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The White Horse, Dover - pub details

White Horse

Address: St. James St / Castle Hill Rd, Dover, Kent, CT16 1QF [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 14697) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Dover Priory (0.6 miles), Kearsney (2.7 miles), Martin Mill (3.6 miles)

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Stu and Jules took the helm of this dear old lady last year, and what a welcome change!
It's back to being a beautiful, warm and welcoming pub, and much more. The food is delicious, lots of interesting gins to try, and the beer is spot on.
This is fast growing in reputation as the jewel in the crown of Dover, you'd be mad to miss out on a visit.
jeanniejules - 22 Apr 2017 15:47
Thank goodness this dear old pub (the oldest and most historic) in Dover has been given a new lease of life ! been in regularly since 'NEW' ownership this year. What a welcome - previously last year had been in and got the 'new look' as a newbie from other crowds. :( BUT NOT now - new owners so welcoming to all. They have freshly painted some areas but kept the historic writings on the wall. Beautiful, re-decorated summer beer garden - was a pleasure to sit and enjoy the sun. The food is consistant and 'FRESH' - all 'home' cooked by the new landlady. No scrimping on servings that's for sure. LARGER than life dinners. You would be hard pushed to finish their sunday luches. Excellent prices. We now regularly visit with our young family and friends. ITS - well worth the visit.
ritzy67 - 30 Apr 2013 19:13
well the good news is that the pub opened again with new owners. They have taken great care to change everything that was so lovely about the place; the decor is completely out of keeping with the historic building, the welcome is, well, utterly missing. It's been made quite clear that regulars are not's a mystery who they do want and why - the owners can be heard rubbishing their customers - it's a puzzle why they are open at all (and not clear as the bar area is usually in darkness). As for being welcomed as a new customer - well, good luck with that.
jeanniejules - 10 Mar 2013 14:58
This is a bit of a gem in my view. I'd attempted to visit a year ago but was thwarted by closure. Fortunately last week I found it with doors open wide and was able to get inside and see if it was worth the hype.

The pub is cosy and -in the main - traditional in its core decor, with numerous little alcoves and areas in which one can closet oneself and either be merry with a group or intimate with a loved one. The pine wood-led space is complimented - or marred depending on your view - by numerous dawbings all over the ceiling and some walls presumably from various visitors who have passed through the port en route to virtually any location you can imagine worldwide. The signatures date back to the '90s so it's clearly a long-standing tradition here. Me and my mate hadn't come far, weren't going far, and didn't have a black marker pen to hand so didn't contribute; moreover it is tough to find any wallspace remaining on which to write now.

Anyway - to business: 4 good solid cask beers to try here. Loddon's Ferrymans Gold, Hook Norton Old Hooky, I think Sharp's Doom Bar and a guest from Yorksire called Cromwell's Pale - which was sampled and found to be refreshing and well-conditioned. We were about the only punters punting at that point so we had the undivided attention of the barmaid whose service was efficient. If she is the 'ladette' referred to by Stucky66 in his 2010 review I'd be amazed as both she and the 'lad' (presumably the other half) both seemed civil and enough - rare qualities in ones so young - although maybe in livelier sessions they are more boisterous?!

The ole American jazz on the stereo helped add a certain Bohemian element to the White Horse, which may seem very trad from the initial impression, but clearly within it beats a young heart. If I lived here, I imagine I'd make my way over on a fairly regular basis. As it is, it'll have to wait until my next appearance. Tentative after only 1 visit, but this is pretty much an 8.

TWG - 23 Jul 2012 17:58
find the reviews hard to credit here as have been to this pub often over the years and have always tasted and known others speak of the best beer for miles around.

This local is both homely for locals, and really friendly to passers by - got talking to two Austrians who come to England just to visit this pub as they love it so - apparently there are other 'regulars' from all over the place.

Food is available days and evenings, and there was live music on when we last visited (nights when this is happening are preadvertised). It's harsh to compare to Spoons with their boil in the bag food and beer that is priced deliberately to put small pubs like this out of business.

Come support your local independent pub - or lose them forever!
jeanniejules - 12 Apr 2012 21:39

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