With boutique guest rooms, a stylish event space, contemporary food and an extensive gin and cocktail list, The White Hart Hotel can cater to your every need. Dating back to 1681, the building was once Welwyn’s main coaching inn, offering overnight respite for travellers and their horses.
The White Hart is the second venture of owner-brothers Tom and James Bainbridge, who took over the venue after the success of their first restaurant, The Tilbury in Datchworth. Whilst Tom is in charge of the kitchen, James has curated a wine list of personally selected bottles designed to pair perfectly with the food menu. The front-of-house team has experience in Michelin-starred establishments, so effortlessly make you feel welcome in the comfortable bar and quality restaurant.
Overnight guests and early visitors can enjoy the extensive breakfast menu, with everything from honey and thyme porridge to a full cooked breakfast made to order. During the day, the à la carte menu offers unique starters like peanut butter and confit garlic hummus with flatbread, and salt beef terrine with Russian dressing on rye bread. Traditional mains include the deliciously comforting toad in the hole with fresh veg and rich gravy, but it is The White Hart’s signature burgers that get visitors talking. From a classic double cheeseburger and the turkey club to the soft-shell crab burger with crayfish sauce, there’s a bun for every palate. On Tuesday evenings diners can enjoy The White Hart’s booze and buns deal, where a burger, side and drink is priced at just £12.50. The chefs also design a new and experimental burger each week, which guests are invited to give feedback on. Visit on a Sunday for a roast with all the trimmings and to take advantage of the set menu, priced at just £19 for two courses and £22 for three.
The hidden gem of this AA-rosette-awarded venue is its fascinating function space, which is the old court room of Welwyn. The room is available for private hire, has its own private entrance and can lead directly to the guest rooms, making it the perfect quirky setting for a celebration or private party.