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The White Hart

4.4
135 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Lunch
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The White Hart Hotel is the latest project for Tom & Jamie Bainbridge, who currently own The Tilbury in Datchworth.

The brothers’ ethos is to deliver a memorable experience to their guests. Their focus is on quality food which is made with creativity & passion, accompanied with wine and drinks that are carefully selected.

When dining or staying at The White Hart service will be relaxed and friendly but professionally executed.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday to Saturday Lunch 1200 - 1430 Dinner 1800-21.30
Sunday - Lunch 1200-1900
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Phone number
01438 715353
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wine
What 135 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Went to The White Heart for a Sunday lunch with family. We had a drink first in the bar area, very pleasant. The staff in both bar & restaurant could not have been more helpful.
All our meals came up together & no complaints from anyone. The Sunday roast are rather large not sure if they do smaller portions for elderly or children. We will definitely be going back.

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4.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Food was good, though the dessert menu choice was average. Cheeseboard was excellent but my wife's trio chocolate cake was bland and tastes a little stale. Good choice of wines and drinks. Service was friendly, informative but slow. Overall though a good night's food and drink and we would go back.

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Excellent as always. Great food and service. There was a slight hiccup with some dishes that were marked as vegetarian but contained non-veggie ingredients: Parmesan (which is common enough on menus) and gelatine (which is less forgivable). We've returned a few times over the years, partly because the veggie offer is always unusually good so this was worrying and disappointing. But the maitre d' was quick to liaise with the kitchen to understand the issue, apologise and suggest alternatives. The kitchen then also provided a special, extra, veggie dish by way of apology, which was very welcome. They said they would fix the menu - I really hope they do. No problems with the carnivore dishes, which were typically delicious.

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4.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Quite enjoyed the evening. The service was very good. the food was well presented but some of us felt that although the main ingredients were good quality some details were quite average and lacked flavour. The steak was a highlight. Ambience was good, though temperature of surroundings (and food!) was a little on the cool side. I suppose our expectations were a bit high having frequented the Tilbury from time to time.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

What an amazing starter Spinach Panna Cotta - wine as usual was delightful

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Very pleasant evening with friends, this is the second time we’ve met at the White Hart as Welwyn is a half way point. Great food, ambience and service. Looking forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Just a wonderful evening, food, service and ambiance first class.

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Not a restaurant I had visited before but was recommended by a friend. Lovely ambience, attentive waiting staff and good food.

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5.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Lovely lunch here for Easter Sunday. My husband enjoyed his roast beef and my lamb was melt in the mouth. Kids gobbled up theirs too! Service good- attentive but not too over the top.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

My wife,daughter and I had a wonderful time,celebrating our wedding anniversary.

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Really enjoyed the lunch. Had rump of lamb which was so well cooked. Just melted in the mouth. Definitely go again and recommend it.

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5.0Dined on 27 March 2018

This was our first visit, 4 of us celebrating my father's 85th birthday. The welcome was warm, friendly and professional. The menu had unusual, interesting dishes. (Thoroughly recommend the lamb!). The service was perfect - attentive yet inobstrusive, friendly and knowledgable staff. Fabulous wine list, appropriate glassware selected. The dining room is a beautiful, high ceilinged room with lovely tucked away tables pleasantly spaced apart. I would absolutely recommend The White Hart and will definitely be returning.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Very nice food & excellent service, good value for money

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5.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Really excellent service and food. Thank you! X

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5.0Dined on 18 March 2018

Excellent Sunday Roast. The sirloin of beef was particularly good

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4.0Dined on 11 March 2018

Booked The White Hart for Mothers Day (for my wife, on behalf of the kids!) with the special menu. We all had roast beef. What a lovely experience. Fantastic venue, food is superb and excellent service from the waiting staff. We wouldn't normally have three courses, especially when the main was so generous, but we were glad we opted for dessert. We will definitely be back.

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2.0Dined on 10 March 2018

We came here as couldn’t get into The Tilbury and noticed they had a sister restaurant so thought we would give it a try! First of all we felt the restaurant had a lack of atmosphere and even when it eventually was filled with people it felt like it was missing something.
The service was quite good, not exceptional but good. We came for mother’s day and luckily my mother and father in law were happy with their food but my husbands food was bland and both ours lacked seasoning. He also felt the portions were too small which we rarely complain about nowadays even in Michelin star restaurants.
I had the broccoli soup which was nice apart from lack of seasoning which was easily rectified however the beef burger I had for my main course was the worst I have ever had. There were 2 very thin burnt and tough burgers and one was inedible as it had an awful tang to it - I was worried it was rancid meat so I got my husband to try and he also said it didn’t taste right.
When they collected the food they did refund us for this meal as they asked what was wrong and did offer a replacement so the service was good here, but I wish the food was of a high standard without the need for them to refund meals.
My daughters main course came with our starters which was too early and then we found out they had cooked her chicken when we had asked for fish! They also refunded us for this too which was a nice gesture.
All in all we won’t be coming back unfortunately.

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5.0Dined on 7 March 2018

First time there, just lovely..... good food & super service! Would definitely recommend

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5.0Dined on 25 February 2018

This was our first visit to the White Hart, on a Sunday lunchtime with friends. It was well worth the gamble and a very positive experience. The main points were the quality of the cooking, the generous servings of beef, etc and the extensive wine list. Not to mention the friendly service. The menu choice is a bit limited for Sunday lunch, relative to the evening menu, although that is not unusual.

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3.0Dined on 24 February 2018

Had a delicious fish and chips here but the dessert let the whole meal down. It was fairly tasteless and the chef had forgotten to add ice cream - by the time we had sent it back it was cold. There were hardly any other customers eating there and the two waiters were confused about who was serving us - we had everything offered to us twice which was irritating .

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Excellent service, attention to detail, beautiful food which was presented and at a perfectly reasonable price...loved it

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5.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Phenomenal food. Everything was well presented, well combined and perfectly cook.

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5.0Dined on 11 February 2018

We had a amazing roast it practically melted in the mouth.

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4.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Really enjoyed our meal and can’t believe we’d not been before as it’s not too far from us. Would recommend and go again.

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3.0Dined on 4 February 2018

We were not particularly impressed with our latest Sunday lunch. We both had the roast lamb which was not very lean with some of the meat inedible. It also did not look very appealing on the plate. We always love their gin & tonics though!!

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5.0Dined on 4 February 2018

Great food and fabulous service

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4.0Dined on 2 February 2018

Ambience , service and food quality all very good, just a pity the main course
portion sizes were so meagre especially when ingredients are a minor cost in a restaurant.

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Fantastic food (steak and chips) and excellent service from adam!

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5.0Dined on 19 January 2018

Amazing food and wine!

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5.0Dined on 6 January 2018

Food and service were excellent. It was our first visit but we shall definitely be returning. We came with friends but shall definitely be introducing our family to The White Hart

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5.0Dined on 1 January 2018

Had a great New Year's Day roast lunch here. Portion sizes were very generous and our beef was lovely and tender with great roasted veg. The staff were friendly and attentive and also good with our 2 and 4 year olds. They were happy to accommodate our fussy eater's request for broccoli instead of peas with his sausage and mash! The dining room was pretty quiet, but I think that was more to do with the time of day (we had a 12pm booking as we have young kids and therefore no new year hangovers to nurse!) We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on 30 December 2017

Great food that was enjoyed by all the family. Meal sizes were spot on - not to big and not to small so plates were cleared. Always know you are eating in a quality restaurant when they heat the plates so the foods not like warm when it gets to you.

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4.0Dined on 26 December 2017

Went for a family Boxing Day lunch. Food was a set menu. Very nice food. Well presented and delicious. Service good. Will definitely book again.

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5.0Dined on 24 December 2017

We took family for lunch Christmas Eve. The staff were as always, friendly and attentive. We had the Sunday lunch, 4 went with beef, I had lamb. It was lovely, great selection of vegetables. No room for dessert sadly.

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5.0Dined on 23 December 2017

The food was good and so was the service. The waiters were helpful and the atmosphere was cosy.

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5.0Dined on 17 December 2017

Birthday with friends. I was given a bottle of wine and a greeting plate.

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5.0Dined on 16 December 2017

Brilliant service and food lovely - especially for a group of 10 the week before Christmas.

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4.0Dined on 16 December 2017

All very tasty but soup a bit nondescript. Squash sponge excellent. Pork and salmon very good.

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4.0Dined on 15 December 2017

The food was really tasty. I didn't need to put salt and pepper on my meal, which is always a good indicator for me that the food is full of flavour. Creative/imaginative vegetarian options, not standard fayre. The service we had was great. Went there on a date night, though we've been together 15 years, and it felt like a special night out without a huge bill at the end. We paid £75 between the two of us, and that includes the tip. For good food, good service and, again, lovely food!

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4.0Dined on 11 December 2017

Good meal on a not very nice night. All starters were good . Terrine very filling. Main were also good. Soft shell crab burger exceptional.
Good service.

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