The White Hart – named one of England’s 50 great pubs by The Telegraph, and a ‘foodie’s paradise’ by The Oxford Times – is a favourite with locals as well as foodies from far and wide. Located in picturesque Fyfield, this historic 15th-century former chantry is now a stunning country restaurant. The setting is breathtaking, from the soaring eaves of the great hall and minstrel’s gallery, to the bar with a cosy log fire in winter and terrace with aromatic herb gardens in summer.
Owners Kay and Mark Chandler have created a flourishing restaurant that holds two AA rosettes for culinary excellence and has won both Restaurant of the Year at The Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards and South East Restaurant of the Year at the Food Awards England. What makes these accomplishments even more impressive is the knowledge that before they bought The White Hart, Kay was a banking lawyer, and Mark began his career not in the kitchen, but as a front-of-house manager. The pair’s successes are down to loving what they do and sharing a combined passion for superb food and service. Mark’s self-taught kitchen skills result in incredible dishes. In particular, his signature slow-roasted local pork belly, which is cooked overnight for 12 hours and served with foot-long crackling and fresh vegetables from the kitchen garden, is a real treat. As you might guess, Mark is passionate about the provenance of his ingredients and, in addition to foraging in local woodlands and swapping villagers’ surplus produce, takes pride in listing his local producers on the menu. In fact, everything that’s served at The White Hart takes full advantage of the fresh produce that the team cultivates on-site. Drinks are given as much attention as the food, as The White Hart’s cocktail list demonstrates. Guests might try an Elderfl ower Fizz, which combines homemade elderfl ower cordial with Prosecco, or a Blackberry Bellini made with blackberries foraged from local hedgerows. Elsewhere in the bar, visitors are welcome to enjoy a range of cask-conditioned real ales or one of 60 wines from the impressive list.
A truly unique establishment, The White Hart excels at turning a meal out into a memorable dining experience. Whether you visit for a casual drink, dinner, or a special event like a wine evening or seafood night, an unforgettable time is sure to be had by all.