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.
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