Hampshire, SP11 8EE
Tel: 01264 772401
Gluten free: Just ask
Parking: Own car park
Loos: Above average
Occasionally one is lucky enough to discover a gem of a restaurant! The 15th century Grade 2 listed building, The White Horse, is such a place and it will now be our mission to spread the word…. it is worth seeking out, the food is fabulous!
Two of us visited recently. Bit confusing when you arrive as you cant see the front door but we later discovered that as a result of some planning abomination the front door faces and is only a few feet from, the very high wall on top of which is the A303, such a shame but ignore, once inside you can then enjoy the ambiance of this historic building.
We were warmly welcomed by the staff and were shown to our table in the delightful dining room. They were busy with several large parties but our service was very good; all the staff we encountered were friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We were promptly served with warm home made pumpkin bread, a sign of the delights to come!
The menu is small and interesting. We chose our starters from the main menu, Salt and Chilli Squid, Rocket Salad & Aioli and Pan Seared Scallops, Black Pudding, Apple Purée & Home Cooked Crisps. Our mains were from the bar menu… The White Horse Pie of The Day, Chicken & Camenbert, Hand Cut Chips & Buttered Green Beans and Crispy Skin Pork Belly, Crushed New Potatoes, Red Wine Jus & Caramelised Onion. Every mouthful of every dish was a delight, beautifully presented and generous portions!
At only £1 a scoop you can satisfy your sweet tooth with a taste of their home made ice cream. Very unusual flavours including their latest invention bacon ice cream… it was lovely and it did have bits of bacon in it! We of course had 2 scoops to share, the other favour we tried, brown bread.
Delighted to meet and be able to complement Chef/Manager Norelle. She is a lovely laid back Aussie who has lived in the UK for a few years and has an impressive local CV. We highly recommend you go and try her cuisine…. OZ’s loss… our gain!
They also do B & B in their refurbished extension and there is a large garden for summer al fresco dining and drinking, booking essential.
Ladies Who Lunch: The White Horse, Thruxton Scoring
5/5 Quality of food
5/5 Variety of menu
4/5 Staff and service
4/5 Ambiance and decor
4/5 Value for money
22/25 Total yummy factor
Ladies Who Lunch: score key
The higher the “Yummy” factor, the better the food and service.
The higher the number of £ signs the more expensive. (Roughly one £ sign = £5 per head).
5/5 Cannot be improved upon
4/5 Very good
If you visit, please tell them that Ladies Who Lunch in Hampshire sent you!