It’s raining, it’s pouring a pub roast is calling.
With the results of The Best Sunday Roast in Richmond Borough published recently, I decided it was time to pull on my wellies and head out to experience one of the top five winners to make my own judgment.
The White Horse is a great pub tucked away on Worple Way near Richmond’s ‘The Alberts’ cottages. It’s a quaint little area I never knew existed. The very cute ‘Alberts Deli’ is located right next door which is now top of my list for a weekend breakfast.
The day I visited for lunch, I was reliably informed that The White Horse was in fact number one in the Totally Richmond poll, if you scale it down to the ‘Richmond’ results alone. The accolade has clearly had some effect as the dining area was full by 2pm.
The pub is part of the Fuller’s group which means the menu is overseen by a group Executive Chef. It has been designed with a seasonal focus in mind and includes some discreet regional flavours from a passionate Welsh Head Chef.
For my starter I chose the roast leek and Caerphilly tart with homemade pickled beetroot (£6.50). It was garnished with micro herbs and a lashing of balsamic glaze. I also ordered a glass of La Versant Rose (£5.50). The tart was without pastry which meant it was light and tasty. It was not over powered by the cheese either which was notably of Welsh origin.
For my main there were five roasts to choose from – beef rib eye, chicken, lamb, Romsey pork and a mushroom, squash and goats cheese wellington. I decided on the Herefordshire leg of lamb (£15.50) and paired it with a glass of Montepulciano (£4.90).
The incredibly flavoursome lamb was served atop ample crispy potatoes, Swede mash and the crowd pleasing (according to the poll) cauliflower and cheese gratin. The Yorkshire pudding was mountainous and it was all complemented by full bodied gravy and perfectly cooked seasonal vegetables.
It’s obvious the Fuller’s team have worked hard to find a good farm in Herefordshire to supply their meat. I can only imagine what the beef, which is what the area is famous for, tasted like. The other main dishes I liked the sound of included the pumpkin and wild mushroom ravioli (£12.50) and the Jacobs Ladder – or slow cooked beef short ribs (£14.00).
After a small break I moved onto dessert which was a sticky toffee pudding with ‘Jude’s’ salted caramel ice cream (£6.50). The pudding was moist and pleasantly sweet with a superb and decadent sauce. My second choice would have without a doubt been Paul’s chocolate brownie, served with honeycomb ice cream and popping candy (£6.00).
The White Horse whole heartedly deserves its place among the top pubs in town for an excellent Sunday roast. Not only is the food great there’s no sport TV’s to distract you from savouring your meal. It attracts a diverse crowd and I especially like the sound of the edible garden which apparently flourishes in the summer.
With pub food that good and weather which is currently this bad, there are few reasons why you wouldn’t waste an afternoon away at The White Horse.
Reservations – yes
On line booking – yes
Mailing list – yes
Wi-Fi – yes
Monday – Thursday: 12:00-11:00pm
Friday – Sunday: 12:00-11:30pm
Macchiato – 5 stars, £2
Toilets – clean
How does The White Horse describe its menu? ‘Good food from fresh ingredients’
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Sarah is a Richmond local who also writes for Lazy Susan Food Reviews.