Set alongside the beautiful Grand Union Canal is one of Milton Keynes’ gems, The Black Horse Great Linford. Ian and I have spent many summer days sitting at this country pub watching the sun go down, both in the garden area and up on the terrace which sits adjacent to the canal, where you can watch the boats go by. It’s rather lovely.
Last week I was invited down with my family to check out the gorgeous makeover of The Black Horse and we were treated to the most delicious food and drinks. Here’s a little peek at the brand new look and some of the food you can enjoy at The Black Horse Great Linford…
The atmosphere at The Black Horse is one that is welcoming. Whether you have stumbled across the pub on a canal-side walk or have booked a meal for a special occasion, everyone is welcome. Well behaved dogs are also welcome in the bar area and garden – in which you can also dine. Perfect for those long weekend walks.
Looks wise, The Black Horse has been given a beautiful yet sympathetic makeover. One which brings it up to date but still retains the country pub’s charm. You’ll notice an injection of modern metals, lighting, artwork, paint colours… all alongside the beautiful beams and fireplaces.
One area that has truly been made over is the outside terrace. Once an area with typical tables and chairs, it now features beautiful wooden booths adorned with gorgeous foliage. It really has been brought to life. Obviously we visited in the evening, so I can’t wait to see it in full view on a bright sunny day too!
To kick off our evening at The Black Horse, we were treated to gin and tonics. They had set up a gorgeous gin infusion station to allow us to tailor our gins. There were flavoured juices, fruits and herbs available. So lovely! Alas, I didn’t have one as I was designated driver for the way home… but my parents and Ian certainly all enjoyed sipping theirs.
After a little mooch around the new-look venue, we were provided with two huge plates of canapés to share…
…doesn’t it all look amazing! And this was before we even ordered our three course meals. We certainly didn’t go hungry, that’s for sure.
My favourites included the duck pieces (centre), lobster pieces (bottom image) and the fish and chips. Yum!
It was then time to eat a little more…
Ian and I both had the Salt and Szechuan Pepper Squid starter which came with aioli dip. I liked how the squid pieces were cut into lengths rather than rings, as I sometimes find that the batter falls off squid rings when you bite or cut into them. You could eat these just like chips and they certainly went down a treat.
Dad had the Lobster and King Prawn Pot in Devon crab crème fraiche with toasted ciabatta bread and mum had the Thyme-Roasted Portobello Mushrooms in Cropwell Bishop sauce with rustic toast. Both of them absolutely loved their starters. So it’s a thumbs up all round from us!
During the meal, my parents and Ian enjoyed a Rioja, whilst I sipped on a skinny fizz Prosecco as well as a Victoria’s Secret mocktail, which is a lovely passionfruit drink with added fizz.
The main course was yet another winner in our eyes.
My dad had the Roasted Rack of Lamb which is served with aubergine, roasted sweet peppers, potato dauphinoise and red wine jus. The team at The Black Horse cooked his lamb exactly how he wanted it and he really enjoyed the entire dish.
Ian had the Chargrilled Lamb Koftas which is served with goat’s curd, plum tomato, roasted red pepper, cucumber and mint salad and lavash bread. Ian loved this and thought it was a pretty healthy option. He liked the veggies he got on the side, as it made a change from the normal leafy-style salad you may receive. (The menu states that you can also swap your lamb koftas for sweet chilli chicken skewers if you wish – a great alternative option!)
Both mum and I had the Pan-Fried Sea Bass Fillets, which was served with Parmentier potatoes, pancetta, olives, spinach and white wine velouté. We both loved this dish. What I particularly liked about it was the addition of pancetta, giving a nice contrasting flavour to the plate. The sauce wasn’t sickly, which I find is sometimes a problem with other sea bass dishes I’ve had before.
For dessert, Ian, my dad and I, all had the Melting Chocolate and Peanut Bomb. This drama-filled dessert is filled with sticky toffee pudding and peanut butter cream. It’s served alongside Bourbon vanilla ice cream and hot salted caramel sauce. We watched as the waitresses poured the hot salted caramel sauce over the bombs, allowing them to melt away and reveal the dessert inside. It’s very fun!
The dessert was absolutely gorgeous and certainly a real treat. The flavours were just as good as I’d hoped, but sadly I couldn’t finish all of mine due to all the food we’d eaten previously… This means I’ll just *have* to pop by again soon to enjoy every last morsel!
Mum went against the chocolate bomb grain and opted for the New York Style Baked Vanilla Cheesecake, which comes with a forest fruit compote and whipped cream. I would say that this was certainly enjoyed… as I remember my mum suddenly realising she’d started to tuck into it before I’d had a chance to photograph it…
To complete our evening, we decided on a couple of hot drinks. Ian had a double espresso, mum and dad had coffees and I had a peppermint tea – my usual refreshing choice for an end of meal hot drink. All the coffees were served with biscuits, which was a lovely added touch.
What a wonderful evening!
The Black Horse is looking absolutely beautiful, and the food is certainly up there with some of the best we’ve had. As we left, dad said we should definitely head back there again soon for another meal… so I’d take that as a good sign!
If you wish to find out more about The Black Horse Great Linford and book a table for yourself, head on over to www.theblackhorsegreatlinford.co.uk
*The Black Horse provided us with our food and drinks free of charge in return for an honest review. All thoughts are mine as always. We loved it!