Sitting pretty on the border between Sussex and Kent is the White Hart, a charming family-friendly free house. With modern furnishings and quirky details such as stag’s head coat hooks and a map of the area occupying an entire wall, the place exudes a homely and relaxed air. Father-and-son team James and Rory are welcoming hosts, and are proud to offer a great range of local ale, as well as an inventive bill of fare that utilises locally sourced seasonal ingredients and caters for all tastes and appetites, and dietary requirements too. My starter of baked Portobello mushrooms was pleasingly smoky and served with a rich ratatouille. To follow, the chicken, mushroom and leek pie, topped with sweet potato mash, was full of ﬂavour. Finishing my meal on a high note, I indulged in carrot cake topped with a glistening chocolate sheen and paired with a quenelle of clotted cream – delicious.