Billed as one of the oldest pubs in the area The Horse and Jockey puts on regular bands throughout the year and should be applauded for this.
The pub itself is a classic style victorian venue with a lounge and separate bar area but also has the coaching area at the back which nowadays forms a handy rear courtyard area. They also use the front for picnic style tables where you can make the Wimborne Road rush hour traffic jealous by supping a cool pint on a hot day.
The bar area sports a wide and interesting selection of sports memorabilia and whilst waiting for a band to start you can judge how footballers signatures have deteriorated over the years or try and guess which boxer signed the gloves above the bar. They've also got big tellys for watching the sport on which is always a plus.
One of the things for me that makes a venue successful is pleasant and helpful bar staff and here the H&J scores highly as they have always had a ready smile and are happy to chat.
The intimate bar area proves really good for singer songwriters and you can always have a chat with the acts between sets. Sadly The H&J doesn't really get the crowd it deserves and this is good for music lovers as you can sit where you like and get ready access to the performers.
If we want to see more places having live music then we really have to support our locals so next time you're at a loose end then have a look on our listing and see what the Horse has on and go along.