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The Black Horse at Ireland

Shefford, Shefford SG17 5QL, England
+44 1462 811398
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“souffle” (12 reviews)
“steak” (58 reviews)
“pork” (27 reviews)
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British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Shefford, Shefford SG17 5QL, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Another excellent dining experience. This really is a quality restaurant, very good food, well presented, first class service. Beautiful interior design sets the ambiance for the overall experience. The management make you feel both welcome and valued. Although a little off the beaten track it...More

Thank Escape-overseas
Reviewed 6 days ago

Booked a table for 6 people, birthday celebration. Food was of great taste and presentation...complimentary olives, oil and bread. Catered for gluten free ...excellent choice of food and separate olives and oil for that person. Food portions generous size...thoroughly enjoyed by all. Lovely atmoshere in...More

Thank HockeyMum40
James C, Owner at The Black Horse at Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello HockeyMum40 Thanks so much for posting an excellent review. I was glad to read that you were looked after well for your birthday celebration at The Black Horse. Hope to see you back soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

With a great choice of food, served and presented by friendly and helpful staff, that offer more help and information than normal, in a wonderful location and decorated and furnished extremely well to add to the overall experience.

Thank alandO8351UH
Reviewed 1 week ago

In this age of gastro pubs when many flatter to deceive with quasi Michelin menus it is great to find a simple menu that delivers a wholesome, well cooked and presented meal at a reasonable price. Accompanied by a comprehensive well priced wine list. Would...More

Thank David I
James C, Owner at The Black Horse at Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello David I Thanks so much for appreciating our menu and awarding us 4 stars. I have spoken to our chef about the unseasoned potatoes and also to the Manager regarding the ‘slightly rushed’ service. Sundays are always busy but that does not excuse feeling...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely building and well presented venue but unfortunately I thought the food whilst presented well sadly tasted very average. We were also rushed through the entire visit, and this is the killer let down for the Black Horse. When paying the kind of money they...More

2  Thank I_am_Cerberus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good pub food in the area.Ambience is very pleasant.However, it is quite busy and therefore advised to book as early as possible.Service could be better.More

Thank omsriva01
James C, Owner at The Black Horse at Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Omsriva01 Thank you for posting your review. I am sorry that you thought our service could be better and I can assure you I will be speaking with the management to attend to this. We hope that you will consider returning to The Black...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place, great food and great service. Went with friends to celebrate my birthday and had a wonderful lunch.

Thank Geoff G
James C, Owner at The Black Horse at Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Geoff G Delighted that you 'love' the Black Horse and had a 'wonderful lunch' to celebrate your birthday. We look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here on 29 September and stayed overnight in one of the two on site chalets. Our whole experience was excellent. Lovely friendly staff (both bar and waiting) who did everything with a smile. Very reasonable bar prices for our pre dinner drinks....More

Thank Hugo B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have heard lots of good reviews about this place & tried it for the first time with friends recently. First impressions were great, lovely atmosphere when walking in - feels nice & costly. The service was great right from the beginning, very friendly waiters...More

Thank JayAndZ
James C, Owner at The Black Horse at Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello JayAndZ Thanks so much for awarding us 5 stars which has boosted the morale of all the staff at The Black Horse. We look forward to your return visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Baked cod full of huge bones. Steak pie filled with chewy, grisly meat. Previous visits have been great, but based on this visit .. very disappointing from a somewhere that has had first class food and service. Incidentally, service was indifferent. Although problems pointed out,...More

1  Thank Miragivens
James C, Owner at The Black Horse at Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Miragivens I apologise that your food on the occasion you visited was not up to our usual standard and I have spoken to our Head Chef regarding your comments who will address this with his team. I am investigating as to who was on...More

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18 June 2017|
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Response from Kerry S | Reviewed this property |
They have dog bowls of water outside but it is more a restaurant than pub so would say it's a no for inside
Bob W
4 February 2016|
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Response from Peter D | Reviewed this property |
It's a very popular place, very busy, i presume they are covering themselves in case they get let down, which i'm sure has happened to most restaurants at some time or other. You have to bear in mind that when they take... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shefford, Shefford SG17 5QL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bedfordshire  >  Shefford
  • Phone Number: +44 1462 811398
The Black Horse is a family owned Inn with character and style set in a small hamlet in Bedfordshire. The Black Horse was built in the 17th Century, and although it has been updated and given a contempory style, it still holds its charm and character. With it's exposed original beams, inglenook fireplace and low ceilings, the bar is warm and welcoming - perfect for relaxing with a drink or a glass of wine. The restaurant consists of two distinct dining areas each offering their own unique style and atmosphere with either garden or courtyard outlooks. Our seasonally changed menu's use only the freshest ingredients sourced locally (where possible). The dishes are expertly prepared and presented by a team of highly qualified chef's.
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