The White Hart

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223 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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Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

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
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

GO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

We staying at Dartington Hall, and had eaten at this venue the evening before and had a very
positive experience. We were very surprised that the menu which is limited anyway was exactly
the same as the previous evening, not even a main course special to give a different choice.
Again we had fish cake and pate to start with. As neither of us is particularly fond of fish or mussels
in order to have a change from previous evening we both ordered Sirloin Steak and Chips.
The barman had been very friendly and chatty when purchasing pre dinner drinks to take outside.
On entering the restaurant to eat, initially no member of staff to show us to a table. Eventually a younger member of staff appeared took our name and showed us to a table, we not asked if it suitable, there was no greeting or conversation from the person. When taking our orders no conversation from the waiter
or recommendations regarding dishes. Both courses were plonked-on the table in front of us as when asked for was the bill. During our time in the restaurant it was apparent the younger staff had no people skills and when not serving stood near the desk arms folded looking as though they did not want to be there. On checking the bill I noticed we had been overcharged for each Steak by £3 (the bill produced
By computer and obviously not checked by waiter). On calling the waiter over to explain there was a
mistake on bill he just snatched it off me and took it away, nothing by way of apology.
A short time Later a lady who was apparently in charge came over, and immediately apologised
And explained as the bill had gone through computers he could not change it but would take it over
to reception amended by hand, and have the correct amount debited to our account. This was done immediately and she again apologised. This all said and done we did not have a good experience compared to previous evening.

GO
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were staying at Dartington Hall and chose to eat at The White Hart, their onsight restaurant.
From looking on line at sample menus we knew that it was a small choice menu, for each course,
Which in some ways suits us. We sat in the bar area which has very high ceilings on a large table,
where others diners could sit. There was one other diner at the table on an opposite corner
and we did not interfere with him or vice versa. The staff were all very friendly, polite, helpful
and industrious when not actually serving tables. The starters of liver pate and fish cake,
were well presented, nice and spicy and made from good class ingredients. The mains we ordered
were a risotto and a goat burger and fries. Both were very tasty and you would not have known it was goat, very spicy and full of meat. The price of alcohol here is not over expensive for
a venue of this type, a good selection of wines and ales, including three West Country Ales
On hand pumps. Overall a good experience.

HL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent. Chef doing a great job. Room was quite dark, could do with some extra lighting to create a warmer atmosphere.
Will return.

OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Husband birthday treat 2nights at the hotel including dinner at the White hart restaurant. Very enjoyable especially the service we had from Alice.

ZH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate there 2 nights, both times the food was lovely. The waitress was also extremely friendly and helpful

LJ
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

We ate in the White Hart the first evening of our stay. Although the atmosphere was very nice with pleasant surroundings, unfortunately we were very disappointed with our food. We both ordered tarragon chicken, which arrived with the tiniest amount of sauce and tasted very bland. We then realised that it didn't actually come with any vegetables, which was very disappointing, so we ordered one portion of triple cooked fries and a portion of buttered cabbage at a total cost of £8, which we think is very expensive for a tiny portion of vegetables? Also the triple cooked fries were soggy and didn't taste that pleasant. Unfortunately we didn't have the opportunity to complain, as no one came back to us to ask if the meal was okay. We also had to wait a long time for our food even though the restaurant didn't appear to be at maximum capacity. Another problem was the chocolate trifle. Although it tasted okay, we were puzzled by the fact it contained ice cream, which we thought was a bit odd, as we didn't think trifle is supposed to contain ice cream? The wine and the beer we had were nice and also the coffee at the end of the meal, but sadly, as we were completely underwhelmed, we chose not to have dinner there for the remainder of our stay. Apart from that, the White Hart has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and the staff are friendly, but sadly the food is lacking!

S
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu was a little limited—only one main meat dish—but the quality of the food and the level of service were very good. During dinner, and at two subsequent breakfasts, the staff were excellent—friendly, helpful and effecienct.

LG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Greatly improved since our last visit - which wasn't bad, just not as good as this time. Steak superb and amazingly tasty. Moules marinieres excellent, the sauce delicious.
We only rated the service as average because, as previously, service is slow and at times inattentive.
On this occasion an inexperienced waiter tipped a tray, and contents of half our drinks order, over one of our guests - he had to eat dinner in wet trousers, which rather spoilt his evening.
In terms of value for money it was good too.
Thank you.

AC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Atrocious service, took half an hour to be given our drinks which were just sitting on the side of the bar and it was only then that the waitress told us they had run out of part of our meal and we would be given a substitute which they would have known within 5 minutes of taking our order. Salt shaker had completely run out so had to ask for another one, and they'd printed our bill before we even finished eating which felt very passive aggressive as if we were being kicked out (nowhere near closing time). Will not be going again.

HW
London
102 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Sun was shining so we sat outside which was lovely. Only drawback was having to go in to order everything as they didnt do table service outside and all the food came at once. They should say that all main courses come with veg as we ordered more, then realised some of the sides hadn't arrived! Having said that the food was excellent, bit limited on the wine list but overall a lovely Easter Sunday lunch and will return.

SW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

A lovely location but disappointing selection of mains compared with the last time we visited. The desserts have also been better before

R
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

the evening meal was very good in taste although service was a little slow.
Breakfast was a shambles with things constantly running out and we were having to keep on asking for things, such as croissants,bacon etc. The coffee was foul.
The staff were pleasant and helpful.

MF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

With reservations. We found that the tables were pushed too close together and squeezing through to our seat a glass of wine on the table next to us was knocked over, staining clothes and cushions. Our table was pushed right up to the radiator which made it uncomfortably hot. We found the menu rather limited but the food we ordered we enjoyed.

KB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

The food was excellent -- we had the hake (with seasonal greens) and the onion tart (with slaw), followed by the pannacotta and the sticky toffee pudding. However, service was slow, and the guy who seemed to be in charge of the restaurant on Sunday had three attempts to get our bill right. (On the first try, only the desserts were right; the drinks and mains were someone else's. On the second attempt the food was right, but the drinks were still wrong. And I only noticed later that the third attempt, which itemised the right things, and which we therefore paid, actually undercharged us for the two mains.) The main dining room at the White Hart is a fantastic double-height medieval room, and the new arrangement of seating diners around large square tables is nice. But there's always going to be an issue with the restaurant being the same room as the bar. People gathering before the concert tended to crowd round the diners.

AG
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful surroundings, very atmospheric, food tasted fantastic and good value for money.

T
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our overall experience has always been very good at The White Hart. We have rarely been disappointed with service, value or quality/quantity of the food. Our waitstaff was very attentive but weren't overly hovering. Great atmosphere in the snug; unfortunately, the fireplace had not been lit to give the rainy day a more cozy feel. The only downside, however, was that I booked this lunch for my husband's birthday (which I mentioned in the booking) but was a bit surprised that The White Hart didn't mention it or present him with a small, complimentary dessert as most Open Table establishments that we have booked through do.

AR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal for two as a birthday treat with love and indulgence package really good value D B and B

TS
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I ordered a 'mushroom burger' which was noting more than a single mushroom, a slice of aubergine and some relish in a bun. Disappointing

CS
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very expensive as you have to buy veg and side dishes on top. Fish cakes were dry and we didn’t know which waitress was ours. We asked one for some sauce and we had virtually eaten our meal before it arrived. The room was quite cool and we had been seated by a door despite there being many other tables. The ambience was in the building and it’s age. A very limited menu unfortunately. Such a shame as we go to the Barn theatre quite often and were looking forward to going regularly.

GM
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Although staff were good there was no atmosphere and food average. We also found cling film in a starter. The staff were helpful and did not charge us for the dish and provided a free drink but in the evening it was a bit souless and had no ambience.

LW
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good although the triple cooked chips we had with our steak weren’t that good - not quite right, but only ok. Service was good and quick which we needed as we had a cinema visit afterwards. I think the dining hall is amazing with the high ceilings etc but the lighting was very low - it needs brightening up a bit - something not quite right with it. Otherwise a nice evening and not too expensive either.

GB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The White Hart is transformed, great food, drinks and staff.
The building is stunning, my only slight criticism is that The White Hart is not well integrated into it and jars slightly with the surroundings.

CP
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The portions were extremely variable in size, some receiving reasonable size portions, other disappointingly small portions. The menu is a bit too limited. Fruit served on side of desert was unripe. Service was slow and a bit taciturn from a number of staff and the setting quite draughty. The main saving grace was the beautiful fresh flowers on the table. I feel sad to be negative as I think there's lots of potential so please use this honest feedback to make improvements for what could be a real gem.

T
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The setting for the restaurant is lovely. There are two parts to it and if booking again we would ask for a table in the main area. - we weren’t seated there! The main area is in what one would think of a medieval Keep of a castle. Very interesting.
The food was good and plentiful. We had a very noisy group next to us and that didn’t help but you could get that anywhere.

OT
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Your website said that you promised to get us to the barn cinema on time, and we allowed 90 minutes from 18.30 to 20.00. We mentioned this to the waitress at the outset. The first course was served at about 19.10, after a long wait, and the second course was ordered at about 19.35. Nothing had arrived by 19.50, so we judged that we would not have time to enjoy it, and departed.
Having said all that, the food was good - thank you.

OT
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service for dinner and the food was delicious. But not so good when we ate there for breakfast the next day.

LB
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I was impressed with the high quality of the food and the enthusiastic and pleasant service.

KR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice menu.
Delicious food.
Main courses are quite small. Think the idea is to have all 3 courses.
I had the apple crumble for dessert, which was huge - easily big enough to share.

NW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent experience will definitely be returning . Good Service friendly staff and excellent food using quality produce

SH
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food has improved but there are a number of glaring issues which you still need to sort out.
The room is cold , that massive bar is an eyesore.
The service is hopeless, the staff don't know the menu or wines, food is slammed down in front of you, the table wobbles, There is no rapport with your server as they change all the time.
The food wasn't very hot.

RC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was poor, the staff seemed untrained and poorly supervised. We had to ask for main course rubbish to be cleared after the sweet was served. Details like no steak knife supplied, no question if everything was ok, no offer of sauces. Steak was only warm. Pricing vegetables separately pushed the price and greens or cabbage at £4.00 was excessive.

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