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The Black Horse at Ireland

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Shefford, Shefford SG17 5QL, England
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have attended on a few occasions, for special occasions like anniversaries and we have always had a lovely meal with great staff interaction. They give good recommendations and seem very knowledgeable. The food is pricey but it is worth it.

Thank Kat K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Went for Sunday lunch. Beautifully cooked and the deserts were as good! The restaurant looked brilliant - the Christmas decorations were fab. Tom, our waiter, was so friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back!

Thank LMB1950
Sermaise, France
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is nice. The waiters and waitresses are polite but unforunately on our last visit two of them were arguing in public at the bar as we left which didn't give a good impression of the restaurant. The food is good with a good selection - the wings were especially good and very filling to share for 2/3 people.

Thank PaulAnn101
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have been a few times. Each time as good as the last. Great food, great atmosphere, attentive staff.

Thank Melissa B
Bedford, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This light airy charming pub didn't disappoint. We were served by one of the managers. Charming, efficient and courteous. He offered my elderly mother ( 92) a child's portion as he said it was what his mother would order. It was plenty for her. My friend and I had steak. I chose a ribeye which I have to say was... More 

Thank Jilly756
Bedford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked a table for my parents wedding anniversary as well as their birthday's and couldn't have picked a better place to celebrate. Before we even entered the restaurant we were met with excellent service. The car parking attendant was incredibly friendly and more than just an attendant! I even nipped back out to the car to collect a surprise... More 

Thank Rosanna H
James C, Owner at The Black Horse at Ireland, responded to this review

Hello Rosanna H What a great review which is much appreciated by all the team at The Black Horse. I was pleased that your parents enjoyed their wedding anniversary and that we contributed in making the occasion special for them. We hope to welcome you back in the not too distant future. With my thanks More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After my wife had an upsetting morning we both decided to go for a late lunch. We were enroute to a nearby village when we passed The Black Horse. Having heard good reviews we both thought "why not". Upon entering o thought I might be inappropriately dressed in my clean work trousers, trainers and rugby top. (not how I would... More 

Thank Michael D
James C, Owner at The Black Horse at Ireland, responded to this review

Hello Michael D The staff and I were delighted to read your excellent review - many thanks. We do not have any special dress code and as long as you are presentable we will serve all customers. We hope to see you again to enjoy an evening meal. More 

Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly, I would like to state that comments and issues were highlighted at the time and also fully explained on the feed back form. However there was no follow up and I'm unsure they reached the correct person. (As we were leaving all members of staff gathered behind the bar to wish us 'goodbye', almost mockingly but eager to take... More 

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Mathew W, Manager at The Black Horse at Ireland, responded to this review

athew W, Manager at The Black Horse at Ireland, responded to this review Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. Whilst your low opinion of The Black Horse and its staff is not one that we relish (and thankfully extremely rare!), we do take complaints of this nature seriously and if I may, I would like to... More 

Bedford, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have wanted to have a meal at The Black Horse for a few years as we had read some good reviews. We treated some friends tonight as it was his birthday. The staff were not very friendly at all some very miserable. We felt like they were clearing the table almost before we had finished. They were also taking... More 

Thank 97finchy
James C, Owner at The Black Horse at Ireland, responded to this review

Hello 97 Finchy I was also very disappointed to read your review and that you did not have a good experience, especially when it was your friend’s birthday. It is certainly not acceptable and I will be speaking strongly to the staff who were on duty on the day you visited. Please accept my sincere apologies for the poor treatment... More 

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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in the off chance and hadn't booked. The wait for a table was an hour due to a large booking but we were happy to sit at the bar and have a couple of drinks. After our first drink we waited for the bar man to notice our glasses were empty. He didn't so my partner asked for... More 

Thank Tracey O
James C, Owner at The Black Horse at Ireland, responded to this review

Hello Tracy O Oh dear! I do not know what was going on this week at The Black Horse but I will be speaking with the staff about their attitude and lack of customer care skills. It is certainly not the norm at The Black Horse for our customers to receive such service and it is not acceptable. The only... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$19 - US$38
British, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shefford, Shefford SG17 5QL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Bedfordshire  >  Shefford
The Black Horse is a family owned Inn with character and style set in a small hamlet in Bedfordshire. The Black Horse was built in the 17th Century, and although it has been updated and given a contempory style, it still holds its charm and character. With it's exposed original beams, inglenook fireplace and low ceilings, the bar is warm and welcoming - perfect for relaxing with a drink or a glass of wine. The restaurant consists of two distinct dining areas each offering their own unique style and atmosphere with either garden or courtyard outlooks. Our seasonally changed menu's use only the freshest ingredients sourced locally (where possible). The dishes are expertly prepared and presented by a team of highly qualified chef's.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?