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The Black Horse at Ireland

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$$ - $$$
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Shefford, Shefford SG17 5QL, England
12:00 - 18:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love this place. Tucked away in the local countryside is this absolute gem. Beautiful decor and ambience inside. Attentive service. Excellent food and wine. It has to be said the potted prawns did not give me the normal Wow - but their accompanying lemon curd, steak for main and blackberry creme brûlée certainly did! In fact, the creme brûlée... More 

Thank Lyon23
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

First time at Black Horse and we have just realised what we have been missing. Went for family birthday lunch. Nice touches like birthday card on the table. Great choice from the menu,including gluten free food and beer options.

Thank KCatravels
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited when we had family staying with us and going to The Black Horse was an easy decision. We had eaten there as a couple and the food was always first class as was the service. This visit was disappointing. Food was bland with far to much focus on 'presentation' rather than taste, with one meal not cooked in... More 

2 Thank Chris_UK_Traveller
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The service has always been excellent and the food outstanding, we have regularly taken friends even Irish ones who were surprised to be visiting Ireland in Bedfordshire. A very good wine list gives a good scope for food matching and reasonable prices.

Thank xyjason
Hitchin, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Popped in for a quick lunch at the Black Horse. Huge succulent fish (couldn't manage the chips!) followed a great sharing platter which was almost enough to not require a main course! Friendly service as always. Sensible prices too.

Thank Burton_Beds
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

went here for xmas eve lunch last year and i have to say what an amazing place this was. the food was fantastic but what also made this place leaps ahead of anyone else in the area was its decor. It was warm, cosy but modern at the same time definitely a place to visit again

Thank Steven E
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144 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I organised a Christmas meal for a group of two dozen people. The restaurant provided a very extensive menu with choices for all parts of the meal, including choices for the vegetarian members. We did have to pre-select our individual meal choices but none of our group seemed to mind this, and it obviously makes life easier for the restaurant.... More 

Thank BowlsCaptain
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the black horse for my 50th birthday. As this Restrurant is twinned with The Birch in Woburn ( which is amazing) I expected a similar experience- how wrong was I . The service at The Black Horse was diabolical- after waiting at least 15 minutes at our table for someone to ' just talk to us' let... More 

5 Thank MrsHHarper
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here for Sunday lunch and for dinner and both times they were extremely busy but that did not stop them from making you feel valued too. The food is excellent. Beautifully cooked and presented and is always fresh. Basically its just an all round great experience, so if you've not been yet Im sure you will be... More 

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

Hello Lynda C Wow - what a superb review of The Black Horse! I am so delighted you have enjoyed your dining experiences at The Black Horse and your recommendation is much appreciated. Darren and the Team look forward to welcoming you again on your next visit. More 

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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful food, lovely atmosphere and all well priced. A must go in the peace of countryside. No downside except we couldn't have pudding as were so full up!

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

Hello LynnandDel Thank you so much for this fantastic review of The Black Horse. We really appreciate your kind words and recommendation of The Black Horse. We hope to see you again soon - even if it is just to try one of our delicious dessert! 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$37
British, Pub
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
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?