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The Black Horse

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
Burncote Lane
Checkendon
Postal town: Reading
RG8 0TE
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Bus Stop(, ) Scots Farm

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Quinno _ left this review about Black Horse

A wonderful time-warp pub with a lot of charm, situated in the rambling hamlet of Checkendon. Finding your way here can be tricky in a car, especially at night (don’t fall for the ‘Quiet Lane’ signs like I did once!). Run by the same family for many years, the long red-brick building is around 200 years old but the interior and parts of the exterior detail are very much as it would have been in the mid-1930’s. There are three separate rooms inside; a spartan main bar, its walls yellowed by years of tobacco smoke, offers simple wooden furnishings and is often the focal point for the regulars. To the left, through a doorway, lie two further rooms which are essentially lounges which one suspects were proper pipe-smoking rooms a few years back. All three rooms have a real fire but may not all be open in the winter. Beer available is usually West Berks (Butlers was also served until it went out of business a few years back) with White Horse Bitter also appearing. All ale comes direct from the barrel. Check out the old wooden ‘till’ which is basically a drawer – no card payment here, just cash. No hot food is served; the best you’ll get are sandwiches, pickled eggs and crisps (and I won’t complain about that). Carrying on the basic nature of things, the gents is a comedy outside affair and a right git in the winter. The pub works in all seasons – in the winter it is a cosy, welcoming retreat with its fires and warmth whilst in the summer the outside areas are great for drinking and playing traditional pub games. Also in the front garden you can cross over the road to say hello to the horses in the field opposite.

Unspoilt by modern frivolities, this is a super country pub and well worth a visit - combine a stop here with a trip to the Bell at Aldworth (15 minutes up the road) and you should have an evening to remember.

On 5th September 2013 - rating: 9
[User has posted 2256 recommendations about 2246 pubs]

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7th Sep 2013, 15:02
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7th Sep 2013, 15:02
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 05 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 05 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 05 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 05 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 05 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 04 August 2014 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 05 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _

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