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The White Horse

4.3
4.3
325 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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Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 09:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 09:00–00:00 Sun 09:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01582 469290

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Dan Kennie

  • Private party facilities

  • Private party contact

    Sam: 01582 469290

  • Area

    Harpenden

  • Parking Details

    The White Horse has a large car park to the side of the pub.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 325 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. VD

    ValerieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had outside table but it wasn't service, we had to order at the bar though staff very helpful. Worth checking.

    The White HorseResponded 3 days ago

    Thank you for your 5 stars Valerie, we hope to see you again soon!

  2. DA

    DAVIDJ

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    CHARMING LADY AND FOOD EXCELLENT. ON A TRICKY DAY TOO. WELL DONE WHITE HORSE INN.

    The White HorseResponded on 4 May 2022

    Thanks for your wonderful review David!

  3. j

    jackiewkc

    London

    73 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3

    20 pounds for roast beef and the portion was so small that I thought they gave it to me as a starter, the quality was average at best. The served the food very quickly but maybe there’s a reason for it. The only good thing was that the staff were friendly.

    The White HorseResponded on 4 May 2022

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your recent visit, we are upset to hear we did not reach our full potential and show you how we really do here at The White Horse, please get in touch with us directly so we can investigate this further.

  4. KM

    KarenM

    Bedfordshire

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday lunch with a friend, lovely food, friendly staff will definitely go back

    The White HorseResponded on 1 May 2022

    Thank you for the fabulous review Karen, we are so pleased you enjoyed your birthday lunch!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service

    The White HorseResponded on 25 April 2022

    Thanks for the 5 stars anon!

  6. R

    Rosieb

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely lunch at the white horse on Saturday, had the crab crumpet with watercress for starters and the chicken schnitzel. Great wine list and has my favourite Lugana which was fabulous. Service came with a smile and some well chosen cheeky banter which was perfect. Feel very lucky to have this lovely pub so close.

    The White HorseResponded on 18 April 2022

    And we feel lucky to have such amazing locals! Thank you Rosie for this beautiful review, we hope to see you again for a glass of Lugana soon!

  7. a

    anon

    London

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service and good food, but slightly smaller portions for Sunday lunch than we would have liked - except for the Yorkshire which seemed to be being used as a plate filler!

    The White HorseResponded on 12 April 2022

    We are so happy to hear you were made to feel so welcome by the team, we are sorry to hear the food did not exceed your expectations and I'm sorry we fell short on your visit on our usual standards. We do hope to welcome you back soon and demonstrate to you our true standards that we are so proud of. Thanks again for sharing your feedback.

  8. GR

    GeoffR

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 March 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    I had lunch with three others and was disappointed by my food. The starter was no more than ok. The beef pie was of good quality but then I am familiar with it as we also buy them from the same online supplier; it was a bit over-baked. The mashed potatoes were not to my taste. What I was very pleased with was being able to have a "smidgen" of cheese, a single portion - a great idea. Overall, I could not recommend the White Horse for good food.

    The White HorseResponded on 19 March 2022

    Geoff thank you for your feedback. Its good to hear the team were great but we are sorry the meals were not quite right. Please contact reservations@peachpubs.co m with your review so we can chat further

  9. PT

    PatriciaT

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Many thanks to the staff for coping so efficiently yesterday with our walking group of 14. The food arrived promptly and was of a high standard. Throughout our visit the staff were helpful and polite making the lunchtime meal a very pleasant experience.

    The White HorseResponded on 16 March 2022

    Thank you for joining us Patricia! We are so pleased you had such a great time, see you again soon.

  10. B

    Bettyboop

    Essex

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Sadly this was the worst meal we have ever had here and the service was poor even though the restaurant was nearly empty. Perhaps it was a mistake to go on a Monday. We will not be back any time soon.

    The White HorseResponded on 16 March 2022

    Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your recent visit, we are upset to hear we did not reach our full potential and show you how we really do here at peach, please get in touch with us directly so we can investigate this further.

  11. KW

    KeriW

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Mum said best Fish and chips she has ever had!! We had two dogs and the bar had a ratio of 1 dog to 3 Humans .. perfect for us all v friendly, easy ,great service , very attentive even though they were so busy. and Halloumi Chips- heaven!

    The White HorseResponded on 9 March 2022

    Wow Keri this is a wonderful read thank you so much for your kind words! You and your four legged friends are always welcome here.

  12. TO

    TOMBO

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really nice venue and staff. Food excellent but could be more generous with some portions.

    The White HorseResponded on 7 March 2022

    Thank you Tombo for your feedback, we would love to see you again soon!

  13. CP

    ClaireP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 March 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Lovely birthday meal for 15 year old daughter. Great service and lovely food, with a "surprise" brownie and candle for the birthday girl.

    The White HorseResponded on 4 March 2022

    Thank you Claire for celebrating your daughters birthday with us, it is out honor to have hosted you! We would love to see you again soon.

  14. P

    Phil

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 1 March 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was delicious and the service was warm and attentive. Good menu with lots to choose from too

    The White HorseResponded on 3 March 2022

    Phil thanks for taking the time to share your positive feedback, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and the team had been helpful and the food lovely, this is great to hear!

  15. R

    Robert

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 February 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3

    The cost was quite high for a meal where when we came to order the sweet we were told that three of the six choices were”off”. If we had been told this at the beginning then we might have had a starter. Also there is some poor management here to have one sweet not available is perhaps understandable but three out of six? Finally the waiter looked as if he came straight off the street. Not what one expects when you spend nearly £40 a head.

    The White HorseResponded on 9 February 2022

    We are sorry to hear you felt this way regarding the service and food, this just isn't good enough- we are sorry! We would really like the chance to talk to you further regarding your experience, if you wish do get in touch with us at reservstions@peachpubs.c o m

  16. PN

    PeteN

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    Service very slow, both drinks and food, and it wasn’t busy !!

    The White HorseResponded on 9 February 2022

    We are sorry to hear that we fell short on this occasion, this does not sound like our usual standards at all! We would love to opportunity to hear more about your experience at reservstions@peachpubs.c o m

  17. CL

    ChrisL

    Hertfordshire

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Normally very good but tried the duck shepherd’s pie for the first time and it was basically pretty tasteless and too dry - needed some gravy. Everything else was really good - as always.

    The White HorseResponded on 28 January 2022

    Thanks for your review Chris, we are sorry to hear the duck dish was not to your liking but happy to hear you enjoyed all other aspects of your visit, we do hope that this does not deter you from joining us in the future.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Really really poor. Had booked to go this week but have now cancelled. Waited over 30 mins just for a drink, food late and cold. One waitress only for many tables

    The White HorseResponded on 24 January 2022

    We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with your recent visit. We pride ourselves on our high standards of food and service so it saddens us to hear we didn't get it right on this occasion. It would be a great shame not to see you back, we would hate for this to be lasting impression of us. We would really like to chat with you further about your visit, please do get in touch with us at reservations@peachpubs.co m, so that we can pick this up with you directly.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing quality

    The White HorseResponded on 17 January 2022

    Thanks for the 5 stars anon!

  20. CM

    CarlM

    London

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 December 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Limited Sunday menu on a Monday. Not ideal after Christmas. Normally amazing.

    The White HorseResponded on 31 December 2021

    We are sorry to hear this visit did not rise to the occasion and this is not how we would like our guests to leave us, we always strive to take all comments on board and we would like to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us at reservations@peachpubs.c om so we can look into this and make amends!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server ‘Hannah’ was amazing. So hardworking and helpful.

    The White HorseResponded on 7 January 2022

    What a wonderful review! Thank you so much.

  22. DA

    DAYTime

    Hertfordshire

    87 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Great local brunch spot with good range of options for brunch

    The White HorseResponded on 21 December 2021

    Thanks for your review.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    The pub is really nice and service was attentive enough. However the breakfast food was mediocre and overpriced.

    The White HorseResponded on 22 December 2021

    Oh no! We are sorry we let you down on this visit, we are always listening to our guests, please do get in touch with us at reservations @ peachpubs.c o m so we can look into this and make amends!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always we both had a wonderful evening!

    The White HorseResponded on 18 December 2021

    Thank you for your lovely words and the 5 stars Anon

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    Lovely ambiance but service patchy and unfriendly and food really poor and completely overpriced. The restaurant is really inconsistent and can be occasionally great but unfortunately more often disappointing.

    The White HorseResponded on 22 December 2021

    We are sorry to hear you felt this way regarding the service and food and this just isn't good enough- we are sorry! We would really like the chance to make this right, if you wish do get in touch with us at reservstions@peachpubs.c o m

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely mid week meal for 4 in the bar.

    The White HorseResponded on 16 December 2021

    Thank you for this smashing review and the 5 stars Anon.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Lots of space especially outside , nice menu with a lot of choice worth a visit

    The White HorseResponded on 15 December 2021

    Thank you for such a kind review anon!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Food is average and seemed expensive for what it was. The pub is nice and the Christmas ambience was done well but the service was so slow - we spent a lot of time waiting and had to flag people down whenever we wanted *anything*, even to order or to get a dessert menu.

  29. B

    Bakerpat

    Hertfordshire

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 6 December 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The staff were lovely but the food the 10 of us had was.of mixed quality.

  30. D

    Dada

    Hertfordshire

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 30 November 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Was entertained by a business acquaintance.

    The White HorseResponded on 4 December 2021

    Thank you for the 4 stars Dada

  31. DA

    DAYTime

    Hertfordshire

    87 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Reliable local catering pitstop good for entertaining friends

    The White HorseResponded on 30 November 2021

    We are sorry we let you down on this visit, we are always listening to our guests, please do get in touch with us a reservations@peachpubs.c o m so we can look into this and make amends!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Sunday menu is too limited and although restaurant is always busy on a Sunday evening they ALWSYS run out of food!! No pies or lamb last night at 6pm!!if there was more choice on menu this wouldn’t be such a problem. Please can they look at their cutlery too … literally impossible to cut food with the knives ??!

    The White HorseResponded on 23 November 2021

    We are sorry we let you down on this visit, we are always listening to our guests, please do get in touch with us a reservations@peachpubs.c o m so we can look into this and make amends!

  33. AH

    AmandaH

    London

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Think we are here about a year or so ago and this was much nicer all round. Super friendly and efficient staff

    The White HorseResponded on 19 November 2021

    Thank you for the 5 stars Amanda! we are so glad you can see an improvement, thank you!

  34. LM

    LucyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Fantastic evening last night to celebrate a 70th, 16th and 49th! Staff were very friendly and accommodating and special thanks to the chef who managed to cater for our various needs!

    The White HorseResponded on 19 November 2021

    Thank you for the review Lucy! we are so glad we made your birthday visits so great! we hope to see you all again soon!

  35. EL

    EmilyL

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 13 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, impeccable service, a great ambience.

  36. MM

    MartinM

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Another very good meal with attentive and friendly service at The White Horse, this time a lunchtime meal. I really enjoyed the Sri Lankan curry and the Camden pale washed it down a treat.

    The White HorseResponded on 10 November 2021

    Thank you so much Martin for such a great review, we are so glad you had a great visit and enjoyed your meal.

  37. m

    mgc1972

    Hertfordshire

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice pub for lunch, menu and food were good, staff friendly and helpful and great selection of drinks (alcoholic and nonalcoholic)….all at a reasonable price.

    The White HorseResponded on 8 November 2021

    Thank you so much for such a fab review! we cant wait to welcome you back again soon!

  38. TS

    TimS

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and drinks

    The White HorseResponded on 18 October 2021

    Thanks so much for the 5 stars Tim!

  39. W

    Wendyanne

    Bedfordshire

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenally excellent food, courteous and friendly staff and very good value for money. Also welcomes dogs, providing water and treats for them.

    The White HorseResponded on 1 October 2021

    Thank you for your amazing review. This is indeed a ‘big’ statement! The team are blown away! Thank you very much for letting the Open Table community know where to find Phenomenally excellent food! Hope to see you again soon.

  40. R

    Rachael

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Great service the staff were very accommodating and friendly. The food was not worth the hefty price sadly. Outdoor area was lovely and cosy however the smoking area in the garden seriously spoilt our meal as smoke was constantly drifting towards the eating area which is unacceptable.

    The White HorseResponded on 28 September 2021

    Rachael, the team are so pleased to read they were accommodating and friendly. Thanks for taking the time to provide us with your feedback - we will of course take this into consideration. We hope to welcome you back soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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The White Horse is rated 4.3 stars by 325 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for The White Horse

Redbourn Lane Hatching Green Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2JP

Additional information

  • Area

    Harpenden

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 09:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 09:00–00:00 Sun 09:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    The White Horse has a large car park to the side of the pub.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Dan Kennie

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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