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The black horse, Standlake, Oxfordshire

The black horse

4.2
4.2
192 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

The Black Horse Standlake

The Black Horse pub in Standlake near Witney is a welcoming pub, packed full of history and has had a lovely renovation opening up the restaurant area and adding a cosy atrium. Fantastic classically trained chefs and a beautiful menu to suit all sourced locally. So wether its lunch with friends, a celebration meal or casual drinks there really is something for everyone.

Please note, Opentable bookings are only accepted for food reservations only.

The Black Horse is a typical traditional English village pub and has been a pub since at least 1761 – the Grade II listed building is 16th century.

We actively cater for all dietary requirements, especially gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan. We also stock gluten-free beers and vegan wines.
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Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, Contemporary French

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed, Thu 12:00–14:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–17:00 Bar Mon, Tue 17:00–21:00 Dinner Wed–Sat 18:00–21:30

  • Phone number

    01865 300307

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Martin Sheriff

  • Area

    Witney

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 192 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oxford/Oxfordshire

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. SF

    StephenF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    Would have been nice to be told we were the very last diners & they shut at 5.00. Whrn we arrived the chef was eating on an adjacent table 4.45. Having completed our main meal everybody had disappeared. No desert eas offered.

  2. IR

    IanR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Freshly cooked and well presented, coped with allergy requests without any problem. Starters (fennel salad and beetroot/gnocchi) were excellent We both had fish which was chunky fillets, well cooked and very tasty Wouldn't hesitate to go back again

  3. CF

    ChrisF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We were disappointed with the limited choice of Main Dishes on the Menu. However the food we chose, Fish & Chips was good, although they were stingey with the number of chips served under the fish portion. The welcome was good, service good and the front of house attention was excellent.

  4. AH

    AshleyH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    The Sunday lunch is expensive but very good quality. We were disappointed that the beef had run out, but we did book very late, 4.30pm, just 30 minutes before service ended

  5. G

    Goldie

    Birmingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Food some meals small for the price. Waited quite a while for the food

  6. G

    Greg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic pub!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. NP

    NeilP

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    One of the best in West Oxfordshire for the standard of cooking. Deservedly building a fine reputation.

  8. C

    Cotswoldpa

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience1

    The food is good but overpriced considering the overall ambiance of the place. If you want to charge top gastro pub prices you need to ensure the environment is better aesthetically and the ambiance is less rustic.

  9. M

    iliasM

    Oxford

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Very good food at lunchtime, the fish and chips were great. Service excellent. Quiet and most enjoyable

  10. JR

    JeremyR

    Berkshire

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Enjoyed the IPA beer while it lasted …. but having two out of three tap beers run out is rubbish. Burgers were fab. Pork chop great but hugely overpriced - £24 for a good chop, a couple of new potatoes and some burnt leaf is outrageous. Ambience lively, staff excellent.

  11. E

    Emma

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really delicious roast dinner. Beef was cooked perfectly, and the meat wasn’t fatty at all. Vegetables all cooked beautifully and very flavourful. Excellent Yorkshire pudding. Sticky toffee pudding was amazing. Lovely pub with very pleasant atmosphere and staff were all very welcoming and friendly. Also very accommodating of the pram. Highly recommend.

  12. S

    Suebaz

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent roast and desserts, can’t recommend enough. Really looking forward to revisiting some time. Staff were really attentive and made us very welcome.

    The black horseResponded on 20 April 2022

    Hello Sue, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We look forward to your future visits, Josh

  13. I

    Imran

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    The pub is lovely and the setting beautiful. The thing that let the occasion down was the service. It was pretty quiet with only us (party of 4) and one other couple for lunch. Our waitress was very clearly new and didn’t know the menu or the answers to some of our queries. Not an issue at all as everyone needs to start somewhere but what was disappointing was the seemingly blasé behaviour of the manager who just left her to flounder and then shouted answers to our questions in a frustrated tone. Example, we clearly had young children and we had to prompt our waitress to find a children’s menu. Next, the chef proceeded to appear from the kitchen and have have an inappropriate and loud discussion with blasé manager. The final act was what looked like an all hands staff meeting in the bar when there were customers waiting. On the positives, I couldn’t fault the food which was great and plentiful. I would recommend the pub, but the staff (management in particular) need to professionalise their behaviour.

    The black horseResponded on 9 April 2022

    Hello Imran, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I will be sure to address the issues you have raised, I can only apologise that the tone of conversation was misconstrued. Emily is an excellent waitress in training and and asset to our team. Thank you for highlighting your concerns and we will look to rectify them in future. Josh

  14. NP

    NeilP

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Quality of cooking and service especially good. Prices are a little on the high side though not extortionate. We were sitting close to the public bar which was not ideal as noise levels rather high. Nevertheless, a very good culinary experience. The fish of the day, stone bass, was cooked to perfection.

    The black horseResponded on 7 April 2022

    Hello Neil, Thank you for your kind words, I will pass on your feedback to all involved. We look forward to seeing you soon. Josh

  15. RC

    RebeccaC

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely cosy pub, beautiful building. Menu fairly limited but our choices were good. The only thing was there was no vegetarian option on the mains. I did ask and was told they could do one of the starters as a main veggie option which was fine but I just feel in this day and age they should have at least one veggie and vegan option for a main meal. However, we really enjoyed our food and the waitress was delightful. I would definitely come back.

    The black horseResponded on 4 April 2022

    Hello Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to all involved. I will pass on your feedback to our chef regarding vegetarian options. We look forward to your future visits. Josh

  16. JS

    JohanneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great find! We will definitely be back and would highly recommend.

    The black horseResponded on 3 April 2022

    Hello Johanne, Thank you for taking the time to leave us review, I will be sure to pass on your kind comments to all involved. Josh

  17. MC

    MarianC

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely food and great service. Lovely atmosphere amongst the staff and customers.

    The black horseResponded on 2 April 2022

    Hello Marian, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I will be passing on your feedback to all involved, we look forward to your future visits. Josh

  18. PC

    PeterC

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    We found ourselves in a very smal corner with a table for two and it was very noisy in the bar area. We want to make it a good local for ourselves but food prices too high for a limited menu as there was no 'Special board'.

    The black horseResponded on 2 April 2022

    Hello Peter, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Unfortunately due to the layout of the business most of our restaurant and bar area is open plan. Due to our ever menu constantly changing we don't currently have a specials board. I hope this doesn't put you off returning in future. Josh

  19. e

    eddiner

    Oxford

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Steak night. Greats steaks, nice wine, good value. Would recommend the cheese board as well.

    The black horseResponded on 1 April 2022

    Hello Ed, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I will be sure to pass on your kind comments to all involved. We look forward to your future visits. Josh

  20. L

    Leahy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    very helpful waitresses, and the food was delicious, perfect for mothers day lunch

    The black horseResponded on 2 April 2022

    Hello Leahy, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. we look forward to welcoming you again soon. Josh

  21. C

    Campermad

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great gastropub on steak night. Good quality rump steak. Very accomodating staff especially with our little dog. Good ambience. Would definitely recommend.

    The black horseResponded on 26 March 2022

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm glad to see you enjoyed yourself, we look forward to seeing you soon. Josh

  22. KB

    KarenB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 March 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    quality of food was excellent. house wine was very good. service friendly . the only let down was the size of the pudding for the price( but maybe thats because i'm I northerner)

    The black horseResponded on 27 March 2022

    Hello Karen, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm sorry that you felt that the dessert was not to the size that you expected. I will have a discussion with the chef regarding desserts, it pleases me to see that you loved our food. We hope to see you again in future. Josh

  23. KB

    KateB

    Buckinghamshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I went for a meal for his birthday and would definitely go back again despite it being an hour from home. I am vegan and gluten intolerant but was made the most amazing butternut squash risotto, we were also given a vegan and gluten free dessert on the house, it was delicious. The staff were all really friendly and very welcoming

    The black horseResponded on 11 March 2022

    Hello Kate, Thank you for taking the time to leave us review. We strive to give a 5* experience to all of our guests I I will be sure to pass on the kind words to chef and all those involved. We look forward to seeing you again in future. Josh

  24. PW

    PaulW

    Surrey

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a warm welcome and, although early, were shown to our table. Our waitress was very friendly and professional and immediately got water and a biscuit for our dog. The food was absolutely delicious and portions were a good size too! Really enjoyed our visit and would definitely go again when in the area.

    The black horseResponded on 10 March 2022

    Hello Paul, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I will be sure to pass on your kind comments to all those involved. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Josh

  25. D

    Declan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place with great food and a great bar/pub area! Would highly recommend

  26. J

    Jensy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food & helpful friendly staff - will definitely be going back!

  27. MM

    MargaretM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This lunchtime experience with my family was perfect in every way. The staff were pleasant and very attentive. Good food and good company is all you need on a Sunday lunchtime.

    The black horseResponded on 23 February 2022

    Hello Margret, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, I will be sure to pass on your kind comments to all involved. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Josh

  28. B

    Blueeyes

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Friendly staff but food expensive for what it was. Presentation good but main was barely warm.

  29. GE

    GEORGEB

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 February 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    A lovely pub. Great ambience with lovely friendly staff. However when it came to food, there was little choice , it too long to come and the serving size small. The Burgers were overcooked and the curry was bland.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hong Kong

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Family dinner. Good.

    The black horseResponded on 31 January 2022

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We look forward to your future visits. Josh

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Pheasant starter was completely raw and waiter attempted to tell us that’s how it’s served, needless to say we didn’t wait for it to be recooked! Prawn starter was good, Mac & Cheese came straight from the microwave. Roast beef was good, Roast pork was poor and the kids burgers where not great. Service was ok, atmosphere was great. Just need to sort kitchen to justify the price range .

  32. B

    Boomz

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The pub is very quaint and cozy with a nice atmosphere. I found the Sunday lunch not great value for money. The lamb was fatty and beef was underdone whoever the sides were excellent. The service was good and maybe exploring other parts of the menu will give us a better experience.

    The black horseResponded on 13 January 2022

    Hello Boomz, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I will pass on your feedback to chef regarding the Sunday meats, we do have lots of positive feedback from most guest regarding the quality of meats we source locally. We are more than happy to cook your beef further on future visits upon request otherwise we serve our beef rare as standard. We look forward to your future visits. Kind Regards, Josh

  33. AE

    AEG1

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We had a good evening at the Black Horse. Food was delicious and well cooked, service was friendly and attentive. My only comment is value..£16 for a good pub burger is expensive. The chicken breast / pasta plate was small, and the choc fondant small for £8 although both delicious. I think the prices could come down £2-3 on mains to make this an all round 5 star review.

    The black horseResponded on 11 January 2022

    Hello AEG1, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We do regularly perform pricing surveys within the local competition to ensure our prices are in line with our competitors. We do strive to source our ingredients from the highest quality local competitors. I will pass on your feedback to chef. We look forward to seeing you soon! Josh

  34. TB

    TristanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent, so was the service. Really nice pub. We were sat by the roaring fire 🔥 Wonderful evening

    The black horseResponded on 8 January 2022

    Hello Tristan, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I will pass on the kind words to all involved and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Josh

  35. P

    Pammie

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and really lovely waitress. Highly recommended.

    The black horseResponded on 7 January 2022

    Hello Pamela, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, I will be sure to pass on your kind words to all involved. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Josh

  36. DR

    DavidR

    Oxford

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5

    Food was absolutely stunning. Ambiance was lovely with a really warm and cozy atmosphere. Only down side food was slow to arrive. However, it could be that staff were isolating and they may have been short. It really didn’t ruin the experience and we will definitely be back. Thank you for a wonderful Sunday diner 🍻

    The black horseResponded on 4 January 2022

    Hello David, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I will be sure to pass on your kind words to chef, unfortunately we were a man down in the kitchen on Sunday. Which did lead to slightly longer wait times than usual. We hope to see you again soon! Josh

  37. CP

    ChloeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious quality food - one of the great tasting meals that you remember for some time, superb and friendly service too. Great find, highly recommend.

    The black horseResponded on 4 January 2022

    Hello Chloe, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, I will be sure to pass on your kind words to all those involved. We look forward to your future visits. Josh

  38. BB

    BusyBee

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience1

    Waited an hour and a half for food, staff couldn't remember our drinks order, didn't have one of the main courses, had to choose another option, sat in the cold draft, food luke warm, ages to take away the dirty plates, heating broken, they were reluctant to put the fire on, sat with our coats on, didn't feel the staff cared, we won't go back, its a drinking hole, not a place to eat, better local pubs to choose from.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    Family reunion after 18 months.

    The black horseResponded on 28 October 2021

    Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. It is unfortunate to see that you have not had a 5* experience with us on this occasion. We hope you can give us an opportunity to show you our usual high quality food. Josh

  40. MM

    MrsM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 October 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Food was absolutely lovley apart from the ropey slices of beef, would have like a decent cut with Sunday dinner, grissle I can't abide.

    The black horseResponded on 6 October 2021

    Hello MrsM, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I will be sure to pass on your comments to our chefs. It certainly isn't the norm that our meat are of a poor standard as we source high quality prime cuts locally. I hope you can give us another chance to show you how brilliant our Sunday lunches usually are. Josh

FAQs

The black horse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01865 300307.

The black horse is rated 4.2 stars by 192 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 3 times today
Google Map for The black horse

81 High Street Standlake, Oxfordshire OX29 7RH

Additional information

  • Area

    Witney

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Wed, Thu 12:00–14:00 Fri, Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–17:00 Bar Mon, Tue 17:00–21:00 Dinner Wed–Sat 18:00–21:30

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private Lot

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Martin Sheriff

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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