The Black Horse, Bath Road, Devizes, SN10 2AU.

(01380) 723930.

Fifteen months after reopening following an electrical fire which destroyed the roof and first floor, it is clear that The Black Horse is now galloping ahead in the food stakes.

The interior has been transformed into an airy contemporary space, but it still reflects its location on the Kennet and Avon Canal.

The opportunity to revamp the premises has provided much better views of the water and the chance to change the location of the bar.

A glimpse at the menu revealed pub favourites, including curry, ham, egg and chips, lasagne and the like, but it was the specials board which drew our attention the most.

My companion and I both plumped for the Stilton and vegetable crumble with salad and the beef and mushroom pie with Wadworth’s 6X, mash and peas and took advantage of the sun to sit outside, wondering if the food would be any different to the previous fare.

It seems that Terry and Glynis Hillier, the tenants, have really upped their game as the 6X pie was delicious, with succulent meat and a rich, satisfying taste.

The accompanying mash was a huge portion but it didn’t pose a problem.

The crumble arrived with mountains of salad, including a tasty curried pasta, which has since been recreated at home.

The dish itself was a cheese-lover’s dream and the crumble topping provided a good crunch to complement the vegetables.

It seemed a shame to end the meal so soon, so we ordered a Mississippi mud pie with ice cream and banana split for dessert.

The mud pie was definitely decadent and any thoughts of calories should be erased while eating it or the enjoyment will be spoiled.

The banana split was equally good.

The bill came to £35, including two rounds of drinks, which represents excellent value.

This would be the perfect stop-off for hungry boaters, cyclists and walkers.

Food served lunchtimes from noon, evenings from 6pm.

Disabled access.

Children’s menu.

Canal-side seating.

Car park on site.

Our Eating Out is an independent review carried out by the Times without prior knowledge of the owners.