The White Hart of Wytham

4.4
560 reviews
£25 and under
English
We're a small independent team now into our fifth year of running this beautiful 17th century country pub just outside Oxford city centre.

We have introduced full social distancing protocols for your safety as well as ours. Please note and observe these upon arrival. Due to current government restrictions, all of our tables are outdoors. All bookings will be seated in the White Hart's Observatory for weather-proof dining. To book a pod, please leave a request on your booking, and we shall do our best to accommodate. Due to high demand, our individual dining pods are available on a first come, first serve basis.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 560 People Are Saying
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DaveP
Surrey
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely service and most of the food was delicious. A few Mix ups on drinks and food, but quickly rectified with minimum of fuss. Considering the complications from COVID workarounds, we had a lovely time. The outdoor seating arrangements were lovely and we stayed dry and warm even through a hail shower.

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AnnaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time back to the WH since last year. We thought how well you'd accommodated the present situation. First the huge protective tent plus the individual pods which were delightful - beautifully presented and pretty - we could see much money and effort had been ploughed in to this new way of dining.

There were three of us - my mother who was 90, my sister and myself. I did inform the pub at point of booking that mum is a regular user of the WH and that it was a special birthday and was informed that she would be a made a little bit of a fuss of... but this didn't happen. It's no big deal, but she would have been as pleased as punch with a Happy Birthday from the staff. There was ambient piano music; just right - not intrusive, very pleasant. We each had a starter plus a pud - divine food as always. Staff friendly and professional, with covid protocol taken v. seriously. We bought coats, blankets and a hot water bottle - thankfully the rain held off until we were about to leave so all good. It was lovely to be back there again; I know mum in particular enjoyed it. Thank you!

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JamesL
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great spot. Becoming our favorite pub for outdoor dining in Oxford area.
the menu has some fabulous courses . Really top notch

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OliveL
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very enjoyable lunch meal yesterday at the White Hart Wytham. The outside facilities are very good with separate pods and a high covering that covered the whole area. One felt safe from Covid and were able to relax and enjoy being waited on after what seems a long time.

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ElaineG
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely atmosphere. Service was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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GeoffB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Geared up well for COVID compliant outside dining. Great food! Wrap up well if it’s cold outside although the pods have heaters.

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nicolaP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back at The White Hart. As always the food was lovely. Both of us had a roast. my beef was brilliant, so tasty and it melted in the mouth. My husbands pork loin was soft and tender, and the crackling was so good that he would have loved to have had a bag of it. Plenty of fresh veg, tasty gravy and the lightest yorkshire puddings that we've ever eaten. Wonderful service even with all the Covid restrictions. If you haven't eaten here yet hurry up and book a table, it's so good

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Nemo
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely Sunday meal. Accommodated some dietary intolerances really well. Beautiful outdoor garden. Very high quality food. Chef deserves a raise!

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Kitty
London
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food good. At present eating outside but well organised. Beautiful pub. Staff efficient and served quickly despite being very busy.

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RayneR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A last minute decision to visit our son in Oxford for a sunny Sunday lunch meant that only two options came back in the search results. The Whyte Hart came first and with such good ratings I didn’t hesitate to book 4 bar stools. In fact we had a pod dressed with greenery and waiting staff full of smiles. Fast service, lovely Sunday roast. They were short on some of the veg so extra Yorkshire puddings were offered and they’d run out of the dessert I’d have liked - but that’s a sign of a popular menu. We’d definitely go back and would recommend without hesitation.

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IngaN
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The White Hart has made a wonderful set up in the garden. Very atmospheric with lights and decorations, lovely pods to sit in, each with their own heat lamp. The food was great, as always.

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PSnR
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Booked anniversary date with my wife three weeks in advance of booking expecting to get a cosy pod as per the the pubs website but disappointing to arrive on the evening to find table not ready and then advised hadn’t had a pod reserved anyway. Placed out on a limb in an unheated poorly lit area away from the main dining experience so didn’t start on the best footing. Waiter apologetic as we’d felt mislead and not in the know that should have explicitly asked for a pod..said he would move us to a pod as soon as one became available which he did in the end but we’d had had the meal by then. Would have been a far better experience if been in the heated pods for the whole meal. Really nice ambience and feel. Food was good but wine was poor. £26 Chenin blanc was watery and felt equivalent to a cheap £5 convenience store wine..overall would have given higher score if it wasn’t for the disappointing seating experience. Was first night out for months also with my wife having worked two stressful jobs in NHS throughout the pandemic. Of course that not the pubs fault but amplified the disappointing experience after lots of good recommendations from others that had had the hallowed pod dining experience..on that basis won’t be returning. Pierre Victories all the way next time when they open up..

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JeremyA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice food. Looking forward to eating there when it is a bit warmer.

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JessicaF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really tasty food, the outdoor pod was beautiful ans the staff were friendly

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HannahH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a lovely meal at the White Hart. We were sitting outside, as per the current COVID regs and they did a great job of creating a cosy and ambient atmosphere. There was luce music in the form of a piano which was such a treat and added to the experience. The good was all tasty and well presented. Would definitely recommend.

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EmmaJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. And it was nice to see it full of staff. And we didn’t have to wait too long for food like we have in the past

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RogerM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellently prepared for outdoor dining terrific food lovely service highly recoomended

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Terrific heated pods for outdoor dining. A very cosy atmosphere

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Trisky
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delightful evening in their charming outside booths . The food was delicious and the service very friendly. We can’t wait to go again.

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PaulF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a booking on OpenTable for 2:15 PM on the day of the booking, Thursday the 22nd of May. We got there and no one was at reception. After being ignored for five minutes by serving stall walking by someone came over, looked at a list, and said we were not on it. I explained we had made a late reservation, enabled by OpenTable. They went away to look into it and then came back and said "sorry", we cannot take you.
The place was half empty, I gestured around and said surely they could serve us something.
Eventually the manager arrived and said their kitchen was small, they had a big party coming (probably breaking COVID regulations) and they could not help us.
Pretty poor.
First off they cannot configure OpenTable.
Secondly, they could have invited us to sit down, have a drink and surely there must have been something the kitchen could whip up.
Not planning on going back.

The White Hart of Wytham
Responded on 26 April 2021

Dear Paul I am distresed to read this and want to apologise for the failing on our part. It should not have happened and is at odds with our usually very high standard of service and hospitality. I would like to make amends and try to see if you will come again so that we can provide you with a very good experience. Please would you email me via the link on our website? Apologies and kind regards. Baz

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Verysleepysteve
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thursday lunch for three people. Excellent all round. Going to the White Hart was always a treat. Imaginative cooking made it special. I had feared that the chef would get rusty after the long closure but, fear not, all three courses were excellent. Ambience was the same as always -- excellent. There is music, which clearly bothers some reviewers. I thought it was excellent: a great play list at a reasonable volume. Loud enough to hear but soft enough not to impede conversation. I did not the piano in the centre of the courtyard. Perhaps on live music nights it is different, but the recorded music the lunchtime I was there was great. So, too, was the service. As for the space, there is a clear plastic roof over the garden which seems to bother some reviewers. I thought it was great. It was high and at no time did I feel like I was indoors. There are two kinds of tables -- some are in plastic pods that seat four, others are uncovered tables for 2, 4 or 6 -- so there is something for everyone. We were led to a pod when we arrived. I hadn't specifically asked for one. I know that the next time I go I will ask for one of the normal/unbubbled tables. And will I go again? Yes, as soon as I can make another booking.

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LaurenceW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!
A definite food delight. Not cheap but the quality is absolutely outstanding!
Lovely atmosphere and very friendly welcoming staff.
We will be going back soon!

JM
JackieM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The White Hart have created a top class outdoor dining experience. The pods are fun and quirky and the heated light keeps the chill at bay. Menu is creative and food was delicious. We will be back.

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RachaelM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! Went on recommendation from parents who tried the Sunday roast, we requested a pod and had the most amazing time! Staff were awesome, the chef deserves a pay rise and overall a wonderful experience and the food was better than some high end restaurants we’ve dined in. I counted around 12 different people that asked where it was and booked a table off the back of me posting some pictures, so I hope they all receive the same treatment. Thanks to all at the White Hart! We will be back!

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MartinD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Menu is excellent.
Food is very well prepared.
Portions are reasonable.
Quality of the service staff not so good.
The table had no salt or pepper. I asked for black pepper. The waitress asked if I wanted white pepper. I repeated black. After ten minutes I was told they had no white pepper!? By which time I’d simply taken some from a neighbouring table.
A bottle of reasonably expensive (£42) Chablis was brought to the table warm, and with the cork already removed. This was despite me asking if I could take the bottle with us because we were only two people and unlikely to finish it. A few other hiccups too.
The courtyard has been very well covidded and is very welcoming.

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lisaf
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The White Hart have made an exceptional effort to meet COVID requirements , the outdoor area was lovely , the food was usual suburb standard and we will be booking to return very soon

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Mangetout
Oxford
6 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor space has a lovely relaxed atmosphere with comfortable seating. The service was good and the food was really delicious.

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AleksandraL
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was great ,food delicious,fresh good quality!and service also on 100%!!

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chris312
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a light lunch in one of the pods which were installed last year. We each had two starters which turned out to be ample (encouraged by the fact that the starters looked more interesting than the main courses). The service was cheerful and professional and the courtyard setting makes for a harmonious ambience. We know The White Hart well and have never been disappointed.

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LorettaK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really enjoyed a birthday lunch this week. Felt very covid safe. Menu was interesting and the food was delicious. Only concern is that we were a little hot in the pod as it was sunny and can only see this becoming a greater issue if the weather continues to improve. Might feel like being in a greenhouse. Having said that, will definitely be back.

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Kleg
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I gave it four stars because it was good - not sure why I also have to write a minimum of 50 characters - puts me off doing reviews :-)

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vipdarthvader
Oxford
11 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic place for lunch under the sun in a good day.

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lisab
Oxford
5 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The White Hart is BACK! I really think that this is one of the best places to eat in Oxfordshire. The food is out of this world. The garden has been done nicely and despite not being in a dome, we were warm enough as it is sheltered.
It's not a cheap night out but it was worth every penny.

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CJParsnip
London
8 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very busy and a wedding nearby but service friendly and efficient. Lovely atmosphere. The food was excellent.

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EllenaJ
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't recommend The White Hart of Wytham highly enough. We had a delicious lunch there shortly after restrictions lifted - the food was excellent, the staff were friendly and efficient, and it felt incredibly Covid-safe. The pods are such a great idea and make it a go-to dining option in Oxford at the moment. We'll definitely be returning very soon. Thank you for having us again!

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RuthW
Devon
5 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Lovely food as always. We felt the area was too crowded with tables in the middle as well as the pods. Great that they have a huge canopy over the whole area. Please beware you will not be seated in a pod unless you ask for one at time of booking. Service mixed, given menus carefully selected then told food not available. But when I discovered the chips were covered in flour they very quickly replaced with fries. Not sure if we would go back with current set up.

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Deblas
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and piping hot. Lots of effort had been made to keep tables well spaced and it all looked really pretty and inviting. The service was excellent and with a smile. I rebooked then and there!

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Duncaf31
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I just ate the best risotto I have ever had. Vegetarian sometimes leaves me feeling cheated, but not this. Excellent. First meal out for ages and we were not disappointed. They go the extra mile in every way.

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Louise
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise level particularly notable - dining pods not only create safety and privacy, but they really block out ambient and background noise so great for anyone with hearing loss. Delicious food, friendly and prompt service. A meal to remember.

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vipOxonian
London
43 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great to be back - recommended highly. Good location - nice people.

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The White Hart of Wytham is rated 4.4 stars by 560 OpenTable diners.

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