Oz and Hugh raise the bar at The White Horse

Posted: 28 October 2010

Blog category: News, Pubs

The new licensees at the White Horse in Boughton entertained two very discerning guests in only their second month at the pub – drinks critic Oz Clarke and Mock the Week comedian Hugh Dennis.

The TV duo stayed at the pub for two nights as they filmed in the area for their upcoming BBC programme Oz and Hugh Raise the Bar, in which they tour the UK, discovering authentic locally-produced drinks, drinking traditions and customs. 

Paul and Tara Birks, who have been at the White Horse for just eight weeks, provided Oz, Hugh and their team with evening meals and were delighted when they complimented their cask ale.

Tara said: “They ate with us and Oz commented on the Late Red, saying it was the best Shepherd Neame beer he had tasted.”
During the visit, the pair created medieval cocktails in a field by the pub and sold perry at a local cider festival.

Tara added: “The White Horse is a lovely pub with a nice, friendly local crowd. We have made a busy start and plan to further develop our restaurant to take advantage of the area’s excellent local and seasonal produce.”

The ancient coaching inn is mentioned in The Canterbury Tales, and has 13 boutique en suite rooms, a welcoming restaurant and a patio courtyard surrounded by extensive gardens.

A few miles from the cathedral city of Canterbury, Boughton is surrounded by orchards and hop gardens, offering delightful country walks.