The White Hart

4.4
179 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Sunday Lunch
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.
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JR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Works lunch enjoyed by all, will return with the wife.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Worth a visit, food is tasty and well presented. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

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DL
Northampton
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Having been a couple of times and enjoyed the food. On this occasion with friends and family in tow, we were really disappointed. Spider Crab burger so crispy You couldn’t tell it was crab and the dessert of Chocolate mousse that 3 of us tried was grainy and solid that looked like cookie dough paste and certainly not mousse like.

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service amazing as always!

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RH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice, very high quality gastropub. Great service. Very good and varied menu.

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LF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely meal, wonderful ambience. James in particular - exceptionally helpful. Will definitely return, thank you!

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OT
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Expensive for quality of food

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DJ
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, friendly staff. Food was good, not outstanding, but balanced by the ambience.

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GG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had a great dish, my partner said theirs was ok... Nice wine, friendly helpful staff.

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MB
Bath
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for an overall fantastic evening. Service and food was amazing.

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M
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Altogether excellent - lovely food in a comfortable room full of character (amazing inglenook fireplace), served by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Their house wine is really great - well chosen but very reasonably priced. Thoroughly recommended.

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D
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good Sunday roast beef. Desserts a little disappointing. Cheese plate could have done with a better selection of accompanying biscuits rather than just plain old Jacobs.

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JW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pumpkin pie was really nice but the veg didn't really compliment the dish. Gravy should come as a natural side. The staff were all lovely. The ambience is really nice.

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CB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best roasts I’ve ever had, and service was spot on

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C
London
13 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely romantic dinner, service was attentive without being overbearing.
Dishes were well presented, seasonal and original, in particular the specials.
Will definitely return.

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SP
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with exceptional service, very friendly staff, lovely room with comfy bed. Overall a delight to stay there and no doubt we shall return.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The menu looked basic, like pub food at first but the quality of the food was excellent so the menu didn't do it justice. Very happy, would go back again for sure

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CG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Sunday lunch as had a BOBfm voucher. Haven’t been here for a long time as not great last time but think new management and we were really impressed. Friendly staff, good service, not rushed and food was excellent. Always worry with Sunday lunch that you’d wish you’d cooked yourself at home but this was a class above pub food. A more gastro two or three course menu but also some of the usual pub favourites as well, which really suited us as a family. We will definitely be back for Sunday lunch but will also try a weekend eve with friends too.

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MM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

According to my friend...the best fish and chips he’s had for years!

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C
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our ‘go to’ restaurant for meeting local friends, due to consistently very good food and service. Yet another lovely evening spent there on Friday.

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l
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Not a lot of vegetarian choice, especially if you don’t eat fish. Quite expensive for what was served.

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C
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely Sunday lunch. We had started of cured salmon, pickled cucumber and horseradish. My elderly father in law misunderstood it wasn’t cooked salmon so when it arrived he said he couldn’t eat it. The staff were so polite and efficient in changing to a butternut squash soup which he loved. The directors was a little flat. Overall, as ever, amazing food. Thank you.

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M
Cambridge
15 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

We went on a Tuesday lunchtime & had already booked a table. However, as we were the only customers, we had lunch in the bar. The food was very good & service excellent but I dont really enjoy eating on our own as we like a bit of atmosphere. To be honest, if we hadnt booked, probally would have looked for an alternative. Im sure its great at the weekend when there a few more customers

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BD
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a good meal which was well presented and served.

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GP
London
26 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. We took family for a Sunday lunch and this may be the best Sunday lunch I have had in years. Thanks

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ST
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good since Bain and Bridges took over. Exceptional service, with a very helpful and knowledgeable sommelier. And great food ... although to be honest I was a little disappointed with the menu this time. There was always pub food done well but there was also fine dining with some amazing creative flair. This was just gastropub - very good gastropub, what's not to like about a soft-shell crab burger? - but not the rich and varied choice and clever flavour combinations there used to be. Maybe that's what Welwyn wants (and will pay for) but I missed the way it used to be.

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RC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nothing wrong with this charming pub per se, and the serving staff were warm and friendly and without fault.
Two guest real ales on tap when we visited which were well kept.
The menu was a touch uninspired, but that said the dishes we ordered were well executed.
It could do with being more competitively priced.

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c
London
25 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time back at the White Hart to eat for over a year - the set menu was/is excellent value for money hence the 5 stars which also accounts for the service and food quality - my ham hock starter was superb! Ambience marked down only because it was unusual and very strange - we appeared to be the only diners present which gave us privacy but.........just have to go back again and choose differently from menus that would appear to have something for most people!

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LS
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous meal at the White Hart last Saturday. Two of us are veggies and the food was delicious. Service was great and Adam's wine suggestion amazing!

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HH
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very lovely restaurant with good service and a good menu.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food and service was impecable, would highly recommend

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DH
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very nice. Good service. Parking available on site. We will return.

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HG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service - we are regulars and it is consistently excellent

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fabulous! We always enjoy ourselves at the White Hart, the service, food and wine first class.

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CT
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly well-informed staff, imaginative, well cooked, good value menu. Thank you for a great evening!

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T
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best restaurant for an amazing elevate Sunday Lunch. The staff are outstanding excellent knowledge of both food and wine. The menu is great - varied with frequent changes. You are equally able to get an excellent elevated fish and chips or a fine dining meal. This has something for everyone. The best roast dinner ever sampled- and consistent time after time. Also a fab range of gins and cocktails that are far better than the usual offering. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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EJ
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we arrived we were looked after. Food was amazing, I had the sea trout, setting was perfect. Couldn't ask for more.

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BA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

The food and service were excellent. However, the positioning of our table was dreadful - partly the narrow width and tall height did awful things with bouncing the noise around, but we were far too close to the next table and they were awful. We couldn't hear ourselves think, let alone speak. There were only 4 of them, but they were loud and complaining (not about the restaurant, but rather about life and people in general); it rather ruined our evening. I know that's not the Restaurant's fault, but they were far too close even if they'd been reasonable, particularly with the way noise is bounced around in the alcove-type area where we were placed. So, we'd go again, and even recommend it, but would have to ask to eat in a different part of the dining area.

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PR
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Good setting. Excellent and friendly service. Perfect for our birthday celebration.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The White Hart is a lovely village hotel, with good road links nearby (A1M), it’s which benefits from onsite parking. It has a nice bar with a good selection of drinks, including some craft options and bar food.

Heading downstairs opens out to an airy and clean restaurant with flexible dining space which attracts families and couples.

We visited on Fathers Day so a set menu was provided with an excellent selection of offerings, including roast lamb and beef. 2 courses were £25 or 3 for £29. A reasonably priced kids menu was available for £5 or £6.50 for a kids roast.

The food and service was very good, my wife commented that her lamb was exceptional.

Overall highly recommended and only losing one star from a perfect five due to our table be cited next to the stairs to the cellar. Unfortunately whenever the door was opened an strong smell from the food overpowered our food.

Overall a very enjoyable meal and we will visit again.

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