Black Horse, Hose
The Black Horse is an increasingly rare beast - a country village pub which hasn't closed or become a pseudo restaurant. You'll find many of the original Victorian features still present; its a good glimpse as to how country pubs once looked. The tap room (with off licence hatch still present) is a sparse, flagstoned bar with benches around the edge and a dart board in the corner. The lounge is more cosy, with an unusual fireplace and floral carpet. A tiny corner bar adds plenty of character, while a wooden panelled room at the back is equally attractive. The only lament was that the old stained glass front windows were replaced quite recently with something considerably less charming. The new landlord and landlady were courteous to a fault and explained their plans to give the place a modest facelift; the old decrepit skittle alley is being turned over to become a better garden, for example. In the meantime they're serving a host of locally brewed ales, all kept to a very good standard along with some hearty pub grub - the 'fish and faggot' night peaked our curiously. Overall, this is pretty much a classic five pint pub, so let's hope it remains that way after the refurbishment is complete.
21 Bolton Lane, Hose, Hose, Leicestershire, LE14 4JE
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