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The White Horse, Hertford

33 Castle Street
SG14 1HH

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Rex Rattus left this review about The White Horse

This pub is summed up very nicely by BF below. It is on CAMRA's Regional Inventory of pubs with historic interiors, mainly because of the unspoilt room on the left (signed as the "Trough"), and is also Grade II Listed. The room on the right (signed as the "Swill") was brought into pub use as late as the 1970s, although the building could be as old as the 17th Century.

As to the beers, they had on much of the Fuller's range of London Pride, ESB, Gales Seafarers and Oliver's Island. The two guest beers were the Darkstar pair of hophead and APA - if Darkstar can be regarded as a guest brewery in a Fuller's pub. This is another delightful Hertford pub well worth a visit.

On 16th September 2018 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The White Horse

The most attractive pub building in Hertford with low ceilings and a central fireplace which opens onto both bars.To the left of the low front door is the regulars haunt,basic but full of character while the room to the right is slightly larger,quarry tiled floor and settles,old tables,some high backed chairs all creating an authentic interior.From this room there are stairs to a first floor seating area which was closed on my visit.Each room has a counter and there are 8 handpumps dispencing 6 Fullers ales namely Pride,Discovery,ESB,seasonal Swing Low ,"Gales" HSB and Seafarer ,together with one permanent guest Butcombe Bitter and one rotating guest Everards Beacon on my visit.Pricing generally £3.10 but with ESB at £3.85 someone is "havin' a larf."
Ale quality is always reliable ,there is no juke box,fruit machines,muzak which makes this a real pub full of good conversation.Not quite got the ale range of The Old Cross Tavern or Old Barge but still well worth a visit.

There is a regular turnover of leasees at this Fullers tied house,but there is still a two guest policy besides the regular Seafarers,London Pride and ESB .On my recent trip it was noticeable that ale quality has picked up a lot ,so well done to the new team.The CAMRA listed interior is augmented by traditional pub furniture and some new paintwork.When ordering ale ,dont rely on the board in the right hand room,it was woefully out of date and had it not been for an inspection of the handpumps in the left hand room,a very fine Little Beer Corporation Little Smooth would have been missed.

On 24th February 2018 - rating: 8
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Danny O'Revey left this review about The White Horse

Was shut Monday lunchtime. Check the opening hours!

On 2nd August 2017 - no rating submitted
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Steve of N21 left this review about The White Horse

Unfortunately since my previous review this pub has gone through some troubled times.
The then landlord left fairly soon after my previous posting and since then a string of temporary landlords and relief managers have come and gone, all failing to make a go of running this place, with Fullers seemingly taking a lot of the blame for that.
However on my visit last weekend the current one has been in place for a few months now and seems to be making a fist of it.
Still the standard fullers range and my pint of Pride was well kept.
Its had a bit of a makeover since my last visit which has modernised it a bit, but fortunately most of the traditional fixtures and fittings remain.
Fortunately I managed to avoid coming here during its recent dark days and my visit found it on the way back up. Although it still has a long way to go to reach the heady heights of when it was a Free House before Fullers took the tie.

On 23rd August 2013 - rating: 7
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Steve of N21 left this review about The White Horse

Decent Real Ale pub tucked away just off the main town centre on Castle Street. Can be a bit off putting to enter sometimes as the smokers tend to congregate outside on the benches around the front door, but a fine Coaching Inn awaits inside with some original 14th Century beams and Tudor brickwork in the upstairs rooms if they are open. But the main part of the pub is the two smallish downstairs rooms well described by Mr Fastard below.
Full range of Fullers Ales on which are a bit on the pricey side, but couldn’t fault my pint of Seafarers which was in good nick.

On 17th May 2010 - rating: 8
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Steve C left this review about The White Horse

It was great to find some Fullers beers in Hertford; it's just a shame that I didn't explore the pub more as I thought that the two small bars at the front were the extent of the building.

Oh dear, now I will have to make a return visit!

On 16th October 2009 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The White Horse

Tucked away down a side street close to Hertford castle. A couple of guest ales on that I recall (tried Elgood's Cambridge Bitter) which was in good form alongside the usual Fullers fayre. Real fire and bar billiards noted. Didn't really dig the place though, can't really put my finger on why, should go back and give it another go at some point. The beer was good enough and the pickled egg was welcome. Something just didn't quite click. I think it was the grumpy woman behind the bar. Yes, that was it…

On 11th July 2007 - rating: 6
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