Originally opened in 1681, The White Hart boasts a long history of welcoming guests – its location just north of London has long made it a popular stop off with travellers. Inside, the traditional decor, including the log-burning fire and the display of historic photographs, provides a reminder of the venue’s past, while the contemporary menu and the refurbished rooms bring this charming pub into the 21st century. There is also a dining room called The Court Room, which can be used for all sorts of private functions, parties and events.
The bar here is well stocked with something to tempt everyone. The carefully curated wine list is the star of the show, and the cocktails are perfect for an aperitif. Food is served here throughout the day: stop by for breakfast from 7am and choose from a Continental breakfast or a comforting cooked dish. Later on, the lunch and dinner menu is served and offers a range of light and hearty plates. The selection changes with the seasons but diners can expect dishes as varied as beer-battered halloumi and fries, and grilled sea trout fillet with bubble and squeak. The buns here regularly prove popular with guests too, with fillings ranging from soft-shell crab to gravy-dipped lamb and cheese.
At the weekend, be sure to check out the Sunday set menu. There’s a choice of exquisite meat and all of the accompanying trimmings are cooked to perfection.