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Black Horse, Hertford

31 West Street
Hertford
SG13 8EZ
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Graham Coombs left this review about Black Horse

An excellent pub on the outside of the bypass, with a very half-timbered interior and lots of character. The only slightly jarring note was the fleet of function-style leather dining chairs which didn't really suit the pub, but otherwise very traditional. An excellent selection of changing ales on the pumps, on this visit from Buntingford, Twitchell, Major Oak, Thornbridge, Listers, Oakham and Tring. The home-made food is also worth a mention, not least the pasties and pies from their own bakery. Well worth the short walk from town.

On 21st October 2021 - rating: 8
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Black Horse

ORIGINAL REVIEW Feb 2010.
This is a Greene King tied house with four handpumps dispensing Abbott,GK IPA ,Old Trip and a "guest" which is normally a seasonal GK ale ,Flanker's Tackle was still settling and unavailable on my visit.The ale is well kept but unfortunately GK beers are often uninspiring and there is nothing the tenant can do about that.The pub also suffers from being cut off from the town by the dual carriageway A414 but its position in the middle of West Street surrounded by many listed Georgian buildings is still attractive .The pub itself is small and cosy with a low ceiling and a traditional feel.To the left of the front door is a dart board and in the main bar there is Sky Sports TV,one of the few pubs in Hertford to screen live sport and a major draw.Food is available at lunchtime and at the weekend ,and the new tenants are making a big effort to create a community atmosphere.The pub is also the closest to Hertford Town FC and the loyal diehards use this place before and after matches.At times this pub can be very quiet and although it will never compete with the free houses in town in terms of ale ,it does deserve to suceed as a genuine local.

February 2012

Although the fabric of the pub has changed little,thankfully the new owners are free from the Greene King tie which means a much more respectable range of real ale is now available.On my recent trip that meant Harviestoun Haggis Hunter (£3.40),Tring Sidepocket,Fullers Seafarer and Exmoor Dark.Every ale supped by my group was in good nick and it would be fitting if the local CAMRA branch put this forward for the next GBG.
There is a new carpet,the fireplace to the left of the bar was glowing and welcoming on a wet night and there are now a few tables in the dart board section,but not hindering play.Lunchtime food from burgers with all the trimmings at £7 to cheaper sandwiches,jackets and the like.
With the more adventurous ale policy,this pub should be included on any pub crawl of the town,it's a genuine drinkers establishment.

UPDATE
Now a GBG regular with a very high standard of cellarmanship.The garden is large and has been well used during the Covid restrictions.A flatscreen on mute is mounted to a rear wall of a covered patio to maintain sports coverage if regulation ban indoor gathering.A small rear extension serves as a dining area or overflow seating if the smallish main interior gets busy.It's a top pub and must be visited when in Hertford.

On 30th April 2021 - rating: 9
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Rex Rattus left this review about Black Horse

This pub certainly is now free of tie, and the benefit of this can be seen in the real ales available now. No McMullens in here, just Tring Fanny Ebbs; 3 Brewers IPA; Young's Bitter; Oakham OPA; Kent Brewery KGB; and Buntingford IPA. An excellent selection. They do food, but I didn't see a menu.

This is another lovely old pub in Hertford, and is Grade II Listed. It really does look the part of an historic pub. Comfortably furnished with just traditional furnishings. There's a very large garden at the back, which is unusually accessed up a flight of stairs from the main pub. A cracking pub well worth a visit.

On 16th September 2018 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Hertford East, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Hertford North, 0.69 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Ware, 2.81 miles, 54 min walk (show)
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21st Oct 2021, 20:58
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21st Oct 2021, 18:16
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 24 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - 30p per pint, 15p per half - last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes - Until 8 p.m. - last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : Yes last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : No last updated 24 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 28 December 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Karaoke : No last updated 24 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Live Music : No last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 28 December 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Pool Table : No last updated 28 December 2014 by Aqualung .
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 24 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 24 January 2019 by Komakino .
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 08 May 2017 by ROB Camra
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