The White Horse in Welwyn is ‘everything a local pub should be’

PUBLISHED: 12:51 30 January 2018

The White Horse in Welwyn.
Picture: Becky Alexander

The White Horse in Welwyn. Picture: Becky Alexander


It feels quite rebellious to go to the pub in January (dry January anyone?), especially on a midweek lunchtime, but I can really recommend it.

The White Horse in Welwyn.
Picture: Becky AlexanderThe White Horse in Welwyn. Picture: Becky Alexander

On a bright cold day, the cosy front room of The White Horse in old Welwyn is very welcoming.

The pub dates to 1742 and is tucked down Mill Lane.

It tends to be a locals’ pub as it is quite tricky to spot, and has very little parking – best to park in the village and walk.

We chose the corner table next to the real fire, and ordered drinks at the bar.

The White Horse in Welwyn.
Picture: Becky AlexanderThe White Horse in Welwyn. Picture: Becky Alexander

On a busy weekend it is quite tricky to get a table here, so it is lovely to be able to walk in and have a more relaxed experience.

Beers on tap include Sharps Doom Bar and Atlantic and Adnams Southwold, and the pub has a beer menu showing the seasonal changes. There is a small, but interesting choice of gins and a good wine list.

The main food menu has small plates and starters such as grilled flatbread with tapenade and nduja sausage, soup of the day and bowls of mussels.

Large plates include pub favourites beef and cask ale pie and fish and chips at reasonable prices (average £12).

My partner was feeling healthy so chose the market salad which included spinach, bacon, avocado, pumpkin seeds, kale and poached egg.

The pub is known for its barbecue on warm days, but they also offer a good grill menu, with steaks, tiger prawns and burgers.

I chose the coconut and chilli chicken, which came with a generous pile of crispy jerk sweet potato fries and a well-dressed salad garnish.

The Richardson family run the pub and Adam was cooking when I went in; he also runs Craft & Cleaver in St Albans.

The dining area looks over the garden and both are well used by the local community (there is a great outdoor summer bar).

With live music on the first Saturday of each month, a great Sunday lunch and summer events, it is everything a local pub should be.

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