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My last stops before a match at Stamford Bridge were the Blue Boat and the Craft Beer Co in Hammersmith. The former is not listed on BITE and the latter won't accept new reviews. Our next stop was the White Horse. It was packed with the post-football crowd, in addition to plenty of people in to watch the Six Nations rugby match between Scotland and France. We retreated to the outdoor patio, complete with heaters. Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter & Oakham JHB are the regular ales. Guests were Marble Pint, Great Heck Dave, Five Points Brick Field Brown, Redemption Kazbek & Burning Sky Plateau. There is still no real cider.
blue_scrumpy - 9 Mar 2020 18:45
Yesterday was my first visit to the White Horse in several years. It''s always a decent first stop after a football match at Stamford Bridge. The prices don''t seem quite as high as they did last time I visited. The ale selection is ok. Although the darkest beer was a brown ale. The choice was Tiny Rebel Mojito Sour, Harviestoun Summer Legend, Harvey''s Sussex Best Bitter, St. Austell Proper Job, Harbour India Brown Ale, Madness Absolutely, West Berkshire Good Old Boy & Oakham JHB. They no longer stock a real cider. The interior drinking environment is still pleasant. But most people were sat or stood outside enjoying the summer sun and views of the Green. Smells emanating from the barbecue were tempting.
blue_scrumpy - 28 Aug 2017 10:19
Pleasant pub with an excellent range of ales at reasonable prices. Only drawback as referred to before is the loud braying clientele but they are quite easy to ignore if you wish.
Aztecgoat - 10 May 2017 10:21
A great range of ales including Oakham Scarlet Macaw and JHB and some good local ones. Rumour has it that they employ a professional cellar man and it shows. Service was also good and they also, interestingly, have Pilsner Urquell tank beer on tap. The issue is the clientele which is well heeled in the extreme and all the baggage that comes with that - rugby, jobs as brokers etc. - still if you get over your prejudice, those we sere sat next to were perfectly pleasant.
BoehmBawerk - 5 Mar 2017 12:39
I was impressed that though the pub was very busy they served me quickly. Good range of ales (I had Dark Star Pale) and, whilst mine was being fetched by one bar tender, no fewer than three others asked if I was being served. I also ordered a fish & chips that came very quickly despite the crowd. An expensive pub (£4.50 for a pint, £14 for fish & chips) but very well run.
Trev - 27 Dec 2016 11:05
Good range of interesting ales, 20% discount for CAMRA members. Posh clintellle with money to burn
Wilson_MacDonald - 21 Aug 2016 16:33
I think, in response to the last post, it's because Traquair House is a 7% seasonal ale, only on in winter. I remember asking for it yonks ago and the American barman went away to check. He came back and said 'It's not on for another 9 months'. I said 'I'll wait'. That was a long 9 months, propping up the bar.
jagsfan - 18 Mar 2014 12:04
First visited the White Horse over 25 years ago when Sally Cruikshank was in charge. Visit the pub a few times a year. Have to say the pub isn't as good as it once was. Service isn't good and there doesn't appear to be anyone in charge. When Sally and her successor, Mark Dorber were there you knew that the service would be good. Beer is good but not as good as it was. Used to do Traquair House - a fine beer. Don't know why they stopped serving it.
Boyne - 27 Feb 2014 16:03
Relieved to see some restoration of reputation with Binghams Twyford Tipple and Brightwater Little Nipper - hope this is not just a flash in the pan though!
craftman - 19 Feb 2014 14:46
White Horse refugee desperately seeking stimulation of taste buds has been forced to take refuge in ale houses in Clapham, Chiswick, South Wimbledon, New Malden, Kentish Town, Highgate, Pimlico, Farringdon, Clerkenwell, Borough, Hoxton, Islington, Claygate, Hackney, South Kensington & Mayfair.
craftman - 17 Feb 2014 22:03
Today - the most boring uninteresting selection of real ales that I have seen for a long time in The White Horse. This used to be THE real ale pub in London but it would appear that they are not aware that there are now more than 1,150 micro-breweries in the UK from which they could select/order!
craftman - 10 Feb 2014 23:15
The selective house bitter, Hobsons Best (3.8% ; from Shropshire), at £3.50 per pint is no longer available having been recently replaced by the returning ubiquitous house bitter, Harveys Best Bitter (4% ; from East Sussex), at £3.90 per pint. The other regular house real ales are Adnams Broadside and Oakham JHB. Normally up to five guest real ales are available, mostly from micro-breweries, although the regional Fullers ESB is currently on hand-pump. The remaining 10 hand-pumps on the bar are generally only in use for real ale festivals (about four times per year).
craftman - 7 Feb 2014 15:36
3rd visit on way to Fulham and a different but again excellent experience, with a lovely pint of Purple Moose but I'd have been happy with almost anything on the bar or bottle menu.
mtaylor40 - 23 Dec 2013 23:34
Always a good selection of beer. Go anytime except Fri/Sat evenings in the summer - full of "Made in Chelsea" wannabes.
MK_Bee - 11 Jun 2013 16:42
Finally paid a visit to The White Horse courtesy of my mate Max and a free ticket to Stamford Bridge.

As expected the cask ale roster was impressive, with Harveys Best and Oakham (JHB?) as the regular 2. Another 5 or 6 hand pumps were working with London Fields and Bristol amongst the represented brewers.

There is also a great range of keg beer as well ranging from the familiar house lager, Veltins, all the way through to beers from relatively obscure Italian craft brewery Brewfist.

It looked like they also have a good range of Belgian bottles as well - All of the Rochefort trio plus other Trappist and Abbey beers.

There is not as much choice on the bar perhaps as somewhere like The Euston Tap or Craft Beer Co., but The White Horse has something those other beer shrines don't have. That is that its a bloody good, honest to goodness, pub. A boozer, a local, a watering hole; a place where you are immediately comfortable because you've been somewhere like it before.

Add to that a great location, superb outside seating area and excellent service, this place is a winner.

Prices as expected 3.30 and up for cask, a bit more for standard keg and 4.50 plus for a half of some of the more unusual/extreme crafty keg offerings. Standard.

I can't think of anything bad to say about The White Horse apart from it's in Parsons Green and I'm near Aylesbury!

PS Pre-match burger for a fiver from the BBQ run by the pub outside is good too.

davvac - 7 Nov 2012 13:53
We always pay a visit to The White Horse when in this part of London and it never fails to please. Great range of beers (they always have Harveys plus several guest ales and foreign draught and bottled ales). BBQ on the patio which is a great place to sit and sup on a warm evening. Very busy and even more so as it was a Chelsea home match but don't let that put you off - these are the decent home fans who like their beer as opposed to supermarket cans!!
Handy for the tube and an easy walk to Stamford Bridge and even down the road to Craven Cottage. Always recommended.
mcroyal - 9 Sep 2012 17:26
Really friendly service and a wide selection of beers. They had a beer festival on when I went and the bar man produced a menu giving tasting notes and when the berd would be available over the bank holiday weekend. The food smelled lovely and there was a BBQ on the patio which kept on cooking all afternoon. Well worth a visit if you are in the Parsons Green area.
LennyBanter - 28 Aug 2012 12:32
Brilliant beer, brilliant food (even on a Chelsea matchday the service was great). This is how a pub should be.
Valky - 19 Apr 2012 10:20
brilliant pub. impressive range of beers and ales and lagers, all in good condition and pulled by a barman who knew what he was doing. interior greaty as is the area the pub is situated in. on match days you get a very civilised bunch of fans at this place, so its a pleasant atmopshere all week round. great pub.
CHELSEA_on_tour - 20 Mar 2012 11:37
A big thankyou to the manager who tracked down another cask of Otley Odessa on Friday afternoon when it appeared that they'd run out. He even wandered over with a free sample for a chat. Top man, top pub
bongobilly - 13 Feb 2012 07:59
Went on Saturday and the beer choice was fantastic. The pub is too full to spend any length of time in it, even though you can get served fairly easily. I suppose you can't have everything. If you like real ales its worth a trip to Parsons Green to sample this pub as you are unlikely to be disappointed.
PerivaleElvis - 1 Feb 2012 17:19
Great choice of beer. Fast service. BBQ outside when the footie is on. Pretty good town pub.
potrix - 28 Dec 2011 23:09
2011 Old Ale Festival this last weekend at The White Horse was the best yet - superb selection of milds, porters, stouts and old ales from select micro-breweries at reasonable prices (bearing in mind some of the strengths) plus quality professional musicians performing live - two top class bands on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Another welcome addition this year was the availability of chef's delicious individual homemade pies as sensibly priced snacks to go with the ales. Many thanks to the management and staff for making mine and my wife's weekend so thoroughly enjoyable.
craftman - 28 Nov 2011 15:08
A great huge monument to beer. The choice is astounding, and even more so when considering its an M&B pub. Food surprisingly good too.
huntsbeer - 15 Nov 2011 05:17
fantastic pub - terrific range of ales, ciders and wine - best in London in my opinion and the food is always exceptional - it is unfortunate that some of the staff aren't particularly helpful - a decline that has been evident over the last few years, that said, well worth the visit.
chico1979 - 1 Sep 2011 11:58
Black Cat returns to The White Horse - at last! Many thanks.
craftman - 23 Aug 2011 11:29
An absolute diamond of a pub! Can't comment on the food which always looks nice but the beer selection is a joy to behold with Cider drinkers catered for with Aspalls Cider on draught, and usually 1 or 2 guest ciders - had a nice Severn Perry the other week. A great place to sit outside and watch the world of Parsons Green pass by. Always had a friendly welcome from the bar staff there whether on a solo visit or with friends. Can get very busy but the staff keep the things ticking along nicely. First rate!
parkender - 15 Jun 2011 16:17
It's a shame that this pub is frequented by well healed CHAVS. I was in there the other Saturday and every time I went to the toilet, there was a line (excuse pun) of idiots openly taking cocaine. This is not the first time that I've encountered such unpleasantness. It seems odd that the management are unaware of this - it's fairly in-your-face and is ruining an otherwise good pub. That said, steak pie was excellent.
ericthered - 25 May 2011 15:41
This plush and rather grand victorian pub is something of an institution, featuring a good selection of cask ales, and an outstanding selection of bottled and draught ales. Is it overpriced? Session ales
a priced a little above average, with prices raking up sharply
with increased ABV. The same policy applied to continental
draught beers, which can easily reach over 7% ABV ,leads to prices
of 6 a pint! If your pockets are not as deep as the average Putneyite's, exercise caution!
Uncle_Dunkel - 11 Mar 2011 23:35
On my last trip to London at the end of February, I ventured by way of the tube and my long cane, to The White Horse of Parsons Green. This is the third time that I have visited this excellent establishment. It is an easy place for a blind person to find, but is also is a very welcoming and friendly venue. As has been commented before the food is of a restaurant standard and my chicken and chestnuts in a cider sauce with potato dauphinoise and kale was very enjoyable. My pale beer from the Acorn brewery accompanied this dish well. This is the only pub I'm aware of that recommends beers to go with the food. On my previous visits I have also tried Bishop's Farewell and Purity Mad Goose. I must also put a word in for the staff who are all very helpful and accomodating, especially the manager Rob who uses my first name. I will be going down to London in late March for the demonstration and Scotland game so you can all buy me a pint that weekend.
realron - 10 Mar 2011 15:52
Had a couple of swifty's in here on Friday and was very impressed with the look of the pub and the atomsphere.

I know that this pub is situated in Parsons Green which is comparable to Mayfair in terms of it's affluence but I must admit that my jaw did nearly hit the bar when the girl said 4.85 for a pint. Admittedly, this was for the M&M Porter which at 6.5% ABV you would need too many of them.
BeerGutt - 21 Feb 2011 09:29
Great day out on Saturday - good service and great choice of ale at very reasonable prices (for London)

No sign of Sloanies probably due to the presence of one extemely pissed Chelski peroxide princess. Her rendition of amusing ditties which included a magnificent bawling out of "I'd rather be a Paki than a Yid" went down like a bomb. The song corresponded to the inscription on her replica football shirt "Hole 69"
EricBlair - 20 Feb 2011 20:22
being a fulham boy, and born next door in PG Maternity hospital
remember the old horse !!!
still like the pub, the beers are superb,
some of the clientele are a bit of a pain
but you get a more varied custom than 10 years ago
the harveys SB is AWESOME
a must visit on my pilgrimages to Craven cottage
waggonman - 7 Feb 2011 11:55
Great atmosphere, good beers, friendly staff, very decent food... A great experience. Only minuses: They get really busy when there's a Chelsea game (home) and it also gets difficult to find a table on weekends if you haven't booked.
Iansala - 20 Jan 2011 12:37
Good fun and very busy pub. Spills out onto the park in the summer and it's very pleasant lay around on the grass sipping your ale.

Busy it is. There can be high waiting times at the bar during peak hours, which seems to be every single evening and all day at the weekend.
RichRichMan - 17 Jan 2011 11:54
Go here before Chelski matches. Not that I am a fan of the team (a long story) but certainly a fan of the pub. It just seems to get better and the beer selection is amazing.

Can I mark it down? Well some gentrification. And food is probably a bit pricy - certainly the BBQ on match days is.

Last time I had a good look round and to my suprise virtually everyone was drinking real proper English ale. No doubt it attracts proper drinkers!
baggydave - 10 Jan 2011 21:20
Great pub for real ales but noticeably and disappointingly no seasonal micro-brew real ales (e.g. old ale, stout or porter) available on handpump on my visits over the festive period.
craftman - 28 Dec 2010 19:09
Yes, the recent festival was superb,

The food is superb and not that expensive considering the quality and the area the pub is in. Good wine list too and of course a great range of beers

Nice ambience about the place - upstairs are is a great addition. Seems very well run.

Roll on next festival
SergeantD - 15 Dec 2010 16:21
Upgraded on the basis of the superb old ale festival.

Brilliantly executed, much enjoyed.
Max1905 - 29 Nov 2010 09:28
Best pub in West London by miles. Sadly though I only ever get to use it on a Friday lunchtime, that said I'm loathed to miss a lunchtime.

I challenge anybody to come up with a better pub in the vicinity. Yes they have great beers and loads of them but what makes this pub so special is the way the staff maintain a great knowledge of the 7 to 8 british real ales on tap, plus the numerous craft beers from around the world, so if you're ever unsure what to drink just ask them.

Ohh and the food is pretty good too.
Max1905 - 18 Nov 2010 07:37
Brilliant drinks selection, a little pretentious but hey it's Parson's Green... worth a visit!
skunkatlarge - 17 Nov 2010 18:57
One of the attractions of the TWH was that beers were priced uniformly. Yes you can get some verygood beer for a very reasonable price for London: JHB (2.70) and Harveys (2.80) but 4 for Summer Lightning and others @ 3.75 (only 4.3 ABV) is taking the piss.

Still very good service is provided whilst they have to charge you (reluctantly) 2.05 for a glass of cpke and 3 for a large bag of crisps - not so surprising then that they charge 7 for a burger.
EricBlair - 26 Sep 2010 20:58
This pub's (or rather some of its clientele's) reputation may be enough to put some people off, so I was slightly apprehensive when making my long-overdue first visit. Although very busy, the pleasant late summer afternoon sun meant that most of the customers were outside in and around the large patio beer garden in front of the pub. A bit quieter inside, but the staff behind the U-shaped bar were working very efficiently. An excellent selection of real ales - a couple of pumps were double-clipped so I think 10 in total - and other beers, the prices were not as high as I was expecting for an upmarket pub in South West London (e.g. Ascot Posh Pooch at 3.25) and the quality first rate. Overall, I found it an easy place to like and hard to fault.
rpadam - 5 Sep 2010 13:19
Due to the area this pub happens to find itself in you prepare yourself for the worst in terms of price. Despite this fact there is some value to be had and a wide range of drinks to suit every taste. The only downside i have found from this pub is the ridiculous price of the BBQ whenever it is fired up. In excess of 7 for a burger, which unsuprisingly saw only a couple of takers on a rather busy Saturday afternoon.
Leebs - 30 Aug 2010 22:02
Great pub ! fantastic food and great beers and ales!
And they are dog friendly too which is always a plus!
One of the best pubs in London!
GVF - 24 Aug 2010 19:06
Excellent pub with hugely knowledgable staff an amazing range of beers including seasonal and high quality food. Decor is lovely and the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. You even get recommended beers for each dish on the menu.
robamy - 3 Aug 2010 08:45
My family have been using this pub for over 100 years, that's 3 generations. I first started drinking here back in the early 1980's, when it was all Bass and Charrington IPA. This is still one of the best pubs in London, if not the UK. Never had a bad pint, staff are always excellent, well trained and interesting.

It's the selection of beers that keep me coming back though. I'm lucky that I only live 2 minutes from it. Proper pub, that has now a good mix of eclectic clientele, a lot of working class people have started returning and it makes for a good bohemian atmosphere.

The food is also very good and well priced, I still love this pub, have spent many happy times here. My brothers drank here back in the '70's and '80's, they joined CAMRA back in the early days. It's a friendly place in a great location and has something for everyone.

Fulhampete - 26 Jul 2010 19:52
This is one of the pubs I've been meaning to visit for ages. Was it worth the wait/effort? Service was friendly and efficient and the well-kept Harvey's Sussex Best at 2.90 a pint was no more than I would expect to pay in this part of London. An American-themed beer festival was drawing to a close, but at 7.00 a pint I couldn't bring myself to try anything! Well worth a visit.
wobblybob - 9 Jul 2010 09:33
Only my second ever visit here, criminal. Better than I remember last time maybe because I have caught the tail end of the US beer fest. Sierra Nevada Stout and Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA gone down well. Only possible complaint about this place is prices but to be fair for standard beers not too far out of line. A must visit.
GuideDogSaint - 7 Jul 2010 18:58
This is and has always been for past decades the discerning ale drinkers' predominant pub in London - as well as serving the best cider ever from the oldest living family cider maker in the UK (no - not in the west Country, but in Suffolk!) - Aspalls.
Please tell me also where in London will you ever be able to purchase a pint of the excellent Itchen Valley Godfathers at 2.70 per pint and especially in this salubrious area of SW London - let alone find it being served in any other pub in London! Also Harveys best bitter at 2.90 per pint - far cheaper than at any Harveys tied pub that I know (including The Royal Oak in Borough) - and I used to live near the brewery in Lewes! My own and other locals' favourite tipple, sometimes available here (but not often enough, despite what "Sharp" hereunder incorrectly states) is from Lancashire - the award- winning Moorhouse Black Cat. And I, in company with a lot of regulars here would hardly agree with "Sharp's"description hereunder (as with his opinion of the similar award-winning Godfathers) as being uninspiring real ales!
Fantastic unique American micro-brew ale festival this weekend - and I have tended to be the biggest sceptic of American ales in the past! Literally tons of American micro-brews imported at impossible logistics and cost - accordingly and understandably on offer at higher retail prices than UK brews ( but however mostly priced at not that much more than tasteless chemical lagers brewed under licence in the UK and dispensed under the pernicious "beer tie"!).
Especially looking forward to tomorrow afternoon when the exceptionally long established and talented international headline band of The SPIKEdrivers (USA) will be appearing here to enhance my enjoyment of Odells' Cutthroat Porter (5.1% ABV) amongst other unique USA micro-brews that we may sadly never see again in the foreseeable future in the UK and which are scarce even in the USA. Well done to all of the staff and management at The White Horse - yet another first. Sadly many people appear to be only too quick to complain ( and rightly so, if justified) but all too slow to praise! If anyone were to ever award a Michelin star to a pub for its food and drink then the first should be The White Horse on Parsons Green. Furthermore in this writer's opinion it is far more deserving of such an award for its food alone than the nearby over-hyped Harwood Arms - which I have personally tested in company who we unanimously found undeserving of such an award!
alefellowwellmet - 4 Jul 2010 02:00
This pub resides in a nice position on the corner of the green that gives the area it's name. It has an amazing range of beer, I really enjoy coming here as I feel like I could never sample them all. Being a lover of all kinds of beer, the White Horse has enough of every variety to satisfy my thirst for a long while, especially as I don't live in the area anymore, to my great displeasure.

It can get extremely busy, but generally speaking there are plenty of staff and the bar is so long and big you tend to get served in a reasonable amount of time.
mcski - 20 Jun 2010 16:17
What an unusual pub this is. I was looking for somewhere to go drinking before a Harlequins RL match, and with it being Sunday, its fairly slim pickings in comparison to during the week. Anyway, a friend had reccomended me this place and ensured I enjoyed it. It is indeed a piece of case to reach/find, only taking me 30 minutes from Kings Cross after a train journey down from Sheffield; very pleasing at the time, owing to the fact I was gasping for a pint. Fairly impressive range of ales, but it would appear looking at previous reviews that they keep the same guests - Moorhouse Black Cat and Itchen Valley Godfathers were both on when I visited alongside some other fairly uninspiring choices, but I reckon I just got unlucky and a lot of ale had been supped during the week.

Very extensive beer menu, far beyond the obvious Belgian bottled ales - even a locked fridge containing some seriously impressive continental beer. I switched onto the lager as it was a hot day and enjoyed Veltins, Staropramen, Budvar and especially, Brooklyn Lager - at 4 a pint this stuff isn't for the feint hearted, but it was an absolutely superb pint, a wonderful find (I've had it before in bottles but never on draught in the UK).

I felt a bit out of place here, the clientel is very upmarket - dress smart casual or you'll look odd. This was probably enhanced by the fact there was some sort of polo event nearby, so the pub was full of pompous socialites. Anyway, I still enjoyed myself, a very trendy and comfortable interior, plenty of seating, I will be returning next week perhaps.
Sharp - 7 Jun 2010 17:51
The Kelham Island Captain (6% !!) I drank last weekend must be the finest beer I've drank in years and went down the throat like honey. Always spoiled by the choice here and considering the area the prices are not that bad really. Must try some of the imported lagers some day. My favourite "beer range" pub in the whole of England period!

If you are in London for goodness sake try it and don't be put off by it's location out of central London, it's only 3 stops from Earl's Court on the District line and well worth the short ride (pub just a minutes walk from the tube station) to beer heaven!
MisterX - 6 Apr 2010 17:53
Excellent Godfathers (3.8%) apparently being kept on here as a regular real ale in view of turnover and reduced to 2.70 per pint (from 2.95) from today. Name me any other pub that has ever reduced the price of a pint of beer! Harveys Best Bitter increased to 2.90 per pint but still far cheaper here than at The Harveys tied pub, the Royal Oak, in Southwark!
All 18 handpumps downstairs each dispensing a different real ale for this week - cask ale week.
Apologies for my repeated eulogies but this pub just keeps doing it right which is why I keep coming back.
alefellowwellmet - 31 Mar 2010 00:05
My wife and I had the sup(h)erb herb crusted rack of lamb (for two) last night here for dinner which was perfectly cooked and succulently tender which we followed with a delicious (Valrhona?) chocolate fondant which was one of the specials which we hope will appear on the regular menu - one would not have got a better dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant and indeed the food here is far better than at the over-hyped and undeserved (in our opinion) Michelin starred Harwood Arms nearby.
Like the food the real ales here are first class - the Godfathers and Wild Swan being particularly to our taste this past week.
Easily the best place to imbibe and dine in the area and in most of London. The White Horse has the largest range of draught and bottled beers from all over the world that I have seen in any pub - and the wine selection is pretty impressive also. Very welcoming, hard working and helpful staff.
alefellowwellmet - 25 Mar 2010 12:43
Great pub with a large selection of real ales on draft (including Rudgate Ruby Mild) and largers and wheat beers on tap. I thought I was going to have to stand until I noticed that there was plenty of seating upstairs.
legionuk - 1 Mar 2010 13:01
Wow! Spoilt for choice this week with Moorhouse Black Cat at long last back on the real ale menu as well as Itchen Valley Godfathers, Hillsborough Pale Ale and Wolf Coyote. Fantastic micro-brew selection!
alefellowwellmet - 10 Feb 2010 00:18
Great treat and debut at The White Horse of Itchen Valley Godfathers ale (3.8%)on handpump which I have been recommending for a long time along with Bowmans Swift One which The White Horse also managed to get in earlier last year - and which did not last long as I suspect will be the case with Godfathers! Give yourselves a treat to one of the great session real ales before I drink it all! Many thanks Dan.
alefellowwellmet - 2 Feb 2010 20:42
One of the best pubs I have been to in London if not the Southeast. And with Sierra Nevada Pale Ale on tap, not much else to say.
soakley - 26 Jan 2010 16:47
What a terrific pub! I must admit, I was slightly concerned when I read the comments below regarding the lack of microbreweries showcased and the abv's of the beers, so it was a pleasant surprise to start with the splendid Triple F' Altons Pride. The range was fantastic, I followed it up with Cotleigh's Tawny Owl and Wolf's Coyote (my best beer of the year so far), and finished on the ever consistent RCH Pitchfork.
The staff seemed to have a real passion for beer, especially the cellarman (is he Welsh?) who encouraged me to come back in a few days time to try Otley 'Not So' ( a special pub brew!) and Itchen Valley Godfathers Bitter.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable late afternoon, and will definitely be visiting again whenever I find myself that side of the river.

Amarillo_Tyke - 25 Jan 2010 22:14
Sadly there has been a noticeable recent deterioration here in the choice of session real ales from micro-breweries - and why are not more of the eighteen handpumps in use, especially at busy weekends? Also sadly a recent large hike in prices of real ales here (some increased by 20p per pint!) on the back of the VAT increase but at least the Harveys has been maintained at the competitive price of 2.70 per pint. Good friendly efficient staff. Overcrowded on Chelsea home match days.
alemary - 18 Jan 2010 12:10
Call in here both before and after the football. Good, fast service at the bar and great selection of real ales and also a large number of Belgian beers. The Barbecue outside does a really good bacon and cheese burger to helpsoakup the beer. The only criticism is the lack of places to sit inside due to tables being reserved, fair enough on a normal day but match day the place is heaving. Well worth a visit (not cheap though).
N.Barber2 - 11 Jan 2010 19:13
Called my friend who went to the Chelsea/Fulham match and he told us to meet at the The White Horse near Parsons Green tube station. HUGE packed pub, but it did not take long to find my friend. Despite the crowd, easily served and perhaps the best tasting pint of the whole week a pint of Harveys Bitter that was fresh and at the perfect temperature. Met a number of my friends mates and there was great conversation all around - a classy pub.
NM_Ale_Drinker - 9 Jan 2010 17:36
Whereas I would have enjoyed whileing away a few hours here today with some friends it was sadly impossible due to the strength of the majority of the real ales on offer - from the eighteen handpumps in situ there were seven real ales available today and only one of them was under 4.6% which was the usual Harveys Best Bitter (4%). We had to repair elsewhere for somewhere more conducive to dispensing more sociable palatable session real ales.
alefellowwellmet - 24 Dec 2009 23:36
Harveys Best Bitter (4%) increased last week to 2.70 per pint (from 2.60 for a long time) but still a reasonable price in comparison with elsewhere. Conversely, curiously priced Harveys Mild (3.5%) recently at 2.90 per pint! Also Thornbridge Ashford (4.2%) yesterday at 3.25 per pint which is somewhat steep! Not apparently subject to the extortionate "beer tie" and consequently real ale selection mostly good and mostly comprised of microbrews, although Fullers noticeably creeping in! Usually seven or eight handpumps in use out of eighteen handpumps in total. The ales are always well kept and served by friendly hard working staff. However sadly I am informed by the management that two great brews, Moorhouse Black Cat and Hobsons Mild, will no longer be seen in the White Horse as they are too expensive for them to purchase. However thankfully the Trafalgar Ale House in South Wimbledon still frequently dispense Moorhouse Black Cat (at 2.70 per pint only last week) as it is a big seller for them - and they must be using the right supplier as the management there inform me that it is one of their most reasonably priced beers to purchase!
Food still of a high standard and excellent refurbishment/long overdue resurrection of upstairs general eating and drinking area (instead of previous isolation for private functions only).
alefellowwellmet - 20 Dec 2009 22:14
Probably the best pub in the area and very popular before and after Chelsea games. We visited yesterday and as usual there was a good range of real ales - Thornbridge Raven & Wild Swan, King's Head Bildeston Porter, Harvey's Sussex Bitter, Sussex Dark Mild & Christmas Ale, Wentworth Oatmeal Stout, Adnams Broadside and Fuller's Chiswick and London Porter. Aspalls cider is also served. The pub was packed as usual. But there are plenty of barstaff. One managed to knock a whole pot of mulled wine over, to the bemusement of the others. A decent pub, but take plenty of money with you. The local Sloane Rangers help to push the prices up significantly.
blue_scrumpy - 13 Dec 2009 19:10
Can't argue with the choice of beer on offer. On this visit, my second this year, I tried the Harveys Bonfire Boy (5.8%), as it was early in the day, had a half......2.45. I know I'm in a rich area but come off it thats scandalous.
Anyway I savoured every drop , relaxed in one of the big comfy leather settees , its a sound place to visit but not for a session, unless you're minted.
rob372 - 12 Dec 2009 19:43
To holbornboy. I am a longtime (>40 yrs) 'local' of this pub and I do not drink lager, soft drinks or endure children in pubs. I also do not reserve tables other than in the restaurant. However it also irks me and a lot of the other regular locals that I drink with here that this pub reserves tables in the bar area especially on Chelsea home football matches. I have taken this up with the management in the past but to no avail and so please give us locals a break will you! And I nor any of the other local ale drinkers here that I know reserved a table for the recent old ale festival although we were there like yourselves in similar apparent discomfort -which was one of the reasons that my wife and I left early. In fact we were seated at a table upstairs and were actually requested to move as it had been booked for 6.30 pm by someone else.
Please get your facts correct before making generalisations in blaming the locals. Take it up with the management and good luck!
alefellowwellmet - 8 Dec 2009 01:25
Came here during the Old ale festival, don't know what the regular beers are but I caught sight of Thomas Sykes at 10%. My first beer was Sierra Nevada Smoked Porter at 9% - totally mad but Winter is a great time for drinking ales. Pub busy in the evening but we got a seat. Great place.
Booze_Allen - 6 Dec 2009 22:36
This pub always served a good pint but since mr Dorbar left I think its got even better. The pub normally offers a number of real ales, belgium beers and other "world beers". I like it best when they have jaipur IPA or a Brewdog beer on. Have eaten hear a few times in the last few months and its of a good standard and price is ok considering the area. My only gripe would be the number of tables reserved and the world record prices for a burger at the Barby.
Henners - 3 Dec 2009 18:03
A very busy pub, I luckily got a table. The old ale festival was on with some rather interesting foreign beers including some Italian loopy juice, I also had an infamous brewdog beer. The 'normal' real ales at the bar were in fine form. This pub will probably always be on the agenda for a visit if I'm in the area.
Abteilung - 30 Nov 2009 00:20
Paid my first visit to this pub yesterday for the annual 'Old Ale Festival'. A very nice old pub that clearly once comprised several bars but is now one huge one. With only one or two exceptions, all the beers I tried were excellent. I sampled three from the Sierra Nevada Brewery - my particular favourite was the Wood-Aged Scotch Ale. Other standouts were the Thornbridge Hark, the Otley 'O8 and the Harveys Christmas Ale.
One thing irked me though. All the tables were reserved, and it was evident that the people who had reserved them were 'locals' (and by that I mean the dreadful incomers who have ruined so many pubs in London) and not there for the festival. Most of them were drinking lager or soft drinks and several had brought children with them. Speaking to a couple of the regular attendees of the festival, this happens every year. This is childish behaviour from pathetically childish people and it should be stopped. For the day of the festival I suggest that the pub should say that the tables can't be reserved. If they want the custom of the festival goers, this isn't too much to ask.
An excellent festival and a very nice pub. Shame about the 'locals'.

holbornboy - 29 Nov 2009 18:48
You were lucky to get a seat- it's always rammed whenever I visit.
Sign of a great pub though. I'm something of a class warrior, but I don't let the locals bother me.
jagsfan - 8 Oct 2009 20:48
Fabulous modernised pub, a very upmarket feel to it and you prepare yourself to get well and truly stung as you peruse the ales......and then you're charged 2.60. In Fulham. For a very nice pint of Dark Star 'Over the Moon'. Then you recline in one of those handsome green armchairs and observe the food menu, which lists the beers that would go best with it. A very nice touch. Put simply, this place has lager and ale of the highest quality. Yes, its in a posh area - get over it! It left a great impression on me and I'll definitely re-visit, hopefully many times.
ChrisP87 - 8 Oct 2009 20:25
I worked here not so long ago, (and really appreciate alefellow's kind comments, that American beer festival was a night of seriously hard work!). Yes, it's full of public school people, a lot of whom we all wish would go somewhere else, but a few of whom are also really nice people.
But to me all that's irrelevant when you look at their beer selection, how finely it's kept, how much effort the cellar men take in keeping it well, and the bar staff take it serving it well- they all know their stuff, and are all keen to learn more, and take real pride in tasting new beers and recommending their favourites to any one with anything from a willingness to try something new, to those with a real passion for beer, and with nearly 200 beers in one place- it's like a year round beer festival.
Like many people, it's not necessarily the type of pub I'd go into if it weren't for there fantastic selection, I prefer a smaller, darker drinking place, but it's a world famous pub in the beer world, and if you like beer you have to go in there at least once.
Aside from all that, I can tell you from personal experience that all the members of staff, from the top to the bottom are some of the hardest working in London- be nice to them, they're doing everything they can to give you good beer as fast as they can.
RiffRaff - 11 Sep 2009 13:34
'Wills, racquets tomorrow , yah, my porsche is on the bloody blink, have you seen tabitha today, I say. Choc full of beers, posh types, very large pub, very busy on a saturday afternon. Very happy to find 'Old Hooky'.
Prefer the relaxing contrast of the Bricklayers, a 20min walk away.
Still its a place to re-visit.
rob372 - 13 Aug 2009 08:25
I have been using the White Horse for a number of years and there is always have a fantastic range of beers which they obviously put a great deal of care and attention into.
On top of the superb beer they have great service as the staff are very well informed,enthusiastic and polite.
I take the point that a few of the customers can be loud and a bit over the top but you will get that in many places unless you want to use a pub only open to you,your friends and family.
Rather than feeling uncomfortable mixing with such people I look upon it as the opportunity to get some entertainment from a spot of people watching.
Ruxton - 7 Aug 2009 17:41
What a fantastic range of beers - Juju Ginger (?) was my fave, also He-brew was good.
Packed - so you need to be sharp to get seated.

ed_hodge - 23 Jul 2009 19:39
This pub continues to excel. Superb range of beers, both real ales and European style beers, and at very reasonable prices. Staff are always friendly. I am astonished that people have complained about speed of service, despite the pub regularly being jampacked, I always seem to get served pretty quickly.

milkmeister - 17 Jul 2009 10:48
Thoroughly enjoyed the American Beer Festival and live music - amazing selection of rare real ales (many never seen elsewhere in UK) at reasonable prices considering the distance and logistics of importation from USA (I understand that around ten tons in barrelage weight were imported from USA via Rotterdam) - and especially when one considers that most of these rare real ales were selling at only 4p more per pint than a pint of chemical lager (brewed under licence in UK) on sale at the pub over the other side of Parsons Green! Furthermore I am a local who has been coming to this pub since 1964 and take exception to being referred to in derogatory terms by infrequent and uninformed visitors in their aforementioned ignorant comments. I challenge anybody to find a pub anywhere else in the UK that still charges only 2.60 for a pint of Harveys Best Bitter on handpump. This is still one of the best pubs in London (and perhaps the UK) dispensing well kept real ales at very competitive prices (far better value than the Youngs pub across the Green or at The Bricklayers Arms over Putney Bridge or at the only Harveys tied house in London, The Royal Oak in Borough). Thank you Dan, Ben, Carol, Mark, Martin, Della and all the staff for your immense hard work and enthusiasm. It is about time that the UK consumer is as quick to praise as he/she is to complain (and believe me, I am the first to complain if something is wrong).
alefellowwellmet - 12 Jul 2009 23:25
Great range of ales, nice interior and great location. However the service was very slow and the staff did not know their beers very well. Had to tell them several tmies that we wanted food before someone took our order.
orolain - 9 Jul 2009 13:48
Attended the American beer festival at the weekend.Some excellent ales at some eye watering prices! Nice location and was very busy.
Scissorkicks - I think I also saw the person you are talking about :-)
TonyAle - 6 Jul 2009 12:45
Paid my first visit here for the American beer festival yesterday. The selection of beers was staggering - never thought I'd get to try American cask ale in the UK. Wonderful stuff. Also enjoyed the Meantime Special Porter on cask (only a half, mind, as it's 9.5%!).

But, as has no doubt been said a million times, THE LOCALS. I could feel the latent class warrior in me rise to the surface as they brayed their way through their 50 bottles of wine, and let their long-haired children run riot. Seeing someone desperately try to squeeze a HUGE pram into the already packed outdoor area was both hilarious and terrifying. We managed to keep focused on the beer, but when we were joined at our table by a couple of "forever 40s" (one of whom needs to sue her Harley St plastic surgeon as her face was well on its way to Michael Jackson levels of wrong-ness) we had to admit defeat. Will definitely be back for the American festival next year - although I'll probably take a day off and doing it on a Friday lunchtime to cut down on the insanity.
scissorkicks - 5 Jul 2009 22:18
Looking forward to their second American real ale festival (and don't be fooled in to thinking that they don't have any good real ales!) with a very good live band (including ex-Mungo Jerry piano player and one of UK's best blues guitarists) on Saturday afternoon (4th July) to complement the frolics of the Fair On The Green. Don't miss the Sierra Nevada on handpump which was delicious last time - but beware, they are mostly a lot stronger than British session ales!
alefellowwellmet - 17 Jun 2009 01:34
Agree with Green Onions re: the locals, but as long as you can dismiss that ...... though at times they really can be quite obnoxious especially if you are looking for a seat.

Always a great atmosphere on Chelsea home match days with a beer festival on my visit. Golden Pride on draught too as were some very strong Meantime brews but 10.5% is way too much to tempt on a hot Saturday dinnertime. Enjoyed a few other lighter brews though and beer condition was superb on all.

It was Chelsea v Fulham that day at Stamford Bridge but not a cross word in sight and a perfectly safe environment outside for families of any age or football club preference which is a nice sight to behold when you hear so much negative rubbish spouted off to the opposite of this.
MisterX - 11 May 2009 04:00
Quite superb range of British ale, continental booze and bottled beer; there are always a few I want to try. Staff really cool and it seems they are encouraged to know about what they serve. Lots of space and seating, shame so many hedgefunders seem to want to clog up the bar and guffaw into their Czech lager. Food is good (for a pub). Locals are...a privileged bunch (a polite way of saying public school t*ssers), but drink and let drink I say.
Green_0nions - 4 May 2009 16:24
What, an upmarket Sloaney pub in Parsons Green?? Quelle surprise!! If you can live with white sweaters and Ralph Lauren polo shirts you can get on with enjoying the excellent range of beers and impressive food. Gets mighty crowded though, and plenty of push chairs on view.
mpeteracmoor - 21 Mar 2009 15:46
This is an excellent pub with a fine selction of English ales as well as foreign drafts such as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, various Weiss beers, Budvar and Staropramen.

Quality food is available and on sunny days the barbecue on the green outside is lovely.

As for avoiding the place on Chelsea match days as suggested by a previous poster, there's no need. The place opens at 9.30 for breakfast - also a good quality offering - and at 11 for beer. I was there with friends last Sunday and we had a great breakfast, with no problems, followed by a few beers before taking the 10 minute walk to Stamford Bridge.

The proximity of the pub to Parson's Green tube station (50 yards away) on the District line makes this a perfect pub for the more discriminating tourist who wants to escape the many poor pubs in the west end, yet have easy access from a west end hotel.
francosbruvva - 17 Mar 2009 18:11
Pretentious beyond belief but the outdoor area is pleasant enough on sunny Sundays. Years ago there used to be soe hard drinking West Indians round to the left side of the bar but they seem to have long gone.

Male customers - whack on the cravate and blue blazer or get that Ralph Lauren polo shirt collar turned up and drape the jumper over the shoulders. You'll look like a total tosser but no one will notice because they'll all be dressed the same

For the ladies white sweater with pony tail is pretty much de rigeur - make sure you have big teeth and a laugh like a hyena - it will help you fit in better

Basically a good pub let down by the customers
murgatroyd - 25 Jan 2009 23:15
Yes it is a little upmarket and Sloaney but at the same time it really is very good. A large imposing pub, a central horseshoe bar in gleaming polished condition, wooden floors, and possibly the most extensive range of seating possible from benches to traditional chair and table through to formal dining and then armchairs and sofas. Decor includes old brewery photos and beer adverts from the UK and overseas. The Dolls and Pistols signs for the F/M tiolets are a little odd though. Although ostensibly one main space, the feel and decor changes as you move around giving the impression of seperate rooms.
As for the beer, well on handpump there was Pride, Harveys Sussex, Black Sheep Bitter, Cottage Golden Arrow, Adnams Broadside,Abbeydale Last Rites...11%...I didn't chance this one, and from the US of A, Sierra Nevada Brown Ale. The couple I had were in very good nick and full pints too. There are other speciality beers including Anchor Steam Beer and Merry Christmas, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale from the USA and Duvel Green, Winter de Koninck and Greenwich Meantime Chocolate also on draught. The fridges contain a good range of Belgian bottles with the appropriate glasses available to serve them in.

The bar was very busy and most tables taken but refreshingly the place was very well and efficientely staffed so no waiting.

The food looked very good also. Highly recommended, but avoid Chelsea home games.
Maldenman - 11 Jan 2009 18:02
As a beer lover, this pub was specifically recommended to me by other American friends who have visited London frequently. I went there with high expectations, and they were exceeded. Great selection of both English Ales and other continental lagers. Very helpful bartender who took a genuine interest in our selections. The locals and Londoners who were there were truly the friendliest we encountered during our visit. Highly recommended.
psark - 9 Jan 2009 01:06
Pick the right to come here and you won't be disappointed. A particularly good range of ale on when I last visited.' A bit pricey, perhaps, but worth it I would say.
MeurglysIII - 6 Jan 2009 22:05
As good as I remember on a visit a decade earlier. I thought the departure of one of the key staff would affect the range, but the Osset beer was fabulous. Less impressed by the food - the fish and chips was only OK. Hard to fault for the bee though.

mtaylor40 - 24 Nov 2008 22:30
Due to the deck and location (overlooking Parsons Green) this pub can get rammed if you're coming at the wrong time of day. Still, that's not often put me off...

The White Horse was my local for the 10 odd years living in that area and I still go back, mainly for the approach to beer.

Always a host of different excellent beers on pump and tap, which is usually matched with a fine selection of bottle.

It alway used to amaze me that someone would come in and order a Staropramen when there was some much other amazing beer available...that was until I realised it was better to keep my mouth shut (or full should I say) and enjoy as much of the good stuff myself.
beerviking - 20 Nov 2008 20:30
A permenant beer festival. This pub is just superb - where else can you find so many beers under one roof? The food is excellent, as are the staff who are all trained in the pub's 'Beer Academy'. You can take it for granted that every beer is very well kept. During the summer, they have an outdoor BBQ selling excellent burgers and hotdogs. The prices are a little steep but given the location, the quality and the range of choice, I think it's justified. Possibly my favourite pub.
ajcsharp - 11 Nov 2008 10:21
Really love this pub. Only been to it once, as part of an all day Sunday drinking session. Having driven past it a few times I always wanted to go there, so eventually did. I was not dissapoint. Despite the poor weather the outdoors area was still packed, with people even standing in the rain. The beer isn't cheap but then your unlikely to get Staropramen for less than 3.20 anywhere. The crowd was young with many hot posh birds around. Quite a strong Aussie / South African contingent around too, and they're always a good laugh. Can't wait for my next visit, only problem being that it's quite far to travel for me for what is essentially just a pub, but if you're around then you won't find much better.
Karb - 22 Aug 2008 16:34
Thoroughly enjoyable American Beer Festival last weekend. First time that I have ever seen, either here or in USA, such an extensive range of Sierra Nevada beers available on handpump together with a number of others seen for the first time - all of which I gather had been specially imported and casked for the occasion. Excellent live music on all three days including The SPIKEdrivers, Incredible Blues Puppies, Steve Morrison et al and line dancing. Also very good hog roast. Looking forward to their next beer festival which I believe will specialise in Belgian beers. In the meantime I will continue to enjoy the superb Hobsons Mild!
zeitlin - 8 Jul 2008 02:44
Last visit ruined by some violent Spurs fans. Nice pub despite their efforts.
nickthefish - 30 Jun 2008 22:29
Excellent range of varied real ales from the smaller independent micro-breweries with Harveys Best Bitter as a regular (and still at 2.50 per pint!). Also both a regular mild and porter available. The milds have been some of the best around including Hobsons, Jennings, JW Lees, Crouch Vale and Harveys - all superbly kept. Please keep up the good work.
zeitlin - 12 May 2008 16:35
Large bar with huge range of beers attracts a relative young crowd. Beer quality is excellent the price though varies from the good (2-50 for a Harveys) to the painful 3-75 for a Meantime stout. Some of the overseas drafts were over 4 a pint (maybe why this was why so many customers were paying on cards). Given the quality and the tremendous range I dont my paying personally. Service was bit slow but then the place was extremely full on an early Sat evening and as stated using cash did not appear to be in fashion-well worth a visit on balance (try and pick a quieter time though)
BlindTiger - 11 May 2008 11:17
The previous licensee is legendary for his cellarmanship and the pub is renowned for its gourmet food. I understand that it is now run by a family member but the change appears to have been seamless. Its a veritable magnet and rightly so. Good beer range in excellent condition and comfortable surroundings in which to sample them. What more would you want?
Alerover - 28 Apr 2008 21:34
For this regular it was a welcome return, after all these years, of the White Horse showing the Six Nations Rugby Internationals. Very civilised and convivial afternoon bringing back past enjoyable memories of watching the rugby here in pre Mark Dorber days when Chelsea football fans were banned from this pub by Sally!
Apparently due for refurbishment later this month when further handpumps will be added with plans for a good regular Mild thereon. The changes here as far as this customer is concerned are most welcome and it is apparent that the management are trying hard. One of the latest pleasures is the introduction of the excellent draught Aspalls cider. Harveys bitter still the best in town at 2.50 per pint!
zeitlin - 4 Feb 2008 20:22
The beer selection here is excellent, including interesting American and European beers among a good selection of bitters.

However, the service seems to be going downhill fast. Yesterday, with the pub almost empty, I still stood for over ten minutes at the bar waiting for just two pints and a bottle of Goose Island IPA. Everything behind the bar seemed to be going in slow motion and although I didn't say anything in complaint, the service was blunt and delivered with a frown.

At the next visit to the bar, I glanced at the bottle I'd bought, to find that the Goose Island, not cheap at 3.50 a bottle, was four months out of date. Not a word of apology was issued (I'd already had one, after all) and it was only when I mentioned that I felt I shouldn't have been charged so much for an out of date beer on the previous round that I was offered an alternative beer for free.

This has the potential to be such a good pub but poor service and the sale of out of date product really devalues it.
jh1 - 7 Jan 2008 15:24
Great range of well kept real ales and imported lagers all very well priced for this area of London too. Nice covered, seated & heated outside area at the front to while away those balmy summer/winter hours. Food prices well OTT though. A very good outside BBQ on CFC home match days.
MisterX - 1 Jan 2008 19:11
Thoroughly enjoyable old ale festival the other weekend (thankfully with not a single plastic glass in sight). Excellent Hobsons Mild and full size skittles alley together with other traditional pub games specially brought in for the occasion.
As a local the welcome extended by the new management is refreshing and as a near pensioner I am delighted that the Harveys has been maintained at the very competitive price of 2.50 per pint.
One of the best real ale public houses in London (except on Chelsea football days!) with the new management receptive to trying new real ales not seen here before or not for a long time. The food is pretty good too.
zeitlin - 2 Dec 2007 21:50
I used to go out of my way to visit the White Horse but I'll think twice in future. It now seems to be living on it's reputation as one of the best pubs in West London.

We dropped in last Friday after a disappointing visit to the Cock & Hen. After being presented with under-filled pints, our polite requests for a top-up were done will a scowl and only just gave a decent measure.

The beer was OK but not brilliant - I expect better from a pub like this.

I'll think twice in future....
eddierowles - 15 Oct 2007 09:10
ales still top notch - and 2.50 u can complain for this part of london
moclips2002 - 3 Jun 2007 14:23
Not a bad place. Always seems ridiculously busy. Decent selection of lagers, including a weisbeer or two on tap.
Last time was in here, it was in the evening and they had a bbq. Burgers looked nice and was really hungry. But 8 for a burger !!!. Get real. Just seems rude to charge stupid money in a place where they know theyll prob get the custom later on as people get more drunk.
LowenBeerHold - 9 May 2007 13:49
A big, airy place with, in my opinion, little or no character. But it's pretty comfortable if you like sitting on massive sofas. It also has a nice outside seating area which is a definite plus with the weather we have been enjoying for the last couple of weeks or so. The range of great beers are reasonably priced and the food is prety good too, so, all things considered a nice enough place for a get together or a drink on your own.
RexRattus - 22 Apr 2007 18:26
Love the pub, the food is great. Won't be going back though as being a Spurs fan I would rather not meet any Chelsea hard-cases brandishing sticks with nails pointing out of them.

If you can brave this, the pub is nice and do a great line in BBQ's through the summer.
anonymous - 5 Apr 2007 11:06
Despite media coverage of the Spurs-Chelsea brawl, this is a premier pub, (albeit pricy) and is a mecca for fans of real ale and good food in the Parson's Green/Fulham areas who don't like chain pubs. Hopefully it'll be back to normal very soon indeed.
grahamsherwin - 13 Mar 2007 00:59
Winter beer fest was an event not to be missed, will be back next year. A nice pub. Bit posh but its ok when beer fests are on. 8/10
tommyn11685 - 27 Feb 2007 23:54
Visited on Saturday evening to find the pub surprisingly quiet. Tried a pint of Oakham JHB (2.50) which was disappointing, so switched to the excellent selection of Belgian draft beers, priced between 3.50 - 4.00 per pint, which given the quality and strength, (from 7.5 to 10% abv), seemed fairly good value. Also have Meantime IPA on keg, which was also very good. Will definitely visit again.
wee_jock - 26 Feb 2007 09:35
I travel down from NW London to visit the White Horse on a regular basis. I have been visiting the place for about a decade now. The food here is excellent but a little expensive and portions are rather small. There are a lot of Fionas and Tarquins who drink here but that does not bother me as they are better than some of the pond life that frequent the pubs in my part of London. The best thing about the White Horse is the BEER. The draught Belgian beers are simply superb and are picked by a man who knows something about beer Mr Mark Dorber.
Houlton - 2 Jan 2007 12:47
That didn't make much sense. Try again: If you don't like the kind of people who frequent the White Horse in the evening, it has a different atmosphere in the day and early evening and is worth going to for the beer selection.
mitomighty - 25 Nov 2006 14:36
Worth going to for the beer and food. If you want to avoid people you might not like choose a day visit or very early evening.
mitomighty - 23 Nov 2006 13:38
The beer is superb and the food generally quite good, but the staff can be an absolute nuisance at times. Surely it's better to spend good money on a few quality staff than a pittance on a glut of muppets.
TheGreenKing - 7 Nov 2006 15:59
aka the Sloaney Pony.This pub is very easy to find from the Parson's Green Station, it's less than a ten minute walk too! We were staying in Fulham and this became the place we would normally stop at on the way home from other crawls/touring London. It was the first place we stopped on our Saturday night crawl. Even after a Chelsea FC match, the place was mobbed, but I found the service to be great! We had two full meals and a few cheese plates all of which were spot on. The big highlight is the interesting selection of ales they had. I tried Harvey's Sussex Bitter , Adnam's Broadside, Oakham JHB, and Rooster's Yankee all of which were Killer! When in SW6 or on the district line, make a beeline for this pub.

surfadelic23 - 30 Oct 2006 13:08
Has a super selection of beer, British and foreign. It's a very pleasant place to have a drink, the food is good.

But the staff are very variable in quality, on a busy afternoon two were busier snogging behind the bar than serving.
Watching other people's pints as well as my own it is also clear that short measures are a menace here.

If you get there at the right time, and get served properly, it's a superb pub. If you get served by one of the poorer staff, you'll wonder what the hell the fuss is about. Even at its best, it does not justify the ridiculous hype.
SJC - 22 Oct 2006 15:41
Nice big pub, great front garden overlooking the Green. Full of rich people in their sunglasses quaffing Pimms and unusual beers whilst Porsches (is Fulham the capital of Porsches in the UK?) and the odd ferrari drive by with their roof down.

BBQ is delicious and the place is always full.

Lots of staff so never a long wait.

anonymous - 13 Sep 2006 17:53
An upmarket and expensive Wetherspoon. Lacks genuine atmosphere. Very popular. Beers are served too cold. Bottle list is rather eccentric. Has a reputation among international beer tourists due to long association with Michael Jackson, and careful marketing. But is not the London location of choice among British beer enthusiasts.
SilkTork - 31 Jul 2006 23:50
Great ales and great food. Good atmoshere. Last time I hade a delicious bottle of Fullers Vintage Ale 2002. Can get a bit overcrowded and noisy during the week ends. Love to return in September.
rune - 27 Jul 2006 19:34
A short walk from Parsons Green LUL, this is a well known pub that's rather expensive but has a good selection of beers both in bottles and on cask. Probably has a better international reputation than it deserves for it's beer, thanks to American tourists raving over it, but overall it's rather good. 7/10 for the beer selection, marks lost for price and other minor things.
Gueuzefan - 22 Jun 2006 01:05
an oasis of peace and quiet (football free!) on a lovely hot afternoon, excellent beers as always but food standards are on the wane - atleast not really very good value for money any more - you can eat better and cheaper elsewhere
moclips2002 - 19 Jun 2006 22:40
For what is infamously known as the "Sloany pony" I was somewhat dismayed to see the type of clientele they have frequenting their establishment. Not that I went there to rub shoulders with pompous knobheads that are still in abundance, I however thought that I would be able to avoid the chelsea football rif raf and dying old boozers coughing up their lungs in a very smoky bar!Terrible looking pub inside, very messy & the whole place needs a refurbishment. I was served promptly and was pleased with the food , although my husband had less decent things to say.I think its high time that place realised that they can no longer rest on their laurels, especially when there are far better venues over the park.
anonymous - 1 Jun 2006 20:38
Good pub for beer and food.Ale well kept. They have a menu where they recommend a beer for each dish. Didn't take too long to get served, staff were busy but as my graandmother used to say it doesn't take a second to smile, or was that Brian Clough? Either way they didn't appear to have a second.

Inside is quite pleasant. Overpriced burnt sausages outside. It's a good location though. Not my place to comment on the clientele,don't really care if they don't bother me BUT having said that there were a lot of jumpers residing over shoulders when I was in there although this was somewhat offset by the posh fanny knocking around.

The bishop's comments were a bit worrying. Who are they to tell people how to drink? Can't they trust people to enjoy their beer properly. Or can't they be bothered to collect bottles from tables.

mitomighty - 21 May 2006 15:37
the best thing about this place is that if the weather is nice you can take your beer outside, way way outside, across the road and onto the green itself. that way, you can avoid most of the sloane rangers that plague the place and detract from the good beers. but the other reviewers are right - the landlady does quiz you on your choices and is downright snobby about her beers. asking for a fruli is not a good idea...
anonymous - 20 Apr 2006 12:33
imagine my surprise....always having cited this as one of my favourite pubs.
Now however you are not allowed to drink beer from it's bottle as quote 'the first sense of taste is derived from sight and you cannot see the beer through the brown/green glass....yadda yadda yadda....we are now of the opinion that if customers are not happy with this stance then they can go elsewhere. The white horse has been a success for 25 years blah blah'

That was the summarised ranting diatribe i received from the lady in charge when requesting that my lowly bottle of Budvar remained in the bottle.

Mr Dorber are you forgetting that your core business is based on customers ?

Does your chef respond to requests to cook meat well-done even if it means the meat is then not at it's best ?

Should we expect crisps to be emptied from the packets ?

Your comments please, oh, good luck with the 'pub of the year' finals.....

thebishop - 9 Apr 2006 09:18
Beer ok but nothing special, although the choices were interesting. Typical Fulham/Parsons Green clientele it appears.
anonymous - 25 Mar 2006 11:40
Visited on matchday. Found it to be quite welcoming. Staff were friendly and efficient, which was good seeing as how busy it was.

Also was/is in the midst of a real ale / stout festival. Tried the London Porter and a few O'Hanlons stouts. All very agreeable wot wot.

Will be back for more anthropological study of this mythical creature known only as 'the sloane'.
bobzilla - 24 Mar 2006 10:30
Nice pub with good beer but most of the punters are intolerable. They seem to range from mildly obnoxious to downright rude, the last time I was there we were mocked from a corner by a bunch of pink jumpered Henrys who made the term 'arseholes' redundant.
It is a sloan pub through and through, if you are like the rest of us and don't feel the need to crowbar your massively inflated ego through the door of the pub then I'd venture elsewhere.

anonymous - 7 Mar 2006 21:37
Good stop-in boozer. As many builders as sloanes. Don't go in here expecting it to be calm, but the food is pretty good - particularly in summer when they have the BBQ out!

Dr_Will - 1 Mar 2006 14:47
Met a friend who's back in the country for a couple of weeks here last night. I've been before and was aware of the sloaney leanings, but if you want excellent beer and food served by knowledgeable and attentive staff then it's definitely worth learning to live with the other clientele. Or alternatively, fill it with enough like-minded people so that they have to go to Aragon House...
OJ360 - 3 Feb 2006 11:13
When I went here last it was two years ago and I had not yet become a beer fanatic. I will have to go back and see what they have on offer. My lasting impressions were a nice pub full of horrible sloanes.
anonymous - 3 Jan 2006 13:39
Whack on a fat face fleece/rugby, turn up the collars and get down here to join the party. remember to bray loudly.
tanderson7 - 15 Nov 2005 16:23
Had been looking forward to visit this "beer & food Mecca" for years, and last sept. I had the opportunity to pay a visit. Nice range of beers on cask in the bar. After moving into the dining area on the ground floor, we were presented an impressing food menu with beer recommendations. Exquisite food and beer! As a dessert we had Fuller's Vintage Ale 2002 and Harvey Imperial Extra Double Stout.
Finn - 26 Oct 2005 18:27
Sounds great. I'll be down here tonight after the match dragging my knuckles all around the bar.

Burnsy from your previous posts you've obviously got a thing about Chelsea, are you Arsenal or Fulham?

fatshirt - 26 Oct 2005 09:14
The other drinkers are enough to turn you into a Bolshevik. Beer and food good though.
BigPete - 7 Oct 2005 14:52
Jesus H!

First of all, there is very little wrong with this place. It has a good range of beers (REAL beers) and good, if slightly expensive food.

However, I cannot believe the number of comments regarding the clientele. Every narrow minded oxygen thief who's made derogatory remarks about sloanes, rugger buggers, Highgrove types etc., take note of the following: Anyone who didn't just fall out of a tree knows that this part of the world has been full of that sort of people since the year dot. If you're so intolerant that you're unable to deal with people of a different social background DO NOT GO - you'll be much happier hanging about with the knuckle-dragging Chavski fans on the Broadway.
burnsy - 30 Sep 2005 15:42
Used to be much better, but still very entertaining if you want to watch Sloanes at play. Apart from the sociological interest, the food is very good if expensive and the beer selection excellent and also expensive. One finds it surprisingly amusing.
edwardx - 26 Sep 2005 12:42
Yes the clientele is pretentious, but I went for the real ales which were all spot on and served by friendly staff. Food is pretty good, but they were out of gravy for the bangers & mash ?!!? I think you can find ales as well kept inside London without having to go as far as Parson's Green.
ale_brewer - 13 Aug 2005 22:14
Not called the Plastic pony for nothing.Pompous clowns.
Steve_bond - 13 Jun 2005 18:09
Food good, if expensive considering the meagre portions. Beer average. Cliental unpleasant, loud and boorish - real countryside alliance types.
frankblack - 10 May 2005 15:10
Great beers, great BBQ and a charming building both inside and out. It gets very busy, but then on nice days you can always take your drinks over onto Parson's Green and look back at the rabble of corderoy trousers and debutant cellulite that appears to be part of the furniture in this pub. If you don't mind supping your pint in the vicinty of the high ptich squeal of society gossip or the rawkus laughter at Tarquin's exploits at the hockey club you already know this place. However, if the afternoon sun reflecting off ten signet rings straight into your eyes bothers you then be careful; a few pints of ESB and you may end up wanting to take a polo mallet to the clientele
lancalot - 4 May 2005 12:59
This is still a good boozer, but nothing compared to the halcyon days in the late 80's and 90's when the Horse was under the iron like stewardship of the wonderful Sally Cruikshank - a marvelous, if a little frightening woman with a gaze that could stop a charging bull! Woe betide anyone who upset Sally - anyone remember the Wednesday night jazz band? Ah, happy days. With regard to all those chippy people who do not like the fact that the Horse is full of sloanes, don't drink in this part of Fulham. This area is still a strong bastion of sloane-rangerdom, and not likely to change, perhaps you would all be happier in Islington!
Zim - 18 Apr 2005 10:28
I support anon. This pub is all about the quality of the beer, not the colour of the rugby shirts worn by the punters. Ive just spent an enjoyable afternoon supping some quality stouts and porters in order to 'support' the Easter beer festival and what a well spent hat trick of hours it was . The question that puzzles me is this; why is it that despite the plethora of beer and ale choice do great unenlightened repeatedly turn up at this place of all the London pubs available and ask for Stella or Guinness? Either see the light, or take flight guys cos otherwise there's nothing here for you to see!

SteveinLondon - 28 Mar 2005 18:20
strange some of the people leaving comments here care more about socio-ecomonics/clothing of some of the customers rather than enjoying the superb food and beer
anonymous - 11 Mar 2005 13:20
Many moons ago the White Horse won the London Standard pub of the year. That was a fatal blow, as what was once a pub with a few "I work in Farringdon" types, grew like a bacterial culture to be the place for failed applicants to the New Gloucester Young. If you spend most of the week at Highgrove or most of the week telling anyone bored enough to listen that working in the City is stressful, then this is the place to big it up in. In summer the hordes descend outside. In winter the wine glasses clink and the beautiful people scream, if you can manage to squeeze in. I am really not sure why this pub remains so popular.
City_Womble - 15 Feb 2005 15:30
try as i might i cant find a fault, is this the best real ale pub in the capital ?
moclips2002 - 6 Feb 2005 09:35
A premier league pub in London. An enormous range of international bottled beers and well kept real ales should tempt even the least inquisitive of identikit larger drinkers. Whether dining in the courtyard restaurant or supping outside in the front garden overlooking the green attacking the seemingly year round burgers on the bbq, this place is difficult to beat. Exceptionally good are the seasonal Real Ale weekend festivals which seems to attract people from the far reaches of the capital, all enjoying the splendid selection of unusual beers (many never usually found inside the M25). Coming here can be an addiction that is very hard to shake off.
SteveinLondon - 24 Dec 2004 09:54
have to agree with the comments about the clientele at this pub but you cant deny the fact it serves some of the best beer/food in london - at not too bad a price considering its location, how about going totally smoke free ? i might relocate.....
Steve - 17 Nov 2004 22:38
Great pub,superb range of beers,slightly on the expensive side, but this is London.

Agree about the punters though.
peter cook - 22 Oct 2004 17:14
The 'Sloaney Pony' is on the expensive side - but the food is really very good - worth the money to push the boat out occasionally.

Very wide range of beers from around the world, lots of different interesting things in bottles and on tap.

anonymous - 31 Aug 2004 16:05
Yes, it has a good beer range and is comfortable but god are the customers ever a bunch of braying yaahs. I realised last night why I've never lasted more than one drink in this pub. Also some of the bar staff don't seem to know what beers they're selling nor have particularly good English.
beeronaut - 9 Jul 2004 08:08
met Jamie Redknapp & half the Wasps team last sunday night. Great pub, with BBQ outside.

tim.charles - 4 Jun 2004 14:19
Visited on Saturday evening. Busy outside obviously but inside was ok. Beer was good and clientelle fine if a little "ya", which certainly shows up when one is queing behind one of them! Don't hey know how to order a round!
The bar staff are friendly but useless. I have never seen so many bar-staff with such slow service - they have absolutely no idea!
Alun - 2 Jun 2004 16:54
absolutely awesome! if you like the people on the Kings rd it will be a home from home, however if 'YA' is not in your vocabulary mabye the 'sloaney pony'is not for you.
Henry Walpole - 24 May 2004 15:29
Have only visited on warm sunny lunchtimes when there was a choice of seats outside opposite the green or in the comparitively empty interior with its comfy sofas. Good selection of real ales and quality (but pricey) lunches. Ploughmans particularly good
lout_from_the_lane - 14 May 2004 11:59
Full of sloanies. Good Pub completely ruined by it's snotty (and highly ignorant) customers.
Craig - 2 Apr 2004 17:08
Unrivalled selection of beers (real ales and bottled Belgians), decent but rather pricey food, very busy and not too charming.
Sigmund - 13 Mar 2004 23:26
There is only one White Horse. Great venue with heaps of Aussies.
Lyndon - 23 Dec 2003 17:31
Must totally agree about the customers either snooty or snotty or both.
Beer is normally good but they do know how to charge, service is exceedingly variable - it does seem 2 tier if you're known you are served out of turn. This does not impress your new customers.
Tim - 5 Dec 2003 13:11
'The Sloaney Pony'!!!?? It's reputation goes before it. The cask is fine and the location ideal....but, the locals.... eek!
[email protected] - 4 Dec 2003 13:04
Good ploughmans lunch and descent amount of ale given to taste-gets my vote.
Charlie - 3 Dec 2003 13:48
Visited the pub on Sunday. Almost every pint or half had to be "topped up". Furthermore, friendliness seemed to be at a premium this evening.
lad_newton - 1 Dec 2003 10:50
I was appalled by the short measures served during the Old Ale Festival. Although the food was good I did not come here primarily to eat.

A bit of a shame really, it takes the edge off what was quite a good festival, at least on the Saturday.
anonymous - 1 Dec 2003 10:47
Great food, especially the devilled kidneys for breakfast!
Craig - 24 Nov 2003 13:28
Cool place to hang out, full of minor celebreties. Got pissed with Rick Stein the chef in there a couple of months ago.
JamesT - 13 Nov 2003 17:23
Full of posers. "Sloaney Pony" nickname is spot on. Service is terrible. Go across the Green to the Duke of Cumberland - a Youngs pub. Much better.
Mark - 15 Aug 2003 13:42
I like it. It does get busy and can take a while to get served but there are a fair number of staff and they are don't appear lazy. It is a bit too yuppy, but I guess that goes with the location.
Monty - 13 Aug 2003 12:25
Legendary real ale pub - used to be Michael Jackson (the beer writer)'s local. Unfortunately, apart from festivals, the beer range is limited for a pub with such a reputation. The beer is served way too cold. The dry hopping, for which the pub is famous, is crudely done and can spoil the delicate balance of an excellent beer such as JHB. The bottle beers are common place yet extremely expensive. The pub itself is very comfortable, but lacks charm - rather like a Wetherspoon.
SilkTork - 28 Jul 2003 16:30
Comfortable pub ,wide range of ales and good mostly efficient staff. Never had to wait 30 minutes to be served, 5 minutes at the most. and I only go there when Chelsea are playing at Stamford Bridge and it can't get any busier than that.
Peter - 7 Jul 2003 09:33
Good beer, but service is exceptionally poor especially around 5pm-8pm and on warm days. Expect to wait up to 30 minutes to be served.
Joel - 23 Jun 2003 11:36
A very variable pub. Service can be dire. Best times to visit are the real ale festivals - there was a recent one with special beers brewed with Pilgrim Hops. Their Old Ale Festival (last Sat in November)is not to be missed. I have generally found beer quality to be variable on normal days and excellent at festivals. Last time I was there I was behind someone paying for a jug of Pimms with a credit card - this just about sums it up really. Also sells Belgian bottled beers at a price.
Simon - 11 Jun 2003 17:21
They had a wheat Beer festival last week which was a good fun. The main drawback with this place though is getting served. The old sloanys may be loaded but they don't seem to carry cash- signing bits of paper and swiping cards adds to the already long waiting time.
Gary - 19 May 2003 15:36
Fantastic pub. The food is excellent but a bit pricey. The range of belgian beers is great, including the delicious Chimay on draught. Is known as the "sloney pony" due to it's clientele!
Angus - 4 May 2003 11:34
Great pub but staff are very slow on a busy day.
Robster - 4 Apr 2003 17:43
A great pub and well worth a visit. Ales are well kept, with a wide sleection and even something a little different for the lager drinkers. Food is also good, with each dish accompanied by a suggested wine or beer. Real ale addicts should not miss a pint of JHB, whilst the Europhiles might indulge in a bottle of German "weiss" beer.
The Abbot - 11 Mar 2003 18:36
great choice of beers from around the globe, great food too !
andy - 24 Oct 2002 13:43
Fantastic wines and foreign beer, however I did meet the Governor once and I tend to agree that he lacks people skills, knowledgeable but feels he has to let everyone know about it.
John Scott - 3 Sep 2002 16:49

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