A secret gastro pub in a Georgian setting
It’s interesting, in a world of rapid progression and trendy new ideas, that traditional settings never go out of vogue. Whilst there is a place for funky upbeat restaurants, there is equally
a place for your more traditional venues. I don’t mean old hat with bland unimaginative food and fibreglass curtains with threadbare carpets; I mean wooden panelling, lush seating and a warm inviting atmosphere, a place to kick back, take your time over your meal and let the world go by, whilst you’re drinking a good glass of vino.
The Old White Horse ticks all these boxes. It is in a Georgian setting on a cobbled street next to a church and a picturesque river, with an inviting warm glow from the outside. The interior reminds me of an old coaching house bursting with character.
On entering, you might initially think it is a bar more than a restaurant as you are greeted by an extensive bar; however, you will immediately see it is much more a restaurant. It is broken up into little sections and a quaint room to the side. The whole feel is of warmth and an extremely inviting atmosphere, with
There are two menus on offer; à la carte –which averages at £6 per starter and around £16 per main, with seasonal fish on each day; and prix fixe – which is very good value, with
two courses for £12.95 and three courses for £15.95. To say the setting is so lovely, I think this is very good value.
We ordered from the à la carte (ham hock terrine for £6.25) and prix fixe (mackerel). The ham was superb, as was the mackerel, but could have been a touch bigger on the portion
sizes. For mains we ordered lemon sole and sirloin of beef. The beef was particularly good. It was a nice chunky steak, cooked as ordered (rare). The lemon sole looked a little insipid but
tasted very good indeed. We did not have a sweet as we were both tired from a long day, but the couple next to us were raving about the crème brûlée.
The Old White Horse is one of those hidden gems that is well worth a visit. In the summer I can imagine the outdoor area is a great suntrap and one of those beer gardens that suck you in until you are drunk. To eat here is a little privilege as it really is undiscovered. You want to shout about it, but you want to
keep it special .
The Old White Horse Brasserie,
Old Main Street,
Bingley BD16 2RH
Tel: 01274 921930