The Black Horse Menu

The Black horse is a local free house, which means we can stock
a wide range of Ales, Lagers & Wines. At the Black Horse we feel
that to really enjoy your tipple and get the best flavours swimming
through your body then good, locally sourced food is key.

Our kitchen only cooks locally sourced food from Herford.

Take a look at our range of ales, lagers and wines to see what compliments them.

Kitchen opening times:

Tuesday to Friday
12.00pm to 3.00pm Lunchtimes

Tuesday to Friday
5pm till 8pm evening meals

Saturday and Sunday
Midday till 6.00pm

Food & Beer Complementing

The new buzz around cask ales and speciality beers is how they can be chosen to accompany food in the same way as wines. On a recent visit to a restaurant I was both surprised and pleased to see a beer menu in addition to a wine list, suggesting beers as an alternative accompaniment to our food. Beer can be a refreshing change, sometimes wine is too strong or not thirst quenching, particularly at lunchtime.

We all know red wine goes best with red meats, white with fish or poultry and sweet wines with desserts, but as any wine buff will tell you, it’s not that simple and to get the best combination takes knowledge and practice. Many of us may have had the practice, but few have the knowledge. Wines have an advantage over beer in their acidity which cuts through rich, fatty foods; few beers are truly acidic. If anything, working out which beers go best with what food is just as complicated as wine and less well established, so getting it right needs some guidance. Perhaps the best known beer and food combinations are Guinness with oysters and lager with curry. Don’t forget beer is used in cooking too, for example, steak and ale pie and fish with beer batter, so it is natural that certain beers go well with specific foods.

Now, if you think all food and drink combining is a load of old ullage, next time you are out for a hot curry, order a good bottle of red wine and see how the two clash like a policeman and anarchist. A good combination on the other hand raises the enjoyment of both. Now let’s not get all pretentious about this, it’s supposed to be fun, an adventure through the subtle blend of tastes. Be adventurous, experiment and get the most from your beer. So which goes with what? Listed below are some ideas, these are generalisations and by no means comprehensive:

Red meat, beef, steak pie, sausages

Guinness, porter, mild, Old Peculiar, full-bodied bitters


Wheat beers, strong dark lager


Brown ale, spicy ales


Fullers ESB, wheat


Cobra, Tiger (brewed especially for curry), wheat beers, IPA


Duvel, Kwak



Ploughman's Lunch

Pale ale, fruit beer

Salads (green)

Pale ale, golden ale, Chimay Trappist

Cheese: Lighter flavour, brie, mild Cheddar

Strong pale ale, wheat beer, fruit beers

Cheese: Stilton and Rich Cheddar

Barley wine, oatmeal stout


Charles Wells Banana Bread Beer, Dark Island Reserve, Christmas Pudding Ale

The Black Horse

29-31 West Street
SG13 8EZ
Phone: 01992 583630

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday: Midday till 11pm
Friday : Midday till 12am
Saturday : Midday till 12am
Sunday : Midday till 10:30pm

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