After a lovely family walk along the Lower Windrush Mosaic Trail, my family were in need of food and refreshment and being January it was really not picnic weather. My eldest son is 3.5 years and towards the end of the walk, looked up at me with his large blue eyes and asked when we could go to the pub. A pub lunch is one of our occasional family luxuries on a day out.
The Black Horse is a traditional, friendly pub in the village of Standlake
I hadn't researched what was about in advance but there was a pleasant looking country pub close to where we had parked at the start of the walk. From the outside, it's a traditional Oxfordshire pub with ample parking, a beer garden and even a large sandpit.
Inside the traditional feeling continues with open fires and comforting surrounds. The feeling of warmth extended immediately to the welcome we received. Tired, damp and a little muddy, we were quickly found a table and a highchair for my youngest son. The Black Horse has a family room. Rather than feeling that we were being tucked away because we had kids, the room was just as comfortable and with books and games we had something to keep the kids occupied so my husband and I could scan the extensive menu.
There's a great array of choices from a light sandwich to great British classics. I decided to go for a simple North Atlantic prawn sandwich, my husband chose the ham, eggs and chips and then my kids shared breaded chicken goujons made from real chicken. After our morning walk, we had a great appetite and the portions were just right and the food tasted great. I had also spotted their seafood menu which some tempting choices so I think we'll have to be back again to work our way through the menu.
The Black Horse takes care in the ingredients they use with a focus on British or local suppliers. Their seafood is sourced from Flying Fish Seafoods and includes line caught trout from the Farmoor Oxfordshire reserve. Their butcher is local too, Patrick Strainge from Bampton who has won awards for his handmade sausages.