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Cheap and Cheerful.
Member Name: Kittenpeach
Advantages: Cheap food and big portions!
Disadvantages: Not the most brilliant or healthy food in the world!
When I lived back in Cheshire with my parents, we would go to the local Hungry Horse pub quite frequently. The local pub is called The White Barn, and it's been there for years, so I've been going since I was fairly young.
The interior is getting a little old now, but because of the low-lighting it's hard to tell anyway! There is a lot of exposed brickwork inside the pub which is painted red, and I think that the pub might actually be a listed building, although I'm not sure. Anyway, this particular pub is fairly pleasant, and I don't have any real complaints.
Hungry Horse is of course home to the big plate specials. I'll warn you now that if you order one of the big plates, you might have a hard time finishing it! I've always been really impressed with the meals on offer, as there is quite a lot of diversity for a chain pub, and the prices are very reasonable too. There is a lot of choice ranging from British favourites, such as the All Day Breakfast and the Jumbo Fish and Chip Supper, to dished such as the Grande Mexican Burrito or Chicken Skewers. I have had the Chicken Skewers in the past, and the dish was huge! I could only manage to eat one of the kebabs, so I think I would opt for something a little smaller next time. Prices of the 'Big Plates' range from as low as £5.99 for a gammon dinner, up to £13.99 for the Ultimate Sizzler. I doubt you would need to order any sides with these mammoth portions, but there is a good selection of side dishes available, such as coleslaw and corn on the cob - these are all very reasonably priced too.
If you don't fancy such a huge meal, there are a lot of lighter options available too, with a good selection of curries and burgers - so I would say that they is something for everyone. One thing that I would like to point out now, is that the vegetarian options do seem a little limited, so that might be something to consider before you dine there. There is a menu available to peruse on the Hungry Horse website, so it would definitely be worth having a look through that.
The pub has a variety of offers on throughout the week. The offers include:
- 2 meals for £8.49 Monday to Friday
- Kid's eat for £1.00 on Tuesday
- Curry and a pint £4.99 on Wednesday
- 2 roast's for £10.00 on Sunday
So there really are some fantastic deals on offer at Hungry Horse!
The quality of the food at Hungry Horse probably isn't the best in the world to be honest. It's pretty basic, so if you are looking for 'gastro pub' meals, then you won't find them here. I think the meals are pretty tasty though, and they fill you up with no problems. I've never had any problems with my orders here - I've never had to send a meal back due to it being cold etc, so I think the Chef's seem to be fairly diligent.
For the price you pay, I think the quality is generally very decent - so I would recommend visiting one of these pubs if you can.
I'd just briefly like to mention the dessert's, which are amazing! I have had the Millionaire's Big Candymania on a number of occasions and have never been disappointed. It's basically a massive ice cream sundae, which includes short bread, plenty of scoops of ice cream, toffee sauce, Twix bars, and cream. I would recommend sharing it though! For £4.99, it's a real bargain.
The White Barn also has a nice little beer garden out the back, which is great for the Summer months. In addition to the dining area, they also have a separate bar area, with big screen TV's for watching sport etc. I think you might be able to get snacks in this area, rather than full meals, but I haven't really spent much time in there.
If you would like to pay The White Barn a visit, then it is situated on Forest Road, just across from Cuddington station in Cheshire.
The opening hours are 9am - 10pm Monday to Friday. 9am - 10.30pm Saturday. 10am - 10pm Sunday.
Summary: It's worth a visit.