RIDICULOUSLY GOOD DESSERTS
All desserts are hand made daily in house
ROYAL MELTING CHOCOLATE LAVA CAKE - 8
just oozing warm Belgian chocolate served with golden vanilla ice cream
BANOFFI PIE - 6
an English dessert, favored at the Palace, a banana, toffee, cream pie kind of thing, that is delicious
BOURBON BREAD PUDDING - 7
soaked in cask aged bourbon and served with a delectable bourbon sauce
THE GRAND DUCHESS STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING CAKE - 7
served warm and luscious - draped in a buttery toffee sauce
CHOCOLATE WITH FRIENDS - 8 Belgium Chocolate Ganache covering English Toffee, Pretzel, Peanut Butter Cream and Salted Caramel on a Chocolate Crumb base
TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS CHEESECAKE - 8
a most remarkable individual cheesecake on a toasted pecan base served with a spun sugar crisp
BELGIUM CHOCOLATE TART - 7
served with Grand Marnier whipped cream
CREPES PRINCESSE - 8
the Prince of Wales in 1895 famously renamed this delicious dish, crepes suzette, after one of his favorite dinner companions - grand marnier, orange and lemon zest, cognac, sugar and butter, all simmered together with the crepes, and topped with whipped cream
CREME BRULLEE- 6
light vanilla custard with a crisp carmelized crust
WISDOM PIE - 8
butterscotch and caramel with an oat cookie crust served with golden vanilla ice cream
APPLE CRISPI CRUMBLEE - 8
apple, raisin, orange simmered with ginger, amaretto and cinnamon topped with crumblees, served with an orange caramel toffee sauce & golden vanilla ice cream 8
ENGLISH TOFFEE PECAN PIE - 6
cooked slowly with just the right amount of sweetness, we add a jigger of Scotch for good measure
PEAR BELLE HELENE - 7
a truly enduring classic, originally created to celebrate Offenbach's opera in 19th century Paris, tender sugar poached pear, rich warm Belgian chocolate sauce - toasted almonds-vanilla ice cream
ICE CREAMS - 5
SORBET - 5
OPEN 7 DAYS FOR LUNCH AND DINNER FROM 11 TO 10
BAR UNTIL CLOSE
ADDITIONAL PARKING IS AVAILABLE ACROSS STREET
SOME OF THE ARTIFACTS OF THE WHITE HORSE
BEHIND THE BAR IS AN INDIAN SCOUT MOTORCYCLE FROM
1920 - THIS WAS THE FIRST YEAR OF PRODUCTION FOR THE BIKE THAT EVENTUALLY EVOLVED INTO THE CHIEF - WITH REVOLUTIONARY ENGINEERING - THIS BIKE WAS FAR AHEAD OF ITS TIME - IT BECAME THE OBSESSION OF BURT MUNROE WHO EVENTUALLY BROKE THE LAND SPEED RECORD AT 200 MPH - AFTER MUCH TINKERING
1488 - CASTLE LAND DEED FROM NORTHERN FRANCE
- THE PART THAT ENGLAND ONCE OCCUPIED, WRITTEN IN OLD FRENCH ON PARCHMENT -No longer valid,I think ?
16TH CENTURY TAVERN TABLE - IN CONTINUOUS USE FOR OVER 400 YEARS, FROM A ROYAL CASTLE - I bet a lot of good ale, victuals, and lively chatter have been absorbed by that oak
AN UNUSUAL PAMPHLET FROM PARLIAMENT 1649
- Lord Fairfax, as commander of the army, declaring loyalty to parliament, just after King Charles I was deposed, during the climax of the civil war. This broadside would have been placed in town squares and important taverns for all to read.
1840 PUB SIGN - from the original White Horse pub - Mayfair, London, well ingrained with Victorian fog
DOCUMENT WITH ORIGINAL SEAL SIGNED BY WILLIAM CLOPTON THE XXI DAY OF JANUARY IN THE 41ST YEAR OF THE REIGN OF OUR SOVREIGN LADY ELIZABETH BY THE GRACE OF GOD OF ENGLAND FRANCE AND IRELAND QUEEN DEFENDER OF THE FAITH 1599 - from one of the noblest families in the land, he had a politically arranged marriage to his cousin Anne in 1586 (he was 12 and she 9) eventually inherited all estates, lived in Stratford upon Avon, where in 1597, he rented the house next to him, called new place to his good friend William Shakespeare, who subsequently purchased it in 1599. Records indicate this was the second biggest house in town, Clopton retaining the biggest. Must have had great dinner conversations when his friends came over. Shakespeare it is said based the character of Ophelia from Hamlet, after a Clopton personal incident also Juliet was similarly inspired by the very colorful Clopton family..
ELIZABETHAN CHEST - geometric shapes fashionable on furniture through the sixteenth century - old hard oak with ancient worm holes - I can only imagine the changing fashions and items those drawers have seen for over 400 years, and now it is a time to hold your menus ..
1597 MANUSCRIPT WITH THE GREAT SEAL OF QUEEN ELIZABETH 1 - One of only a handful in existence, as carved by Nicholas Hilliard, and used exclusively by the Queen on matters of great importance.- scholarship rights had to be granted to the British Museum - Her Majesty's Government did insist after all - perhaps the scholars can enjoy a pint of old speckled hen and a signature burger, whilst at their studies.
1675 FIRST ENGLISH NEWSPAPER - The London Gazette, bringing news from around Europe, speaking of Armarda's and Men of War Galleons, of Banquets attended by persons of quality and the first advert, which was a lost and found for a little dog !
MARTHA WASHINGTON - SWATCH OF HER WEDDING DRESS 1759
Swatch of Martha Washington's Wedding Dress from her marriage to Colonel George Washington January 6th.1759. This fragment is of a Rich Gold Brocade material and is attached to a letter written by George L. Upshur, her Great Great Great Grandson in 1915 to his girlfriend, proposing marriage - She said yes and carefully preserved this important artifact. - Upshur's Mother was the Grandneice of George Washington Parke Custis - The Grandson of Martha Washington - through her first marriage to Daniel Parke Custis - from the note by Upshur "Mrs Washington's attire on the occasion of her wedding to General Washington was overdress of yellow brocade, silver bodice & silver petticoat trimmed with lace pearls & lilac slippers." The marriage took place in New Kent County, Virginia at the White House Plantation. A replica of the yellow brocade wedding dress is on display at Mt. Vernon.
WINSTON CHURCHILL - signed photograph as sent by his daughter - the actress Sarah Beauchamp in 1954 to her US immigration officer
1827 GLASS WINE FLAGON - in original basket
CHARLES DICKENS - PURCHASE OF 160 BOTTLES OF 1834 PORT
Check Drawn on Coutts Bank - 6 March 1865 -
for 142 pounds 18 shillings & 10 pence
Made out to John Humphrey (The Lord Mayor of London)
In a letter "Your brother Mr. William Humphrey has informed me that you will be so very kind as to bid for me at the sale of wine tomorrow.... 'I shall be very glad to lay out from 100 to 150 pounds on the '34 Port taking the smaller range if it should go at very high prices and the larger if it should go at eight or nine guineas per dozen.'
16thc. - ORNATE CARVED FINIAL BRACKETS - either side of the front door came from a Royal four poster bed
1592 - PAIR OF ROYAL COURT CHEST PANELS - from an enormous chest discovered in an Elizabethan Stately Home etched with dates 15 & 92
1480 circa - OAK PANEL CARVED FIGURE - mounted above Elizabethan Chest
FENDER GUITAR SIGNED BY MICK, KEITH, RON AND CHARLIE OF THE ROLLING STONES - original triptych by Henry Dilz 1978 and 1979 Paris Concert Tickets.
HORSE BRASSES - Used since medieval times and even mentioned by Chaucer, some of these are up to 200 years old. They were used to decorate the bridles and harnesses of the Shire Horses. With designs both personal and also symbolic of the villages or counties. Similar to customizing or decorating a truck today, in fact as trucks started to replace these beautiful and massive shire horses, the decorative brasses were often placed on the beams, in the village pub. A tradition that continues...