White Horse

Nightlife, Bars Brixton
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White Horse

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The White Horse attracts an adult, professional but as-yet-unnested clientele happy to enjoy the generous opening hours. It’s all slightly clubby yet laid-back: the dangling disco balls are embellished with sunflower petals, there are big candles and flowers on each table, the day’s papers rest on the bar counter (tabloids, too – it’s a mixed crowd), and there are sofas settled around a TV in one corner.

The DJ decks are put to good use several nights a week: funk plays a big role, but you might catch everything from hip hop to house emanating from the speakers. Beers include a couple of ales (Deuchars IPA, seasonal guests); food includes the likes of pan-fried salmon with Asian greens, posh steak sandwiches and, on weekends, breakfasts. Boys, don’t trip over the step in the toilets as you take in the bizarre S&M horse mural.

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Venue name: White Horse
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Address: 94 Brixton Hill
London
SW2 1QN
Transport: Rail/Tube: Brixton
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StephDye
tastemaker

Having heard on the grapevine that The White Horse served the best roast dinner in Brixton, I decided (being somewhat of a fussy roast connoisseur) to head down and give it a go. On my first attempt, the place was buzzing (always a good sign) and apart from a slightly disappointing Bloody Mary - the bar person was new so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt - the meal and experience was a success! Tender beef, fluffy Yorkshire puddings and mashed potato and a solid roast potato game.


If only that was the end of the story. After such a great experience, I went back around two weeks ago with a different set of friends and disaster struck: the meal from start to finish was very poor. Again, the Bloody Mary was again iffy (so much for new staff) however it food that really let the experience down. You have to order from the bar, not a problem, however my friends and I were paying separately, so went up individually to pay. On my turn I explained that we were sitting together to the bar staff. It then took four separate attempts by waiting staff, coming over and interrupting our conversation within the space of 15 minutes to confirm how we would like the meal served. 


Our order was very simple: a starter of bread and oil, a starter of pâté and three roast lamb dinners. It took half an hour for the starters to be served. However, in fairness the pâté was delicious. When the mains arrived another full 45 minutes after that, I was again disappointed. The food was lukewarm at best and the sizes of some of the crucial elements were pitiful (I received two roast potatoes and half a spoonful of mash). When I complained the waitress was more than obliging and replaced my meal with a fresh, hot dinner. 


Unfortunately by the time I simply wanted to leave. The meals and drinks are not cheap (about £12 per main) so I paid a lot to come away disappointed. I don't know whether to put down to a blip or inconsistency, however next time, I will not be so eager to return.

Rose L

Great pub in the day, great night out untill 4am on a Fri/Sat night. Free to get in, non pretentious, with every one there just for a good time. Decent music. Food looks good to

Sam B
tastemaker

I have never entered the White Horse in daylight hours. Ever. This is strictly a late night party venue. Every Fri and Sat night, you can delight in the real South London party vibe, with everything from funk to drum and bass, 90's RnB and 80's club tunes. Don't worry about who's playing, just trust that they will get the very mixed crowd moving and smiling. 


And ladies (...and guys too!).... the security guys are some of the best in the area and even if you've had a few too many rum and cokes, they will get you in a cab safely. That's just the White Horse way! 


Sarah P

Nice pub - great selection of drinks, tasty food and fun bar staff… The weekends are a different beast – still great, but different – Friday and Saturday nights stay open until 4am and draw a party loving crowd; be warned, it gets busy! Lots of dancing to good drum n’bass & house music and in the back there’s a pool table, if that’s you’re thing… If it had a garden / more outdoor space it would be perfect, but alas, you can’t have everything…

Steve B
Staff Writer

Great place to visit at the weekend. Great crowd, relaxed vibe. Highly recommend!

Simon

Surely the best pub in Brixton? Busy enough at night for a party, relaxed in the day with great food - make sure George (the Labrador) doesn't have too many chips though!