The Exmoor White Horse Inn, Exford, Somerset
You can’t possibly miss The Exmoor White Horse Inn when you’re pootling about in Exford; this 16th century creeper clad village pub is right by the bridge over the River Exe in this usually sleepy village at the heart of Exmoor National Park; if you’re here in the summer it might not be quite so somnolent because this neck of the woods is somewhere everyone wants to see when they’re out and about exploring, and understandably so – it’s just so pretty.
Inside it’s just what you’d expect from an Exmoor village inn; nice and traditional and yes, there are antlers on the walls and old black and white photos of people at their country pursuits, but it’s part of the history and heritage of Exmoor, so even if you don’t agree with it, try not to let it bother you.
The beer is good, and malt whiskey lovers take note – they have over 200 different types here. The food is good too; home cooked using delights from local suppliers as far as possible, so things raised, grown or produced within a few miles of Exford. Eat in the bar and choose from an all day menu of pub favourites, or in the restaurant where dishes to tempt you include the likes of Rosemary and garlic roasted duck breast, Slow roasted belly of pork, Exmoor venison tenderloin, Poachers pie, and Cajun spiced sea bass.
If you’ve got your walking boots with you, there are several circular walks from the Exmoor White Horse Inn, ranging from 4 to 17 miles. Another option is to book an Exmoor Wildlife Safari which leaves from the pub and takes you up onto the moors off the beaten trail with a knowledgable guide. Go stretch your legs, get your fill of fresh air, take in the spectacular scenery, then head back for a bite to eat. In the winter warm your cockles by the log fires, in the summer, sit out in the garden with a cream tea with the background music of the river merrily burbling along. What a pleasure.
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T: 01643 831229 All information correct at the time of writing