We visited The Black Horse in Wigginton near York, for the first time this week after being recommended to it by a friend. It’s a beautiful white traditional pub, with colourful window boxes and a good sized beer garden at the front. You can find a large car park to the rear.
There is a step up into the pub, but a temporary ramp was swiftly brought out to us to make it wheelchair accessible as I had brought my mum for lunch. Inside, there is a bar area and a restaurant area. On the subject of accessibility, there are two steps down to the restaurant, but we were welcome to eat in the bar.
The Black Horse serves food from 12 noon until 8.30pm, Monday to Saturday and 12 – 5pm on a Sunday. There is a light lunch menu with pub classics like cold sandwiches, jacket potatoes and hot baguettes.
The Summer main menu which is available all day includes a Yorkshire Tapas section with items like a trio of pigs in blankets and roasted red peppers and a Starters and Sharers section with items like breaded halloumi fries and creamy wild mushrooms. Pub classics like a pie of the week, Whitby scampi and chips and a curry of the week are also accompanied by steaks from the grille and a selection of different burgers.
My daughter and niece both ordered the tuna mayo sandwich on ciabatta. The bread was fresh and the sandwich filling was generous. It was served with a side salad and a summer coleslaw, made pink by red cabbage.
I ordered the Classic Burger- an 8oz steak burger with cheddar cheese and crispy bacon. Again, the ciabatta was nice and fresh and a great change from a simple bread bun. The burger was thick and juicy and the twice cooked chips were very good. I also had my own pot of summer slaw. It was a nice touch but perhaps had a little too much grainy mustard in for me.
Finally my Mum chose the Summer Belly Pork, which indeed was the reason the place was recommended to us. Served “slow cooked in cider and apples, with champ mash, juicy gravy and seasonal vegetables.”
I’d certainly recommend the pub. Pricewise a main course will set you back around £14. Lunch is around £7. They have a kids menu, an early bird special and a ‘diamond diners’ lunchtime menu.
If you can eat in the restaurant rather than the bar, then I’d recommend that too for a more convivial atmosphere. I can imagine sitting in the beer garden on a balmy summer’s evening would be a delight.