Sometimes you just want to drift away with something familiar – like an old pair of slippers. I think the same thing can be said for dining out.
It’s great to be adventurous once in a while, but every now and then, you need a good dose of something comfortable and timeless.
Having stood as the village pub in Blyton for over 250 years, pubs don’t come much more familiar and traditional than the Black Horse.
With old wood furnishings, nick-nacks and paintings of horses, this pub breathes an air of authentic rural British life in that charming way that you can only find in Lincolnshire.
But this horse also has great offers to boot. They offey a mouth-watering array of curries on their Tuesday curry nights, they have an impressive menu deal with two courses for £4.95 from Tuesday to Saturday and on a Saturday night you get a free bottle of wine with four mains over £4.95.
The Black Horse have many more offers (such as their staggering steak nights on Thursdays) but to tell you about them all would take an eternity.
“Wow, there’s a lot on this menu,” said someone in one corner of room, before “Gosh, that’s a plate full,” came from another.
I hadn’t even looked at the vastly extensive menu yet and I was already expecting great things.
Some nearby diners were tucking into the Chinese curry and steak and onion pie in a short crust pastry served with creamed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and gravy. I couldn’t take my eyes off their tasty dishes, but then I realised it was rude to stare and salivate and sat waiting in anticipation for my surf and turf.
Luckily for my growling belly, I wasn’t waiting for long, and my main course was brought out swiftly and with a smile.
All of the meat on the menu is fresh and produced locally – and you can really taste the quality.
My 10 oz rump steak was thick, tender, juicy and cooked to perfection, which perfectly complimented the light and crispy scampi made just as God intended.
All of that served with salad and piping-hot chunky chips added up to some good pub grub that really hits the spot.
It may be familiar and traditional, but it’s far from what you’d call ‘ordinary’ as the Black Horse brings a taste of extraordinary food, choice and value that you might not expect.
Make no mistake, this village pub is a real dark horse.
By Andrew Trendell
Star rating HHHH