Vintage Inn The Black Horse

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£25 and under
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Sunday Lunch
The Black Horse in Brentwood is a country pub oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar.

A little Pub history
The original building was an inn that refreshed and accommodated pilgrims to the chapel dedicated to St. Thomas in 1221 travelling through Pilgrims Hatch. The Black Horse was built in around the 16th century as a small hall house, with a cross wing at the northern end, and a southern wing being added in the 17th century.

Our charming black and white timbered 16th century inn is a favourite with visitors to nearby Weald Country Park - some 500 acres with lakes and tree-lined avenues created by landscapers in the 18th century.
What 29 People Are Saying
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4.0based on all time ratings
3.9
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4.0
service
4.0
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4.0
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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely roast dinner xx

SS
SimonS
London
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great pub, nice food and good service. The only negative point is that we booked via Open Table and when we got there they couldn’t find our booking. They managed to squeeze us in though even though they were very busy. It would make me think twice about booking via Open Table again though.

JM
vipJamesM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

They didn’t have our reservation logged?

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was so busy for a Wednesday night but this didn’t hinder service at all, would defiantly go back.

T
Tony
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Meal was ok - ordered pork belly which came up 80% fat. Complained to waitress who went to see Chief who apparently said all the pork was the same
Then spoke with Manager who looked at the pork and tried to find where the meat was - he eventually agreed to replace with beef but not particularly gracious

TP
TracyP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whenever I visit The Black Horse it is always a very enjoyable experience.
The decor is pleasant and the staff are very welcoming and friendly.

There is always something yummy on the menu to pick from !

In fact my friend and I said whilst eating our dinner that in all the times we've eaten here there's never been anything to complain about. 👍
The team there deserve a well earned pat on the back.
Thanks
Tracy Palmer

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Suze
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Enjoyed Sunday roast. But the venue is very tired looking. But fortunately we could see they r in process of revamp - I think. That wld be added bonus.

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FaithF
Essex
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service excellent food cooked well and served hot. Will eat here again. Well worth the drive out.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Was okey for a drink and general get together nice pub but afraid I’d only go so far as to say it was a pub and very typical of a brewery run establishment, sold out on a lot of food so had very limited choice of menu.

TB
TerryB
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Table was ready upon arrival, had two courses. Opted to have the additional scallops with the pork belly, scallops were gritty. No proper crackling on pork belly, but otherwise ok. Had a Doombar which i always like, but think it was getting towards the bottom of the barrel as it tasted less smooth and more flat and a vinegar aftertaste? OK overall but nothing to get excited about.

MS
MichelleS
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I have eaten at the Black Horse several times as a very last resort as each time has been a very big disappointment. I and my husband were first told several options on the menu was not available we chose as a starter prawn and lobster cocktail which consisted of a few lettuce leaves half a dozen frozen poor quality prawns and not sure if any lobster. Very poor quality and not good value for money. Will not be going back.

AB
AntonioB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went there for a sunday roast with family. The place is pretty cool with a very warm and friendly atmosphere. Service was ok, food very good and price right.
Overall happy of our exeperience at The Black Horse, we’ll definitely come back.

DB
DonnaB
Essex
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Love this place, just disappointed that most of the veggie options on the menu were not actually available which is not great when you are a veggie.

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Linda
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Our table was booked for 4.30pm- we did not get seated until after 5pm after 2 visits to the bar to ask what was happening. The (red haired) girl behind the bar seemed distracted, vague and not really up to speed with the bookings. She was then sorting out a problem with a waitress regarding a bill that had been given to and paid for by the wrong person.

We were finally seen to by a young man behind the bar who went out of his way to sort us out a table which he then showed us to after apologizing for the delay and mix up.

JP
JP21
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyable early dinner at 5.30 with friend. Good & varied menu choices, although 3 items unavailable. Recommend a family area and adults area as noisy children running around.
Plenty of space between tables, everywhere in restaurant clean although the toilets were messy. Table night light candles created nice atmosphere. Food good, prompt service and helpful waitress. Recommend coconut sorbet, delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reasonably priced everyday food with friendly staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable, friendly environment, pleasant waitress. Good food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and service was excellent and we all enjoyed our food thank you

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was good. Waitress was prompt attentive and friendly which made for an enjoyable mea

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have used this venue to meet friends for lunch in more than one occasion. Food and service excellent and great value

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Staff very accommodating, beautiful garden.

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susans
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

arrived earlier than booked...no problem were fitted in. staff excellent and had a very good meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took some Australian visitors out to lunch . They had been before years ago and had find memories
Service and fo9d excellent
Have to remember to order a small portion
Thanks fora great meal

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second visit to The Black Horse and once again I was very impressed! The portions are huge and so tasty. I went for the chicken pie and I would say it's the best I've had. The staff are friendly and far more attentive than most pubs/restaurants.
The outside area is big and spacious with plenty of seating (they also have 2 goats and turkeys living next door!).
Really great dinner, we will definitely be returning.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Unfortunately the food was what I would class as conveyor belt quality and very disappointing. The staff and general service was very good. I shan't be returning.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely Valentines night here, wonderful food, lovely staff - couldn't do enough for us, lovely menu and it was a Valentine special, but excellent value. Nice to know their are still restaurants that aren't interested in ripping their customers off with overrated and overpriced food who don't care about customer service. The staff here can't do enough for you and the food is very good.

Keep up the good work x

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2017
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Had the fish which was poor. The duck platter was ok. Looked as if everyone dining was in same area on the right sided rear of the restaurant furthest away from the open fire. I wont be going back before the end of Jan with my 20% reduction.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2017
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Arrived and open table didn't send our reservation to the black horse, they had no acknowledge of us. They kindly still let us have our table. Been going for 20 years since a child, really do love it here very homely.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2016
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Not up to previous standards since the sirloin steak was very poor

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Vintage Inn The Black Horse is rated 4 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

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