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Food | The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review - Newly Refurbished

The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review

Beautiful interior, lovely location & inviting atmosphere. The best way I could express the scenes of this gorgeous, newly refurbished establishment of a pub. As soon as we drove into the side car park of The White Horse Pub in Balsall Common, straight away you were greeted with such tranquil and stunning views of the outdoor area. Met by the lovely and attentive staff we were taken to our seats whilst admiring the exquisite interior. I completely appreciate how much time, money and effort has been inputted into the refurb of the place. Let's move onto the exciting part of how the food was shall we...

The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review
The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review
The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review

As for the menu, we were rather limited being vegans. When I say we, myself and my friend Courtney who is also vegan attended on a midweek summers evening. The menu didn't have the largest of choices either way, but it still had your classic dishes; fish and chips, steak, lamb shoulder etc. I do have to say that the price range was rather high, so do take this into consideration if you do visit The White Horse.

We tried a variety of different plates, the sourdough pittas with hummus as our small plate, Jamaican Jerk Jackfruit Soft Tacos for our large plate that myself and Courtney shared between us. As we both aren't too sure on jackfruit as vegans. If you aren't familiar with jackfruit, its rather like a vegan version of pulled pork, rather an acquired taste to say the least. As for sides, we both went for the typical chunky chips. I've finally found someone who shares the same amount of love for chips as I do - friendship goals. The chips certainly got a 10/10 from us, but would of been better if they had BBQ sauce, which I was rather disappointed at seeing as we were in a pub.

The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review
The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review
The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review

As for the flavours, let me put your taste buds to the test here, think of your classic creamy hummus topped with sweet peppers and pine nuts. The sweetness of the peppers really did elevate the taste of the hummus for us and this now needs to be a go to topping for hummus for me after experiencing these flavours together. As for the pine nuts, I'd never tried them before and I thankfully rather enjoyed them, they added a nice crunch to the hummus, therefore they will be added to my future shopping lists.

As for the jackfruit tacos, myself and Courtney decided that these were not for us unfortunately, which was a shame, but no harm in trying something new. We also were delighted to try the puddings, but again, there was only 1-2 options that were vegan friendly, which was the raspberry jam sponge pudding with custard. This was delicious and I couldn't finish it unfortunately due to my IBS always ruining the fun when it comes to delicious foods. The only disappointment of the pudding was the lack of custard, it would of been more appealing if the pudding was to come with the custard in a pouring pot for customers to pour as much as they require, as we certainly required more to soak up the amount of cake to custard ratio.

The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review
The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review
The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review

I do have to mention about the portion sizes at The White Horse, as considering the high prices you are paying, the portion sizes do not reflect the price you are paying. Which I don't think is going to support new comers. As beautiful as the place has turned out, I feel it's more of a lovely place to go with friends or family for drinks and nibbles. Depending on your taste of course, everyone is different and my opinion is just one, but I'm always open and truly honest within my reviews online and in person. As I prefer to come from a customers point of view of how I would recommend to other people and openly speak about my experience.

The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review
The White Horse Pub Balsall Common Review

Overall, would I recommend The White Horse Pub in Balsall Common? For vegans, maybe not so much, but for a lovely pub to visit, definitely. Especially on a lovely summers day sat in the front garden surrounded by the beautiful flower beds and the sights of planes flying over your head from the nearby Birmingham Airport. I would definitely recommend, especially for those who prefer the more higher market pubs.

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