White Horse

Hampshire - Priors Dean

A historic pub interior of regional importance

Listed Status: Not listed

Monkey Lane
Priors Dean
GU32 1DA

Tel: (01420) 588387

Email: info@pubwithnoname.co.uk

Website https://www.whitehorsepetersfield.co.uk

Real Ale: Yes

Real Cider: Yes

Lunchtime Meals: Yes

Evening Meals: Yes

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The White Horse is an example of what has been termed 'publican's rustic', a popular form of pub furnishing that first appeared between the wars and uses rough, chunky woodwork; half-timbered effects, rough plasterwork and exposed brick and stone, also consciously rough-hewn furniture - the idea was to create a sense of rural charm and the good old days of yore. This deliberate exercise in nostalgia is enhanced by the dark, discoloured surfaces that look as though they ought to be the subject to a preservation order!

The pub originally consisted of the left hand bar which is barely altered in years with a large stone fireplace with log fire and old furniture including a rickety settle. The bar counter itself does look at least 70 years old with a mighty split log frontage added in 1962/3. On the wall there is a copper-framed picture with a title in raised lettering entitled “Preparing For A Heavy Stage” showing the supposedly glorious days of coaching. Note the brick inglenook fireplace behind the servery indicating this area was converted from other uses, possibly in the inter-war period. The bar back fitting looks like it is modern rather than old work and there is a small separate low fitting added in recent times.

The White Horse is an example of what has been termed 'publican's rustic', a popular form of pub furnishing that first appeared between the wars and uses rough, chunky woodwork; half-timbered effects, rough plasterwork and exposed brick and stone, also consciously rough-hewn furniture - the idea was to create a sense of rural charm and the good old days of yore. This deliberate exercise in nostalgia is enhanced by the dark, discoloured surfaces that look as though they ought to be the subject to a preservation order!

The pub originally consisted of the left hand bar which is barely altered in years with a large stone fireplace with log fire and old furniture including a rickety settle. The bar counter itself does look at least 70 years old with a mighty split log frontage added in 1962/3. On the wall there is a copper-framed picture with a title in raised lettering entitled “Preparing For A Heavy Stage” showing the supposedly glorious days of coaching. Note the brick inglenook fireplace behind the servery indicating this area was converted from other uses, possibly in the inter-war period. The bar back fitting looks like it is modern rather than old work and there is a small separate low fitting added in recent times.

The right hand quarry tiled floor bar looks like it has been there for many years but prior to 1962 it was a shed (the lower area) and a small (higher) area that linked them. The counter with its split log frontage and copper top was added in 1962/3; the brick fireplace looks like 1930s work; some furniture is of great age such as a bench dated 1769; and there are more of the copper-framed pictures - “Behind Time”, “Summer Incident” and “A Fresh Team”.

The pub has been greatly expanded since taken over by Gales Brewery in the 1990s with a dining room in an extension at the rear which has a brick fireplace with log fire.

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