Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Never fear - although the pub has a haunting reputation, the bar staff are anything but scary. Greeted with a smile, and after a bit of a chat with our waitress, we were very much put at ease. The White Hart seems to have a little community of its own and we soon struck up conversation with diners at nearby tables. We discovered many of Canterbury's sports fans are attracted to the pub - large-screen televisions, signed photos of cricket players and a painting of Canterbury's cricket pitch cover one wall. However, for those wanting a more private meal or drink, enclosed benches are ideally placed with that in mind.
Traditional English fare decorates the menu - choose from homemade dishes such as fish pie, salmon in a white wine sauce, pork and cider stew, potato curry, steak pie or fish and chips. I chose the latter and a generous fillet of cod in a light and crispy batter was presented on top of rustic chips, with their skins l e ft on for flavour. The seasoning was clearly carefully thought out by the chef, and it was pleasing to see the side salad dressed with a delicate vinaigrette. The attention to detail shown at the White Hart got a tick in our book - a helping of Dijon mustard added life to the moreish mashed potatoes served with the steak pie. To finish there is a choice of homemade desserts, and I plumped for the warming treacle sponge pudding with heavenly ice cream, while my partner enjoyed the classic spotted dick. This is clearly the locals' favourite place to wine and dine, and we'll certainly be back along with them.