The Black Horse Inn

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  • Worth the Drive
Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it’s hard to believe that Maidstone is only a stones throw away from Thurnam’s Black Horse Inn. Looking from the outside like the most traditional pub in Britain – white washed, tile hung, sash windowed, sign swinging in the breeze – inside will come as no great shock. In winter you’ll find a roaring fire in the imposing brick fireplace, dried hops drape from the ceiling and antiquey dark wood is in abundance. In summer diners can head outside to a paradise of shadey pergolas, ponds and green lawn or eat in the conservatory. Homegrown produce is key in a sophisticated menu which combines traditionalism with contemporary dining with impressive results.
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CA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really charming venue, food was delicious and freshly cooked and enjoyed by us all. Will definitely visit here again.

SU
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

a cold windy day our table was right by an open window causing the table and seating to be covered in mess from the overhead hops.we shut the window and cleared the table ourselves.at least 3 of our party wanted to order the steak pudding but it wasn't available.No ambiance in that area of The black Horse.I have eaten there before but in a different area and had a better experience

JV
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely evening with friends celebrating a birthday food choices was very good

P
Brighton
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

A family Father’s Day celebration

LJ
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Very busy lovely old pub. Food was good. Staff didn’t engage with us at all. We were pretty much left alone. Did have a vegan pudding option which I appreciated.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was very good and the time between courses was just right. Starters were very tasty but expensive for what we had - 3 large prawns for £9 is a bit steep. 4 of us had the roast which was very good. Everyone enjoyed the deserts and rhubarb was great. The Black Horse is a great pub and overall a very good experience.

SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our first visit here and we will be back. The food was absolutely excellent and the environment itself is very traditional and well maintained.
I would recommend eating earlier so as to avoid long waiting times.

BC
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal. Staff was great!! I’ll go back again

MS
London
6 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great pub restaurant in a lovely location. Great menu with excellent quality food and top notch polite service. Even had one of my favourite real ales on tap!.

While slightly pricey at nearly 40 GBP a head (for 3 courses, 1 bottle of white wine, 1 glass of red wine and 1 beer) my party of 4 all had an excellent meal and would certainly return.

AW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Only gripe was we was a little to near to the entrance of the restaurant so very busy we people passing and creating a little more noise then we would have liked. But we did book last minute, so have to accept table availability. Other than that a lovely place to go for lunch or dinner. Also dog friendly if you have a little pal you want to bring along.

C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Sunday lunch with family. Amazing food, cooked perfectly, generous portions. Highly recommend.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

Food was brilliant which makes it even more of a shame about he experience.
Staff was rude from start to finish even to the point where we questioned about a bottle of water added to the bill when we asked for tap water. Ordinarily i would not expect this to be an issue but the waitress took great offence to this, was rude and snatched the receipt off the table.
What makes it worse was to find out she was the assistant manager ‘Kimberley’
I have been to this restaurant a lot and have a great experience every time but after this last time i will not be returning again.

C
Kent
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

A long wait for drinks & service. The scallop starter was not cooked & overpriced & as we complained it was removed from the bill however, this set the standard for the rest of the evening really disappointed with the standard of cooking & consequently for our friends 1st visit very disappointed.

OT
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely pub and ample parking. Great atmosphere amazing food and very helpful staff. Perfect for Sunday lunch with friends. Would thoroughly recommend.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently great food and service

JP
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I wanted somewhere special for my 25th Wedding Anniverary, but was disappointed. The bar area was very cosy and welcoming. The restaurant was slightly chilly, but wasn't a problem because we sat next to a radiator that kept us warm, not sure about the other customers. Unfortunately the food wasn't up to standard I was expecting or as described on web page. We had scallops for starter but they were very watery (water on plate as well) and just warm and no flavour. One of our party had soup - which he said was very good. For main three of us had fillet steak, two looked like they should, but mine looked like it was the end of the fillet, half the depth of the others and slightly bigger in size, more like a sirloin. I wanted mine cooked medium but it was well done, the other two looked like they were cooked as wanted, but one of the other steaks was chewy. We didn't say anything at the time as it was a special day for us and I didn't want to end the day on a sour note.

Service was okay, but it appeared only one lady serving and took time to get her attention as she was busy.

AA
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were 3 for lunch. We all had fish dishes which were excellent. The hake with beurre blanc couscous was to die for. Good wine list. The service was excellent and also unhurried. Would definitely recommend.

LT
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food.Great atmosphere.Lovely surroundings.Staff attentive and added to a great meal.

L
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We went here to celebrate my father coming home from a long term business trip and whilst the location and venue itself were nice overall, we were disappointed. We walked though the door and were early with the intention of having a few drinks at the bar however, we were greeted and told this was not possible then ushered towards our table straight away. Our waitress did not introduce herself and instead ignored us until we finally managed to get her attention just to get some drinks. We ordered a round of drinks including G+Ts and beers which we intended to follow with a bottle of wine however out waitress decided to start taking the glasses off the table, we said that we intended to have wine to which very bluntly her reply was "A bottle" in a aggressive tone.
Starters were all good and i must say that their scotch egg with black pudding is the star here. Our Mains were nice but out of the six dishes we ordered, two were the tournedos rossini which both came out cold and for a £27 dish i expect it to at least be warm however it had clearly been sat on the side and cooked too early. As well as this although i know it is only a small thing but the mushy peas with the fish and chips had clearly been placed in the fridge which is fine except once again THEY WERE COLD.
Both the rossinis were sent back which was met with poor service from our waitress and not a smile in sight during the whole meal. Second time round the food was far better and was good, also the cajun lamb was delicious. Puddings we all very good aswell.

All in all, had their not been the issue with cold food our experience would have been far better but paired with the awful quality of service from our waitress who was rude and made us feel unwelcome we most likely won't be returning anytime soon.

SB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic family lunch - food was perfect and a wonderful setting. Service second to none - young man front of house who was informed, prepared and really knew what he was doing and charming waiter from Sardinia who was wonderfully patient with my elderly mother. Really can't recommend highly enough and will definitely come back.

j
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped off at the black horse inn for Sunday lunch. I had the stuffed pork and my husband had the pork belly. The food was amazing and the atmosphere in the dining room was cosy.
I would definitely recommend dinner here - we can’t wait to go back - thank you 😊

EP
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really lovely evening. The staff were very friendly and the food was tasty.
Only negative. I booked our table with 'open table' I phoned on the day to confirm our booking but they had no booking on their records. Luckily we were still able to book a table over the phone for the time we wanted

JR
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the Black Horse Inn restaurant. Lovely location, easy to park, welcoming, interesting menu, generous portions, good service. Will certainly revisit when next in Kent.

DC
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent veal and lamb meals,service great and nice ambiance,

s
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were put in an empty side room that had no atmosphere, drinks order was forgotten about. Food was good.

MC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As always good service and cheerful staff, nice place good beer and food

SC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was gorgeous but the service was not. Waited a long time for food and lady forgot sauce and had to be reminded. Also gave us dessert menus but never returned to take our order. In the end we flagged someone down got the bill and left. Was such a shame as food was really lovely. Maybe we caught them on an off day, not sure. Wasn't mega busy. Would try again if only due to the food and the beautiful surroundings

RH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Have eaten at Black Horse many times. This time everything was junk - food & service

No rebate on bill

NS
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

After having been here many times over many years and always thoroughly enjoyed the experience unfortunately this wasn’t the case at the weekend. Not greeted on arrival and actually walked passed by 3 members of staff, once seated our white wine arrived and this was far from chilled and then the normally generous for choice menu was found to have been scaled down with the specials less than inspiring. We sent the wine back and left without ordering food. Such a shame.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow what a nice place to visit. Staff very good well looked after. Food excellent.

MR
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

After not such a great start , having to wait 30 minutes for our pre booked table, the food was to a very high standard and the table service was excellent.

LS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food as usual, great service from our waiter

MR
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eaten here several times and have never been disappointed. Lovely setting, and delicious food. Friendly service and well worth the drive.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Heating not working and only ones in the restaurant. Everyone else was in the bar area even though we booked well in advance. Some of the Food was cool and only just ok. Have been before and fine hence the reason we went back

d
Kent
6 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food the service was also very good. I like all the little nooks and alcoves which made it very intimate and cosy.

L
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Sunday lunch, the food was fantastic and there was plenty of choice on the menu and a great specials board. The service was friendly Attentive.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent & staff were friendly & efficient.

OT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Shame...really like and often recommend the Black Horse...but on this occasion pork belly had hardly any meat and what was there was overdone, asking the waitress she said all pork belly was this size ...untrue we've had it before there and never this bad. The gravy was even small and had to ask for more.
Mac cheeses was stuck to the dish and very dry.
Ordered skinny fries and got chunky...now that can't be too hard to get right.

Not your usual standard.

HJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch nice menu thoroughly enjoyed the welcoming fire and cosy surroundings for a winter lunch with friends and good value Looking forward to returning soon.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Havent been here for a while,visited with friends and was escorted straight to the table.Menu appealed to us all straight away.Food was absolutely fantastic.We have been before and the
food has always been good(but not memorable).This occasion, the food will stick in my mind for a long time(beef boudelaise).Many thanks,will hopefully return soon

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