The White Horse is a rather fine, and notably characterful broadlands pub located in a small village a short walk (5 minutes or so) from the mooring points at Upton Parish Staithe, and is well worth a visit if you are passing nearby, whether on water or on land. It's not without its eccentricities, chief among which is probably Coco the grey parrot, who climbs all over an expansive cage and frame, occasionally stopping to chirp "hello" in rather a camp manner or to imitate a car alarm, or wolf-whistle. (We were less sure about the the Teletubby heads that adorned the hand pumps for several real ales). Live music often features too. There's a restaurant in the back part of the pub (which we didn't sample), and we understand that, with advance warning, the proprietors will cook breakfast for punters, as well as the usual lunchtime and evening meals. There are two points that drag this fine place down to a four-pint rating: first, the restaurant space, while no doubt a fine thing in its own regard), leaves too little room to the drinking area (particularly so when live music is offered); and, second, the toilets, while smart in design, were a bit unkempt.
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Reviewed by venichka
17 Aug 2009