The Black Horse

3.8
502 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
The Black Horse in the village of Fulmer is nestled between Gerrards Cross and Pinewood Studios. The 17th Century craftsman’s cottage has gradually been extended to form a charming country pub full of nooks and crannies. Under new ownership, The Black Horse has recently undergone extensive refurbishment both inside and out, creating one of the nicest pub environments in the area.

Food is our passion and we will never compromise on quality. We are proud of our seasonally changing menus, simple, yet exciting using the finest ingredients and locally sourced produce. Certain dishes have become specialities such as our sticky ribs and homemade 8oz burgers. Our beef has been aged for a minimum of 35 days and the roast beef served on Sundays is unrivalled. Crispy beer battered fish and specials such as sea bass, turbot and whole lobster, is caught in the morning and delivered fresh to us on the same day.
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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rfcbucks
Buckinghamshire
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a very pleasant lunch with a group yesterday and almost everything we had asked for was available . A few of us thought that the portions were on the large side which meant some waste sadly. I suppose for many this quantity might be the right size. All in all a lovely experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience1

I have been here so many times and loved it but today1) services was slow 2) had to send my drinks back 3 times, 3) had to chase up parts of the main order 4) food which is not cheap is usual worth the price but not today

SB
StephanieB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Very average pub food and service all over the place.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed another evening at the Black Horse.

Everyone lovely … I would say that service was a little sporadic given that it was quite quiet. Definitely would have consumed more drinks had waiters been more attentive but all in all it was an enjoyable evening and I do love the Black Horse and it’s setting x

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Paul
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food 4/5
Service 3/5
Location 5/5
Price 4/5
Value 4/5

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eats4two
London
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely setting, great ambience, service very good but
food average.

SC
ShelleyC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting well worth a visit. Good service with a nice choice of food available on the menu x

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lorrainee
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch, was great service, good food.. lovely atmosphere. It was a Monday so was fairly quiet

LW
LW93
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We’ve always enjoyed the black horse but we were very disappointed this weekend- both the service and food were lacking! To be told ‘just one minute’ abruptly when trying to order 30 minutes after taking our seats was infuriating! The staff looked in disarray frankly.

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Mandy
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely spacious outdoor seating, very well laid out with a variety of seating options and a play area for the little ones too.
Food was delicious and staff were friendly and polite.
There is plenty of parking available and also a delightful Farm Shop.
One of the best pubs I've been to for sure!

JH
JessicaH
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Very good food. Beautiful outdoor seating area. Staff took a long time to take our order though.

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ANTHEAG
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came back with a friend having been away during COVID
New management I believe who have done their very best to make the dining experience as good as ever
Loved the garden and Bubbles and the Farm Shop which was a very welcome surprise
All excellent
I will be back

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Jules
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

2 people for quick lunch - 2 main courses, shared starter and 3 drinks was £80 and is not good value for sitting on a bench. A Nicoise salad without the tuna was £14 and then £8 to add tuna.

I like the pub a lot, the quality is good but the value for money for this reasonable quality is poor, given the competition.

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StuartW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful pub, very clean and tidy. The food is over priced by a fair bit and the portion sizes are very small, we both had Matinated Chicken skewers which was lovely BUT it was 2 small skewers with a bit of lettuce and a piece of flat bread! We Expected much more for the price but never the less it was lovely however you would need to eat again later as this isn’t enough for an evening meal.

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Roycey
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - and lovely service.
A really fabulous spot for lunch.

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Atidyveg
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good service - nothing to complain about !

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summer
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this place, great setting, lovely staff and food was superb! Can’t wait to go back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely outdoor setting with lovely staff and a very nice menu. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal there (and visit to the Farm shop) and we will be back.

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craiga
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice place to visit , great atmosphere, food was ok ,value for money not so sure about . Very expensive for what you get, very much mayfair prices in my opinion

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice Sunday lunch

JS
JackyS
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The Bacardi and Coke I ordered was drowned in a sweet sickly imitation of Coke/Pepsi and consequently I could not taste the Bacardi. The meze starter for two was very disappointing as three of the dishes were obviously the ones you can buy in jars from supermarkets and the hummus was tasteless. Both the fillet steaks we ordered were not cooked as requested. The single shallot on each of our plates was cooked in its outer skin and the only edible soft part was tiny. The overall service was poor. We waited fifteen minutes for the dessert menu we requested, then finally gave up and asked for the bill. The food was overpriced for what we received. A disappointing anniversary meal which has put us off visiting again which is a pity as we have visited The Black Horse a few times prior to the first lockdown and always found the food and service to be of a good standard.

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GregoryT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

We have been going to the Black Horse for several years. The food is always good and we have no complain. However, since the beginning, the service was never very good and recently before the lockdown got even worse. Yesterday we wanted to try it again, as usual the food was good but regrettably the service remained as bad and erratic as ever. All the waiters and waitresses are very polite and pleasant and no complaint about this. However it seems that they have not been given the proper training in order to offer a professional and adequate service to the customers. This obviously reflects badly on the management and owners and not on the waiting staff.
Unless the management makes an effort to train their waiting staff, I am afraid The Black Horse will start losing some of their loyal customers including us.
By the way, yesterday when we were there, we heard a couple of ladies at the next table also complaining about the service

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was delicious as always but the service left a lot to be desired. Took over an hour for our food order to be taken. Drinks orders were slow. Had to keep trying to get the attention of a waitress throughout.
2 desserts didn’t come. We asked a member of the team to find out where they were and she just shrugged and went off. Still no desserts. Bill came with all the desserts on so we asked for the two to be removed as they never arrived. No apology just bill taken away. It came back with a 12% service charge on which I argued was very high for the service we received. The answer I got was that it was stated on the menu. I don’t mind paying a service charge but when the service has been terrible I prefer to have the option.
The Black Horse has been our go to as the children love the play area but the service seems to be slowly slipping. We will go elsewhere next time unfortunately.
I did email directly with my experience and ask for a reply which I never received. Again not the service I would expect.

KS
KomalS
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I would have to say the service was bad!!
The staff there are young, not particularly interested in the service and don’t really have any knowledge of how to talk to customers.
The food is good but ruined by the overall experience of the service.

EG
ErnestG
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

We arrived just before 2pm. By the time we had been given and eaten our starters it was 3.15pm which was far too long to wait. We did complain about the service and when presented with the bill we were given money off. The poor service ruined the meal to be honest. It felt that there were not enough staff to manage the influx of customers on a Saturday afternoon and that organisation between the front line staff and the kitchen was inconsistent as others who arrived after us were served the main course after starters before us.

The service contrasted with an earlier visit in the middle of May where the service and food were excellent.

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Gemma
London
7 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The Black Horse in Fulmer is such a lovely setting. Unfortunately we experienced very slow service for our visit - I had to find a waiter to take our order and starters arrived 45 minutes later. The food was pretty good but I won’t be back any time soon because of the slightly dodgy service. I think there were too few serving staff for the number of people dining. Sadly, not a great experience for us.

JH
JHJH
London
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Michelin star prices which is fine but definitely not Michelin star service - 10mins for 2 drinks to arrive at our table after ordering. Had to ask twice for the bill. Basic things they need to do much better on

SA
SAW77
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

We all enjoyed our meal. Service could have been a bit sharper.

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Anne
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service was appallingly slow and it was very expensive for mediocre food.
Overrated!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Staff were friendly, food was ample and tasty.
Excellent outdoor seating with lots of space.

JG
JonG
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.
Fantastic old pub.
Always come back here.

JG
JohnG
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Saturday lunch at 1:30 and good to see well stocked kitchen with nothing having run out, which in other places is common as kitchens get back to normal. Food is very good here but it is one of the most expensive pub menus in the area so you expect to pay more but thankfully you also get a high standard! Excellent range of drinks, and enough staff to deliver attentive and friendly service! Great to see this Fulmer landmark back up and running. The lockdown farm shop which is going to be a permanent feature is also a great way to finish the visit. There is a cafe in there too which we will be back soon to try! All good !

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Cje49
London
9 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Met with a friend for lunch on a really awful wet day so we ate inside on table 16 - a really good table to chose looking outside
The food as usual was good and enjoyable
A good way to spend a wet day

DA
DianeA
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday lunch for my daughter on a beautiful sunny day. Outdoor seating was perfect. We all enjoyed our food....mezzo to share, followed by chicken skewers, katsu curry & scampi - all dishes well presented and beautifully cooked. Could not fault our waitress service which was well timed and polite.

The only small improvement would have been some recognition for the birthday girl...perhaps a pretty individual cake & candle? (I had noted on the reservation, when asked, that the occasion was a birthday). Just would have been a nice finishing touch.

Definitely look forward to eating here again & would recommend.

HJ
HappyJT
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely food and atmosphere and great service. A great experience!

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Foodie
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

A place I would not to return to.
Poor Service, food and ambience

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Hb21
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Nice venue & garden, slow service abd over priced drinks. £9 for a small house wine.
No condiments or cutlery & had to wait 20 mins to be served.

JG
JulieG
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Fantastic pub, good food, but awful service. Waited 25 minutes for the wine menu !

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Katie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Loved the outside area. Really smart. Our mains were great. The chocolate brownie was poor. All our young waiting staff were helpful and eager to please but the service was exceptionally slow. We waited half an hour for dessert. Overall the meal was expensive. I may visit again but would skip pudding and go at a quieter time.

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Prothero
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Outdoor seating ergonomically poor.
Food good but small portions particularly for the cost. Poor value.
Staff very pleasant

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The Black Horse does offer delivery in partnership with Just Eat.

The Black Horse is rated 3.8 stars by 502 OpenTable diners.

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.