The White Horse
1-3 Parson's Green
0207 7 36 2115
Open all day
The White Horse
The White Horse is a large, imposing Victorian building lying at the northern end of Parson's Green. In the past it has been both a coaching inn with rooms for travellers and a gin palace with a billiard room and extensive cellars.
After the most extensive renovation in the Autumn of 1999 they created a restaurant in what was the old coach house, doubled the size of their kitchens, modernised the lighting and decorated the walls using organic lime wash paints. The result is a pleasing blend of traditional polished mahogany bar and wall panels, wood and flagstone floors, open fires and contemporary lighting and colours enlivened by modern art.
One picture features Pistol a captain in Henry's army and one of Sir John Falstaff's loyal men (Henry IV Part II). He is depicted in tiles in the lobby entrance to the public bar and is faced by Doll Tearsheet, a whore in the Boar's Head Tavern in Eastcheap in the City.
They have created facsimile tiles to denote the Ladies' and Gent's loos on each side of the pub. In all likelihood these tiles date from the James' family's refurbishment of the White Horse in 1894.
To find the pub, the White Horse overlooks Parson's Green in West London. It is close to the West end (4 miles) and is easily reached from the City, the M4 and M3 motorways.
Parson's Green itself is bordered to the north by Fulham Road and to the south by New King's Road. Hammersmith is 1? miles away, Putney 1 mile, and Wandsworth 2 miles. By tube get off at Parson's Green station (District Line). Turn right out of the tube station and the pub is 150 yards up the road on the corner of the green.
They always have at least six regular beers: Draught Bass; Highgate Mild; Harvey's Sussex Bitter; Adnam's Broadside; and Rooster's Yankee. They also serve bottled beers from around the world.
Food is served Monday to Friday 12-3.30pm and 6pm-10:30pm all week. By the way, it's quite expensive with starters around £7. We recommend you eat elsewhere then come for a tipple.
Beer festivals are held here regularly, check out their web site for details.
No accommodation here.
My experience at the White Horse Parsons Green last Saturday night has been my worst eating experience in London. I had dinner with a friend and 3 days later I am still not fully recovered from a bad case of food poisoning. So much so that I have not been to work for 2 days. My friend also has been ill. The common things we ate were chips and salad. I had Tuna and she had steak. I will never ever set foot in that place again. We were put sitting in a smokey corner and the bar was packed to capacity after a rugby match. I had no idea where we would be sitting as I booked over the phone and had never been before. Perhaps they should not try to serve food on such busy nights in such difficult circumstances as the food had to travel a long way around the
bar before it reached us. In any case I am appalled to have been so sick since that meal and on my experience I could not under any circumstances recommend this place to anyone. I have got apologies from the mangers but not really sure how sorry they are. It has been a costly experience for me as I have missed 2 days of work. I have asked for my service charge/tip to be refunded at the very least. I will see if they do this much at least. All in all a bad night out for me and my friend. (17/5/05)
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Up to 6 ales.
4-12 Barkston Gardens
London, SW5 0EN
(1 km from Parsons Green).
Price: from £45-75 ensuite.