We visited the Black Horse on what was, at last, the first sunny and reasonably warm day this Spring, and St. Georges Day to boot!
First impressions were very good, we were met by Simon from the parent company, Oak Taverns, who gave us a guided tour of the pub and explained all of the recent renovations, which were extensive. Simon also showed us the new micro brewery and told us of the plans to bring the flavours and traditions of real beer drinking back to the Black Lion, his enthusiasm was indeed infectious!
Settling down, in the sunny and well thought out Beer Garden, we grabbed a table and began to peruse the lunch menu. We decided to share a starter and a main course as, looking around, the portions did look rather healthy to say the least! We began with the Mediterranean Meze, a selection of baba ghanoush, harissa hummus, tzatziki, guacamole crusted flatbread & hazelnut crusted aubergines caviar, it was delicious and plenty for two people to share. Following this we went for the Bacon Chorizo Burger and our fellow diner had the Shepherd’s Pie from the daily specials menu, all very tasty and obviously home-made. The “Fries” are certainly worth a separate mention, crispy, tasty and not in the least bit oily, highly recommended!
All in all we had a fantastic lunch, the food and the service were excellent, the atmosphere was very pleasant and the decor was modern, tasteful and comfortable. With the opening of the new “Barnet Brewery” happening just a few days after our visit, the pub certainly has big plans…an ambitious project in the heart of our community which deserves your support and custom. Do give The Black Horse a try, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed!