The White Hart Hotel has incredibly reached its 550th birthday, having believed to have been built in 1461 as a coaching inn on the important London to Exeter and Southampton to Oxford routes.
“I like this place…”
The historic and imposing inn in the town centre has enjoyed a long history in the town worthy of a book in its own right.
Charles Kingsley who wrote the Water Babies in 1863, regularly visited and is renowned for saying of the White Hart:
I like this place and that is the truth.
Many who use the pub today express similar opinions.
Lord Denning who was born across the road was also a regular visitor and often lunched in the restaurant, while upstairs there is a bedstead that reputedly belonged to Benjamin Disraeli, the former British Prime Minister.
Centre of the community…
Today the White Hart is owned by Arkells Brewery and run by very popular mine-hosts Andy and Julie Moss. It remains as the centre of the community, throwing itself into all local activities with a fantastic enthusiasm. Regular events are held, groups meet and support is provided to a whole range of activities from the Off the Wall Art displays to the local internet point for the town website.
Fine food is always served, from full restaurant meals to breakfasts, cream teas and even takeaways.
Recently it achieved a runner-up spot out of around 280 pubs, in the CAMRA local Pub of the Year, in recognition of the excellent ales and fine service.
Two new offers…
As part of the 550 year celebrations two offers have been introduced.
From noon on 31st May to 11.00pm on June 2nd:
- Firstly, the price of all steak and chips, and fish and chip are being reduced to just £5.50.
- Secondly, all over 18s will be able to purchase a glass of Fizz for just £1 when ordering a meal from the main menu!
As the White Hart says “Let’s P.A.R.T.Y”