The White Horse

4.4
273 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
The White Horse is a delightful old pub in Hatching Green. Five minutes from the bustling centre of Harpenden on the one hand & Junction 9 of the M1 on the other, the pub has a lovely country setting, surrounded by a large leafy garden & terrace.


The bar is warm & cosy, with old parquet & low beams hung with antique copper jugs, while the dining room is light & fresh, its French windows opening onto a sunny terrace. In our charming private dining room, up a winding stair in the oldest part of the pub, we can comfortably host a dinner party for twelve.

Support The White Horse during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 273 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.3
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4.3
ambience
4.1
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RajanB
Devon
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall very good - possibly a slight variation with the evening menus for vegetarian options needed as it’s the same in the day time .

The White Horse
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you RajanB for your 5 star review, so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We will absolutely take your comments regarding our vegetarian options on board. We hope to see you again soon!

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JohnC
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always - quality food and excellent staff service

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penman
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A pleasant ambience and friendly service Effective spacing of tables

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ChrisSawyer
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really lovely atmosphere, excellent menu beautifully cooked, friendly service. Thanks for a great evening!

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Anon
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Very nice atmosphere overall. We sat outside and it was really nice. Portions were a bit on the small side. Would be nice to have children’s options on the breakfast menu too.

The White Horse
Responded on 17 July 2021

So glad you had a good time, we appreciate your very feedback and will take this on board, please come back and see us soon.

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Jojo
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere in the White Horse is so buzzing and lively. The food is delicious and the service attentive.
It can get pretty noisy so not great for me with hearing difficulties, but I’d still totally recommend you experience this fabulous restaurant.

The White Horse
Responded on 17 July 2021

So glad you had a good time and the team looked after you., we appreciate your feedback, please come back and see us soon

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Vespasian
London
14 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food of high quality, staff excellent very friendly, very popular place and rightly so.

The White Horse
Responded on 10 July 2021

So glad you had a good time, we appreciate your very positive feedback, please come back and see us soon Vespasian.

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JasonC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We booked for late dinner (8pm) but kitchen had closed early so couldn’t order hot food from main menu. I get that sometimes kitchen close early depending on level of activity but there was still another hour before closing time. It’s unfortunate as we enjoy the White Horse. We decided to go elsewhere.

The White Horse
Responded on 7 July 2021

Thanks for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed would love to pick this up with you directly. Please do get in touch with us at reservations@peachpubs.co m so we can look to putting this right.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Great service.

The White Horse
Responded on 3 July 2021

Fantastic news- thank you for the great review

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
57 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great location and friendly staff food could be better for the price

The White Horse
Responded on 26 June 2021

Thank you for your review and feedback- we value all guests comments. We do hope to welcome you back soon!

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alouisew
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Limited menu. Automatically served pint of soft drinks without requesting - small niggle. IT was cold as heaters had been moved to football area (empty). Duck main sauce was overpowering and Cod main whilst fish was well cooked, hard to find any accompanying vegetable amongst the rice. Starters nicely presented but expensive for portion size as compared to other local venues offering very similar options. Roast was very average. A shame as its such a great location / venue.

The White Horse
Responded on 22 June 2021

Thank you for your review- we value all guest feedback. It's disappointing to hear your visit was not up to our usual standards. We would love to chat direct and make amends? Please get in touch at reservations@peachpuns.co m.

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vipfoodbob
London
9 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was fairly good.. Steak a little thin. pie was good. Needs a bit more excitement on menu. Great service and ambience.

The White Horse
Responded on 17 July 2021

Thanks for taking the time to review us, It looks like by your grading we fell short on the food. We love to listen and learn so we will take your comments on board. We hope to welcome you back again soon.

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NicolaB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We were really looking forward to our lunch for mum's birthday, but unfortunately the food and the attitude of one member of staff fell well below what was hoped for and expected. Two of us had the burger and it was so overcooked, only managed to stomach about a third of it. When we told the waiter, his response after speaking to the chef was "that's how it comes". He suggested that he had informed management, but that they were disinterested. With no reduction in the bill and the waiter clearly not caring in the slightest, even when we said we wouldn't come back again, we asked to speak to a manager. I will say the manager could not have reacted better, was very apologetic and remedied the situation by refunding us for the burgers. We were told the burgers have to be fully cooked like that due to how they get them, but that doesn't excuse how the waiter dealt with it. We won't go back, which is a shame. Maybe if you try something else you'll be luckier.

The White Horse
Responded on 20 June 2021

Hi Nicola, Thank you for sharing your feedback- we are always listening to our guests and try to rectify any wrong doings. This doesn’t sound like our usual high standards. Would you be able to get in touch direct at reservations@peachpubs.co m, so we can discuss and investigate further? Hopefully speak soon.

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Saumya7
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

The venue is in a beautiful location with large garden areas to eat outside. This is the one thing that encouraged us to go there.
Upon arrival we were told ‘walk-ins’ were not considered as they operate at full capacity and they take bookings only. We were extremely disappointed so we went back to the car to check if we can book online and slots were available. We managed to wait 15 mins in the car and get a booking but it would have helped if the staff actually checked or asked us to book online.
We sat at the table and decided to order via the QR code which displayed a limited menu. Every time we went to order something, the app suggested we couldn’t because it wasn’t available. After ten mins we asked staff to assist and take the booking. We received chips with no condiments. Coffee was bought to me with sugar but no teaspoon or milk. We felt that we were inconveniencing the staff a little too much but this should be standard. Not sure the staff were trained well enough. All in all I think the service lacked in many ways.

The White Horse
Responded on 6 June 2021

Oh No- I am sorry to hear you recent visit with us was anything less than great! We would love the opportunity to discuss this with you directly and hopefully make amends. Please email us at reservations@peachpubs.co m Thank you for your review.

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JohnC
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great - as is always the case

The White Horse
Responded on 5 June 2021

Ah thanks John- please come see us again soon!

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KeithJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was great! Very tasty and not your usual pub grub! The service was average. But on saying that we would good again.

The White Horse
Responded on 3 June 2021

Thanks for your review. We would love to know how could achieve 4/5 stars? Please let us know at reservations@peachpubs.co m

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cdnintheuk
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely going back! Loved the huge outdoor space.

The White Horse
Responded on 3 June 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars and we are pleased you enjoyed the garden!

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SamanthaA
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service from our waitress

The White Horse
Responded on 1 June 2021

Aw so pleased you enjoyed, thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and a great meal

The White Horse
Responded on 29 May 2021

Great news- thank you!

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vipLucylu
London
71 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

waited too long for waiter to order drinks, had to call one over even though 4 or 5 were standing around. it was not busy.
prawns were tiny and cold.
being outside dogs are welcome, smelt dog all the time.

The White Horse
Responded on 29 May 2021

Thanks for your review Lucylu. We would love to chat direct about your visit? Please get in touch at reservations@peachpubs.co m

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JennaL
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

They could make everything a bit nicer to reflect price pancakes bacon and syrup is as said no nice berries or something exciting on the plate quite basic. Scrambled eggs the worst I’ve ever so grainy yuck. Such a shame as the place is so lovely and staff are so friendly

The White Horse
Responded on 25 May 2021

Thank you for your feedback JennaL. Glad to hear the team were friendly and looked after you, however It's disappointing to hear about your meals. We pride ourselves on great food, so it's never good to hear when we have slipped and we really wish we could of rectified your meals during your visit. Please do get in touch at reservations@peachpubs.co m. As we would love to welcome you back, show you our true standards and make amends.

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vipFamilyNaughton
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

The White Horse
Responded on 23 May 2021

Great news- thank you!

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teetotaler
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Context of this review is that it was the 2nd day of re-opening restaurants in the UK following Covid-19 (May 2021). The restaurant seemed disorganised, the staff seemed to be having issues with almost every customer table (slow, delayed items, missing items) and the food unfortunately was not that nice. Fried chicken tasted as if it had been fried in the same oil as fish items. The burger was overcooked, the salad items with it a bit lacking. The non-alcoholic Apple Mojito was really good. I would not recommend based upon my experience.

The White Horse
Responded on 21 May 2021

Thanks for your feedback. We are sorry to hear that everything was not right and would love to pick this up with you directly. Please do get in touch with us at reservations@peachpubs.co m so we can look to putting this right.

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CatherineC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I booked here for the first time and I was very impressed. The food was gorgeous and the staff where great . It was a really a lovely lunch and the service was spot on . I would definitely be returning with the whole family and very impressed with everything , could not fault this pub and we even manage to stay warm as they have heaters outside .

The White Horse
Responded on 16 May 2021

Aw thanks for the lovely review Catherine- we do hope to you and the family soon!

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NIcholasB
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, nice venue and they seated myself and my elderly mother right next to the outdoor heaters which was especially good of them.

The White Horse
Responded on 16 May 2021

Thanks for the great review Nicholas!

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PaulH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a lovely night at the White Horse, very good set up during lockdown. Great service and lovely food

The White Horse
Responded on 14 May 2021

Thanks Paul- we have done our very best! Glad you had a good time, come back soon!

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IanM
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and service. Very happy........................

The White Horse
Responded on 12 May 2021

Great to hear- thanks Ian!

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Scoreboard
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Service was friendly, but generally slow. We even had to ask for menus.

Food was OK but nothing special

The White Horse
Responded on 12 May 2021

Thanks for your review- we value all guest feedback. We would love to know more about your visit. Please email us at reservations@peachpubs.co m.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice setting blankets provided good covid measures. I had scallops to start which were delicious but the veggie special of tomato risotto was a little disappointing and very over priced at £17

The White Horse
Responded on 8 May 2021

Thank you for your review- we are always listening to our guests. Glad to hear the scallops were delicious, however I'm sorry to read about the risotto. Next time you book please email us reservations@peachpubs.co m and we will ensure you are look after.

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LthatLs
Hertfordshire
14 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very well set up for outdoor ‘Covid’ dining. Food excellent. Service could be a little quicker. Overall very good though.

The White Horse
Responded on 8 May 2021

Thanks for the review- we're so glad you enjoyed. Sorry the service was a little slow, it has been a busy start! We hope to see you again soon.

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TimP
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great ambience and staff were really accommodating. Unfortunately the food was disappointing and massively overpriced. Sunday roast was ok if unspectacular but the miso cod was bland, dry and seemingly lacking some
of the ingredients mentioned in the description. Disappointing.

The White Horse
Responded on 4 May 2021

Thanks for your review Tim. Glad to hear the team were accommodating but we would love to chat direct about your meals. Please could you email us at reservations@peachpubs.co m. Thanks again!

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vipmitchel
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Outside space great, staff lovely and food good. Only problem is rthsi s not really a place for a cold day or evening dining. All the heaters ar for the tables in the centre, most of the dining tables ar eon the perimeter and there were no heaters so it was just freezing. We noted that many of the heaters were not working. So not a place for al fresco until it gets warmer , then it will be fantastic.

The White Horse
Responded on 2 May 2021

Oh no -what a shame, we are sorry about that. We do have an area which is not heated but this is generally used for walkin trade if the weather is right and not bookable. We will check all our heaters and make sure they are all working. Please do come back and see us again!

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Lolaxxxxx
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really lovely little place
Good food
Nice atmosphere

The White Horse
Responded on 27 April 2021

Thank you for the lovely feedback- we hope t see you again soon

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely to be back safe and friendly

The White Horse
Responded on 27 April 2021

And its good to back serving our lovely guests again. Come back and see us soon

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egr101
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely brunch in the outdoor seating area. Service was prompt, efficient and friendly which is all you can ask for really. The food was delicious - I had the full english breakfast with perfect poached eggs; my wife had the smashed avocado which was lovely and lemony with a chilli kick. No complaints other than maybe a slightly bigger portion of beans :)

Ambience is very nice outside and we had a relaxing time. The only minor detraction is the outside area is very close to a busy road but closed off enough for it not to be too bothersome.

Highly recommended!

The White Horse
Responded on 27 April 2021

Thank you for your review- sorry if we were a little shy on the beans, please feel free to ask for more next time. Come back and see us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food amazing great place

The White Horse
Responded on 19 April 2021

Thanks for the five stars

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JulieE
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great first day out from lockdown

The White Horse
Responded on 21 April 2021

Yay! Thanks for choosing us Julie, we hope to see you again soon

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Had a table not in the tented areas but around the corner no lighting had to use phone light to choose food from menu and again to look at the food when it came as you could not see what you were eating. Slow service and disappointing food

The White Horse
Responded on 19 April 2021

Oh no, so sorry about this - its been a really busy week for us and we have found our selves a little rushed off our feet occasions- which is the reason for the slower than normal service! Please forgive us. We are also looking at our outside lighting in that particular area- We are doing our very best to get the outside experience right and value your feedback. Please come back and see us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service, very friendly staff, food amazing and good value. Having to sit outside because of lockdown wasn't too bad even in the cold as the staff kept the outdoor log burner nice and burning for our table so it was reasonably warm, I would definitely recommend and will be going back soon.

The White Horse
Responded on 17 April 2021

Thank you !! We hope to see you agin soon

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lynnell
Hertfordshire
6 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed a tasty lunch alfresco on the terrace, fortunately hot water bottles were supplied to keep us warm :) Service was slow but they can be forgiven as busy due to 1st week since re-opening.

The White Horse
Responded on 27 April 2021

Thank you for your understanding, come back and see us again

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FAQs

The White Horse is rated 4.4 stars by 273 OpenTable diners.

The White Horse does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://peach-pubs.vouchercart.com/category/the-white-horse-2723.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.