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“Lovely people, horrible food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The White Horse

The White Horse
52 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BB, England
01865204801
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Ranked #100 of 483 restaurants in Oxford
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Bridport, United Kingdom
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“Lovely people, horrible food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This lovely little pub should be a cracker but it isn't. The landlord and landlady seemed lovely and you almost feel a bit guilty in giving such honest feedback but...the atmosphere when we walked in was a good one, busy with tables of people looking like they were enjoying themselves and the simple pub food they had in front of them. The drinks were inexpensive and the draught ale was good. We sat chatting with some nice people and then the food arrived. We could tell from the menu that it wasn't going to be anything special and in Britain 30 years ago, you'd have probably thought it was ok. But as our food standards have got so much better, you expect a little more than what was served. I opted for Fish & Chips as the slogan in the menu said they were the best in town (an outmoded piece of marketing also circa 1985) The fish and chips were fried in old oil, the batter was very greasy. The tartare sauce and peas were ok but it really wasn't very nice. My partner had something unremarkable as well, so unremarkable I can't remember it. Come on landlord and landlady - either stop serving food or do it properly. You can't charge £11 for a main and serve up greasy poor mans food.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Marlow
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5 restaurant reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great beer and simple food pub”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Great little classic and authentic pub with friendly staff and an OK range of beers. The menu is basic and not pretending to be anything that it isn't - I had Roast Pork Bap with chips and a pint for around a tenner. They do a good Ploughman's as well, among other things of course. Definitely not great for families but that's good! There are plenty of places I can go with my two kids, but the Horse is perfect just for me! The only downside is it does get busy at lunch and as there are only a few tables, you're not always guaranteed a seat, although i believe you can book.
Recommended.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wirral
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“Good value pub food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Small but characterful pub with tasty and reasonably priced food, some home-made. Friendly and helpful staff. Good selection of real ales.

Visited November 2012
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Surrey, UK
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“Let down by poor aspects of food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Lovely pub, good selection of beers, friendly staff, great atmosphere. However, I felt some aspects of the food let it down significantly. My game Pie had a delicious filling, but had clearly been microwaved (possibly for too long) and the pastry was ruined. Also the gravy was clearly an "instant" gravy made with some powder and boiling water. This did let down what would otherwise have been a lovely visit. I have eaten better food for the same money inn other atmospheric Oxford venues.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Traditional English Pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We decided to eat at the White Horse because of the traditional looks. This pub was nice and cosy inside and had friendly service. It was on a weekday night and nearly every table was taken and everyone seemed to be having a good time. We had sausages and mash which was very good. The beer was great and there was a good vibe to the place. I found the pubs in Oxford to be some of the best pubs of our trip.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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