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Black Horse Inn, Castle Rising - pub details

Black Horse Inn

Address: Castle Rising, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6AG [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 33626) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train station Kings Lynn (4.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.2/10 (rated by 5 users)
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other pubs nearby:

Farmers Arms, South Wootton (1.2 miles), House on the Green, North Wootton (1.3 miles), Red Cat Hotel, North Wootton (1.8 miles)


user reviews of Black Horse Inn, Castle Rising

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We were the only visitors on a Friday afternoon earlier this month although the chap behind the bar told us that they had plenty of bookings for dinner. It's a pity that the only ale offerings are Greene King IPA and Abbot Ale but, to be fair, my Abbot was the best pint of its kind that I had ever had.
paul_d102 - 14 Sep 2021 10:01
Sadly, Ditchcrawler, your landlord must be long gone ... but they still don't do ploughman's lunches ...or should it be ploughmEn's lunches? A confusing plural!

However, that which they do do is excellent and RogerB has summed the place up very well.
Firedrake - 23 Jul 2013 10:28
The main attraction in Castle Rising is of course the 12th Century castle and a stop at the nearby Black Horse makes a decent enough contribution to the visit without leaving you with any great desire to return.

The side entrance from the spacious car park leads to a lobby and has some old fashioned coloured glass in the doors spelling out the pubís name. The interior is quite pubby despite the place being listed as a dining pub on other websites. To the right of the lobby is a mock Tudor extension that serves as the restaurant and is far enough away from the main pub not to interfere with the pub atmosphere. On the other side of the lobby is the main bar, presumably 2 bars originally but now knocked through to a single walkaround bar, albeit the lounge / public bar is still distinguishable either side of the front entrance. The carpeted lounge bar area has an interesting fireplace cum display section bearing several trophys whilst the public bar area has a more basic approach with bare floors, beams and dart board. Lots of old pictures adorn the walls and safe piped music doesnít interfere with the relatively sedate atmosphere.

The 5 Ales available arenít particularly exciting for the area: Green King IPA, Abbott, Marsdens Pedigree, Adnams and Woodforde Wherry. If you donít mind having Greene King IPA, you can experiment with the north/south pouring contraption that came in a couple of years ago with a blaze of publicity but is rarely seen.

Overall, the Black Horse is an above average country pub and a safe bet for a pleasant drink or meal if passing by but not really a place that you will deem necessary to go well out of the way for.

RogerB - 7 Sep 2009 20:52
I'm afraid I haven't been here since I called in with a girlfriend 1977. Even so, I remember it well and will pass on the following dialogue with the landlord of the day.

Me: Do you do ploughman's lunches?

Landlord: I'm afraid we don't get many ploughmen in, these days, Sir.

Me: Well - do you do sandwiches?

Landlord: We do very good sandwiches, Sir.

Me: What kind of sandwiches ... ?

And so it continued. Anyway, we got our sandwiches - quite adequate as I remember , and I think the beer was okay, though - at 23, I was only just beginning to understand the difference between Real.Ale and anything else!

Subsequently, I've passed this pub on the bus to Hunstanton and beyond many, many times. I'd love to think the landlord is still as witty, but of course the only way to find out is to call in and see!
Ditchcrawler - 8 Jan 2009 20:44

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