- The Good Pub Guide County Dining Pub of the Year 2012. October 2011
- East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Food Pub of the Year 2011. October 2011
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The pub beer garden is an essential part of summer, a place where time can disappear. Not content to be surrounded by endless countryside, the Sibton White Horse sits on several acres of its own.
The landscaping is in good hands, with Neil having learnt much from his father’s landscaping business. Since the Mason’s arrival in August 2005 many of the outside areas have been transformed, creating new experiences for those who enjoy eating and drinking outside. During the summer months, the gardens are a blaze of colour with borders, baskets, tubs and window troughs laden with summer shades, all raised in the pubs own greenhouses.
Once an open space to the rear, the White Horse now boasts an attractive courtyard. Pergolas, decks, decorative coloured paths and gravel blend around an ancient cart shed; a shed that once would have housed the owners transport. The courtyard is a joy to use on sunny days, offering shade if required, but is equally impressive when dark falls, with dramatic lighting showing of various aspects. The cart shed possesses many interesting features and is reminiscent of something from a children’s nursery rhyme. Currently closed to the public, the aim after some remedial work is to open it up for customers to experience food and drink in a rather special setting.
Guest bedrooms look over a large green lined with various trees and shrubs, a habitat for rabbits, squirrels, pheasants and other wildlife. Sit out in the Suffolk fresh air and enjoy spotting the many different birds, look out for the green woodpeckers and when dark descends listen out for the resident owl. Between the green and the courtyard is a small orchard, producing several fruits for the kitchen.
Some customers prefer to sit out at the front of the pub and watch the world go by, not that there is ever much happening. The tables and parasols that greet you sit beside another interesting outhouse, an old timber building that once had a thatched roof. This outhouse served as an abattoir during World War II, having grazed on common land, locals would have walked their livestock down to be slaughtered. The mighty low geared winch is still evident in the roof apex today.