The White Horse (aka the Sloaney Pony) has been around for a long time and doesnít seem to have changed much over the years. Itís a large, airy, opulent Victorian pub with a couple of pleasant rooms upstairs where Jan and Charlotte hosted a fantastic party last year to celebrate Janís entry into the Masters Division.
When the weather permits itís always busy on the terrace outside, where they sometimes have a hog roast. Inside can get busy too but itís possible to reserve a table online or by calling in advance.
The beer list is usually interesting and they always have a selection of Belgian beers in bottle as well as taps from various microbreweries. The last time I visited, at the time of the GBBF and RBESG in August, they had an American beer festival on with numerous bottles and a few taps, although nothing out of the ordinary.
The main problem with the place is the service. There are always lots of staff behind the bar but they are an itinerant bunch who are usually clueless about the beers and in need of some training to recognise who is waiting to be served rather than just gawping around and seeing which of their potential customers can bray the loudest.
(Last visited 5 August 2011).
Pleasant pub looking over Parsonís Green. A nice selection of rotating cask ales and foreign beers on tap. Bottle range is extensive with a heavy focus on craft beer from the States and Belgian ales. A little pricey but reasonable for the quality of beers stocked. The staff here at the moment are very knowledgable and passionate about beer, and are willing to make informed suggestions for the less informed patrons. Food menu looks good with food and beer matchings encouraged. Agree that clientele can leave a lot to be desired though. Nonetheless a solid beer bar all round.
Last visited during the Winter/Old Ales festival in Nov í12.
Large pub with a decent sized bar.
Selection is always sizeable and varied even when there is no festival on.
Good cask and craft tap/bottle range.
Service held up fairly well despite the crowds.
Definately worth heading to when thereís a festival on, not sure if I was a visitor stopping in central London wether Iíd bother trekking out to PG tho! This may have been different 3 or 4 years ago but with so many excellent venues in the central area - why bother!
A bit on the pricey side too!
Been here several times. The White Horse is certainly one of the top pubs in London. Very clean and upscale in terms of the decor, layout and servers. The beer selection is outstanding, with a nice range of British cask ales and tons of bottles. They also provide a nice bottle menu so you can browse through your options. The prices are OK but a touch above average, I would say, on the cask ales. The bottle prices are quite myriad but there are some good deals. I have not tried the food here but Iíve seen it and it looks good. Again, not priced competitively but not super expensive, either. I would recommend visiting the White Horse during the afternoon if you are just interested in sampling the beers, as the crowds can get pretty intense most evenings. There is a tube nearby so getting to and from the pub is pretty simple. Overall a good place to visit in London. One of the top beer bars in the city.
Oakes (805) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 20, 2004
Busy but airy pub in a posh neighbourhood across from a pretty green. Most of the "punters" are drinking boring beers, but the selection overall is decent. I would think that for Londoners the global beer list is more interesting than for visitors, as many of the brands are quite common in the US. Food is decent, though pricey, service no worry on my visits.
Massive pub on Parsons Green with a most impressive interior. While the pubís often quite crowded, thereís plenty of seating options including a nice outdoor seating area in front. The pub offers something like 8 beers on cask, with an additional 10 on Keg as well. The bottle selectionís actually pretty large, though Iíve never given it close inspection. As others have noted, the service leaves a bit to be desired. While the staff know how to properly serve their beer, you get the impression that they donít know anything about the product. The foodís good, but quite expensive (and a bit pretentious). Overall, despite its faults, I really do like this pub. Nice, relaxed atmosphere in a very posh part of London. Itís a great neutral setting to take non-beer geek friends.
Beautiful old pub with lots of taps and bottles as well. Went for the American Beer Festival, so there was tons of stuff available. amazingly crowded, though, and took a long time to get beers. People were running into each other behind the bar. Great stuff on tap, though.
From the previous reviews it seems like the White Horse is a bit of a love/hate bar... I side with the former. The first time I visited I was surprised with the sheer size of the place and the ludicrous amount of taps. The keg/cask line-up always provides a good range of UK, Belgian, American beers, as well as those much further afield like Australian and Japan. The bottle selection is also really impressive, in particular the Lambic range(which includes 3 Fonteinen Oude Gueze Vintage and Cantillon FouFoune) and US. The price is not particularly high for this part of town (meaning you can spend a lot more of crap industrial lager elsewhere!). The food is high quality, with a personal highlight of mine being the Brewdog Burns night earlier this year. Definitely a top London venue.
A great gastro and real ale pub not so far from Stamford Bridge in Fulham and even closer to the Parsons Green tube station (District line). I counted at least nine active handpumps during my visit in March plus lots of foreign beers on keg and bottle, many from Belgium. Comfortable and popular outdoor seating sometimes with barbecue in summer. Good food served in different function rooms at the ground floor and upstairs. Can get very crowded and noisy in the evenings and, especially, on match days. The polite service, the excellent ales, the clean and tidy rooms made it a real pleasure to visit this extraordinary London pub late on a Tuesday morning
(Last visited 18.03.2008)