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The White Horse

4.3
4.3
298 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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2 people

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Booked 29 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 9:00 am–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 9:00 am–12:00 am
    Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01582 469290

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Dan Kennie

  • Neighborhood

    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

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 298 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
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hertfordshire

    Good for Groups

  • Hertfordshire

    Healthy

  • Hertfordshire

    Great for Lunch

  • Hertfordshire

    Outdoor Dining

  • Hertfordshire

    Sunday Lunch

  • Hertfordshire

    Most Booked

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  1. D

    Dada

    Hertfordshire

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined today

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Was entertained by a business acquaintance.

  2. DA

    DAYTime

    Hertfordshire

    76 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Reliable local catering pitstop good for entertaining friends

    The White HorseResponded today

    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!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 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 7 days ago

    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!

  4. AH

    AmandaH

    London

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 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 November 19, 2021

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

  5. LM

    LucyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 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 November 19, 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!

  6. EL

    EmilyL

    London

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, impeccable service, a great ambience.

  7. MM

    MartinM

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 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 November 10, 2021

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

  8. m

    mgc1972

    Hertfordshire

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 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 November 8, 2021

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

  9. TS

    TimS

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and drinks

    The White HorseResponded on October 18, 2021

    Thanks so much for the 5 stars Tim!

  10. W

    Wendyanne

    Bedfordshire

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 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 October 1, 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.

  11. R

    Rachael

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 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 September 28, 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!

  12. P

    Pedro

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    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 HorseResponded on September 16, 2021

    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.

  13. DR

    DanielR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

    The White HorseResponded on September 16, 2021

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

  14. H

    Harpy

    Miami

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 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 HorseResponded on September 11, 2021

    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.

  15. R

    Reesy

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    The White HorseResponded on September 1, 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.

  16. LL

    LthatLs

    Hertfordshire

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 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 HorseResponded on August 27, 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.

  17. n

    nick

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Venue

    The White HorseResponded on August 25, 2021

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

  18. CT

    ChristineT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful seating outside great food and good service

    The White HorseResponded on August 25, 2021

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

  19. KA

    KarrieAnne

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

    The White HorseResponded on August 25, 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.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely outdoor seating. Great food and drink with friendly service

    The White HorseResponded on August 25, 2021

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

  21. a

    anniew

    Hertfordshire

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 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 HorseResponded on August 8, 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

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 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 HorseResponded on September 16, 2021

    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.

  23. CL

    ChrisL

    Hertfordshire

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Good food, good service and an outstanding desert.

    The White HorseResponded on July 30, 2021

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

  24. RB

    RajanB

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 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 HorseResponded on July 24, 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!

  25. JC

    JohnC

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    As always - quality food and excellent staff service

  26. p

    penman

    Hertfordshire

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A pleasant ambience and friendly service Effective spacing of tables

  27. CS

    ChrisSawyer

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Really lovely atmosphere, excellent menu beautifully cooked, friendly service. Thanks for a great evening!

  28. A

    Anon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 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 HorseResponded on July 17, 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.

  29. J

    Jojo

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 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 HorseResponded on July 17, 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

  30. V

    Vespasian

    London

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food of high quality, staff excellent very friendly, very popular place and rightly so.

    The White HorseResponded on July 10, 2021

    So glad you had a good time, we appreciate your very positive feedback, please come back and see us soon Vespasian.

  31. JC

    JasonC

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 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 HorseResponded on July 7, 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.

  32. PT

    PeterT

    London

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Have visited a few times during the week and twice for Sunday lunch (second time the roast potatoes were a big disappointment) and it's a nice place, with an olde worlde small bar with open fire and a more modern restaurant and large outdoor dining space. Menu is varied and food of a good quality. Service outside was jovial, inside can be a little more businesslike.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food. Great service.

    The White HorseResponded on July 3, 2021

    Fantastic news- thank you for the great review

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    67 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Great location and friendly staff food could be better for the price

    The White HorseResponded on June 26, 2021

    Thank you for your review and feedback- we value all guests comments. We do hope to welcome you back soon!

  35. a

    alouisew

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 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 HorseResponded on June 22, 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.

  36. f

    foodbob

    London

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 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 HorseResponded on July 17, 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.

  37. NB

    NicolaB

    London

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 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 HorseResponded on June 20, 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.

  38. S

    Saumya7

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 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 HorseResponded on June 6, 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.

  39. JC

    JohnC

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great - as is always the case

    The White HorseResponded on June 5, 2021

    Ah thanks John- please come see us again soon!

  40. KJ

    KeithJ

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 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 HorseResponded on June 3, 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

FAQs

The White Horse is rated 4.3 stars by 298 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 reservations at the moment.

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Booked 29 times today
Google Map for The White Horse

Redbourn Lane Hatching Green Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2JP

  • Neighborhood

    Harpenden

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 9:00 am–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 9:00 am–12:00 am
    Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm

  • 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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