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The Horseshoe, Olney - pub details

Address: High Street, Lavendon, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 4HA [map] [gmap]

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> Current user rating: 5.2/10 (rated by 6 users)
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Green Man, Lavendon (0.0 miles), Old Mill, Newton Blossomville (1.3 miles), Ye Three Fyshes, Turvey (1.5 miles), Three Cranes, Turvey (1.5 miles), Robin Hood, Clifton Reynes (1.7 miles)

user reviews of the Horseshoe, Olney

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A good sized Charles Wells pub in the centre of the village, it has a large car park at the side as well as a few more parking spaces and some picnic benches at the front. Judging on some of the pictures on the walls there is also an attractive beer garden at the rear, although I did not investigate this on my visit.

The pub is divided in to two halves, with a bar area to the right and a lounge/dining room to the left. The bar looks quite attractive with a large brick fire-place at one end, and a Northamptonshire skittles game in a smaller room adjacent to it. As I was dining though, I opted for the other half of the pub. This is an L-shape room with the dining area separated by some painted wood partitioning up a couple of steps at the rear, and this was in darkness until a couple of other punters turned up and wanted to sit there. There are plenty of beams on the ceiling, which was sagging considerably in the middle and consequently supported by a wooden post. Paintwork was a mixture of maroon and cream, with some khaki green wood panelling in the room at the back. A stone fire-place with a copper hood was at one end and a pile of logs were in the grate ready for the colder weather.

Food wise, the menu offered a decent selection of pub grub dishes such as Fish & Chips, Steak & Kidney pudding, Gammon Steak, etc., and most of the main courses were around the £9 - £10 mark. There was also a specials board offering another three or four options. My Chicken & roasted ham pie, in a cream, white wine, garlic & oregano sauce served in a puff pastry case with seasonal vegetables & gourmet chips was a hearty dish and reasonably good value at £9.25 I thought.

Beers on tap were Eagle IPA and Courage Directors. The solitary cider was Strongbow, unfortunately. Overall I quite liked this pub, although personally I would have preferred it if the landlady’s toddler wasn’t running around. Not only that, but the grandmother was actually encouraging her by getting her to “help” collect plates, take orders, and such like. I guess some people might think it’s cute, but personally I’ve always felt that pubs and kids, especially ones as young as that, don’t really mix.
Blackthorn - 11 Oct 2013 12:05
Lovely pub, friendly and welcoming. Food top notch, entertainment good too. Live bands and karaoke
Beermonster1973 - 25 Aug 2013 16:49
Had a Sunday lunch in here with family. Nice traditional pub inside, better than it looks on the outside. My only real complaint with this pub was the range of ales on offer. Only Bombarder, Eagle and Directors, so nothing to get excited about. Thought drinks were pricey for just a normal pub.

Food was pretty good and priced reasonably. Roast was nice but could have done with something else on plate or a smaller plate. Had whitebait for starter which was top drawer. Waitress and landlord very friendly. Plenty of deals to be had two. We took advantage of 2 roasts for under a tenner after 1600.

A nice put worth a visit. Got a big garden with decking too. Buses 1 and 41 stop in the village
rwjc22 - 20 Oct 2011 23:54
Maybe it just wasn't my day but after being driven to the edge of suicide in The Red Lion Yardley Hastings - I popped in here looking for some life but there was even less. Think gods waiting room and you've kind of got this place sussed.

Had a pint of Winter Warmer which was bordering on undrinkable - still ever the optimist we sat down in very depressing surroundings in desperate need of a makeover. Kind of had a characterless northern B&B feel to it. However before my life ebbed away we decided to quit while we were ahead ie alive, and headed for the car.

Clearly the demise of the village pub is well under way as again apart from 4 coffin dodgers loitering by the door there was not a soul in here. Green Man over the road a better bet !
HughJarse - 9 Jan 2011 15:00

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