The Exmoor White Horse Inn
Nestled in the very heart of Exmoor National Park, just by the bridge across the river Exe, is the enchanting White Horse Inn. The venue looks directly out across the river and for those hoping to enjoy the view still further, the delightful garden is perched right on the bank.
We visited for lunch and were delighted to discover an extensive menu full of delicious, locally sourced dishes, with something for even the most discerning palate. We were greeted by Vincent, a charming and ever-helpful front-of-house manager who ensured that our visit was a success. The venue boasts a malt bar with over 200 single malt whiskies and a choice of a dozen or more gins. On Vincent’s recommendation I enjoyed a local Courtney’s Exe gin and tonic before we moved on to our meal.
We were spoilt for choice but I opted to start with deliciously rich baked Camembert studded with cranberries. My wife chose equally well with a delightful confection of smoked salmon, prawn and samphire. For mains, I couldn’t resist the Exmoor venison tenderloin cooked to perfection and served with a tasty selection of roasted vegetables. My wife chose the rainbow trout, which was delectably fresh and perfectly seasoned to highlight the delicate flavours. The Exmoor White Horse Inn boasts a good selection of wine, with many vintages available by the glass. To accompany my meal I ordered a large glass of La Ronde, a medium-bodied French red that was very easy to drink. We finished our meal in fine style with an irresistible sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb ice cream and a beautifully light crème brûlée.
Family-owned and operated for several generations, this attractive venue is now in the capable hands of Peter and Linda Hendrie. As well as offering an excellent meal, those wishing to explore the area can stay in one of the beautifully decorated guest bedrooms, some of which are even dog-friendly. The team has excellent connections in the area, and can arrange a wealth of outdoor pursuits for guests, from an Exmoor Safari to mountain biking, riding, fishing and clay pigeon shooting.