The White Hart

3.6
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254 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Our aim is to work with local suppliers to source the best local produce. These partnerships are based on the values of our charitable Trust whose vision is to create a society that is sustainable, just and enriching. We try to use local organic, free range and fair trade products as much as possible.


We work with suppliers like the family owned brewer St Austell’s, the coffee supplier Origin, local produce and meat suppliers also Sharpham for their local cheeses and wines.


We hope you enjoy your time and meal at the White Hart at Dartington Hall.
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DE
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Have had lunch here many times. Always good food and a reasonable price and always great service. Thank you White Hart.

j
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Home Made and cooked
We had a Steak pie all the shortcrust pastry was made homemade, meat and veg cooked exactly right! very professionally cooked meal and desserts. We both thought it was wonderful. Staff were very attentive.

IO
Scot. Islands
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carefully served meals in a relaxing setting. Attentive waiters and excellent meals

n
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

the ambience of the old building is it's main attraction and being close to the barn cinema, etc. the service is slow and lacking in attention. food was adequate but some vegetables underdone, and overall rather overpriced for what you get.

RH
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Good service and food but slightly spoiled by a rather enthusiastic, largish group at a nearby table

j
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good roast. Fantastic service by a young man who had only been there a month but for whom nothing was too much trouble. But chilly but it was a terrible day - strong winds and rain.

JM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Overcooked beef, no crackling with pork, undercooked cauliflower, no ambience, poor experience.

NH
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food although at 7.45 pm several items unavailable. Drinks took ages and then arrived with the food.Felt they were understaffed.

S
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Locally sourced & interesting menu. Helpful staff. Pleasant surroundings. Maybe a little pricey for a spontaneous meal out?

RH
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and friendly service with no rush and good wine

RY
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good but not outstanding. The service was very good and the surroundings were pleasant. The website offered discounts of 20% which we were not offered. The system seems very complex.

AH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 7 January 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

First visit - organised before cinema on Tuesday evening.
Service began as it continued - slow and uninspiring/un welcoming, very poor menu knowledge by waitress who served us and despite asking never really got the answers.
Food, when it arrived was surprisingly good - eg pie of day. Beers on menu did not match what was available.
Recommend you take service much more seriously to compliment the quality of the food. Until then, I would hesitate to recommend to friends.

D
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The food was really good but the service was poor. They advertised 20% off Sunday lunch in January and we thought we would give it another go as used to be so poor service wise. I booked on the sit and we enjoyed the food. When came to pay it was full price and I reminded them that it should b20% off. They then tried to tell me that because I didn’t tell them when I came in, I couldn’t have it. Got the manager who seemed embarrassed as she to,d me we had to state we want this when we arrive. Showed her the website and she apologised and took the discount off. We just thought real shame they are not customer focused and not honest but the food was good.

F
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience1

With the caveat that you reserve a table and when making the booking you should make a request for a table away from the door!

JF
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We have been going to The White Heart for many years and never have we had such poor food the point you could not eat it. Although the waiting staff still good it was very very disappointing to say the least.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Unfortunately we had our meal on day one of a new menu. The waitress could not answer a question about dish content (but did offer to find out). The veg curry arrived Luke warm so had to be sent back, eventually our excellent young waiter managed to find some lime pickle to go with it but this should be offered without asking. The fish pie was ok but nothing special for the price. On paying we were not asked how the meal was but, when prompted £5 was deducted for the disappointing curry. We have had some lovely meals at the White hart before and believed the price was set well for the quality, on this visit we felt let down. We would be reluctant to come again in the future.

JR
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Really enjoyed Sunday Lunch at the White Hart. Beef excellent and vegetarian main very tasty. Not easy to sit opposite the door....draughty. The fire was however gorgeous and the cat delightful.

S
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was super. The arancini particularly tasty.
We were headed to the Barn Cinema after and were pleased to be able to have time to fit in a delicious pannacotta to end with.

H
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Cold and drafty atmosphere, burnt chips and undercooked broccoli, boring menu choice, slow service, dreadful experience, will not return. Such a shame - this pub should be a destination experience that helps to save and serve the gorgeous Dartington Estate.

Y
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Sunday roast turkey was really excellent and easily equalled our other local favourites. We will certainly be returning, and recommending to our friends.

ET
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

A very disappointing experience. This was a meal that was overpriced and under- delivered. Seasonal choices are generally great but the range was extremely limited and the only vegetarian dish was boulangerie potatoes- might have been good as a side dish but £15.95?! I had the steak which was good but served on a piece of rock hard toasted bread and not interesting enough to warrant the £23.50 price tag. My partner had fish which was under-seasoned. Our veggie friend ordered two starters- the arancini was good but the soup was under-seasoned and dull. I was really looking forward to eating here but would not go back or recommend.

V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Buildings and grounds beautiful of course ... welcoming pub and inviting menu, but food was very disappointing and didn’t taste great.

DJ
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent, as always. Service is always friendly but can be a bit haphazard. The location is fantastic. Overall, a great place to go.

MS
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue with fabulous food service was excellent very friendly.

CL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food and service were excellent.
I really enjoyed the environment of the White Hart, the décor was plain and understated, reflecting the style of the building itself.

JH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Visited the White Hart for a Sunday Roast as had previously visited at Christmas time and always had an excellent meal. Sadly the Sunday Roast - we had the slow cooked beef- was dreadful. The vegetables were ok however the one piece of thinly sliced beef was awful - my companion likened it to a piece of rag! The beef was stringy and generally dreadful. We had to ask for more gravy and that was like a jug of brown hot water. Our waitress did ask if the meal was ok and we did point out the meat was a disgrace to which she didn’t seem to know what to say other than she would pass the comments on. I think there are far better venues for Sunday lunch around and would definitely avoid the White Hart. Appalling quality and not worth the money. All in all very disappointing

HG
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Really wanted it to be better than it has in the past, but STILL no atmosphere - Please put some background music on..... it's a really odd atmosphere otherwise! We felt we were making too much noise with our 6 year old... The service was patchy. One FOH team member was great - friendly, smiley. Another one, was not so good - shoddily dressed, no charisma or customer service whatsoever...

The food was ok but overpriced. The tiny serving of roast vegetables that came with the roast dinner was disappointing - one parsnip and four carrots to share between 3 people!

It could be so much better......

AA
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

Had dinner on our first night. Starter ok, husband 's steak was awful, strange texture and lacked any flavour. I had risotto which was fine. Breakfast was very disappointing. I don't mind self service, but at least make sure that everything is kept hot! Everything was luke warm, and this morning noticed that the lamp over the beans was not working! Very disappointing, breakfast should be the meal that sets you up for the day, but not here. Would not recommend to anyone.

S
Bath
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great evening meal before cinema viewing next door
Wonderful setting with great ambience
Staff most helpful and accommodating
Toilets upstairs- not sure if there is a lift - could be a problem if mobility limited

SA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great venue, lovely food, prompt professional service. Definitely recommend this venue especially before going to see a film, makes it a brilliant evening out.

JR
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is an ideal restaurant if you’re staying at Dartington Hall, however, I would not recommend going here for dinner.
Staff were taking drinks and food to wrong table, then trying next table which was also wrong. Tables all round us were complaining about food, length of wait or lack of basic tap water they had waited 15 minutes or more. My husbands steak was worse he’s ever had and despite raising issue with staff they were not interested. I requested a starter in a bigger size and was that wasn’t possible.
Drinks were extremely slow & we wasn’t offered water.
The bill was £62 for 2 of us which was really bad value for the quality / quantity of good along with poor service.
Unfortunately as it’s located in Dartington Hall it appears to be fully booked every night, despite below average food. It seems such a shame as all the cafes in the estate are lovely.
I recommend a short drive to Cott Inn for much superior food/service.

HP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We were looking forward to a nice meal with friends. However the food took over an hour to arrive. No one checked on us in the mean time. I had to go get the waitress. The portions were very small for the money. There was no one there to clear our plates and ask if we wanted coffees or desserts. All in all a very poor experience. We will not be returning.

PC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience2

Had long wait for food which we had to rush as had a film starting. Soup was very average & had to ask for bread. Main was ok but small portions. My desert was sticky toffee pudding & was unexpectedly cold. I'd had enough by then & returned it. When I went to pay (I had to find a waitress as we were out of time) I made the point about delays & was given sympathy but nothing else. Overall disappointed. Won't be returning.

JC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

A nice place to enjoy a Sunday roast but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat there

BE
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were disappointed to find the main courses didn t include a potato and vegetable portion. By adding these on as an extra put the price into the expensive bracket ! All the steak came with was a few onion rings !!!! That isn’t acceptable

CP
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely unique place I liked the communal dining table option
Food lovely and very good value will visit again

S
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went following the article in the Dart magazine urging locals to retry following a change in chefs.
A nice Sunday roast - we sat outside and there was a wedding going on in the grounds so the music was nice ambiance.
Because of the wedding I think the staff were a bit distracted. There isn’t really anywhere to say you’ve arrived for your booking?
The food was lovely and our only comment is that you need to sharpen your knives or provide steak ones for the roast beef. It was tender to eat but the butter knife cutlery made it very hard to cut!
Wonderful and we will be back

A
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Only if any closures / partial closures were communicated night before so we could plan our itinerary to eat out elsewhere see review sent to Dartington Hall. My number 07873231996 if you wanted to ring

PW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Booked table to coincide with film screening, which worked perfectly.
Venue is the original kitchen of the Dartington Hall, so it's compact, high ceilinged and characterful. Menu choice wasn't huge, but we enjoyed our goat burgers.
Service was slower than usual, but the staff were professional and polite.
Table arrangements were unusual too, with large banquet style seating, so we shared our table with another couple and single chap.
Overall it was an enjoyable meal, though we did feel it was a little over priced.

JM
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I booked a table for four people to eat in the White Hart before watching a film in the Barn cinema.
Such a surprising interior and a most stunning main high vaulted roof though we did not eat in this area we were in a cosy area off the main hall. The staff were fabulous very attentive and super friendly. We all had the two course Devon o’clock menu. A delicious fish pie followed by yummy sticky toffee pudding. A hidden gem on the Dartington Estate. Will visit again.