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“Awesome carvery!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Black Horse

The Black Horse
12 High Street, Pembury, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 4NY, England
01892 822141
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Ranked #1 of 7 Restaurants in Pembury
Cuisines: British, Pub
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Awesome carvery!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Don't be put off by first impressions of this pub, food and service was the best we've had in a very long time! Highly recommended homemade delicious food!

  • Visited October 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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London
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“First visit - will not be the last.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Having found Scotney Castle shut after an hours drive due to the imminent storm, we turned our attention to finding somewhere for lunch in the local area. Tripadvisor reviews rated the Black Horse in Pembury so we headed straight there. Parking the car in a road opposite, we arrived.

At 13:00 on a Sunday with no booking, we expect good places to be busy, which this was. However, we were greeted very kindly, and pretty much straight away. A couple of checks on tables and within minutes we had a table for three next to the carvery through the back, having been looked after by at least 3 staff including what I think was probably the owner.

What a feast came to us.

Carvery lunch plus dessert for £16.50. Huge range of veg, meats galore and a very friendly atmosphere - well created by the staff, who were by no means your typical Sunday / holiday / weekend draft ins.

Thank you Black Horse for a quality Sunday lunch. We have told others of our experience and will will be back.

Michael

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful pub”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We chose the Black Horse in Pembury for my Hen night dinner due to it's reviews and proximity to our hotel, and I couldn't be happier with that decision!
I was slightly nervous taking 14 city girls to a pub in the country that I'd never been to before... however the food, drink selection, and hospitality was absolutely fantastic. We sampled a wide range of dishes between us, and there were only compliments from the group - the steaks in particular were delicious and huge! We had one vegetarian and one gluten free girl in the group and the staff went out of their way to check the suitability of the dishes and offer alternatives where possible.
The pub has a lovely atmosphere, both in the restaurant and bar. We were quite a rowdy group, but at no point did we feel an inconvenience.
Finally, the landlord, Gary, is possibly one of the loveliest men I have ever met - he was accommodating, hilarious and entirely accepting of us taking over his bar! Thank you Gary!
I cannot recommend this pub highly enough.

  • Visited August 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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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“A fantastic pub and restaurant..... let down lately by the noisy children present!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We love the Black Horse - a great pub for a drink, lunch, dinner, whatever the occasion. However lately every visit - whether that has been for a drink on a Friday night or a weekend lunch - has been somewhat spoilt by a constant background noise of young babies and children being noisy.

We are not for one minute suggesting that families with young children should not visit pubs, nor that they should be banned from pubs like smoking (now that's wishful thinking - ha ha!). But when we go to the pub we have a certain expectation of a pleasant atmosphere that does not include babies and toddlers screaming, crying and shouting. Unfortunately every visit to the Black Horse recently has had a constant background noise of children screaming, crying and shouting. Sorry mums and dads - but it's very annoying when you have come out to enjoy a drink and/or a meal in your local pub!

Amusingly we observed some of the locals started wailing like babies on one occasion to mimic the noise of a crying newborn that a couple had brought to the pub - presumably a polite, pub way of saying - please make the baby stop crying we are trying to enjoy our pints at the bar.

The point here is not to have a go at families in pubs and restaurants - I know from personal experience that some children are delightful company and perfectly well-behaved and there is no reason we should impose some blanket ban on their presence. But recently there seem to be too many parents visiting the Black Horse with noisy and poorly-behaved children that are spoiling other people's enjoyment.

A tricky one, because how do you control parents (for it is them not the children who need to set boundaries here) - fundamentally it's a great place and most people who go there are good to be around. But maybe something the Black Horse needs to consider before regulars and high spenders are put off by the small minority of people who turn up once in a blue moon with babies and buggies in tow, stay for an hour, and maybe stop good customers from returning. At the same time it's a great place for family outings, for example the Sunday carvery attracts a good crowd.

Otherwise a great little pub! Once the noisy children leave..... that's why I only give 3/5 on this occasion, and not the 5/5 I always used to give.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Loved this pub for years!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

It never dissapoints.. have met friends regularly here for years. You always get a warm welcome great service and delicious food. Another great example of a fabulous pub!

  • Visited September 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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