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White Horse Ridgewell
Ranked #1 of 1 Ridgewell B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 11, 2013

What a worthwhile place this is.

The B&B rooms are roomy and very clean as are the bathrooms, the shower cubicle a good size, the shower powerful and the water hot. Attention to detail is all that could be wished even the coffee supplied was individual filter coffee rather than those nasty packets of instant which appear to be the norm. The accommodation is also quiet being situated well behind the pub and thus quite a distance from the road which was not actually very busy anyway.

The interior of the pub is as spotlessly clean as the accommodation, not an easy undertaking but accomplished here, presumably at quite some cost of labour as there are open fires.

In my opinion on first glance I did not do the menu the justice it deserved, one becomes so used to menus that attempt to make up in sophistry for what is lacking in cooking skill, it is depressing to admit that I never believe a word of it. The menu from The White Horse means exactly what it says or indeed rather more than that. We asked if the fish was fresh or frozen, a noble piece of cod was brought from the kitchen for inspection, glistening fresh, beautiful, irresistible, it was perfectly cooked and a joy to eat. The tartar sauce which always brings that small inner sigh when seen on a menu turned out to be delightful and home made as well, I could not bear the idea of putting anything more than a little lemon on that wonderful fish but had it later with the chips and very good it was too.

The chicken pate I had for a starter was also home made and not ground into a horrid slimy paste, it was served with warm rolls which wafted a home baked smell and is bought in from a local small supplier. There was an ample garnish of salad which was most thankfully innocent of ghastly palate invading lumps of raw onion.

It is not a vast and complicated menu offering unobtainable delights, they are producing good honest food which they do very well indeed.

The final quiet enjoyment was to sit beside an open fire having a peaceful, unhurried, well cooked breakfast.

I am not easily pleased, well done White Horse.

Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
Thank I J
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

Three of us had dinner at the White Horse on a Sturday evening.
The pub is comfortable and pleasant, quite traditional. It has a good selection of real ales and a pool table, as well as a restaurant and bar eating area.
We sat next to an open fire which was great on a cold December night.
The service was quick and friendly. although the small menu was not the same as the website version.
The food was good and plentiful.
I'd be happy to use this pub for any occassion.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Mark D
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Stayed here on 6 October and was blown away at the standard of the accommodation. The room was huge with an extremely comfortable bed, large en-suite bathroom and everything was spotless. The location is quiet with stunning coutryside and the pub friendly with excellent home cooked food. Breakfast was so filling and tasty.....all ingredients locally sourced. I would thoroughly recommend the White Horse to anyone who enjoys luxury at reasonable prices.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Catherineperks_12
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

I stayed at this hotel for a wedding....I stayed two nights. The rooms are lovely...all and all we had eight rooms and got the opportunity to see the family and double rooms. All are well decorated and very comfortable. There are a few draw backs...the drive is made of thick gravel...no way you can walk on the gavel with three inch heels.

. Also,the food is very good value . The breakfast was cooked to order but you must only be seated between 9:00 - 0930. The evening menu is very basic but large portions. It would be nice if they could revise the menus and thing about getting a new cook...eatable but not memorable...no favour...the fish and ships were nice but needed seasoning. The bar is well stocked and the prices are great..we had doubles in all our rounds.

There is Internet connection in the bar(lovely local ales). However, mobile and portable Internet does not work well in the rooms - this means you cannot get in touch with the outside world at times.

Really upset that I did not get a email quote for my room...I was quoted £65.00 but was charged£78.00 on check out. The women at the desk said that that was the rate for advance booking; however, one of the members of our party booked on the day of the wedding and got the same rate...found this very dodgy ...I booked this room over three months ago.

This is a very suitable hotel with lovely bears scattered in the dinning area and family rooms. It great for a weekend away. Bewarned that the nearest train station is Braintree and the Taxi journey is £24.00. If you order a cab you have to pay for them to drive from their base to your destination...this fare is doubled on Sunday....not very tourist orientated that a 7 minute journey to the White Hart cost £12.00 ....this expense is extortionate

REMEMBER GET A QUOTE IN WRITTING AND BRING THE BANK IF YOU NEED A TAXI...THIS HOTEL IS WELL WORTH £65 a night but not £78

Also note, there are not walk paths to get to the next village to the shops

Room Tip: Family room are great and double rooms are lovely and unique
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Lovely pub, our room was very spacious with lovely furnishings and finishing touches, very comfortable bed! The bathroom was massive with a super walk in shower! Good value for money in my opinion!
Breakfast in the morning was served to order and very nice indeed!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank RoxieEssex
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

We spent the weekend here to explore deepest Suffolk and had a very comfortable time. The spacious rooms are detached form the pub in a lodge style arrangement. There is plenty of parking and you can pull up close to the lodges.

We didn't eat in the restaurant in the evening (no vegetarian option) but the menu looked good. We did sit in the pub with a pot of coffee and our newspapers one afternoon and it was very relaxing. The pub is mainly a restaurant and has soft seating for guests to relax in; not a dark dingy pub at all. It was extremely quiet at night and we slept soundly in very comfortable beds. The breakfast was plentiful and cooked to order; it was served in the light and spacious pub dinng room. On a warm day there is outside seating too. Service was first class and nothing was too much trouble.

I'd stay again if I was in the area.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Floridge
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

We were visiting the area to go to Kentwell Hall to see the Tudor re - enactment. The pub looks a little shabby from outside but the accomodation was tasteful and comfortable (being in a purpose built block out the back. Ate in the pub - food was nice and reasonably priced. Breakfast was good and service was quick. We had a nice stay but it did not exceed expectations.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Newly_wed_2011Chirk
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Address: Mill Road, Ridgewell CO9 4SG, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Essex > Ridgewell
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Ridgewell
Price Range: $116 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9

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