the calamari, that was poor). For mains we had gammon, lamb and sardines respectively, all fine and... More

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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I like the White Horse. Lovely snug place for a coffee or a hot chocolate (with Smarties :)) on a cold Winter's day. For lunch or dinner though the team need to work on the small things. When we went it was not massively busy and they had plenty of staff on duty but service was pedestrian and inattentive. Also,... More

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Tring, England, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

£15 for a Caesar salad is a point where you are expecting something a bit more than the tasteless, fairly dry salad, with no Parmesan that arrived. Maybe the well heeled locals feel this is par for the course, but it was poor value. We were outside enjoying a weekday lunch. Next to us was a table of 7 being... More

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Mrs_aylard, General Manager at The White Horse Harpenden, responded to this review

Dear Ted B I was so very sorry to hear of your terrible experience on your last visit. We have had several members of our team leave us recently, and this is the only thing I can attribute to such rudeness. I would be horrified and disappointed if I were to discover any of our current team treated you in... More

Tokyo, Japan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Things started badly when the waitress dribbled wine down my glass when pouring and pretended nothing happened. I can forgive that, but I can't forgive getting a warm bottle of red when I pay around £50 for it. If you are going to sell wine at that price, you really ought to know how to serve it and do so... More

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Mrs_aylard, General Manager at The White Horse Harpenden, responded to this review

Dear resortjunky Thank you for taking the time to leave a review for us. We work and strive to the highest of standards and our team is very highly trained; their knowledge of our dishes and drinks are second-to-none. Mistakes do unfortunately happen, however, and I can only apologise that there was no attempt to clear any small messes. Our... More

Harpenden, United Kingdom
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78 reviews 78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Last time I went to the White Horse food and service 1st class. This time food just about average .... It was if each course was cooked and left on the warming plate in the kitchen for 20 minutes before serving - very disappointed with standard of food...... and embarrassing when I complained to the waitress as l had guests... More

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Mrs_aylard, General Manager at The White Horse Harpenden, responded to this review

Dear Peter S Thank you for your review. I am sorry to hear that your second experience with us was not as enjoyable as your first. All of our care goes into the preparation of our food and it is always disappointing when this does not come across to our guests. I would love to meet you and speak about... More

Bedfordshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Thank you to everyone at The White Horse for a great experience. Our food was good, with a special mention for Craig's pork pie! The advice on wine was superb. A meal here is not just a pub meal. All staff went above and beyond our expectations and the atmosphere made the evening special, both inside, and when sitting outside... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Last night was our first visit, we had a lovely family meal, the food was excellent the staff were knowledgeable and attentive. We had coffee served to us in the garden, it was a bit chilly but a lovely fire pit and fluffy blankets kept us nice and warm. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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herts
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We have eaten here twice recently and I must say the food, atmosphere and service seems to have gone up a notch or two compared to previous visits, admittedly some with different owners over the past five years. We dined outside on a very busy evening (classics on the common) and ate from the BBQ we were really impressed with... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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103 reviews 103 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This is probably the nicest pub resturant meal I have had the menu is quite small and not the most enticing but the food was really great and exceeds the expectations set out in the menu.

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Mrs_aylard, General Manager at The White Horse Harpenden, responded to this review

Dear PageBedford We are very grateful for your excellent review of us! We love our food and we put a lot of energy into making sure you do too. If you visit us again soon then please come over and say hello! Kind regards, Samantha Aylard More

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