The White Horse

Bars and pubs, Pubs Peckham Rye
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The White Horse
Paul Winch-Furness

A pub refurb under new ownership in Peckham Rye.

Brows were furrowed and hands were wrung when the White Horse’s new owners closed the place for major refurbishment in the summer. Would the team behind the Montpelier on nearby Choumert Road sanitise this honest cockney boozer and unveil a trendified pub for a trendified area? Would pork scratchings make way for artisan nuts? Would there be poetry nights?

The good news for the old regulars is that there’s not a bare brick or a filament bulb in sight. The pool table and dartboard have survived the transition, there’s just one craft offering on keg (Sambrook’s fairly conservative London Pale Ale), and weekend entertainment comes from DJs, not frustrated art students. 

The bad news for everyone else is that, well, it’s just a bit boring. There’s no space for local brewers behind the bar, the food menu boasts the odd flash of innovation but centres around comfort-food standards (fish and chips, chicken casserole) and the colour scheme is browner than your grandad’s socks. Also, there doesn’t seem to be any central heating, and just two small–ish open fires are expected to keep the whole place warm. As a result, even during an unusually mild November, we weren’t the only ones keeping our coats on. 

Still, it says a lot about the state of London’s drinking scene that a pub so free of novelties can be regarded as a novelty, and for some the eschewing of trends will be a breath of fresh air. And regardless of how bushy your beard is, nobody can deny that the big patio out front will be a great place to sink some fizzy lager come summer. 

As the smartening-up of SE15 continues apace, the White Horse has made it clear it wants no part in proceedings. Peckhamites will vote with their feet as to whether that’s a good or bad thing. 

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An old-school pub with contemporary consideration. Lunch and dinner served every day. DJs every weekend.
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By: David Clack


Venue name: The White Horse
Address: 20-22
Peckham Rye
SE15 4JR
Transport: Rail: Peckham Rye
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I used to like the pub before as a quiet old man boozer (very knowing I wasnt really welcome) and the new owners seem to have kept that clientele during the week, which I like.

The weekends are a bit rowdier with DJs and the like but there is no distressed furniture or kitsch Tretchikoff prints so still feels like a pub goers pub (y'know what I mean?)

Anyway the best thing is you can always get a seat, there are lots of big booths and little cubby rooms inside and in the summer plenty of outdoor seating albeit on the road (who cares, its London!). Second best thing is they let dog owners in with their pooches, which means you get to cuddle cute guys but not poop-scoop. Ideal.


I was told this used to be a proper old man’s pub but recently got taken over in the name of gentrification.  I can’t comment on how it was, and though I do love a local boozer, I kind of like The White Horse 2016.  Yes it’s a trendy pub in Peckham, but it’s also spacious, serves a Guinness and has a dartboard.  It's not going to set the pub world alight but it's a safe bet for a table, a bag of nuts and some half decent music.