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Lady Does Lunch at The White Horse, Thruxton – May 2014

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I have been desperate to get out to The White Horse in Thruxton for lunch for some time, after hearing that the food was great. I also did a little stint as a weekend barmaid there over 20 years ago and I was aware there had been many changes since that time.

There is a large car park to the rear of The White Horse and a small rear entrance that takes you down a passageway to the bar area. A friendly welcome greeted us, as we approached the bar. We perched on the most comfortable bar stools we have ever encountered in a pub that you literally sink into. We ordered drinks and took menus with us to a cosy seated area. A busy day meant I needed access to emails and the waitress was all too happy to give out the password details. This is a big deal to someone who is effectively working over lunch. There is a separate dining area and booking is recommended if you wish to stay for lunch or dinner.

The waitress came to take the order: my friend ordered The ‘Herb Crusted Lamb Cutlets, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Seasonal Greens and Mint Jus’ £15.00, and I ordered the ‘Pulled Pork, BBQ Sauce and Apple Puree sandwich on brown bread’ £5.50, I asked for the sauces to be on the side.

We also ordered the Skinny Fries £3.00, the Hand Cut Chips, £3.00 and Onion Rings £3.00.

Vegetarian Options Include:

Starter – Twice Baked Mature Cheddar Soufflé with Mixed Salad Greens – £6.50

Main – Smoke Paprika, Aubergine, Courgette and Feta Risotto – £8.50

The friendly waitress laid a table for us along with a fresh bottle of still water. There was a small wait until the food arrived, during which I checked out the toilets, which were clean and bright and an extra nice touch was a lovely hand cream to use after washing your hands.

The meals arrived and my friend’s looked absolutely lovely, with three crispy lamb cutlets piled atop fresh spring greens and dauphinoise potatoes, with a deep rich jus poured over and around the plate. The jus was a deep red wine with just the right hint of mint running through it which complimented the well cooked, pink lamb. The iron rich greens cut through the mint and lamb and was complimented by the creamy potatoes with just the right amount of bite. A fantastic dish that is worth every penny of the £15.00 cost.

The meat in the pulled pork sandwich was succulent and soft, cooked long enough to fall apart. It was divine, served with home made smoked hickory BBQ sauce and a home made apple puree. I was very disappointed by the bread, which was a brown thinly sliced loaf. It was very fresh but was not robust enough to take the contents of the sandwich and was literally falling apart (see pictures). It took two hands to eat, and not because of its size, but rather its fragility.

We always like to try the different ‘chip’ options in any establishment we eat in, and today we were divided in opinion. I voted clearly for the hand Cut Chips whilst my friend had plumbed for the skinny fries. The onion rings could have done with another few minutes in the fryer, as the batter was still a little soggy and the onion a little too hard.

My friend wanted to order a dessert and chose the ‘Dark Chocolate Fondant, Raspberry Coulis and Pistachio Ice Cream’ – £6.00 and I wanted to try the Home Made Lavender Ice Cream – One Scoop £1.25.

The fondant arrived as a work of art, a beautiful presentation with the best yet to come, breaking into the fondant revealed a chocolate lava bursting out from its constraints of soft, delicious sponge. The pistachio ice cream complimented the dark chocolate, but please, more raspberry coulis next time!

The lavender ice cream was an amazing experience that took me back to heady summer days. I felt like I was being kissed by a lavender bush as I took a spoonful of the soft creamy dessert.

I recommend the White Horse in Thruxton and am giving it a Silver award.

  • Free Wifi
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Car Parking

Contact The White Horse on 01264 772401 or www.whitehorsethruxton.co.uk to book a table.

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