The Black Horse at Ireland

The Black Horse , Ireland, Near Shefford, United Kingdom, SG17 5QL
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Food Served Daily:
Monday – Thursday 12pm – 2:30 pm & 6:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm – 2:30 pm & 6pm – 9.45pm
Sunday 12 pm – 5pm

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Families and Children Welcome

About The Black Horse at Ireland

Built in the 17th century, The Black Horse is an award-winning, traditional inn set in the small hamlet of Ireland, Bedfordshire. This family owned and run pub/restaurant has built up an excellent reputation for providing outstanding fresh food, cooked by talented chefs, served by friendly and attentive staff in relaxed and comfortable surroundings.

Parties of 8 or more
All parties of 8 or more must be booked direct with The Black Horse either by phoning 01462 811398 or filling out the ‘contact’ form. A deposit will be required.

Celebrations at The Black Horse
If you are celebrating a special occasion please fill in the ‘Special requests’ box on the ‘Completing your booking’ page when making an online reservation, remembering to include;

Occasion – birthday, anniversary etc
Name of person(s) celebrating
Age/no. of years (if applicable)
this will help us to personalise your special meal at The Black Horse.

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Excellent experience and excellent food, we had a really enjoyable evening. Thank you.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Our first venture out to a restaurant since before lockdown for Sunday lunch. Slightly apprehensive but we wanted to support one of our favourite restaurants through what must have been, and remains, a very tough time. We needn't have worried the organisation was excellent and the service, along with the food, first class. Thank you to everyone at The Black Horse for all your commitment and hard work - keep it going and we look forward to the day when you can return to full capacity.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Having eaten here before the food this time was disappointing. Fish batter soggy, chips not crisp, roast beef clearly boil-in-the-bag or similar, Yorkshire pudding tasteless. We may come again for lunch on another day but not on a Sunday. Sorry, but we had expected better and had been looking forward to it.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

It was our first time out post lockdown. We felt very safe, staff very friendly, excellent service. All expected changes explained thoroughly. Food excellent as usual.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Felt very safe and secure in the establishment and very impressed with the arrangements in place. Excellent service and attention to detail as usual, and the food was top class. Many thanks to Darren and the team.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

The only vegetarian main was aubergine. The alternative pasta dish offered was just pasta with some pesto, very bland and nearly £11

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

First time we had booked a meal out since the lockdown began. Excellent service, the food was delicious and we had a really enjoyable and relaxed meal out. The staff were very clear on the new procedures regarding social distancing etc. Would highly recommend!

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

A super meal and procedures to ensure covid safety were excellent. Thank-you.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

This was the first meal out for my husband and I since the lockdown. We went on the first day of opening and it was apparent that everything had been well thought through to ensure our safety. The meal was excellent as always and we would be happy to recommend it to anyone.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

We have been coming to the Black Horse many years, it was good to see this excellent restaurant open again with all COVID19 measures in place.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Fantastic as always.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Fantastic first night out since lockdown. The whole team were obviously all trained on new procedures which were explained, made sense & made simple. We felt very safe whilst enjoying the food and service standard you expect from The Black Horse. Cant recommend enough and our thanks to Darren & the team!

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

We had a lovely evening.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Cannot speak highly enough of all the staff there,food was exceptional,as was the service a perfect evening

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Excellent service , amazing food highly recommend

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Wonderful lunch - so pleased they are open again. Food was superb!

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

The food was lovely. Really enjoyed everything I ate. The service was great! Couldn't recommend enough. I can't wait to go back.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 March 2020

We loved our night at this restaurant. We had dinner and drinks for my wife's birthday. We made to feel special and we were looked after really well. The food was outstanding! Everything we had was fantastic. Fresh, original, tasty and very well presented. We will be going back as soon as this horrible virus stops killing us.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Wonderful food but a very rushed service. We arrived 7.15 for our 7.30 reservation. We were sat in the coffee area and given menus and served a drink. We then gave our order and were asked to take our seat in the restaurant where we would be served with bread and oils. We took our seats and no sooner had we sat down and served our bread and oils we were served our starters without having touched our bread.We proceeded to eat our appetiser and starter at the same time (first time for everything).We then literally had finished our starters when our plates were whisked away and our main meal arrived.So in about half an hour we had three courses ! All this time we were still waiting for some water for the table .After our main meal all the staff seemed to disappear as I was trying to finally get some water and i eventually found someone. We then had a dessert . Our taxi was booked for 10.00 but we changed it to 9 15 as we were done. Lovely food but a poor experiance.Idid leave a tip as the food was top quality. Maybe this all seems petty with all going on around us but you did send me an email for feedback !I did mention this to the head waiter but got no answer or engagement. Thanks Colin Howlett

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Dear Colin My thanks for taking the time to write to us regarding your recent visit to the Black Horse. Please firstly accept my apologies that an element of the experience didn't measure up to your expectations. It so vital for our team to understand the experience from a customer perspective, so thank you so much for your thoughts. Knowing when we get it wrong is just as important as recognising when we get it right. We must always hold ourselves to a high standard, and we will use your feedback to form some discussion points for our team. We are constantly training and refining our team, and hopefully learning from our mistakes and successes every day. We would love to make amends for the not so good parts, so please allow me to invite you back and offer you a glass of champagne or a drink of your choice from Darren and Mathew at a time of your choosing. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly and I would be happy to make the arrangements for you and discuss your experience in more detail. I shall look forward to hearing from you soon. Kind regards Darren Campbell Proprietor

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Visited On Friday, 13 March 2020

As usual we had a wonderful dining experience, perfect in every detail; from the wam welcome, the knowledgeable and pleasant staff, to the fabulous food and service. Many thanks and very best wishes.

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Visited On Monday, 16 March 2020

Good food, friendly & helpful staff.

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Visited On Monday, 16 March 2020

Thankyou for a lovely meal and service. It was a nice surprise getting the birthday card and cake.

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

Sunday roast was good as usual.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Very polite and welcoming and food was fantastic 5 stars

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Visited On Sunday, 15 March 2020

Father’s 80th birthday lunch. Attentive but unobtrusive service. There was a mix up with one of our mains but it was dealt with quickly and with humour. Relaxing, homely atmosphere.

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