White Horse, Longford Village
Situated on the Bath Road, close to the newly opened Terminal 5 and the end of one of the airport's runways, this pub is popular with locals, visitors staying in Heathrow's numerous hotels, local workers and plane spotters!
The inn is Grade II listed and is said to have been built in 1534 as a smoke house for curing meat, becoming a pub in 1601 following further construction. Its location on the then busy Bath Road made it popular with travellers between Bath and London. Falling victim to the 1696 Window Tax, you will notice some of the windows have been bricked-up
Owned by Enterprise Inns, since 1987 the establishment has been leased by the Hare family. It is open every day between 11am and 11pm, and can even open for breakfast at 7am by prior arrangement.
With a low beamed ceiling (mind your head at all times - especially when entering and exiting the premises), the main bar is split by the fireplace. The walls are decorated with assorted prints as well as other Bric-à-brac.
Up to five real ales are usually available:- London Pride, Ringwood Best and guests from the Marston breweries. Prices in December 2010 are £3.90 a pint.
Quality food is important to the business, using organic produce where possible and cooked fresh in the kitchen. Lunch is served from 11 to 3 Monday to Friday and dinner from 6 till 10. Meals are available all day at the weekends until 10pm. The fayre includes Steak and Chips, Mississippi Chicken, Hungarian Pancakes, Burgers, Mixed Seafood, Lasagne-Virdi, Omelettes, Salads as well as Ploughman's lunch and sandwiches. Whilst more expensive than the average pub, the quantity and quality usually exceed expectations.
A separate barn bar opens when busy or can be used for functions. It offer Pride and Best on handpump, although beers from the other bar may be available by asking the staff. Smokers are catered for with a heated beer garden and patio tables and umbrellas. Recorded music is played inside and outside the pub. There are no TV screens.
The pub has innovated with a courtesy car to pick up customers from local hotels by ringing 07894 078 484. Buses 81 and 423 also stop close by. There is no car park and off-street is very limited given the close proximity to Heathrow.
Pub surveyed in 2008 and updated on 29th July 2009 by Roy Tunstall and Ed Salt