After visiting the Three Crowns, we made our way to the White Horse Inn. Take a look at their website, and in particular the information about the Ruddington Beer Festival. Looks like a great day out. This is an annual festival, and it might well be worth making a note in your diary to take a look next summer. Here’s the tasting notes: testimony to how well the event is organised.
We decided to have lunch here. The menu is standard pub grub and pretty cheap with most items about a fiver.
What I like about the White Horse is the friendly feel. The proprietor really makes you feel welcome. It’s a typical village local pub taking me back to the pubs I enjoyed decades ago: a focal point for the community. It’s well used by the locals: something of a second home – a place where you can relax and be comfortable.
It has a nice sized lounge, bright and cheerful, with a magnificent bay window with round the wall seating.
It has a very nice looking beer garden out the back which we would have used had the weather been better so we took our seats in the lounge.
From our vantage point in the centre of the bay, we had a pleasant view of the bar with its five cask hand pumps of which are a couple of guests. On this day, there were four pumps on: Nottingham Legend, Golden Pippin 3.9%, Bombardier, and Sharp’s Doombar. (Is it my imagination but Doombar on everywhere I go these days?)
We tried the Golden Pippin which according to the Copper Dragon Brewery is “A light refreshing blonde ale brewed using a new variety of hop, creating a citrus fruit flavour. Originally brewed as a seasonal ale, Golden Pippin has become such a favourite it is now produced all year round”. It’s difficult not to make a comparison with this kind of brew with Harvest Pale, and we conceded it was quite bland in comparison with the great Castle Rock ale.
Where next? We decided to move on to the Victoria Tavern.