The White Hart

4.1
95 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Welcome to The White Hart. We look forward to seeing you!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 95 People Are Saying
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4.1
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AnthonyD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service3ambience1

The meal was ruined by a noisy group completely dominating the restaurant which quickly emptied. Conversation with my guests was impossible. The whole of the bar and restaurant areas were open and there were no divisions or soft furnishings to absorb the sound.

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DavidM
West Sussex
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitresses and bar staff were excellent and very attentive. The Heritage beetroot salad and Sussex Smokie were brilliant and reasonably priced.

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deborahc
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, amazing food and the staff were all smiling and friendly.
Definately recommend and will be back for more!

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DarrenF
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We have had very good experiences in the past, however a combination of an 'event' happening at the same time, and our seating time, meant we were disappointed.
We were advised service of the food would be delayed. In itself this was well informed, and the food arrived aporoximately 45 minutes later as they had warned. However the standard was not good, with the roast beef clearly being the remains of the joint, hard and grissly.
Service at the bar was prompt and courteous.
The noise level, caused by the party/event was unfortunate and ruined the birthday meal.

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ALISONJ
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Went for Sunday lunch was told 30min wait time took over 1:30hrs.

Was told only 2 chefs on and big christening party in. Said shouldn’t have taken bookings.

Beef was very tough and potatoes very hard.

Shame used to be very good.

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Faye1
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Lovely food and excellent staff as always - but surely it’s time to change the menu or at least add some daily specials? The menu has been the same since you reopened and for those of us who are regulars it’s getting a bit boring.

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PeterW
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New owners but just as good as it was - Smokey was different but still brilliant so all good

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HelenS
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Friendly staff. Inexperienced chef who put chicken in the vegetarian curry for which they were very apologetic & I chose beetroot salad instead. Steak was tender & chips were tasty. We all enjoyed our meals.

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EvieSue
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven't been to the White Hart for ages since under new ownership. Our food was great and service very very good. We would definitely eat there again

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BarbD
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice pub, friendly staff, good food. Small menu so quality food

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Switch
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The staff were lovely and the food good, although we only went for a light lunch. We moved tables as there was a party sitting near us that were quite loud and then it was fine.
The White Hart was always a cosy, friendly pub to go to but although the staff did their best, the surroundings were bland and boring. And surprisingly quiet for a Saturday lunchtime.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food and pleasant staff but a mixup on the main course. We ordered smokies and out came fish & chips. So we waited while our smokies arrived

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StephenB
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food with good service, would thoroughly recommend.

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Jenny
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience4

Very slow service at the bar, they had run out of cider and at least one dish on the menu by 1 pm on a Wednesday. Not as good as it used to be for either service or menu. Disappointing.

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Faye1
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a delicious meal at the White Hart - so much better than the last two times I've eaten there. The Sussex Smokie was packed with prawns and white fish in a hot, cheesy sauce, and I was able to swop my chips for mash. My friend's Pork Schnitzel was tender and not too thick, and his chocolate brownie was smothered in hot chocolate sauce. The service, as always, was good, ditto the ambience of this lovely old pub.

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paulp
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

food seemed overcooked and the fact that two groups decided to bring there barking dogs to lunch which in a restaurant did not seem right

JA
JenniferA
London
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food - I had the coconut curry with prawns and it was incredible! The sticky toffee pudding was super tasty too!

LT
LTABDG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food at reasonable prices. Friendly helpful staff.

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RosieC
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First visit back after change of ownership. Staff very nice ,disappointed no roast and very minimal choice but food was good.Overall good ,thank you.

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vipck123
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely local pub. We were on a weekend away in the village. Good, friendly service with lovely food. Very accommodating for gluten free options. Would recommend.

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Goodfood
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing moules frites - one of the best I’ve ever had and same for the sticky toffee pudding. And great kids menu with extra special treat from the chef - And brilliant service. Thankyou.

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Lucy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I just love it here. I can’t say I would order the Chicken and bacon sandwich again, but that’s personal choice as my mum loved it!
It’s a little dark when ghe back room is closed as there’s not much natural light. The staff are ALWAYS so friendly, and it continues to be my fave place for Sunday roast.

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ClaireG
N. Ireland
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely fresh meal. Just the right surroundings for me to catch up with me friend. The staff were friendly. I will go there again.

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123eat123
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Menu much reduced since the last time we went. Quality of the beef curry was poor. Pub is fine, staff pleasant so would recommend for a drink but not dining unless the smaller menu suits you

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Amantedelacomida
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside in the pretty courtyard garden. There were several favourite dishes on the menu that were 'not available' sadly, but the fish and chips that we then settled on was very good. Friendly staff and would visit again.

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DianaM
West Sussex
23 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our second visit in a 4-night stay in Henfield - says it all!

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SimonB
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

White Hart is a good pub / restaurant, however the recent change of ownership has introduced a more limited food menu of 4-5 main course plus 4 choices of burgers. This is much more restrictive than previously and, with a larger group, perhaps too restrictive.
This said, quality of food was average to good and the prices competitive. Service was good and, with BREXIT issues and COVID lockdowns ending I feel will improve further (as with other establishments as they get back on their feet).
All in all I will continue to visit, however would encourage a wider menu to be introduced. If you have a large group there will probably not be enough choice.
Beers are good, pub is now owned by Badger Breweries.

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TimE
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall1food4service3ambience3

Poor. No menus, needed to be printed, then one item not available. Incredibly slow

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paulp
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

service really good, staff very attentive, food good, great value

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Valb
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Usually very good but sadly this wasn’t a good night

Had run out of the starters we all wanted , had run out of the main courses we wanted and the beetroot salad had one piece of beetroot in it , just salad leaves , we had it last time we visited and it was lovely but one piece of beetroot is not ok

Hope it’s back to normal next time

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ilsac
West Sussex
10 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very efficient & polite staff! Great experience!!

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DEEB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quiet early evening meal.delicious ham, egg & chips. Friendly staff . Tasty salad

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chrisr
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you've never been to Henfield, plan a trip. And make sure you have a meal at the White Hart Hotel. My mother-in-law's grandfather own this pub 100 years ago - and it hasnt changed much since. We arranged a family pub lunch here. Great food and great service. The menu was straight-forward pub-grub, all fresh and really tasty - good sized helpings (we couldnt manage a desert). Excellent choice of drinks, including Badger Beers on tap (well kept, a Ale drinkers dream). We finished off with a little stroll down the beautifully kept historic High Street. Again pity we didnt have room for a stop at one of the many Tea Shops. Very enjoyable experience. We'll be back (wont leave it 100 years this time though).

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Faye1
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The staff are lovely and always so helpful in the White Hart, which is a beautiful old pub, nicely laid out with lots of space between the tables. However, the quality of the cooking isn't as good as it was a few weeks ago. This time, my friend's White Hart Smokie was nicely flavoured but very dry, when it should have been in a sauce. The veggie curry is always delicious, and my burger was good, too, but the portions are huge - far too big for most women's appetites in the evening - so maybe cut back on the size and up the quality? One small criticism is that the menu hasn't changed in months - it would be good to have some specials available, to ring the changes for regulars.

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Lucy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this new find pub. The food is great and they do a lovely Pinot Grigio Rose. Just booked for Sunday roast today and can’t wait! Yum.

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PaulineP
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The salad special was rather disappointing but, the ham, eggs & chips was excellent!

PB
PauleneB
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent service however food took quite a long time to arrive.

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RichardW
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Went their for a lunchtime snack. Food was ok but despite it being a simple order they still managed to cock it up. Bread wasn't stale but equally wasn't fresh.

Nice beer garden and friendly staff. Prices ok but overall I wouldn't rush back.

If this was an end of term report I think it could be summed up by "Could do better"

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PauleneB
West Sussex
2 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely garden and good service. Staff were friendly and efficient. Would recommend eating here.

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DavidH
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under new management and had a bit of a makeover with stripped floors and tables.
Food was tasty Tiger prawns and the Smokie. Very pleasant

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The White Hart is rated 4.1 stars by 95 OpenTable diners.

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