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.
Great food and friendly staff! Kids menu was also nice in that they could have smaller versions of the normal menu if they wanted to.
The atmosphere in the pub was great and felt like a pubs used to be. Our table was ready when we arrived and both the food and the service was excellent. Highly recommend
Lovely meal, our third visit- second on steak night. Good menu and great beer for those who like ale. Best to book as busy most nights - which says it all
Excellent food and atmosphere. Really enjoyable evening. The restaurant and the bar were really busy. The staff were attentive and friendly.Would definitely visit again and would recommend it for others.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!!!