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“A terrific find”

The Black Horse Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 5 Restaurants in Pluckley
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A terrific find”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

Just had a day's outing up to Sissinghurst and had already identified a pub we decided to head to for lunch. However, we got a bit loss, and just carried on when we "stumbled" across this pub. As we did not even have our car road atlas with us, we were not even sure what village we were in nor our whereabouts.
What a goldmine of a find. We were warmly greeted by a very friendly bar maid who had a laugh about our lost status, so gave us some instructions as to where we should head for after we had some lunch.
The menu was just terffic, but after she informed us that the chef had just finished making some home made pasties, we both immediately went for these. I had not had a pasty for ages, and the last one I had was quite forgettable. But this was in a category of its own. Not only was the filling terrific and very nicely seasoned, but the pastry was the best I ever had - light and very tasty. And the home made fries were equally impressive. Even though the meal was quite filling, I could not resist a dessert and opted for a mince lattice pie - just terrific, served with a side jug of hot custard.
Not only was the meal absolutely great, but the pub and atmosphere was terrific. And to top it all, we were given a card that announced it as being England's oldest haunted pub! The bar maid was more than willing to share the history of the pub and haunting with us, including her personal experience! And then, having come back home and read up more on the pub, discovered it was used in "The Darling Buds of May".
What a great experience finding this pub was, and even though we live down in Eastbourne, about 40 miles away, we will go back. The evening dinner meal menu would be worth sampling sometime!!!!

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Bob W
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely country village pub”
Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

A really nice place to go for a meal - sometimes a bit quiet, don't let that put you off! It's a lovely place with the friendliest staff.

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challock
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great looking pub but”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

It was just not happening. No atmosphere. More like a youth club. Food was not bad.Real ale, nice. Pub used to be so busy and it deserves to be again.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank kenny a
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Chatham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very dog friendly pub”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

We had an excellent lunch time meal the food was delicious and Landlord and Landlady were very helpful. Our dog Max was made as welcome as we were and was pleased to meet the resident Golden Retrievers. Thank you we will call again.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Susan W
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Nice old pub”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We only stopped for a coffee. The staff were very friendly. The locals were friendly too. We stayed longer than we intended as it was interesting listening to the local gossip!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Ian K
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