74 South Street
Mon-Sat 11-2.30, 6-11 (Sat 11-11), Sun 12-10.30
An outstanding free house in the beautiful market town of Leominster. The town has narrow streets and lots of people on them making it a bustling place, especially on Saturday. The Black Horse is situated on the outskirts beyond or just before the centre depending on which way you arrive along the A44. It is a white building abutting the pavement - there is a car park round back through a set of narrow double-gates. This is a genuine 'freehouse' with the best selection of real ales for miles. A two bar pub, the public bar is lively and busy with a dartboard and no carpets to worry the 'loud' drinker. Furniture is rustic but comfortable. The larger lounge/restaurant bar is cosy and snug. There is pew seating around the edges with tables and chairs too. The wooden bar is surrounded by hops and bar clips, reminiscent of a 30's estate interior. Beers on at the time were; Lichfield Resurrection, Hobsons Town Crier and Dunn Plowman BHB plus 2 guests. It also has guest malt whiskey. Traditional pub games are also available to play. Food is served both lunch and evening, not on Sunday. Get there early if you want to eat as they stop serving at 1.45pm lunchtimes weekdays. There is plenty of choice for vegetarians, six in all, plus four starters. Outside at the back there are picnic tables and some grass. If you are travelling by train, there is a stop not half a mile away. There is no accommodation here, but some available in the rest of the town, try Tourist Information.
This former coach house used to be the Marches & Dunn Plowman brewery tap, but is now one of the best pubs in Leominster. It has a traditional public bar with TV and locals on a Saturday watching the football, but it also has a lounge side which is more comfortable with panelled walls and bench seating with round tables and stools. Up a step there is more seating stretching towards the back of the pub. This area reminds one of the 1980, but this only adds to its charm. There is a small alcove by the front window here. The beers served here are usually one from the Dunn Plowman and one from Hobsons plus a couple of guests. All were well kept and served and the landlord is particularly helpful. Food is served here lunch and evenings and is traditional - see chalk board in the lounge bar. Prices are reasonable and the food good. As this pub is on the south side of the town and on the way out, you should either start or end here. There is a car park accessed via a narrow passage - you can park in the town cheaply, but not for long. A real cider is served here too.
Not far from the railway station, you can pitch your tent here if you ask. Also children and well behaved dogs welcome. (09/06)
Also try: Stockton Cross Inn. Stockton Cross, Kimbolton, Leominster. (01568) 612509. Teme & Wye Valley ales, plus home made food.
Dunn Plowman BHB
Hobsons Town Crier
plus 2 guests.
Newtown Ivington Road
HR6 8QD. 01568 613216
South Street, Leominster
Herefordshire, HR6 8JN.
From: D:£23-£25pp, S:£23-£25