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The Black Horse, Great Linford - pub details

Previously called: Proud Perch, Black Horse

Black Horse
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Address: Wolverton Rd, Black Horse Bridge, Great Linford, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK14 5AJ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 29363) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Wolverton (2.1 miles), Milton Keynes Central (2.9 miles)

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Very good description of the pub by the last reviewer.

Absolutely packed on a sunny Saturday afternoon and queuing out of the door to get to the bar.

Plenty of outside space plus a sandpit for my eldest to run around and play in without disturbing anyone.

Great location and outside areas but I wouldn't go back purely on the prices: £6.15 for a pint of Landlord (Doom Bar and London Pride were also available), a packet of crisps and a glass of water. This is Great Linford, not central London.
duchyjim - 8 Apr 2017 23:01
A large and attractive old canal side pub, its clearly had a contemporary makeover but has nonetheless managed to retain some, although perhaps not all, of its olde worlde charm.

There are several different areas, both inside and outside. Starting with the outside, there is a patio at the front of the pub, a garden shaded with trees adjacent to this, beyond this again a larger open area (no food service here apparently), a small garden with just a couple of tables right next to the canal, and what I assume is a fairly modern terrace built up level with the top of the pub to make the most of the canal view. Certainly theres plenty of space, although even so in the nice weather it inevitably attracts the crowds and I only just managed to procure a table as someone was leaving.

Inside its a bit of a mixture of the old and the new. The main bar at the front has an old flagstone floor which is an attractive feature, a low and slightly sagging beamed ceiling and a mixture of exposed stone walls and khaki green paintwork. A slightly more modern looking fire-place is at one end, various old black and white photos adorn the walls, and there were a couple of sofas in the window. Off to the left is a relaxed area with a part tiled, part wooden floor with a rug or two, sofas and a fire-place with a wood burning stove. This seems a relaxed place to chill out. Beyond this again was an area more geared up for dining and all together more contemporary with straw coloured matting on the floor and a pile of log ends attached to one wall to make a bit of a feature.

Going right from the main bar, you go up what appears to be a small staircase to the loos, but this then opens out in to another two or three rooms, again with a modern feel to them but retaining a number of old oak beams and supports. This also leads out to the small canal side garden. Service at the bar was a little chaotic as others have mentioned, but they were extremely busy and seemed to be doing their best to cope.

Food wise, I chose from the bar and terrace menu which I suppose suggests that there is a separate restaurant menu. This offered a decent selection of dishes, not your usual pub staples, and perhaps with a slight bias towards fish which may not suit everyone. Choices included Sticky BBQ ribs, Haddock & chips and Garlic prawns. Most of the mains seemed to be somewhere around the 10 mark, and I thought that my salmon fish cakes with a herb dip and mixed salad was a decent enough dish, and at 7.95 was the cheapest option on the menu. It may not have suited someone with a particularly hearty appetite however.

Beers on tap were Doom Bar and Broughtons Merlin Ale. There was a third pump with the clip turned round. Ciders were both from Aspalls with their Suffolk and Harrow Sparrow which is a new one on me I had hoped for something a little more traditional, or at least not as cloyingly sweet as their Suffolk, but to be honest I thought it tasted pretty much the same.
Blackthorn - 24 Jul 2012 23:18
I don't quite understand the more recent reviews of this pub, maybe the management's changed since the last review or they've got their act together, but I had a lovely meal there on a relatively busy Saturday afternoon. Staff were friendly and attentive and even swapped one of our drinks for free after my partner didn't like it - nothing wrong with the actual drink, just not to her taste. Food was good too - fresh and locally sourced. My only tiny complaint was it was a little cold where we were sat, but it was a freezing cold winter's day and I think we were just unlucky with the table's location. Overall a lovely canal-side pub with a friendly atmosphere, good food and reasonable prices.
Sparkyvarcs - 4 Feb 2012 20:36
Thought i'd pop in and enjoy the chaos that this pub is,very entertaining to sit at bar and watch,much better than t.v.The poor staff almost run everywhere as there are not enough of them and barely keep the whole thing going and that is on a quiet night!! It's like watching a slow motion car crash! 2 real ales on until you ask for them and then get told they are off(be nice to turn clips aroud so as not to get excited).However after apologies the landlady put some more on and it was excellent(UBU Purity).I just wish the owners of this pub(M&B) would get their act together and allow the Landlady the money for staff before it all goes belly-up.
foodieman - 2 Sep 2011 21:41
This pub should be a cash machine for the brewery,fabulous location on the canal,lovely building,spot on in so many ways.However as i go there 3or4 times a month i can only say it seems to lurch from one crisis to another.Often i've sat there and watched customers give up waiting to be served drinks and walk out,also at lunchtimes customers have left the pub before their food order has been taken as they need to get back to work.The beer is pretty good and the food is not bad either but the staffing levels and organisation is a joke(you cannot get away with this in this day and age)In it's defence last week new staff appeared and things seem to have improved but it's happened before and after a short period the old rot sets in again.I had American relations over 2 weeks ago and would have loved to have taken them there but i did not want them going back home saying how lousy the service was so we spent the money elswhere.
foodieman - 14 Aug 2011 20:28

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