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PubSpy reviews The Black Horse, Locksbottom
THAT PubSpy was briefly hospitalised a couple of months back will split opinion.
Arguably, it comes with the territory (fine now, thanks for asking).
On my release, I headed straight to the nearest curry house for the restorative powers of spice.
But had I gone a hundred yards further down to The Black Horse, I could have treated myself to an anaesthetising ale and a hearty dinner. Perhaps my healing time would have been slashed, and my wallet would have escaped relatively unscathed too.
Plus, it would have been less awkward taking a seat in the Black Horse wearing battered cycling gear, a sling and numerous cuts and bruises.
Last week, I put that omission right.
From the outside, The Black Horse is clean and cottage-like. It's giant two meals for £8 bills and proximity to Lidl make it a scrimper's dream.
Inside, The Black Horse is giant, clean and sterile - ideal for those newly discharged from the PRU.
It is a little chainy, but not unpleasant.
Plenty of exposed wood and open fires give the boozer sufficient character, while little touches like posh vinegar on the table, board games and a family dining area elevate it.
Across the room sat a family, an older couple were the other side of the bar and a gaggle of slightly-older-than-middle-aged folk were in a corner playing cards with a cackle and cockney cheek that felt a little like a throwback to simpler times.
The selection at the bar is a treat. I counted five mysterious and tempting ales on top of the usual lagers and ciders and Thatcher's Heritage on tap.
The Black Horse is cheap too - the pints average out at around £3.29, but the food is where it really scores price points.
Two meals for eight quid? Or two courses for £8.50? Incredible.
The Black Horse, Crofton Road, Locksbottom.
How it rated:
Decor *** (Spacious and clean but a bit chainy)
Drinks ***** (Strong range)
Price ***** (Two meals for £8)
Staff *** (Did their job well enough)
Atmosphere *** (Plucky cardsters the highlight)
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