The Horse & Jockey Pub

As the only pub in town, the Horse & Jockey doesn’t really have any competition, but still manages to perform Discuss this article

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As the only pub in town, the Horse & Jockey doesn’t really have any competition, but still manages to perform. It won’t win any prizes for decor; think dreary dark brown like you might find in a pub in anytown Britain – but the terrace is one of the best spots in town in the cooler months. You’ll be kept entertained by soft rock and LCD screens showing the latest international sports tournaments.

Service is very much of the smile, nod, and ‘yes sir’ kind, where little is understood, but everyone has the best intention to please. The food fares better, with bangers and mash, chips and curry sauce and grilled boerwors all being front runners. The chef does a mean batter; if you’re sharing (or particularly ravenous), order piping hot salty mushrooms in batter, sweet onion rings with a chilli sauce and a mound of nachos.

Chips should be easy to cook – although not everyone gets it right – but at H&J they whip up huge strips of hot, fluffy potato, which aren’t over fried. Don’t bother picking a healthy option like the vegetarian burger, it actually comes sans burger and is a sandwich, really, with slices of grilled ciabatta around some lonely vegetables. But for a casual, unhealthy, snack and drink the Horse & Jockey is a good bet.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Danat Al Ain Resort, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 03 704 6000
  • Travel: Ta'laan Street, Al Nyadat East
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