The infamous White Horse in Parsons Green has not only been refurbished, but it has also shaken up its menu, The Handbook team headed over on Friday night to see what was going on and try some of the great food they had to offer.
We were sat upstairs in the dining room, lit by candles, it’s a snug retreat from the bustling bar downstairs. After some olives, we started with the Scallops with roasted squash puree, chestnut butter and bacon, in one word it was: gorgeous. The scallops worked so well with the roasted squash, the presentation was creative, and it was just the right size. Although at £13 is definitely on the more expensive side for a starter, although that said the other starters were not this expensive.
We then chose the Steak with marrow, béarnaise and chips, and the Chicken and Bacon pie with mash potato and broad beans. The steak was succulent and perfectly cooked and the pie was incredibly rich in flavour but still light and not at all stodgy or weighty. Which meant there was definitely space left for pudding, and it was the puddings that really were the crowning glory. We had the Potted custard caramel with lavender short bread and the Hazelnut chocolate brownie with peanut butter ice cream. Fancying myself as a bit of a brownie connoisseur, these brownies did not fail to impress, they were incredibly indulgent, gooey and sugary making the saltiness of the peanut butter ice cream the ultimate match. The custard and shortbread were light, creamy and the lavender was subtle enough to give the shortbread a real summer flavour without being sickly.
We were also given a tour of the cellars and one of the things the White Horse does and does well is beer and ale, they have hundreds of varieties, and apart from three ales they keep on regularly you will be lucky to see the same ale twice in a year. They also have many of the specialty beers and ales that many other pubs don’t stock, as well as an extensive wine list. It is definitely worth asking which wine they recommend, as the list is rather encyclopedic and without good knowledge it can be a little daunting to choose.
The White Horse is a local pub, with a great drinking crowd but the food should not be overlooked, against such an established reputation for ales and beers, it really holds its own.
Reservations, 020 7736 2115