White Horse, The
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
2.66/5 rDev -36.4%
What a difference a few years makes. Decided to stop by here for a quick beer with BA RichLightWeight on my way to Heathrow after an excellent weekend in London.
The whole visit was laughable. Just after midday and we entered a quiet Sloaney Pony. Given that time was pressing I ordered a half of Roosters Yankee and Rich ordered an Echte Kriek ..this is where the fun started.
Our Server - I forget his name but Ill call him Kevin as it seems appropriate as he acted like one - was a cross between Mr. Magoo, Brains from Thunderbirds, looked like Elvis Costello and had the demeanor of Inspector Clouseau. He tried to pull an Echte Kriek for Richard from the completely wrong tap; it took Richard to point out the right one. But they were still cleaning the lines, rather shabby that, good Pubs typically do that before they open. Even so when it was pointed out by another dude behind the bar (one who knew what he was doing) that they were cleaning the lines, he still tried to pull an Echte Kriek from the tap Richard was pointing to go figure! OK, so he gave up on that and said it was being cleaned and then proceeded to tell Richard about other keg Lagers that they had WTF!? OK, so my turn, Ill take a half of Roosters Yankee, took him a while to find the right Handpump and then he grabbed a Pint glass, I reminded him that I wanted a half only duh! Finally after all that, we find that he has all the Mathematic skills of an Enron Accountant. He stood at the bar trying to work out the prices and then wanted some £5 odd for the two halves, both Richard and I reminded him that we had half Pints took another minute or too to figure that out ..I am thinking dude you have a cash register to add up for you ..but there in also lay trouble, he didnt seem to know how to use it, it took all of 5 minutes (no exaggeration) to get my change, at times I figured he had fallen asleep standing up at the cash register as he stared at it, thankfully the other dude came back and speeded things up a bit. I swear it took nearly 10 minutes overall and many, many reminders and corrections to get two quick halves. Utterly crap service. Totally Laughable.
Range is still good, when they are not cleaning the lines out during working hours, which did not impress me I have to say.
Quality was shit; the Roosters Yankee was flat, insipid and lifeless. Didnt have the heart to take it back after the length of time it took originally, so it was time to leave and head to the Airport where the quality of the Greene King World Cup beer and service at Heathrow T1 Wetherspoons was better than here!!
So I re-mark my original from below accordingly. Do I feel bad about marking it down? NO. Yes I know they can do better, but the whole point is that they did not.
Good range for sure, but the White Horse feels like it is resting on its Laurels and seems to employ them along with Hardy behind the bar.
Im in no hurry to come back here, if I will at all, too may better joints in London these days.
Last Visit: Monday 26th June, 2006
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LEGENDARY. And that is no understatement. Imposing looking building that was tidied up in 1999 with a sympathetic refurbishment. At the Northern end of Parsons Green (the nearby triangular park area). I had the best Pint of Draught Bass that I have ever had in my 18 years drinking here, as well as many of the special beers from the Bass Museum Brewery. Also sells Highgate Dark Mild on a regular basis. All of the other Handpumps sell a rotating, ever changing, choice of Guest Beers, which are a combination of some of the best beers the UK has to offer plus some newbies from independents - ALL in exceptionally good condition. Very friendly, welcoming atmosphere, I just love lounging around in the leather sofas - it is just like drinking at home. When the weather is nice you can sit outside and watch life in SW6 as it happens, but be prepared to fight for a seat. The high quality of the beverages also extends to the Food. I am unhealthy, and love the big English Fried Breakfast (ah, what the hell?!?), but the other food is wholesome and well made. Service is just superb. Also has a good range of Belgium and UK Bottled Beers plus a small selection from further a field. Frequently holds Beer Festivals, often themed (e.g. Milds, IPA's, etc.). Cask Marque accredited. Make the trip - it's worth it.
Original Scores: 4.5 / 5.0 / 4.5 / 4.5 / 4.5 = 4.65
07-08-2006 07:46:38 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
This pub is in a pretty posh part of London and when the weather is nice you can enjoy a Saturday BBQ and take your pint across the street to the green. It's not far from a tube station so it's easy to get to if you're coming from another part of the city.
No televisions means that you can bring something to occupy your time and still be able to think or you can saddle up to the bar or one of the community tables and enjoy the conversation.
When I was last there I talked with some of the staff. This place makes all the bar staff go through continuing education on a regular basis and they all seemed knowledgeable on the beers and ales they served.
What I especially liked was the wide range of abv available to fit the occasion.
02-12-2014 03:08:22 | More by VelvetCesc
4.14/5 rDev -1%
This is a smallish boozer tucked away out of the hustle and bustle.
The place is a tad worn, yet still comfy. The fireplace looked inviting on a cool, damp evening, but it wasn't lit.
The pints were served in the proper glasses with nearly the perfect pour (quite a bit just spilled over). The food passing by looked pretty good and plentiful, but we had already eaten.
The landlord was attentive and pleasant enough, although he appeared a bit worm himself. Who knows? Maybe he had some pressing thoughts on his mind at the moment.
A view of the Parsons can be had from the patio. The waitress had a thick Slavic accent, but she seemed to know which beer was what. And the selections were very decent!
We're glad to have ducked in out of a cool drizzle. It wasn't really listed in any of the beer beer guides a few years ago, but seems to be gaining some respect. It's a joint that if you lived nearby you might frequent pretty often.
08-17-2012 18:13:24 | More by BeerResearcher
4.13/5 rDev -1.2%
Bustling spot in a rather posh area of London. Close to a subway stop. I was there in June 2011 and they had a barbecue food menu and a huge patio that was packed.
Inside it's a nice, typical looking pub. There seemed to be a more formal dining area in the back - possibly for their prix-fixe. I was with 3 others and we ate. Food was great - very British. Bangers and mash were delicious and every one was pleased. Had the summer pudding for dessert, however, and was disappointed. Small serving of an overly gelatinous, flavourless slice.
The beer selection is big. They have a large selection of cask beers and just as many gassed taps as well as a huge bottle list. Bottles ranged from moderately price to extremely expensive (something like 40 pounds for Sink the Bismarck!) but the selection was ridiculously large. Draught was decently priced, if a bit expensive. I had two pale ales of which I'd never heard. One porter. Everything was great. They also have a beer recommendation for every dish they serve which is nice for the under-educated.
The service was good for us. No problems.
Definitely recommend this spot, especially if you are in the area. I didn't get a chance to visit many beer-centric pubs in London but I am quite positive this would be one of the better ones.
07-13-2011 21:23:26 | More by slowfade
United Kingdom (England)
4.43/5 rDev +6%
I drink here whenever I have the chance.
Always a pumping atmosphere, often a bit too crowded, but you can always get served. There are loads of trendy and wannabe types but I'm probably one of them so that doesn't concern me too much. I'm here for the beer.
I've had experience with brilliant and terrible service. Once being ordered to vacate a table that wasn't reserved for another hour, and another time forgetting to pay my bill and having to go back in the morning, hat in hand to pay it, just to enjoy some quality banter and another beer with the staff. (A souther tier 2xIPA from memory).
The quality is generally good. The cask ales are well looked after and served at appropriate temperatures. I don;t eat here often because its a touch expensive, but when I have, the food is good in both quality and portion size.
The price of beer here is really not too bad. I had a night out here a few months back with another beer nerd, and including dinner, I think it came to around £70 for the 2 of us.
This place is definitely in the list of places to hit when drinking beer in London.
EDIT: The beer festivals held here are excellent. I've been to a few now (US, Aussie and UK Winter Ales) and always get my fill.
02-16-2011 14:22:34 | More by Trizzle
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
Stopped by a couple of times on a recent trip to London.
The White Horse is very easy to get to -- just off the Parsons Green tube stop. We were looking for someplace that had real ale and a solid selection of other beers. Since I was with my wife, I was also looking for more of a gastropub, so that she wouldn't feel like she was being dragged along to watch me quaff a few pints.
The White Horse came through on all fronts -- more than a dozen cask offerings; over a 1/2 dozen guest taps; a bottled list the size of a small phone book; excellent food.
Pints averaged 3 pounds for the cask items I had (plus real cider for my wife)...Espresso Oak-Aged Yeti plus Gonzo were on draft, too -- those were slightly higher. However, I couldn't justify the 30 pounds for a Westvleteren 12.
The food was excellent -- one of the best meals we ate in London. The White Horse had traditional pub fare (fish n chips, ploughmans, etc), but also had raspberry/mushroom/goat cheese tart with a chestnut salad, gnocchi, and foie gras. Potato wedges with sweet chili sauce and sour cream made for excellent munchies while downing a few watching Six Nations Rugby one afternoon.
Service was fantastic -- although we had a primary waiter for food, no fewer than 4 front-of-house folks checked in on us. Additionally, you can easily head to the bar to order and cash out.
If you find yourself in London, The White House at Parsons Green is definitely worth a visit.
02-14-2011 00:24:52 | More by tchaos
White Horse, The in London, United Kingdom (England)
93 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.