The White Horse 1

The Broadgate Exchange, 2 Exchange Square , London, EC2M 2QA

SquareMeal Review of The White Horse

Geronimo Inns’ first excursion into the Square Mile occupies what was the Broadgate Exchange on Bishopsgate, and has been designed in the group’s now-familiar brand of ‘country kitchen meets industrial chic’. The menu touts ‘British pub grub for City gents’, which means anything from fish-finger sandwiches or plates of smoked salmon with pickled beetroot and horseradish crème fraîche to slow-roast pulled pork with chips and apple sauce, cheeseburgers, warm duck breast salad and flatiron steaks – not forgetting crumpets for tea and ‘full City’ fry-ups for breakfast. Drinkers can pick from a quartet of real ales or a list of 40 wines selected by Geronimo’s own MW. Several areas are partitioned off for private bashes, and there’s a secluded alfresco terrace protected from the City hubbub by bamboo and rosemary hedges.

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7.5

Food & Drink: 7.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 7.5

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

garry b. platinum reviewer 24 September 2015

We chose the restaurant for a pre rugby dinner/drink and this worked out well. The place was very busy but there were enough staff to ensure prompt attention. The food menu was limited to bar snacks but these were good, and so we were happy.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Luncheon Vulture platinum reviewer 01 April 2011

“You cannot be serious” I muttered to my friend who had suggested this as a lunch venue, remembering the one and only time I had been in this previously grotty, soul-less pub. “No, no, it's really changed” she enthused shoving me through the doors before I had chance to turn and bolt in the opposite direction. How right she was; walking in I experienced that ‘messiah’ moment, normally reserved for participants in home makeover shows. A wow factor indeed. Fortunately we had booked as it was pretty busy relatively early on in the lunchtime period. We were seated immediately by very friendly staff – indeed all the waiting staff were efficient, friendly and helpful. My friend, from a previous visit, recommended main courses only given portion sizes and she was not wrong. Her burger was huge and my warm chicken salad was certainly an ample lunch dish. Both were very well executed and presented – particular mention has to be made of the chicken which was the tastiest and succulent piece of meat I have eaten in a long, long time. Another huge plus point is that most of the wines are offered by the glass – as City lunches aren't what they used to be a glass is sometimes all we have time for and it was refreshing to be offered something other than the standard Pinot, Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The only downside to our meal was the inconsiderate large party behind us who managed to squeeze about 14 people onto a table designed for 8! Their whooping and yelling at every new arrival to their party was an unwelcome distraction but given the amount of alcohol they were shipping in, it was clear that they had no thought for any other diners in the vicinity. A shame but more a comment on the behaviour of some people these days rather than a direct fault of the pub itself, although perhaps they could have done something to deter the crowd that at times gathered around the table. That said, the food and staff are such that this will be added to local lunch venues and recommended accordingly.

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