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5.5 /6 Wonderful 261 Reviews

The Horse Shepshed

Shepshed European, British ££££ +100
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About The Horse Shepshed

Want a real British pub experience? Then you want to eat at the Horse Shepshed. Housed in a building of local stone on Ashby Road, this restaurant dishes up hearty, homely food of fine-dining quality in a totally casual atmosphere. One of the oldest public houses around Loughborough, the Horse Shepshed exudes rustic charm with its soft oak beams and wood-burning fireplace. As a rule, the passionate chefs here source ingredients from within a 5-mile radius of Shepshed, unless this charming rural landscape doesn’t provide them - for example plump scallops, pan-seared and served with black pudding bon bons and white truffle oil. Each beautifully-presented dish lets the primary ingredients do the talking, adorned with delicious housemade condiments. Yet some intriguing flavour combinations help elevate the Horse well above standard pub grub, like the pear and cinnamon-infused red cabbage and orange juice reduction that bring a gorgeous seared duck breast to life.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:30 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:30, 17:30 - 21:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 16:30
The Horse Shepshed, 196 Ashby Road West, Shepshed, LE12 9EF Loughborough


261 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 261 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Service: extraordinary
Quality/Price: great value
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1 review so far 6
18.09.2017 08:50

The food was amazing, there is a great ambience, and the staff were polite and attentive. I would highly recommend The Horse, and will be booking again.

1 review so far 6
14.09.2017 19:53

A lovely Sunday lunch with family. Food was excellent and hot dishes were served piping hot. Worth booking as it was busy. Will definitely visit again.

2 reviews so far 6
10.09.2017 17:32

Superb Sunday lunch. Would recommend without doubt. Always enjoy the Horse and never had a bad meal. Everything from service to food, first class as always. Will be back soon.

5 reviews so far 6
10.09.2017 17:18

The Horse in Shepshed is quickly turning into our go-to destination for Sunday Lunch! Consistently delicious and always great quality service.

2 reviews so far 6
15.09.2016 23:29

Once upon a time The Horse was a bit of a tired old place on the edge of Shepshed until a couple of enterprising young go-getters took over and turned it into a house of delightful gastronomy. It became a regular lunchtime treat for staffers at the nearby university for special occasions and entertaining visitors. Fortunately or unfortunately it became so popular the chances of getting a table were decreasing to the point of depressing, so it has been some time since I have been for a lunchtime escape. It was heart-warming to see that the physical renovations and expansion have been accompanied by the online booking system which will make it a regular venue again and a useful escape from the belligerent undergrads in the coming months. The menu, I am grateful to report is as excellent as it ever was. Do not expect Pie and mash; go for a very special treat worthy of any of the gilded restaurants of Nottingham or Leicester. The Horse is a rare gem.

2 reviews so far 6
04.09.2016 16:53

Without question the best Sunday lunch that me and my family have had in a very long time, and we have tried many pubs in the Leicestershire area over the past 3 years. The pub was welcoming and busy, the surroundings were cosy with lovely fresh decor. The staff all seemed happy to work there and were very polite and when the food came it was unreal for the price,We all had the roasts and I had the trio of meats, totally superb, with enough fresh veg to go around our group. as it was my sons birthday we treated ourselves to a dessert, again, superb. I will try this pub again on an evening in the week to see if it still at the same standard,as i am sure it will be. i would like to thank everyone involved in the running of this pub, from the kitchen staff to the waitresses, a big congratulations, i just wish all pubs were up to this standard. Brian

2 reviews so far 6
15.02.2017 20:46

The Horse has been a great venue since the current management and staff took control a few years ago. It's contours evolution means it is now a top lunch option; catering for the fast diner as well as those of us wanting a full size main course. Very welcome is the appearance of new items on the menu and even with irregular gaps between visits the quality of prep and presentation would be typical of a top hotel restaurant or elite bistro. I've had lesser from both and paid more for the privilege. It's become my first choice for welcoming visitors because the atmosphere is as warm as a local pub (which it is) and run by staff as good as any silver service I've experienced. Confidently endorsed by this infrequent but convinced customer.

1 review so far 6
19.07.2017 10:08

I booked for a party of 9, ranging from teenagers to an octogenarian and we had an absolutely perfect evening. Friendly, efficient and helpful service - nothing was too much trouble. Absolutely fabulous food. Great surroundings. Four of us had the scallops/king prawn starter, and it was to die for! The nicest scallops we'd ever had. We had several different pizzas - all really nice and a variety of other dishes. I had the chicken dish, and it was amazing. Really nicely presented and lots of fabulous flavours. This wasn't "pub grub" - it was fine dining at its very best, but at extremely reasonable prices. This is fast becoming THE place to go - so make sure you book first!

1 review so far 5
16.01.2017 11:36

It's been some time since I last had a meal at the Horse and the improvements are impressive. Space has been increased enormously and the decor is certainly different from anything else you'll find locally. The robust tables give a rustic appeal and wide variety of chairs and seats don't detract from the ambience but gives a home-like appeal. The (Sunday) lunch menu is limited but with sufficient variety to find something you like. Portion sizes are deceptive. I couldn't finish the main course and I weigh over 16 stone. I recommend the sticky toffee pudding ice cream, but don't go if you are on a diet. Drinks are very reasonably priced and the wines we tried were excellent value so think about a nominated driver or taxi. You'll need to book (try using Quandoo) as it is becoming even more popular.

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 08:11

We visited on Mothering Sunday and had a fantastic meal. Was pleasantly surprised to find wasn't rammed and got the impression hadn't over booked which meant never felt rushed. Staff were very helpful with us having two young children with us and let them have off pizza menu then pudding off main menu. Also I think great that they didn't chase the money and kept prices same as every other week as many other places put prices up for special events but at £16 for 2 courses or £20 for 3 really is fantastic value for top quality food, service and setting. Highly recommend!!!

2 reviews so far 4
30.04.2016 10:41

The pub bistro is well laid out and the menu is very good. The food was excellent however the service was so slow I doubt we will return. There appeared to be one person behind the bar and two girls serving one of whom was very good and the other was not. We sat down at 2015 as booked and we had our starter at 2110hrs. I appreciate the kitchen can only do so much but really they should not take so many bookings (every table was full) if the kitchen becomes overwhelmed. Coffee is from a machine so whilst two of us drank our coffee the other two waited for theirs as the machine can only do one at a time. Overall the food is very good and very good value but it all takes too long to deliver. A pity

1 review so far 6
29.07.2017 07:21

We entered through a busy thriving bar area and were shown to our seats in the quieter, more spacious restaurant area. The service was prompt and friendly, the food was fantastic! My only slight niggle is that my wife was seated in a doorway marked "Fire Door, keep closed", and the fire escape door across the room was also blocked by a table. In the unlikely event of a fire, precious seconds could be lost in moving these tables and chairs out of the way. Nevertheless, we will certainly be going again.

1 review so far 6
18.06.2016 00:01

A great menu for all tastes, matched by an excellent high standard of service. The food was served piping hot, cooked to perfection and very tasty. The menu had a variety of dishes, all of which sounded mouth watering, some unique combinations gave the restaurant its identity. If you are looking for something different or even 'Sunday' high on the taste scale the the The Horse at Shepshed is the place to head to.

1 review so far 6
01.05.2017 18:39

Lovely atmospheric place with friendly knowledgable staff. Amazing menu with lots of choice and amazing food! My rib eye steak was the best I've had in a long time. My husband had a pizza which was fantastic! No real kids menu but could do a smaller portion of most things on the menu! Kids burger was huge & my nephew said it was the best ever!! Definitely worth a visit.

2 reviews so far 2
14.06.2016 09:18

What a pity we have usually had a wonderful time at the Horse. I had forgotten a friend had said that the service was really slow the last time she went and it was this time. We had to ask for someone to come and take our order. The tart for the first course was really overcooked and burnt around the edges so it didn't taste particularly of anything although to be fair hubby's starter was lovely - so glad we decided to chare. The chips were the most awful things I have ever seen (other than left overs from the night before) grey, cold and dreadful. Both of our cherry tomatoes were so overcooked that the vine fell to bits trying to get what was left of them off the stalk. However, the steaks were both good and cooked to perfection. It was one of those really rare occasions were I didn't leave a tip! We didn't feel welcome at all but this was not what our normal experience of this place has been in the past - normally the welcome is great and the food great. Let hope its a blip but it didn't help that it was for hubby's birthday.

1 review so far 5
24.11.2016 13:32

I had Sunday lunch at The Horse based on other good reviews and found it to be a good pub with a good atmosphere. I was particularly impressed with the food. The roast beef was top class and everything else was great too. I had a pint of Abbott ale to wash it down which was also very good. I would definitely recommend this place for a great Sunday lunch but can't comment about it any other time of day.

3 reviews so far 5
16.06.2016 09:12

Had a fabulous time. Would highly recommend. Food was exceptional. One member of our party was disappointed with sauce on lamb shank but everything else was A1. Great steaks. The only reason I haven't give a score of 6 is the speed of service. We had an early booking which helped but as the evening progressed and restaurant got busier the poor waitress was struggling. She did a great job but needed help. We will return though!

2 reviews so far 6
25.04.2017 07:35

Second visit to The Horse …On entering the “The Horse” we found it to be very noisy and difficult to find our way through to the restaurant. On entering the restaurant we found it to be virtually noiseless and very well set out, the staff were very helpful and the food was excellent. The Horse is a very well worth a visit. Harold Palmer

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08.03.2017 08:41

Such a pleasant atmosphere as soon as you enter. Dined early evening at our own pace rather than at the restaurant's as is the case so often elsewhere. Both courses were absolutely excellent - well cooked and presented. The staff were marvellously attentive and the whole experience was thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying. Many thanks to all at The Horse

1 review so far 6
07.08.2017 09:03

A group of us went for lunch on Friday and we all loved it. The Horse is a great place, the menu is fantastic with lots of options and staff are friendly. Food was fantastic and we weren't kept waiting which, when with work colleagues, is always good. We all really enjoyed and will definitely come again. Thank you