The White Horse – Welton Village – Northamptonshire
Recent research has shown that over 30 pubs a week are calling time on last orders with the closures worst in the rural areas of Britain. Because of the continuing coronvirus lock down our pubs are going to need our support more than ever. There are many other reasons why our village pubs continue to close so it is very encouraging when you come across a pub which is thriving within its local community during this difficult climate.
The White Horse can be found in the beautiful village of Welton which is located amongst the gently rolling limestone hills which characterise this part of the Northamptonshire Uplands. The village takes its name from the Old English meaning Well or spring and Ton the Saxon word for a village.
All roads lead to Welton
Welton village is located 2.6 miles (4.2 km) north of the nearest town Daventry. It is 13 miles (21 km) west-north west of Northampton, 9 miles (14 km) south east of Rugby and 78 miles (126 km) north-west of London. The village is 1 mile (1.6 km) off the A361 that runs between Daventry and Crick where the M1 junction 18 gives access to the national motorway network north and south. The Grand Union canal passes very close to the south side of the village and the The White Horse receives many visitors who have moored down on the canal.
The White Horse is located in the heart of the village nestled next to the 14th century Northamptonshire Iron stone parish church of St Martin`s. It is a friendly village pub with many colourful characters and attentive staff.
The Heart of the Community
Some years ago, like many village pubs The White Horse was threatened with closure until the present landlady Margaret Elcock stepped in to save the pub for the village and community.
One of the many community events at the pub
Having worked in the pub trade for over thirty years and having previously once worked at the White Horse Margaret decided to take out the lease on the pub and has transformed its fortunes.
As well as building up a loyal and regular clientele Margaret has also opened up the large spacious newly refurbished beer Garden and outdoor patio areas for musical performances which have proven to be very popular over the years. Margaret is ably supported by her partner Simon who has now been at the pub for many years and is a regular face behind the bar. The popular and experienced bar staff all have a smile and kind words for both regulars and new visitors alike.
On entering the pub from the front entrance there are two bars to choose from. Go left and you will be in a small bar area which in the winter months has a much welcome coal burner.
A couple of steps to the rear takes you down to a small separate Northamptonshire Skittles and darts area. The pub has successful ladies and men`s skittles teams competing in local leagues. Every other Sunday evening there is also a very popular quiz which takes place throughout the pub.
Go right from the entrance door and you pass through a small bar area which is very popular with locals before you enter a much larger lounge bar which has an archway leading to a restaurant dining area which can cater for up to thirty diners.
The restaurant has original floor flag stones and authentic wooden beams providing a warm comfortable setting to sit and enjoy a meal.
During the recent lock down Margaret & Simon and their team have been working very hard on renovations across the pub. Locals & new visitors to the pub are looking forward to seeing the improvements for themselves when lock down is eased sometime in July 2020.
There is a wide variety of food available to suit any taste. Light bar snacks are available at lunchtime and evening menus are served between Wednesday and Saturday. There is also the popular traditional roast on Sunday. The restaurant can also be booked for private events such as birthday parties, weddings and other celebrations.
The White Horse serves a range of very good quality real ales. Visitors can choose from at least four good quality beers, several lagers and the usual range of spirits as well as an excellent collection of locally produced award winning ciders.
St Martin`s Parish Church
Once the pub reopens after lock down is eased the pub will continue to offer a wide choice of beers. The pub also encourages locals & visitors to make suggestions for new ales to be introduced.
If you are visiting the area around Daventry why not drop in to the village and visit the village pub. I would fully recommend a visit to The White Horse for a meal and or a drink once the pub reopens, you will not be disappointed!
The White Horse – High Street, Welton, Northamptonshire, NN11 2JP, United Kingdom
Tel: 01327 702820
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