The White Horse – Shere
The White Horse – Shere was built in about 1425 as a farmhouse. The Inglenook fireplaces were added later in the 1600s and it became an inn in the 1700s with its own brewhouse, this was partly due to Shere growing larger because of the wool and sheep trade.
However, the area was in complete contrast to what it is today and was one of the wildest areas in Surrey, with Sheep rustlers, smugglers and poachers living in the hills. A hidden cellar was discovered in the middle of the 20th century with, in fact, casks of Brandy dating back to 1720 inside. Thus giving confirmation to Shere’s, undoubtedly, wild past.
The pub also has its own ghost, that of a young Victorian girl whose body was found in a chimney.
As usual on these reviews, we were not paid to do it, we paid for our own food and drink out of our own pockets and the staff had no idea we were reviewing! Therefore, I feel our review is exactly as you would experience when visiting the pub.
The bar at the White horse – Shere has a good selection of Beers, Wines and Spirits on offer. Because of the exposed beams throughout it has a feeling of cosiness and warmth. It is a busy pub and therefore, I would recommend booking a table.
The staff are efficient and the atmosphere is certainly good and relaxed. However, I couldn’t get on to the wifi. Whilst, not a major concern for me, undoubtedly, it may be an issue to some. I suspect, in this case, it was oversubscribed.
The White Horse building is a quaint rambling affair with secluded nooks and crannies as well as big tables. It’s equally perfect for a romantic meal for two or a group get together.
The White Horse is owned by the Chef and Brewer chain and does good food in a great atmosphere. There is, in fact, a huge range of food on offer at the White Horse – Shere. In fact, the steaks here are very good. Indeed, it’s usually my first choice when I dine here. Consequently, Rib-Eye, Sirloin Fillet and Rump are, as you would expect, all on offer.
With mains up to £20, for example, this is an upper-medium priced place. Menus and prices change all the time, of course, so please see the link at the bottom of the screen to the pub’s website. We visited in November 2017.
The wine list is fair. Also, as long-time readers will know, for me to even include a pub it must have, of course, have a Rioja on offer.
The pub also stars in a Hollywood film called ‘The Holiday’ With Cameron Diaz and Jude Law. Being a very pretty village Shere is, in fact, a popular film location. With ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral,’ ‘Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,’ and ‘The Wedding Date’ and ‘Molly Moon’ among others having been filmed in the village.
Mon – Fri 12:00 – 23:00
Sat-Sun 11:00 – 22:00
Food Serving Times
Mon-Sat 12:00 – 22:00
Sunday 12:00 – 21:00
Click on the map to get directions
The church in Shere is well worth a look too! See St James’ Church – Shere.
To reiterate, I don’t do paid reviews and I only include pubs that have something notable about them. However, If you know a pub that you think would make a good addition to this list, for historical or quirky reasons, leave a comment below!
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