Benefiting from significant investment in 2017, the Black Horse is a stand-out destination dining pub with a reputation for offering classic food at accessible prices. This food-led pub attracts family diners from miles around and also doubles up with a strong tourist market – its location on the always-busy A4 and the large car park makes it easily accessible to all. The Black Horse also enjoys buoyant wet trade, based around ales with quality wines, craft beer and premium spirits.
The Black Horse is a single-bar pub, which has a beautifully presented and sophisticated dining area to one side and a more mixed dining/drinking area adjacent to the bar. The main traditional-feel bar area is warm and welcoming with a large fireplace. The catering kitchen is equipped to deliver a volume food service for up to 50 covers and is conveniently sited to the rear of the pub. Free WiFi is provided throughout. Outside, the pub offers a lovely large beer garden to the rear, plus a smoking solution. There’s also a large car park with space for 25 vehicles.
The domestic accommodation consists of three bedrooms, a kitchen and a lounge. Punch will ensure that this accommodation is in good order.
Located in the village of Cherhill, the Black Horse is set in glorious countryside, with a white horse on a nearby hillside gazing across the open fields and valleys. The pub was once on the main London to Bristol coaching route, and today visitors flock to the area in summer to visit the white horse and the nearby Cherhill monument. The area around Cherhill and the neighbouring town of Calne is hugely popular, with walkers and history buffs visiting the nearby Avebury stone circle, which many consider to be more impressive than Stonehenge itself. Road links are good thanks to the close proximity of the A4, and Swindon is only 15 minutes away, with Bath just a little further.
The pub will appeal to a publican or couple with experience of working in the kitchen themselves and solid marketing skills. As much of the Black Horse’s trade will come from the village itself, you’ll need to be community-minded and keen to get involved in local life.