Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Black Horse

Black Horse
The tendrils of London's craft beer scene have snaked all the way out to the Hertfordshire border, where Barnet stands proud in the form of the Black Horse. This is the home of the simply named Barnet Brewery, and though they were in the process of adding more ales during our visit (with a 'coming next' board to prove it), our pint of a tipple called Here Comes The Soulstice certainly hit the spot, and there were six others to choose from on our first visit. 1/3 pint tasters are available, as are £10 Barnet Brewery t-shirts, as modelled by the friendly barman.
There's a separate dining area at the back of this surprisingly large pub, and a garden that you sense must be teeming in the summer (though understandably empty on our 4pm weekday visit). The main pub area includes an elderly man eating from a basket and a particularly yappy dog, though whether they are permanent fixtures we can only speculate. The wine list was average — the focus is on the beer. The Barnet Brewery's beers are, as yet, not sold anywhere else. Taste the exclusivity.
The pub's not just nominally horsey — there are pictures of horses being ridden, shoed, and in various states of gaiety, including in the gents. Art work of Old Barnet also brightens up the place, if a black and white photo can brighten up a place.
The yappy dog had fallen asleep by the time we left the pub, we are happy to report. It was entirely absent on our second visit. And a third, which also lacked any home-brewed ales. 


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