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Horseshoe inn, Ebbesbourne Wake

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user reviews of the Horseshoe inn, Ebbesbourne Wake

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Glad to say the standard has been maintained since my last visit, all the positive reviews posted here are all true, I'll be back!
Feed - 15 Mar 2015 10:19
Probably the favourite of 11 pubs I visited in Wiltshire yesterday. The landlady and barmaid were very welcoming. There are 2 rooms, with the main bar packed with farming instruments. Ales were Otter Bitter, Bowman Swift One, Palmers Copper & Cheddar Potholer. Ciders were Wessex Medium & Dry. Both ladies in charge were friendly and talkative. Apparently they have a loyal clientele, who come here for the food. Beware the fairly limited opening hours though and make sure you're wearing a coat when visiting the gents (it's outside).
blue_scrumpy - 31 Jan 2014 22:00
Brought a car club here on a run, for Sunday lunch, wonderful. Snug and full of character. We were made very welcome and all our members (29) were delighted, many thanks for all your preparation before hand. DA7C

Ginny - 26 Apr 2012 15:23
This is one of the best pubs I have ever had the pleasure to visit. Five perfectly kept beers and wonderful food. Dont tell too many people about it!
madmuff - 9 Nov 2010 00:49
A lovely small country pub, unspoilt, but serving great food and real ales. Do not attempt to eat there if in the middle of a long hike, as you will not finish the walk. Apart from being very well cooked, the portions are generous, and I did have trouble choosing from the large and varied menu - I liked too many of the options! Well worth the detour from Ringwood and late evening drive back to SE London.
woodypeter - 4 Aug 2010 15:22
Visited the Horseshoe following a recommendation from Scott of the nearby Sixpenny Brewery in Sixpenny Handley where our coach party had been treated to a great tour. Great old pub and a warm welcome. The 6d beers were on top form. Of course the warm sunny weather didn't hurt either. Lovely garden with plenty of little nooks and crannies. Oh and an almost outside toilet!
BobTheBinman - 10 Jul 2010 08:23
Our walking party booked into the Horseshoe on the back of the reviews I read on BITE. After 11 plus miles on a hot Sunday '6th June' we arrived at this delightful pub. Hamish must have upset the landlord in some way as we found him & his wife to be the real character of the pub. And the pub is great, a little over the top with all the hanging tools, lamps & other artifacts but it is genuine olde worlde & not fabricated. To business, the beer was perfect, I recommend the local Sixpenny ales. The food, vegetables perfect, the lamb had a little too much fat for my wifes liking. I had the faggots in onion gravy. Good but pricey at £11.25. A very nice pub, I give it an 8.5
John.T - 8 Jun 2010 11:22
After walking 14 miles we were lucky enough to stumble into this pub, on the rare occasion that it was open, on a sunday evening. The landlord, when asked if they were still serving food, said that it had all been pre-booked but, after seeing our sad faces, asked his wife and she said yes! All I can say is that it was worth the walk. We both had fish pie with vegetables and it was stunning. Proper fish in a decent, and not to much, sauce with fresh cooked veg and salad. The wine was spot on but the main thing about the food was the poppy dressing that was just to die for!

The landlord was an absolutely lovely man who was both helpful and generous. The so called 'London' locals were also friendly and we had a good giggle with them.

I can't speak highly enough of the pub, the food and the owner and, had we not still another 4 miles to walk we would probably still be there now. :0)
gavinaswell - 15 May 2010 17:45
Sorry but just don't get it poky hole, beer warm 'no cellar' kept on floor, food alright but expensive, Landlord not charecter just very very ignorant, ex tractor driver, went for Sunday lunch, cramped, but only 12 people in their, and went to get wife another wine told they wetre closed and then carried on serving locals for at least another half hour, ''say locals but nearly all from London, and just bought up the village
Hamishblack - 15 May 2010 12:41
Have popped in for a pint before, but had the pleasure of Sunday lunch recently. Have to say it was great. Friendly, lively atmosphere and the staff were very helpful and accommodating.

Beer is good - the local Sixpenny Brewery 6D Black and 6D Gold are excellent.

Food is home cooked, good quality and plentiful. The roast beef came with a huge variety of vegetables, yorkshires and "the best roast potatoes I've ever had in a pub" to quote one of our party. The fish pie was also met with approval.

Couldn't fault value for money either £70 - for 4 with beer, wine and puddings.

Dorsetdweller - 23 Mar 2010 14:54
Four real ales from barrels behind the bar when we visited, sandwiches were excellent, landlord and his staff were friendly and helpful, a real unchanged local with tools from a bygone age displayed on the walls. Well worth a visit.
Feed - 3 Apr 2009 08:21
Red Brick+tile village cottage, a pub for 100yrs+. Family run pub where Tony Bath was born 68yrs ago, Landlord for 23yrs and his Dad before him. Once tie of Matthews Brewery, Gillingham, then Hall & Woodhouse for 3 yrs before being sold into the Bath family. Dad, a farmer, collected the rustic farm tools that adorn the bar. Lovely old fireplace, low beams & Square bar serving two rooms plus hatch in hallway. Pretty beer garden. 5 real ales on gravity dispense are in rarely achieved ‘Perfect Nectar’ condition. Good value large portion quality pub food. Tony is a character & so is his pub – one of the few TO VISIT BEFORE YOU DIE or he retires!
Reviewed 28/02/09 by SADCATS on Tour! SCORE- 10.

Saxon_Scooper - 2 Mar 2009 18:41
an absolute corker of a pub. We piled in as a large group and generally made a nuisance of ourselves but were looked after brilliantly. Excellent beer (gravity poured ales), scotch eggs to die for and a great atmosphere, this place is up there with the best of them.

mralistair - 9 Nov 2008 17:19
Happily, I am able to comment on the food here: and yes, put simply, it is bloody marvellous! The evening meal we enjoyed was very hearty and not bad value, and there was an excellent range of choices; we must've taken at least 10 minutes to decide each course! Pat was a homely and welcoming hostess, and her breakfasts were of equally high quality. We ate in the "new" conservatory but it lacked no character and has a view on to the charming little garden, complete with the odd chicken wandering about on its rounds.
We were fortunate enough to be staying, and I can only report the accommodation as very generous. For a modest sum we got a self-contained wing of the building, including a large country-cottage style double bedroom, landing and huge bathroom, which should inspire even the most unwashed of folk to get cleaned up!
However, for anyone who is not just a rural character pub and grub fan and is a beer enthusiast also, the real story at the Horsehoe is the ale: Tony, who is an acquired taste on account of his "does he mean to be offensive" brand of sarcasm and his apparent deafness (I had to shout my orders!), is nevertheless an excellent publican and he keeps a very tight ship cask-wise. Bowman's Swift One and Ringwood 49er were superb. Once one gets used to him, Tony is in fact a rather dry and amusing chap; stick with him.
Together this couple run an excellent pub that seems to score highly on most key areas. You will need a car if coming any distance, but make it an overnight stay and enjoy it to the full without the need for driving on the same day.
TWG - 15 Oct 2007 16:40
Have visited the pub on an annual pilgrimage to this part of the world for the past three years, and cannot fault it for its charm and the good humour of both the staff and the clientele. The beers are good and the cider is even better - a definite cut above the rest of the strongbow and magners shite that you get in most chain pubs. Cannot comment on the food, even though it does look fantastic, even if the prices have been creeping up in recent times (local's view). Am keen to come back in summer as imagine that it would be an ideal place to wind away a Sunday. It's tucked in a pretty little village in the middle of nowhere and is a real find it you can stumble across it.
Moose82 - 3 Jan 2007 15:53
An unmucked about with gem. Nothing substantial has changed here for at least 50 years save for the addition of a conservatory to house more keen diners. Pat of the kitchen never lets very high standards slip, and most of the food is sourced locally. Try the amazing stilton on the cheeseboard..! Tony of the bar is entertainingly patronising and sarcastic, as are many of the locals. Don't let this put you off; it's all well-meant and is intended to be funny (as indeed it is). There'll be good ale and scrumpy at his fingertips, mark my words.
If you're very lucky, you may also get a car-park display from an itinerant troupe of Morris dancers on some summer nights, where a friendly bobby of my acquaintance may guest with his deft hanky-work for everyone's surprise and delight.
It's a belter.....
bigsand - 26 Sep 2006 20:43

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