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“Excellent food and service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The White Horse Birstall

The White Horse Birstall
White Horse Lane | Birstall, Leicester LE4 4EF, England
0116 267 1038
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Ranked #167 of 881 Restaurants in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: International, Pub
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Leicester, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We purchased a Group On deal and as with other restaurant deals usually there are so many restrictions however we were pleasantly surprised.
We have visited the pub before but not for food. It is very welcoming and tastefully decorated.
The service and food was outstanding and we would certainly return.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Leicester, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Second bad experience at the White horse”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

This is the second time visiting this restaurant that I had to send my steak back as it was not cooked medium as ordered. When it returned on both occasions the friends we were with had all finished their meal. This is not a cheap dining experience and this was a special occasion ruined by eating alone.All other meals were very good and presented very well but twice for the same reason bad cut of steak overcooked Is the reason for me writing a review. Have had better steak meals on a two for ten offer at the Hobby horse.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A lovely night out. Can't wait to return!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

We visited the White Horse for the first time yesterday and we were very impressed.

The restaurant was very warm and inviting with some very interesting and quirky decor.

We were very spoilt for choice with the menu and thought that the wine list was very informative and could tell that the wines were selected with great care and attention.

Our food was amazing!! We had the garlic mushrooms and soup to start and after much deliberating, we both settled on the sirloin steaks for our mains, which were cooked to perfection. We were both experiencing food envy as we watched other diners getting served their main courses. Definitely an excuse to return! We both had the cheesecake for desert which was amazing.

The staff were lovely. The restaurant was quite busy, but we were not made to feel rushed. Our waitress was brilliant. Despite being rushed off her feet, she made time to make us feel welcome and well looked after.

We will definitely be returning. The garden looked like a great place to visit in the summer and we will be back to try some more of the amazing good.

Well done the White Horse!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dorchester
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170 reviews 170 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
“Not typical pub-grub...this is PUB-GRUB "PAR EXCELLENCE"!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Very many restaurants would be hard pushed to meet the standards set by The White Horse in Birstall, a large village/small town a couple of miles north of Leicester.

The White Horse is clean, comfortable, and well located with a free car park. The staff are friendly, helpful, and efficient. Apart from one very minor hiccup (which was very quickly corrected) the service was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT.

The menu is imaginative and extensive and includes 'something for (almost) everyone' including vegetarians (but not vegans). There is a good choice of starters, and plenty of main course selections. The portions are generous to the extent that by the time your have got this far you maybe unable to do justice to any of the seven delectable desserts available. The food is well presented and perfectly cooked, it is obvious that the kitchen is run by a chef (or chefs) and not just a bunch of microwave technicians as is the case in many establishments.

There is a good range of both soft and alcoholic drinks, including a choice of four real ales. The wine list has been well written with skill and comprises a choice of 23 with prices ranging from £12-50 for the house wine (we had the red which was excellent) to the yellow label Veuve Clicquot champers at £42-00.

In the summer there is a large lawn area sloping down to the picturesque canal (one of the few canals in the country not to harbour at least one dead supermarket trolley). The White Horse is adjacent to the Watermead Country Park - ideal for an appetite enhancing stroll prior to an enjoyable gastronomic experience or after in order the burn off some of the calories!

The prices are a little higher than found in many pubs but taking the quality into consideration represent VERY GOOD VALUE. I am a little suprised that The White Horse is ranked only 62 out of 420 reviewed eateries in the Leicester area, from my own perspective I would have thought it would be in the top ten.

To conclude I can say only one thing --- "IF YOU VISIT THE WHITE HORSE, YOU WILL ENJOY"!!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“no horsing about,,,it was a real winner.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Groupon deal. And it really was a good deal. Meal was excellent,the staff were efficient and friendly. Only one complaint, we were given a naff table, next to the fire exit, and very close to the kitchen door. Didn't feel we were apart of the restaurant area. We will definitely revisit, deal or no deal. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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