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Drove past Sunday evening at 21.00hrs. No lights on. Appears to be shut (again).
topsailjon - 16 Dec 2013 21:04
Attended this pub for a meal on 21st August 2012. On looking at the rather limited menu I was told the chicken breast had sold out. Ordered and paid for the food up front which I found a little odd. After paying I was told the salmon fillet with salad and new potatoes was sold out. I found it difficult to select anything else as I was on a diet and everything else seemed to be fried or with chips. Eventually was offered a prawn salad instead.
The food seemed to take a long while to arrive and when it did the starters and main courses arrived at the same time and when we explained that we wanted our starters first we were told off by the waitress as we had not made it clear we wanted them first. The main course of steak and ale pie ordered by my husband contained so little meat we began counting the steak. My salad when it arrived was a prawn cocktail of some lettuce a few prawns a slice of tomato and a slice of cucumber served in a cereal bowl. I complained at the time and was offered a free dessert which never arrived. Wrote a letter of complaint which I sent recorded delivery and have not received a reply by mid September. Small portions - flavourless food- poor service
unahayward - 12 Sep 2012 23:01
The Horse and Jockey is now in the safe pair of hands of Jack and Cath, a husband and wife team of many years experience in the pub trade. I must confess that over the last five years this pub that I love dearly has had more landlords than I've had hot dinners, and it has been an uncertain time for those who have shared great times at this picturesque hostelry. My wife and I returned there on Monday 20th June for a pub meal, just after the opening time of 6pm. Cath greeted us on our arrival and we felt that we had 'come home' again after our intermittent visits of recent years. The evening meal is traditional pub fare, nothing fancy but fairly priced, and our orders of cod and chips and butterfly chicken in barbecue sauce were not only very tasty, but also consisted of substantial portions. We feel that Jack and Cath can really make this place shine again, and we intend to do our bit by returning regularly and supporting a really great pub.
southernman - 21 Jun 2011 22:23
Saturday afternoon, very warm, lots of peope outside, some very large rounds being bought, 1 bar staff, 4 or 5 constantly queuing, pathetic
avocet - 22 Apr 2011 17:57
My wife & I went there for dinner the other night, and again, were NOT disappointed. The food and drink were great. Ales on offer are from George Gale & Co, I enjoyed a pint of HSB with my excellent plate of bangers and mash. The staff were friendly and attentive; the food was piping hot and just the right quantity.
davel_cats - 24 Feb 2011 12:28
First visit to the H&J last night, and I was v. impressed. Food was top notch pub grub. I had a perfect Ribeye. Beers on offer were standard Fullers fare (It is a Fullers pub now after all). Staff very friendly and efficient. Overall 8/10, let down only by the price of drink - 8.20 for 2 pints and a water FFS!
DTR2K - 1 May 2010 10:11
20th December 2009 I wrote on here welcoming Mike and Fiona as new tenants at the pub - and as my wife says we couldn't have had a better Christmas present!

The pub has done a total turn-around in the 9 weeks they have been here - it is once again a lovely country pub - with good beer and happy, friendly owners! Yippee!!

To the food - we went here on Valentine's Night and had smoked haddock and crayfish tails gruyere ramekin - totally delicious - followed by fillet steak with a brandy and mushroom sauce - I have my steak cooked blue (well not really cooked at all) it honestly melted in the mouth - small roast potatoes that had been marinaded in wine, paprika etc and 5 perfectly done veggies. This was then followed by a proper creme brulee - and I mean proper creme brulee - brilliant. All for just 17.99 a head! It wasn't nouvelle cuisine - the portions were generous and even my healthy appetite was satiated!! Service was good and not intrusive.

I cannot recommend the food highly enough - and I am quite demanding about quality.

So if you foodies out there want something delicious, cooked to order and that is not pretentious book a table at the H&J!

My rating 10/10 not just because I am a villager and it is my local - but because it actually deserves it!
duncanamurray - 20 Feb 2010 14:20
As of 18 December the Pub changed hands and new (proper) tenants came in - Mike and Fiona - Mike is an experienced chef of many years with a good local reputation and is doing good, proper home cooked food. The pub has had a mini-refurbishment but still retains its charm and cosy feeling.

As a villager this is welcome news after the last management, who obviously didn't have a clue or any interest...we have actually gone back to the pub after almost 5 months of self-enforced absence and are very happy with it.

The pub will be open all day from January, with food at lunchtime and in the evenings during the week and all day at weekends - no food this Christmas Day, but open as usual for food Boxing Day onwards.

Raise a glass to interested and competent people who like running traditional country pubs!
duncanamurray - 20 Dec 2009 14:26
Four of us went for dinner here on a Friday night.. They had no record of our reservation, but restaurant was empty so we choose a table. "Home made " soup was obviously reconstituted as some of the veg were still hard. We were not offered the a la carte menu advertised for Friday and Saturday evenings, so chose from the ordinary menu. The food was unremarkable and lukewarm.

At 9.30 the background music suddenly stopped and the indoor lights at the front of the pub were turned out. This made the atmosphere quite irksome. There didnt appear to be any other customers and we wondered if we were being "asked to leave" in a subtle way! However, we stayed until 10.20. On leaving the side door to the car park we stepped into total pitch black darkness. I tripped down the step and we felt our way around and up the steps to the car park. Not a single light anywhere. Serious Health & Safety issue.

We were very embarrassed as this was a treat from friends. Two letters were sent explaining our experience. To date, after nearly three months of phoning and leaving messages, we have heard nothing from the landlord. We would definitely not return to this pub again.
bonney - 6 Dec 2009 12:00
I have recently returned to the pub after hearing the good news that the management has changed- the staff are now much more cheerier and happy to serve you with a smile which is always nice!
I shall be visiting the pub on a more regular basis now the management have changed.
good riddance to bad rubbish!!!!!!!!!
wishywashy - 3 May 2009 17:22
I have been down there a couple of times with my family and went back after some months with some other side of family. As we all walked in the waitress and bar staff looked like they seen a ghost. Everytime you smiled at them they just grunted it wouldnt hurt to smile with customer service once in a while and seemed to me that when you ring up they turn you away good way of loosing money. lovely location just a shame the people are so rude.
bam31 - 16 Jan 2009 18:22
what a fantastic pub! had a massive birthday party there with my family at the weekend and it was an absolute delight had an amazing night the chef came out afterward and has a drink with us and all the staff,what a charming young man! the food was exquisite and the atmosphere was so lively. by far the best pub in the area! thank you to all the staff at the horse and jockey,
look forward to bringing our clients to you for christmas!
wattsy - 3 Oct 2008 17:14
I used to eat at this pub on a regular basis but not anymore, the service is below helpful and the landlady and her colleagues look as though they are sucking on lemons- it would be nice to walk in to a pub and receive a smile upon your arrival- if you like service with a smile-I warn you to stay away from here!
The chef that was originally there and worked under the previous owners for a few years,he was a good chef. but he left suddenly recently, I have heard many different stories as to why but it all seemed a little pathetic to hear of the stories, whilst all your doing is looking to have a quiet drink. he was a coeliac himself and is the current landladys son- make of that what you will!
i have only eaten in their once since the old chef left and will ever eat in their again. it was overpriced for a shoddy meal,they are charging restaurant prices for cold/half cooked pub grub.
i am no longer a customer here and doubt I will set foot in there unless it changes hands again.

wishywashy - 7 Sep 2008 11:06
Having previously been very pleased with the food and service at this pub we returned looking forward to the interesting bar menu and a chance to enjoy the sunshine.

However the new management seem to have ripped all the interest out of the snack menu and replaced it with the stereotypical pub standard stuff you can find in any boozer across the land. Still at least it would be good quality as we were used to..... ooops.

I ordered a prawn baggette which accroding to the menu comes with salad garnish and chips (I should hope so for the price!). What I got was an uncooked pre-baked roll with the consistency of chewing gum half filed with prawns and a dollop of marie rose sauce, some rubbery wilting icerberg lettuce with one cerry tomato cut in half and NO chips. When I questioned the "waitress" (see chavy muppet)she said "did you ask for some?" and seemed oblivious to her own menu. Chips came about 2 minutes after I finished my sandwich without an apology.

My partners meal was a ploughman's and whilst there was a decent amount of cheese the stuff that came alongside was unspectacular to say the least.

It's such as shame as the pub is set in a really nice location with a beautiful walk along the river to walk off a nice lunch. I will NEVER eat here again.
fanatical - 16 Aug 2008 17:09
A nice classy pub with a fun quiz
back2reality18 - 18 Jan 2008 18:32
Further to my recent comment, I would just like to say that I have recently returned to the pub and was gladdened to find that it has reverted back to its previous situation. Thanks to the new landlord, it is now a pub again, not a restaurant. I shall be using it regularly again!
southernman - 24 Dec 2007 16:11
This pub used to be my local, albeit being around 4 miles from my home. A lift there and a taxi home suited me fine though. I stopped using it a couple of years back when the then owners turned the lounge bar completely into a poshish restaurant, and stopped the casual drinker from using that side of the pub. It used to have a smaller specific restaurant area, with food also being served at other tables without the casual drinker being shoved into the other bar. Frankly, as a quiet and respectful drinker, I felt the treatment of customers such as myself was disgraceful. However I would always return if the situation returned to the way it used to be.
southernman - 26 Nov 2007 15:25
Pub changed hands on 19 October 2007 - new peeps seem friendly enough and say customer focus is of key importance to them. Same good chef - gluten aware menu!
anonymous - 22 Oct 2007 15:46
Lovely location, and an OK pub, let down by slovenly service. It's always been a bit so-so, but a recent Sunday lunchtime visit took the biscuit. At one-thirty, there were only a handful of cars in the car park, and only four of the riverside tables occupied. We soon found out why: apparently the "restaurant" was "fully booked" and they wouldn't serve food outside.
It seems that the Horse and Jockey is increasingly run to suit the convenience of its staff, and sod the customers!
anonymous - 17 Jun 2007 14:45
Great pub, I head to this pub when I want a peaceful drink.

The pub went through a stage in the late 90's when it was a real dive, the new owners have turned it around into one of the best pubs I have ever been to.

Great location next to the river.

Good ales and beers (HSB on tap) and friendly locals.

Note. Parking is really tight and at lunch times, impossible.
lee_saint - 11 Dec 2006 23:42

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