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White Horse, Brentwood

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Still the best pub in the area by far. The three pints supped were excellent (Brentwood, Chestnut Stout; Woodfordes Nog and Greene King, IPA Reserve).

Visited on 1 January when they were only open till 22.00. Even though my wife (the driver) asked for a coffee at 21.50 and the machine had been switched off the lady behind the bar was more than happy to start it up again and produce the required hot beverage. We didn't leave until 22.30 but the same lady did not rush us at all and engaged in conversation whilst drinks were consumed.

My resolution for 2014 - visit the WH more often.
twineyboy - 4 Jan 2014 18:10
Over two years since I last posted about the WH. In that time the pub has been largely refurbished with the best feature being a huge covered beer patio with comfy chairs. Now boasts as the brewery tap for the Brentwood Brewery Company (based just down the road) and today 6/10 of the pumps had BDC beers plus 3 others (Crouch Vale, Tring & Fullers London Pride). I had the Crouch Vale Boys Bitter and a BDC Summer Virgin, both of which were superb.

I recommend this pub to any discerning ale drinker. The only downside is that its in the middle of nowhere so I have to share the driving with the wife (I drive there, she drives back).
twineyboy - 2 Sep 2012 23:19
What can I say, 7hand pulled bitters, 7ciders plus the usual lagers etc for the poor souls who have lost their way and forgotten what good beer is like. I have only used this place for about 10+ years so either I am very happy here or unable to change. The former as I like the beer,the staff and the regulars. To -day though I had the expirence of a numpty who walked in with a lady friend, the barmaid attended to serve them,which now took about4mins for them to decide. Next time round he was worse he started to order then turned his back to the barmaid to talk to his lady friend, and got upset because she was serving DRINKERS who knew what they wanted. Good pubs like this can do without plonkers like this. Keep up the good work Jason. Pat and dog
Tillysgrandad - 9 Oct 2011 20:11
Must be the beer festival soon anyone know when.
hogshead - 30 Jun 2010 11:37
I've called in here sporadically over the last ten years of visiting the Brentwood area and the quality and selection of ales always impresses, similar to the Viper several miles distant or even the Swan in Brentwood, in that it's a proper pub that allows you to sample a decent variety of ales in a peaceful and pleasant atmosphere- that said, there's usually a decent crowd when I've visited, even in mid-afternoon, and the local's banter creates a pleasant and unobtrusive background hubbub. It is a bit out of the way but well worth the effort, and there are worse routes to a pub than through Weald Park, and once you've had your fill you can toddle back to the Ongar road for a bus.
virginiaplain - 21 Jun 2010 19:17
First visit this year (why have I been so stupid) and as always the place was Prrrfect. Made even better by the fact that as it was National Cask Ale week there were 16 different ales on .... and the wife was driving. If you live within a million mile radius of Coxtie Green then make the trip.
twineyboy - 8 Apr 2010 21:51
Best alternative to the Alma Arms which is full of greybeards and the GreenMan now closed but opening soon as another restaurant large choice of real ales one problem is getting to the pub.
hogshead - 31 Aug 2009 09:10
Another awesome festival weekend. Great food, great beer, rather to great a hangover (must pop up and see the landlord to complain). Only downside was the boys football pitch doubled as a Car Park. For that you're not getting 11/10.

Seriously this place is the best pub within a 10 mile radius of my home, always serving superb ale in a really nice environment. Shame you don't do B&B cos someone's always got to drive.
twineyboy - 16 Jul 2009 00:26
Known for being the best real ale pub in the area with normally 6 beers available. Clearly a place when the real ale crowd head to, i have noticed a lot of driving pools arrive, where 4 or 5 guys head out taking turns to drive. This may be because the pub is a bit isolated, although only a couple of miles from Brentwood there is no path and if you head out south it is very hilly with unlit country lanes which skirt the weald country park. The pub itself seems to have perpetual trade, if only a few propping up the bar during the day. At weekends the place seems to attract a younger crowd.
elpescado - 14 May 2009 19:07
Excellent pub with good range of well kept real ales and friendly staff and clientele though a bit out of the way. Well worth the effort of getting there.
Hornchurchpaul - 1 Oct 2008 17:19
Ah yes. By far the best pub in the area. The irony is that you need to drive there as it is a little out of the way. Always a good choice of ales, friendly staff and they even have their own beer festival! I wish I lived next door.
HornchurchJohn - 11 Sep 2008 20:29
Visited this friendly pub with a 21 person coach party. Beer range consisted of two ales from the local Brentwood brewery, one from Milestone, one from Adnams and Fullers London Pride, all in good nick. Food good, reasonably proced and with generous portions and some interesting dishes such as Pheasant curry!.

Only dissappointment was the time it took to change beers when they went off but otherwise a very pleasent lunchtime spent here.
defrakev - 27 Apr 2008 21:19
A great pub and one of the only ones to offer traditional ciders, unlike the many pubs in the Brentwood area with the usual crap in a glass with ice. Very friendly atmosphere with good service, its a pity I cannot visit as much as I would like to.


Knocker - 12 Jul 2007 15:12
Great down to earth pub where just about everybody is a regular (some more than others!), but not 'cliquey'.
2 regular beers (Adnams and London Pride) plus 4 guests, often including one or two from Brentwood Brewery, as it's pretty much the brewery tap.
Regular (every month or so) live music from the White Horse Band, usually to raise money for charity, also fishing competitioons etc.
Beer and music festival runs from July 12-15th.
naardge - 11 Jul 2007 13:09
Amazed that this is the first review of probably the best pub in Essex. Always got 6 real ales.Adnams and London Pride as regulars and 4 guest. There are enough customers to mean that the beers are changed almost daily. good sized garden with kids stuff in it. Also they run an annual beer and music festival that has 50 real ales and ciders plus dozens of bands. Does pub food 12.00 to 2.30 Monday to Sat, but it really a drinking and socialising pub rather than a pretend restuarant
Rob - 28 Sep 2006 15:10

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