Nestled within the Deben Valley, 12 miles from the Suffolk Coast, The White Horse is situated in the picturesque village of Easton.
Recently renovated and taken over by The Chestnut Group, the pretty 17th-century pub on the small village green certainly has a lot to offer. Bounce Magazine were delighted to be invited along to sample the new menu after the pubs re launch last month.
‘On a warm, summer evening, I couldn’t have thought of a more idyllic setting to be in than at The White Horse at Easton.
Surrounded by quaint countryside, we were delighted to have option to sit outside on the patio, whilst selecting from the menu, however when presented with the menu this was not an easy task.
At that point I was very glad of the Classic Gin Martini Cocktail making its way to me, complete with a fancy black olive garnishing the glass.
As my guest and I flittered between several options, (even Googling some of the original ingredients on offer), these dishes were certainly exciting to say the least. Not your average pub grub!
“One thing I must point out is how friendly the staff were on that evening.”
As we journeyed inside the building, admiring old wooden beams and the quirky design features, (including some tasteful taxidermy), we took our seats in the intimate setting of one of the restaurant rooms.
To our delight, we were shortly served a surprise Amuse Bouche to wet our appetites.
Then onto the starters, whilst my guest opted for the most incredible Tuna Niçoise severed on a long dish (which could have been a piece of artwork), accompanied with Olives, Fine Beans, Tomato and Quail Egg, I chose to try the Crispy Chicken served with Pea, Bacon, Girolle Mushrooms and a Hazelnut Crumb. Perfect summer starters for this warm and sunny evening, with fresh, fragrant flavours bursting out of the elegantly prepared dishes.
As I continue to work my way through my Martini, it isn’t a long wait until the main event.
Being a lover of Asian Food, I decided to order the Pan Roast Loch Dochart Salmon, with Butternut Squash, Mooli, Bok Choi and Kombu. Note… some of the ingredients that I Googled earlier in the evening! The answer to your question is yes; this dish arrived as impressive as it sounded. The Asian ingredients worked incredibly which created a tasty dish, rich in flavour, bringing out the freshness of the Salmon.
As a pork lover, my guest selected the Rare Breed Pork Belly, Braised Sticky pig Cheek, BBQ Hispi Cabbage with Cider Onions and a Sage Quaver. I was ever so inquisitive, so I begged for a taste. The pork was tender and almost melted in my mouth, and when accompanied with those Cider Onions, which oozed of puree, it was hard to decipher which dish I enjoyed the taste of the most, his or mine?
There is always one course though, which I always look forward to. Dessert! As it was still light, we made our way back out onto the patio to finish the meal as we started.
With the sun starting to set, we were served little dishes of pure delight! To finish I picked the Lemon Tart, Raspberry, Chantilly and G&T Sorbet, whilst my chocoholic guest, selected the Chocolate and Cherry, Aerated Roast White Chocolate Torte, with Cherry Sorbet and Boozy Cherries. I have to say those were very boozy cherries and extremely delectable.
It was a fantastic finish to the meal. One thing I must point out is how friendly the staff were over the course of that evening. As well as maintaining great conversation with us, without their input and knowledge, selecting our menu choices would have been pretty difficult.
I personally cannot wait to go back to The White Horse, I have also seen a picture of their phenomenal roast dinners via their Facebook page. So if you are looking for somewhere a little more interesting at affordable prices, look no further!