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“On the trail of Inspector Morse”
Review of The White Horse

The White Horse
Ranked #59 of 686 Restaurants in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $4
Cuisines: Pub
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located in the heart of the City sandwiched between Blackwells Bookstore and opposite the Sheldonian Theatre. A grade two listed building dating back to the 16th century. Famous for our Fish and Chips. Also famous for filming of Inspector Morse in the 1980's and more recently 'Lewis' and the new 'Endeavour' Real ales and traditional home cooked food makes us a must visit when you are in Oxford.We are not a gastro pub or restaurant, we are a great British Pub with Great pub food and drink. Open every day 12 till 11pm. Food all day till 9pm Please note Sunday closing 10pm
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Quite dark and a little seedy but if you want to experience a traditional English pub then it's well worth a visit. I was surprised to learn - from the memoribilia on the walls that Winston Churchill and Bill Clinton had visited and of course Inspector Morse and Sargeant Lewis. The fish and chips were good and the staff friendly.

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Thank Ipalus
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

I'd rather starve than eat here again. Take the time to find a nice place, don't just go here because the location is convenient.

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3  Thank BaconSquirl
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Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

I used to come here as a student 30 years ago. It was good then and still is. Fish pie was excellent.

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Reviewed August 1, 2013

This old pub might be nice in the middle of winter if it is heated well, and maybe cared for a little better. It all looked and felt a bit tatty - great shame, as with a bit of care, it could have looked magnificent. In the middle of a hot summer it was awful. Absolutely no way of getting air into the 'cozy' interior... certainly no air conditioning, or even a fan! The only window (onto the street) WAS open, but the window seat outside had been occupied for some time by a smoker, so any air that got in was NOT fresh! We sweltered through a meal which was more like school dinners than restaurant fare, mediocre at best, and left as soon as we could.

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1  Thank Diane B
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

What better way to spend a Saturday afternoon after a guided trip around the city than a well deserved pint in the white horse. Granted its not as big as the Turf or nearly as busy but it is just as old, even older, and has the character and atmosphere that is synonymous with these types of pubs. Be careful when you step down into the building as it can catch you out. The pub itself is narrow and long with a single bar with a snug at the top. The bar staff are polite and pleasant and know there real ale. The clientele are the mid thirties as opposed to young drinkers. However, I am sure they will attract the younger generation when uni has started. We ordered a pint of the Popular Oxford Gold and Aylesbury Duck. Both good choices. And sat sipping our pints looking at the many pictures scattered on the walls of John Thaw and its association with the Morse Series. Once again we found that this along with others in the area was used for bar scenes for the popular programme. We didn't sample the food but from what we saw from other diners it looked good. Will return again later this month. Enjoy.

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Thank Kevan_12
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