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The Famous White Horse at last

The White Horse at Parson’s Green, West London, has a nickname which is amusing the first time you hear it but tiresome after the 100th, so I’ll say this only once: it’s known as the Sloany Pony because, unlike most serious beer pubs, its clientele is made up largely of tall, skinny posh girls.

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The White Horse on Parson’s Green, West London, has a nickname which is amusing the first time you hear it but tiresome after the 100th, so I’ll say this only once: it’s known as the Sloany Pony because, unlike most serious beer pubs, its clientele is made up largely of tall, skinny posh girls.

Several things become obvious on entering. First, the range of beer is huge and covers all the bases. Secondly, the bar staff are obviously being paid and trained properly, because they’re extremely cheerful despite item three: the place is absolutely crammed.

Standing about looking forlorn because we had nowhere to sit paid off after a few minutes, though, as a young Scottish couple moved up so we could share their table. How very civilised — that doesn’t happen often in London. And, what do you know: they’re only friends of the chaps that run Brewdog! They should be on commission, too, for their sincere salesmanship of Brewdog’s wonderful Paradox which features on the White Horses’s extensive bottled beer menu.

Notable among the many beers we tried were Schlenkerla Rauchbier on tap (almost as good as in Bamberg, but not quite); a startlingly good lambic kriek from Oud Beersel; and a 2006  Fuller’s Vintage Ale (with cheese).

We left feeling skint and rather unglamorous but will certainly be returning, even though it’s an hour and half trek from our place.  Perhaps on a weekday afternoon, though, so we’ve got room to breathe?

13 replies on “The Famous White Horse at last”

Sadly not. We very rarely confess to being beer bloggers when we meet real people… pathetic, really.

Schlenkerla on tap? Wow.

Some friends bought me a birthday bottle of Paradox at The Rake last weekend. It cost £8.25. Yikes. Was delicious, though.

It has its ups and downs, but they have some outstanding beers. As for being recognized as a beer bloger, I’ve had some very positive experiences lately – more on that on my blog soon.

Staff at the White Horse are “paid properly” in the sense that they aren’t paid an unlawfully small amount.

I have it on very good authority that Mitchells & Butlers – the pubco that runs the managed estate to which the White Horse belongs (it is not independently operated) – pay bar staff minimum wage, or at least not much more than that.

I’m not having a go at them, but I do think it’s worth pointing out in light of your comment.

Thanks, Jeff. Interesting to get an industry view on these things. Why on Earth are they so cheerful, then? Actually, maybe I don’t want to know…

I have always loved the White Horse, there is always something good on tap. However, since Mark Dorber left the prices have been soaring, recently they had 3 beers on which were £9 per pint, utterly absurd!! The American fest that they had last summer and the Old Ale fest were really excellent though. Still one of the best places in the UK for quality beer but they do take the mickey with their pricing.

I think a lot of them are short-termers, here from abroad, and they live above the pub. I imagine that despite low wages that makes for a pretty fun life (for a while, at least).

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