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Friendly, welcoming and wonderful

As other reviewers have said, this pub is as far from a modern gastro-pub as you could find. The... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2018
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
A truly traditional pub with no frills!

No music, no one arm bandits, just good conversation.A real step back in time how's pubs were in my... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2018
Shaun C
Wantage, United Kingdom
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29 Jun 2018
“Friendly, welcoming and wonderful”
22 Apr 2018
“A truly traditional pub with no frills!”
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Unmarked Lane, Checkendon RG8 0TE, England
+44 1491 680418
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Reviewed 29 June 2018

As other reviewers have said, this pub is as far from a modern gastro-pub as you could find. The location is brilliant for walking, and the Black Horse is a treasure.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank DrivingwithDogs
Reviewed 22 April 2018

No music, no one arm bandits, just good conversation.A real step back in time how's pubs were in my dim and distant youth! Don't expect posh meals if you. are lucky you can get a real bacon baguette. Real ale straight from the cask absolutely...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Shaun C
Reviewed 23 March 2018

step back in time to a real old traditional English pub,great beer and sandwiches open fire and great surroundings well worth a visit.

Date of experience: March 2018
3  Thank mike e
Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

My husband and I called into The Black Horse while out for a walk on a cold, sunny Sunday in February. We were welcomed by a real fire and a gorgeous smell of bacon! We had a drink and a bacon baguette each for lunch....More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Nestled in a beautiful woodland setting, with lots of local paths for walking nearby. Great to see the real ales from local microbreweries served by gravity from the barrel. The interior is simple, hugely atmospheric and not been modernised, this this pub has SOUL!!!!!! Long...More

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank TravellersontheTyne
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Dear Lord, thank you for this genuine, quaint, crumbling old pub. Please place it in a protective bubble and never let a chav or oik find it. Like having a beer my great-grandmother's living room. Loved it.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank ellis-bell_1847
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Allelujah. Another REAL pub that has not suffered the decay that has destroyed so many other genuine old fashioned pubs. Warm and friendly with real ale served the only way it should be the Black Horse is a living breathing museum of a whole genre...More

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank ray r
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Don't go here if you want gastro food and trendy decor. If you want to step back in time and enjoy real ale straight from the cask there's nowhere better. And the hanging baskets are lovely in the summer.

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank LondonSkitripper
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Previous reviewers have more or less said it all. Chocolate box exterior with an interior from time gone by. 400 year old and run by members of the same family for 112 years. Log fire completing the overall old time effect of being in a...More

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank grahamjparr
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Brilliant pub beyond doubt old fashioned. Friendly landlord going down to cellar to collect beer then friendly family appearing from different doors. Crackling log fire and unpretentious surroundings added to atmosphere along with landlord's artistic ability. Great pub !!

Date of experience: February 2017
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