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“Unpretentious and excellent value too”
Review of The Black Horse

The Black Horse
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $19
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
York, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Unpretentious and excellent value too”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

We had been promising ourselves a visit to The Black Horse for some months and dropped in one evening without a reservation. We were warmly received by a young barman and shown to a table near the fire. The menu is very good with an excellent selection of reasonably priced gastro pub food. The wine selection is modest but more than acceptable.
I chose the BBQ platter and was staggered by the amount of meat on my plate. It was freshly cooked and very tasty. The chef rose to the challenge of my wife's lactose intolerance, modifying a main course with an excellent suggestion and no fuss (see my review of The Star at Sancton for the other end of the spectrum).
Service throughout by a young waitress was attentive, without being intrusive.
The atmosphere was very friendly with patrons on either side of us engaging us in conversation - just like it should be in a pub and so often isn't. And everybody seemed to be enjoying their food.
With so many pubs going under, it's refreshing to see The Black Horse prospering. Very well done to the team!
And the biggest surprise? When I went to the bar to pay the (modest) bill, a young man (clearly a teenager, maybe 17 years old) came out from the kitchen; I asked if he was one of the chefs on duty that night; he replied that he was the only chef on duty. His Dad was the regular chef and had a night off but this lad was standing in for him that night.
We will return to The Black Horse. It deserves to prosper. If you're in the area, give it a try.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
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“Impromptu Sunday lunch”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Enjoyed an excellent family Sunday lunch from the set menu. Between the 5 of us we tried 4 different main courses, roast beef, roast pork, haddock mornay and nut roast. Very good quality, sensible portion sizes, fresh, tasty veg just like it should be. Dessert was also good, champagne jellies with creme anglaise in particular. Our waitress was very attentive. I would certainly recommend to others. If you want honest, good home cooked food with friendly service at a sensible price look no further. Thanks very much for a lovely experience.

Visited April 2013
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Thank Dutchgirl4
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Cottingham
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Spot on”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

We have been here a dozen or more times now since it was refurbished and re-launched by the new owner a couple of years ago.
It is so good we even thought about moving into the village.
Nice range of beers and wines if not eating but the food and service are truly excellent so enjoy!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank TedCottingham
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Kingston upon Hull, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Mother's Day meal”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Great service and atmosphere, the open real coal fire,was so lovely on such a cold day. Looked on trip advisor previously to get some reviews,for food at the black horse and checked there website, unfortunately they were changing menus at this time, so we were disappointed to find the menu not complete and ready, there specials board did have a good selection though, and the classic menu we were presented with was good. The food we had was presented beautifully, but did unfortunately lack flavour on this day. I had the beer battered fish and chips, which was bland, but hopefully when we return which we will it'll be lovely with crisp fresh batter. Definately would recommend, to anybody for a lovely nite with friends.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Claire K
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Hull
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Fantastic Mothers Day”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

My Husband booked this for a Mothers day treat and was wonderful. The menu options had something for everyone. It was not expensive and had a good selection of wines. I have already booked again. You won't be disappointed.

Visited March 2013
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