White Horse Pub in Parsons Green.
Chronicle news editor Emma Heseltine samples the food at the White Horse in Parsons Green.
DUBBED the Sloaney Pony by locals, the White Horse, nestled in a corner of Parsons Green, is in a prime location for a pub.
Just a few yards from the Tube station, it attracts huge crowds of people stopping off for a post-work drink – so much so, it can be difficult to find any space to yourself.
But behind the bar and up some stairs is something of a surprise. Above the bustling bar is a quiet and intimate restaurant, which makes this place more of a destination than a temporary stop-off.
It has just undergone an extensive refurbishment, both in terms of its interior and the food and drink it proudly serves.
With kitsch green and cream decor, what look like bird cages around the chandeliers, wood panelling and a large fireplace, it has the feel of a classy but comfortable restaurant. And with a bar one end, it has all the convenience you might come to expect from pub grub, only in quieter surroundings.
The tables are small but you can squeeze plenty of people into what is a relatively small restaurant, and surprisingly the dull roar of the busy bar is virtually inaudible once you are settled.
The wine list was quite lengthy, and my friend and I opted for a sauvignon blanc, which at just over £20 was the perfect accompaniment to our meal and slipped down nicely as we chatted while awaiting the food.
There were a few starters on the menu, but nothing that really grabbed either of our attention, so we skipped them and headed straight for the main courses.
I chose the pan fried chicken breast with chorizo stuffing, green beans and pan gravy (£18). The meat was beautifully cooked and tender, with the chorizo giving a nice kick to what might otherwise have risked being a little bland. It tasted like a good roast dinner with a continental twist.
My friend opted for the pork belly confit, braised cheek, potato cream, broad beans and cider jus (£18), which was delicious – beautifully cooked and flavoursome.
For dessert, we decided on sorbet. There was plenty of choice on the menu, but after such big main courses, we each opted for a relatively light option.
There is a choice of different flavours each day and among the flavours on the day we went were blueberry and lemon.
We chose the latter, and were served a beautifully refreshing dessert – tangy but smooth, and light enough to finish off the meal perfectly.
So next time you pop to the White Horse for a drink after work, consider sticking around a bit longer and grabbing some dinner.