White HorseSt. James Street
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Sitting in the shadow of Dover Castle and beside the ruins of a Norman Church, you will find the historic White Horse Inn. This Grade 2 listed building dates back to 1365 and was originally the home to the Verger to St James Church. In 1574, it is said to have taken its first recorded steps as an "Ale tasting house" before being known as "The White Horse Inn" from 1818.
Historic records show that the cellar was used as a morgue and inquests on bodies recovered from the sea are said to have been heard here in the rear dining rooms.
The Horse - as it is known locally - went on to survive both wars unscathed whilst its neighbour, St James Church, was struck during both.
These days, the pub is a hive of activity with an eclectic mix of tourists & locals alike enjoying traditional, home cooked food and sampling premium drinks in cosy, traditional surroundings. On Wednesday the pub offers a take-away service.
During the year the pub holds a number of fund-raisinig events for local charities.
In 2002, the pub was adopted by Channel swimmers and the walls are adorned with the signatures of those swimmers.
Up to three real ales are served from national breweries and real cider is available all year round.
The hidden terrace garden at the rear is a real treat during the summer months.