Step back in time here at The White Horse.
On the 16th June 1551, Roger Scott was given a licence to become a landlord of “The White Mermaid” in Canditch (now Broad Street). In 1750 the bar was known as The White Horse. Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne then. In fact she made her second visit to Oxford a year later in 1592. She was then aged 59 (she died aged 70). Wonder if she popped into the Mermaid for a drink! It was at this time William Shakespeare wrote “Romeo and Juliet” he was 27 years old.*
A grade two listed building. One of only two remaining bars in town that have been ‘untouched’. No juke box, no games machines, just good home cooked food and traditional British Ales with great service. Famous for our Fish and Chips also featured in the filming of Inspector Morse ‘The Dead of Jericho’ in 1987. We have also been featured in an episode of Lewis And more recently ‘Endeavour ‘
Oxford Murders with Elijah Wood and John Hurt. Was another impressive film by the Producer Álex de la Iglesia. A more recent filming of Discovery of Witches. A Discovery of Witches is a British fantasy television series based on the All SoulsTrilogy by Deborah Harkness, named after the first book in the trilogy.
In 1980 a fire broke out on the first floor, it was here a ‘witches broom’ was revealed. For fear of superstition no one would touch the ‘broom’ so they simply left it there and boarded up the wall and it remains there to this day
From 1957 to 1978, the sign at this pub showed a mounted policeman on a white horse ‘Billie’ holding back the crowds when they broke the barriers at the Cup Final between West Ham and Bolton at Wembley in 1923. An authentic picture depicting the scene is available inside. We are proud to have an English Pale Ale named after Billie the White Horse and is available for sale.
The White Horse Bridge is the name of the new (2006) footbridge that crosses Wembley Stadium railway station leading up to Wembley Stadium in England. It is named after a grey (though appearing white in old black-and-white photographs and films) Metropolitan Police horse, named 'Billie', that was u sed to restore order after the huge numbers of spectators (estimated at 200,000) who turned up to witness the 1923 FA Cup final spilled onto the pitch before kickoff. The game, the first to be held at the old Wembley Stadium was won by Bolton Wanderers, beating West Ham United 2-0.