The White Horse, Birstall

Great Birstall Bake Off News Below

Have you got a celebration coming up?  We can tailor make any type of package to your own requirements, whether its a babyshower afternoon tea, A buffet for a Christening or Wake, a Birthday BBQ in our beautiful garden, we even do a very nice Wedding! See our food option on the Menus page. Just get in touch!

Dont forget we are an ideal spot to take on some refreshment and warm up after a bracing walk around Watermead, dogs are welcome in our bar area.

We continue to make additions to our well-stocked bar; the latest additions being Blue Moon and Thatchers cider and Moretti all on draught and for the Gin Lovers we now stock over 20 different gins!!!

Throughout the year we hold many different events such as Special Menu nights, Gin Evenings and not forgetting the all important Duck Race!!!

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The owners and staff would like to thank all of their customers for their ongoing support and custom.  Here’s to a Super Summer!


The Great Birstall Bake Off

White Horse riding high after another successful Great Birstall Bake off and World’s Largest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support

The flour dusting has settled on 2020's Great Birstall Bake Off, and with 43 entries and a great array of prizes up for grabs, it was all a great success.

Mostly categories were superbly supported, with both genders and all ages competing for the most prestigious prize in Birstall's bakery calendar.  The judging panel were astounded by the selection; in particular the ‘Under 16’ entries which were even more creative than ever. 

But the Bake off competition was only the start, with all the entries being sold to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Supports world largest coffee morning.  The cakes were sold on the morning of Sunday 20th September at the White Horse in Birstall.  The weather was wonderful this year so the organisers hosted the event outside in the beautiful pub garden.  Fortunately, too the Covid situation did not dampen the enthusiastic turnout and many customers booked a table and the organisers had a system in place to make sure there was social distancing and there wasn’t a queue in front of the cake.  The coffee and cake flew out and so far £1200 was raised- a truly staggering figure.

The raffle stand was also a grand success with excellent prizes from some of the Horse’s Key suppliers, there was a Gin tour and glasses from local producer Burleighs and a bottle of North 42 Gin, also from Leicester.  St Martins coffee roasters also donated a hamper of their products and bottles from Matthew Clark and boxes of chocolates too from Makro and the Co-op.

Suppliers, also provided most of the winners prizes of family boxes of biscuits and bottles of prosecco.  The winners also received mugs or water bottles from Macmillan, White Horse Vouchers and of course the much coveted winner’s rosettes.

Grateful thanks go to the following for their exceptionally kind contributions and donations; Amy Harrison - Graphic Designer, also to Silly Prices, Brakes, Creed, Trust Inns, and Dominic of Norths of Rothley, all White Horse Suppliers and to the children who took part in the colouring competition.

Special thanks also to the judging panel, Janet Vaughn and Cath Jones from the Birstall WI, previous winners Katie Morsli, Stephen, Xander and Rueben Lewin, Cat and Charlotte Hanlon, James, Olive and Maple Foy, Phil Craxford, Amy Moore and Zoe White, Chef at the White Horse, of course following WI guidelines for appearance, texture and flavour.

Lastly, the organisers, Charlotte Foy and Beccy Kay would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who took part, those who generously donated their baking and to everyone who came on the Sunday to eat cake and raise this tremendous amount for Macmillan.  Rebecca Kay commented “we didn’t know what to expect this year, but we were overwhelmed by the amazing entries and the amount of money raised in this difficult year”

Watch this space and our Facebook page for details of 2021's Great Birstall Bake Off, but until then - keep baking!


Winners List and their entries …

Cupcake / Tray bake – Evie and Lola Fletcher  –Mint Aero Rocky road

Best Decorated – liana Condello – Leaf and berry chocolate cake

Best Under 16 – Maya Hernandez – Buzy Bee Lemon Cake

Best Cake – Katie Bateman – Thank you NHS Rainbow Cake

Best Biscuit – Reggie Sutton- Strawberry, Lemon and chocolate Macarons

Best Bread – Andrew Gardner – North East Loaf

Best ‘Free From’ – Sophie Kordewicz – Vegan coconut Cake with Rum frosting

Best Savoury – Anna Beams – Cheese Straws

Sweet Pastry – Cat Hanlon – Chocolate tart

Birstall’s Best Baker – John Tointon – Was honoured for his continual support of the Bake off over many years and excellent entries in 2020  He received a Largebottle of Bells whisky, and White Horse Vouchers.