My partner’s parents visited us from Italy for a few days and after a long walk around a nearly deserted Hyde Park and Oxford Street, we were naturally becoming quite peckish. Going to a Pub in Italy isn’t a common thing, so the folks jumped at the chance to grab pub lunch, a staple of British cuisine. Passing through Carnaby Street, we came across The White Horse (part of the Nicholson’s Pub chain).
Food - 7.5/10
Ambiance - 8/10
Service - 8.5/10
Value for Money - 7/10
Located just around the corner from Carnaby Steet, you can get your taste-buds on an award-winning Pie! And after my visit, I can definitely say that the title was rightly deserved!
Price range: ££
Telephone: 020 7494 9748
Address: 16 Newburgh St, Soho, London W1F 7RY
Nearest Station: Oxford Circus
As like many places of food and drink nowadays, before entering one person from each household must leave a name and number and all guests a required to sanitise their hands. The pub itself was fairly spacious and we managed to grab a nice spot, next to a window at the back.
One of the first things I noticed, was that the menu was quick to boast about their award-winning Steak and Nicholson’s Pale Ale Pie which was awarded ‘gold at the British Pie Awards. I had a quick google to learn more about the award and it turns out it started out in 2009 to celebrate the quintessential British cuisine! I went on to the list of winners to try and find out when Nicholson’s Pie won the Gold honour, but I had no luck, there were several Pale Ale Pies on the entry list but the only reference I could find to Nicholsons was in 2013, for a Venison Pie which also won Gold – it is hard to tell if this is the pie it was referring too. Let us know in the comment section if you have better luck finding it!
Moving on, I, of course, went for the Steak and Nicholson’s Pale Ale Pie (was there really any other choice). The Pie is served with a side of creamy mash and steamed greens (the menu also said a side of carrots which never came as it wasn’t available – sad face).
The first thing I did was to cut into the deliciously-looking encased pie to let it cool down, drizzling the whole pot of gravy around the potatoes and veggies and tucked in shortly after. I am not sure if it was because I hadn’t actually had a pie in quite a while, but boy was the pie was so good! I remember at that moment thinking, “Ok, now I can see why this was awarded gold”. The pastry crust had a perfect consistency of a slightly soggy inside, but reinforced with a hard (but not too hard) crust offering the perfect bite in texture and in flavour!. The contents inside were cooked really well and offered a really good and strong taste. The meat, in particular, was very tender and struck the right balance in quantity, as in there wasn’t too much, so the meat was overpowering, but not too little that it may as well be a veggie dish, it was just right (Goldilocks would approve).
The mash and steamed greens were good compliments to the dish, but I do feel the greens were slightly overcooked and were more on the mushy side than I would have personally liked.
The pub is spacious, which is particularly good news due to the new COVID-19 measures and they also offer an outside space where you can and eat and/or drink too. The atmosphere felt cosy thanks to the woody-esque decor, cute mid-20th century posters about the London Underground and the unused fireplaces. A definite great place to wine, dine and relax on what would normally be a busy central London street.