The White Horse

4.4
286 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.

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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 286 People Are Saying
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Pedro
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was delicious; the surroundings were spacious and airy; the atmosphere at lunchtime was very pleasant; most importantly, Ella served us brilliantly with an efficient, professional and friendly manner.

The White Horse
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Pedro, we are overjoyed to hear about your wonderful visit to us. Ella is an asset to the team and clearly it shows! Hope to see you again soon.

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DanielR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service from the off ,stafg very attentive ,good food pork belly was scrummy will be back

The White Horse
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you Daniel for kind words and wonderful 5 stars! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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Harpy
8 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent attention
Staff were great
We ate outside it was a cool evening but blankets were plentiful
One enhancement to consider would be heaters for table as pandemic aware diners prefer outside venues

The White Horse
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Harpy, thanks for your kind words we are very pleased you enjoyed your meal and the team looked after you well. We will of course take on board your feedback. We do hope to see you again soon.

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Reesy
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were very helpful and attentive. Varied menu. Fish and chips were amazing.

The White Horse
Responded on 1 September 2021

Thank you Reesy, we are so glad you loved your visit to us. The fish and chips are an absolute team favorite too! Please do come and see us again soon.

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LthatLs
Hertfordshire
15 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Lovely outside setting. Food really good. Staff friendly, but service lacking. Not the first time we’ve had to chase up for coffees and bill.

The White Horse
Responded on 27 August 2021

Thanks for your kind words regarding the food and setting. Sorry to hear you had to chase a few bits on this occasion. We will of course take your feedback on board, this is not how we want our guests to leave us feeling.

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nick
London
9 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Venue

The White Horse
Responded on 25 August 2021

Thank you nick, please do come by and see us again soon!

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ChristineT
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful seating outside great food and good service

The White Horse
Responded on 25 August 2021

Thank you ChristineT for your kind words, we would love to see you again soon!

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KarrieAnne
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really pleased that the White Horse has improved, food and service both excellent.

The White Horse
Responded on 25 August 2021

Thank you KarrieAnne, so pleased that we impressed you and we have gone up in your expectations. We would love to wow you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating. Great food and drink with friendly service

The White Horse
Responded on 25 August 2021

Thank you so much for this 5 star review, we would love to welcome you back again soon!

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anniew
Hertfordshire
14 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We had a great meal at The White Horse a few weeks ago so we decided to come back with family. The service was great but the food was disappointing and the bill seemed really high for what we had. Overall we were a bit disappointed. Hopefully this was just a blip as it’s a great place.

The White Horse
Responded on 8 August 2021

Oh no anniew- that doesn't sound like us. Contact us at reservations@peachpubs.co m so we can find out more about your experience and try to put right

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Food was lovely and always enjoy the feel of this restaurant, however some of the service took a lot longer for drinks. There was a long delay for coffee after the meal also, but this was then complimentary.

The White Horse
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Harpy, thanks for your kind words we are very pleased you enjoyed your meal we are sorry that service seemed a little more laid back than usual. We will of course take on board your feedback. We do hope to see you again soon.

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vipChrisL
Hertfordshire
15 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good service and an outstanding desert.

The White Horse
Responded on 30 July 2021

Thank you Chris for this 5 star review! We hope to see you back again soon.

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RajanB
Devon
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
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 on 24 July 2021

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 on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always - quality food and excellent staff service

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penman
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
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
58 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
10 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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FAQs

The White Horse is rated 4.4 stars by 286 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.