Rural pubs have to produce something special for it to be worth a trip out of town but The White Horse at Woolstone, just ten minutes from the Oxford Road roundabout, Swindon and ½ mile from the famous White Horse Hill is doing just that.
Late last year the Arkell’s-owned pub brought in new chef Kai Taylor (pictured), previously Executive Chef at the Copthorne Millennium Hotel Group.
The 37-year old chef, who has designed and opened restaurants in Italy, Japan and even Cardiff, Wales, and was operations manager for the Lava Lounge in Swindon, has opted out of the rat race to develop the reputation of The White Horse at Woolstone alongside landlord Keith Adams.
Kai’s scampi and chips may not be quite what people expect from their local take-away or pub – It’s whole fried scampi still in its shell, with home-prepared chunky chips.
Other choices from the menu are not so wacky – although they are often presented on rather unusual dishes. “I don’t mind visiting Savernake Forest and picking up beautiful pieces of wood to fashion into plates,” he says. “It does make eating out a bit more exciting.”
www.whitehorsewoolstone.co.uk 01367 820726