The White Hart

3.6
193 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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DE
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Usually eat here before we visit the Dartington Hall's theater. Very convenient with good food and great service.

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JR
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We very much enjoyed our meal, it was delicious, my cod was cooked expertly. The restaurant was very quiet as it was a Sunday night I think. It was very relaxing with a lovely roaring fire, just right after seeing a film at the Barn cinema.

The service was not perfect however, and at one point a jug of milk was spilt all over my handbag, an unfortunate accident but we felt the young servers were perhaps not very experienced. They knew little about the food menu when asked. But they were very polite and did their best. Every time we visit there seem to be new staff, so perhaps the lack of continuity is an issue.

But Darlington Hall is an extremely special place and we love visiting.

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EM
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All pretty nice for a reasonable price. I've indicated that the noise level was high. We were probably a bit unlucky in that we had a party of three people on one side of us who all spoke quite loudly - one of them particularly so. On our other side, and just as close, there was a party of four who were in animated conversation all of the time, but they were much quieter. This wasn't a big issue for us.

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AW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My guests and I had a lovely meal served by friendly staff after we had seen a film at the Barn Cinema.
One of the waitresses was unable to answer a question about an unfamiliar item on the menu. It would have been better had she known more about the meals on the menu.

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SD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We ate at the White Hart prior to seeing the film at the Barn Cinema. It was OK but I am afraid nothing outstanding. Our table was by an outside door so when people went in or out there was a cold draft. The service was fine. We found that the majority of the starters (before) were biased in favour of vegetarian / vegan dishes and had to ask for butter to go with the starter we did choose - I would have assumed it came automatically to spread on toast. I chose the onion tart as my main course (middle) but found it rather vinegary which I did not like, but my partner enjoyed his steak.

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MH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived a little late, due to unforeseen circumstances, and called ahead to alert the restaurant. They were very good, and it was not a problem. This meant we were going to have less time than anticipated to get to the film we booked for, but, again, the waitress was fast at taking our order and putting it through, so we wouldn’t be late.
There was a waitress there who really didn’t seem to know much, but may have been new, but our main waitress was excellent.
The food was lovely, as always, as were the potatoes and veg we ordered separately. (Worth noting that the veg portions are a good size, so we only really needed one between us.)
We asked for the bill as soon as possible and this was dealt with swiftly.
Only one real moan - the water jug! Whilst it looked lovely on the table, it was almost impossible to pick up! So large and heavy. I couldn’t actually pick it up, my husband had to do it.
Otherwise a lovely evening.

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B
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We ordered chips described as triple cooked

They came when we had nearly finished our meal . They were underdone in the middle and burnt on the outside

Service was slow. We asked for dessert menu but waiter took so long to return we decided to pay and leave

Room was cold

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TW
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a medieval building with fantastic gardens and deer parks for after lunch walks.

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ND
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We received a voucher for Christmas and thought a Sunday lunch at the White Hart would be a lovely treat. Everything about our experience was exceptional from service to food to ambience. We liked it so much we’ve booked again for Mother’s Day

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MN
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly, helpful staff. Menu changes very often so you never know what you are going to have until you arrive. Can get busy so book even it’s for Lunch.

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DE
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great lunch as usual. Decent menu choices and good wine.

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N
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Mix up with menu prices - staff weren't sure of current prices on website. Two of the desserts weren't the same as described on the menu. Bit of a disappointing lunch overall. I emailed the following day - no one replied. Pretty poor customer service.

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RW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Odd menu that doesn't really hold together. Rather cold. Oddly placed tables sort of bumping into the bar, although there was oceans of space. Food was ok but not special and the whole experience just felt rather incoherent. Although it is in the most beautiful place.

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LP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The menu offered a good range of choices including gluten free. The food was very tasty & the service was excellent.

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d
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A very bad experience.
My wife was unable to eat the venison stew. Extremely gamey and basically looked like a plate of mush ,except for the dumplings which were like bullets.
Half way through the meal about a hundred concert goers arrived at the restaurant bar, surrounded the table , put down drinks and made one heck of a racket.
We were not charged for the venison main course but this did not make up for the really disappointing night. The place was chaotic and we will never return. Amateur service and a very cold attitude displayed by the head waiter

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DE
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lunch before a movie. Decent menu with something for everyone.

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MH
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Sunday before going to the cinema, and took advantage of the pre cinema deal menu.
My husband had the Beef roast and commented that it was the best he’d ever had.
I’m a vegetarian, and though a good choice, there was no Sunday roast option. So, I asked for the Onion tart to come with roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding instead of the mille feuille, and they were happy to do this.
The desserts were also excellent, and marked whether vegetarian or not, which is good to see.
We have been to this restaurant a few times before the cinema, and would definitely recommend the food and the friendly, helpful staff.

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LT
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

God choice of dishes, nice wines and a great setting. Really pleasant and helpful staff too.

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DF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Exceptional food - first rate chef. Some small children slightly spoiled the ambience for us, but it was early evening.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Very poor service from the last time we visited, had to Waite far to long to be served, then my wife could not eat her main course as it was not cooked properly

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TN
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Dull. OK if you want to eat before attending an event at Dartington but not much point making the effort to go there otherwise. The venue has a single toilet for disabled people downstairs, the rest are on the first floor. Diners clearly don't bother to go upstairs, hence when my (disabled) wife used the downstairs toilet there was no toilet paper and empty rolls were scattered on the floor. Staff were asked twice to rectify this; response was" it's not my job". Bit ironic as we were off to see a play at the Space by disabled people. Try walking the talk guys.

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S
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The waiting staff were extremely helpful and friendly. However, although on our arrival we were the only clients, the kitchen seemed to be extremely confused. Instead of Pate we received a Duck and Pigeon Terrine - hardly the same thing at all. There was no pate. The raost beef was excellent, tender and pink and plentiful. The Yorkshires etc. were good but I don't understand why the kitchen think it clever to send the meat out sitting on top of the roast potatoes so that they have lost any crispness or crunchiness by the time they reach the table. Why not serve them seperately with the other vegetables. When we asked for more gravy it came in a tiny little jug - a joke really. There was no English mustard in the whole restaurant which is an essential for some. However, there was horseradish. The coffee was good. We just felt that this restaurant felt a little like the place that time had forgotten, it really lacks ambience and attention for diners who are not part of the Dartington Estate events. I doubt that we will go again - such a shame. Good food is really important and it was a decent roast but ambience and a professional staff are part of what we pay for.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The White Hart is very convenient if you are staying at Dartington Hall, especially on a Sunday when there is not much open locally. All the staff were helpful in my quest for gluten free food. However the first night we waited a long time and the fish and chips served to one of us was cold and should have been sent back really but we had already waited ages so didn't bother. The menu does not change much so over the 3 days we were there the gluten free options were the same few, only the soup changing. While all the staff were helpful the venue itself is very dimly lit and seems to have little energy- that however is not anything to do with the staff!

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice and quiet. Small (Sunday) menu but enough choice for various tastes, and some interesting dishes.
Very reasonable prices for food, though wine quite expensive.
Very helpful and friendly service, though not very quick - if the restaurant had been more busy there would not have been enough staff.

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GC
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We have been eating at the White Hart for seven years, and are disappointed by the reduced menu, especially the limited vegetarian options. The service was slow, but this wasn't the waitress' fault as she was clearly busy the whole time. We asked for bread and olives while we waited for our main course (which we were told would be 20 mins). The bread and olives took 20 minutes to come (after an equally long wait for drinks) and was a pile of olives on a slice of toast with no cocktail sticks... different! The main course, when it eventually arrived, was well cooked, but nothing special. The cutlery is of bad design and unwieldy, and for the last few years I have requested an 'old' knife and fork, because the new ones are so hard to handle. Five years ago The White Hart was a venue for special occasions, with creative, locally sourced food. Now it's run of the mill, and we would only eat there if other favourite venues were booked.

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AN
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Outside seating area:
Tables not cleaned after removal of trays
Trays left too long before removal, encouraging ‘wasps’ to cause extreme nuisance to customers and staff
Glass not swept up following a breakage under table
Steak knives should be made available in restaurant

Overall lovely restaurant venue for a pre/post cinema experience, good food and service 👍

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EM
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Had to ask for cinema menu 3 times, when it came there were 2 choices but one had 3 portions left.Had 20 mins to eat meal before cinema started despite being there 1.5 hrs before and had to take desert into cinema with us! Staff apologetic but needs to be better organised as a system!! Food lovely when it arrived! But felt very rushed and not a relaxed evening .

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DB
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Amazing setting, interesting short menu (4 or 5 starters & same for main which I take as a good sign), the food was very tasty, well presented. Only compliant was the service, we were served by four different staff who were not working together as a team and dashing from table to table to kitchen & back which ruined any atmosphere and our table service (being asked multiple times if we had chosen, ordered, wanted water etc).

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SC
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely family Sunday lunch with my 85 year old, wheelchair using Mum. Good veggie options and fabulous roast beef. Will go again.

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EC
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Went for a meal before the cinema. I had a starter fishcake with sauteed potatoes and salad. The fishcake was miniscule; the smallest I have ever been served or even seen. The Aioli it came with was nice, the salad and sauteed potatoes were fine. My partner had mussels which he described as overcooked and lukewarm. I advised him to send them back, but he was too hungry. The staff were ok; a bit distracted and indifferent. Over all experience was disappointing. If we need to eat before going to the Barn cinema again, we'll leave earlier and go to somewhere in Totnes.

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