The Black Horse

“‘Pretty as a picture’ pub in the hamlet of Ireland” - AA Inspector



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Colourful flower baskets and window boxes decorate the outside of this family-run, 17th-century inn. The interior has been thoughtfully updated using natural materials, including wooden and stone floors and a slate top bar, yet with the original low-beamed ceilings, slate floors, inglenook fireplaces and original artworks it still retains its character. One of the two dining rooms overlooks the garden, the other a courtyard. With a pint or glass of wine, settle down in comfort to appreciate the seasonally inspired traditional British food, sometimes revealing European hints – bubble-and-squeak risotto with crispy egg, for example. Among the plentiful main dishes are Woburn Estate venison steak with celeriac purée, pickled Chantenay carrots, crispy shallots and blackberry jus; pavé of sea-reared trout on butter bean and chorizo cassoulet; and vegetable suet pudding.

The Black Horse
Ireland, SHEFFORD, SG17 5QL
Phone : 01462 811398


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Garden
Room Rates
  • Main course from: £1
Opening Times
  • Closed: 2
  • 2

About The area

Discover Bedfordshire

At its most southern point, Bedfordshire is only 35 miles from London Waterloo, so there’s a good reason for the UK’s fifth busiest airport to be called London Luton Airport. The county is one of England’s smaller in terms of area, but more than makes up for it in terms of business HQs and visitor attractions. Among the most popular of these, and among the top attractions in the UK, is ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, founded in 1931, and now covering around 600 acres.

Along similar lines Woburn Safari Park opened more recently (in 1970) and is just over half the size. Fans of old flying machines or cars will enjoy a visit to the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden, a tiny village near Biggleswade. Among the oldest examples in the collection are a pioneering French Blériot XI from 1910, and a number of early French and German automobiles from the very late 19th century. 

Bedford itself is located on either side of the River Ouse, and has a large Italian population, descended from those who came to work at a local brick factory in the 1950s.

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