The White Horse, Birstall

It's our Annual Duck Race coming up on May 7th - check out our Gallery to get a flavour of the day...

We are thrilled with our Canal and Riverside Trust award for the best Pub/restaurant in the East Midlands. More details 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 Peroni all on draught.

Stuck for something to do on a Sunday night? Our ever-popular quiz has a fearsome reputation. If you think you've got what it takes to win a bar tab, then we'll see you there for an 8.30pm start (but you may struggle for a table past 8!)

For those just looking for an excuse to visit and sample the liquid refreshment, we have live music every last Friday of the Month with various musical styles on offer.  Two new acts coming up are: Carlton Cole, blues and folk soloist and Strawberry letter, vocal and Piano duo.      

Meals are also served for those wanting a little musical accompaniment to their dining.

If you would like to receive information about our monthly events, please send us an e-mail from the ‘Contact Us’ section and we will add you to our mailing list.


The Award winning White Horse

The White Horse in Birstall is proud to announce that they have won the first Canal and Riverside Trust Hospitality for the best Pub /Restaurant in the East Midlands. The award was presented at the Trust AGM on Wednesday November 15th 2017.

Over 700 qualifying businesses were nominated by the public in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. The White Horse was then shortlisted with two other businesses including Pilling’s Lock in Quorn.

The next stage was a mystery customer visit of which there were actually three!  The White Horse was commended for the warm welcome the mystery customers received and the presentation of the Pub, the garden and its food.

The White Horse has been under the ownership of James and Charlotte Foy and Ady and Jenny Doyle for the last nine years and along with their managers and an excellent team of staff have increased the productivity of the business. James Foy said “we are always looking for ways to better ourselves, we are now open all day every day even in the Winter months, we are open for hot drinks from 11am and we have recently increase our food service to all day on a Saturday (12 noon – 9PM) and 12- 6pm on a Sunday”

The pub has a rich heritage and connection with the waterways after being originally created as an alehouse to serve the Grand Union Canal traffic and workers in the 1790's, the initiation of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th Century saw the White Horse's garden transformed into a coal wharf where barges brought their loads to trade with the Landlord, who was a registered Coal Merchant.

Today it boasts a beautiful beer garden overlooking the Grand Union Canal, and is the ideal location to enjoy crisp winter days with a drink or two. It's the perfect place to re-fuel during a bike ride or walk and there is a beer barrel of water set up for the thirsty four legged customers.  An area in the garden is also designated for non-smokers to make sure the visit is a pleasure for all.

The White horse is included in the Leicester line Inland Waterways association Gazetteer and sees a good deal of business from passing canal boaters. The pub also runs the famous White Horse Birstall annual duck race on the stretch of water just in front of the pub and has raised over £30,000 for worthwhile local causes

Charlotte Foy, business director said “We are very proud to receive this wonderful award, we strive to be part of the community and the life around the water.  Thank you to everyone who voted for us and to our staff for all their hard work”


this month
Duck Sale at the Co-op (Saturday, 28th April 2018)
Get your Ducks in advance. We'll be outside the Co-op with our Duck Mascot Webster from 2pm

next month
The Duck Race (Monday, 7th May 2018)
Hurrah! Its our famous Duck Race. Lots of Activities, Stalls and Prizes. This year its in aid of Riverside Schools PTA fund for the School Pool