The White Hart

4.4
146 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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.
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 146 People Are Saying
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C
London
5.0
Dined on 14 July 2018

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

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CT
5.0
Dined on 10 July 2018

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

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T
London
5.0
Dined on 8 July 2018

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
5.0
Dined on 7 July 2018

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
3.0
Dined on 6 July 2018

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
5.0
Dined on 22 June 2018

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

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OT
4.0
Dined on 17 June 2018

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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JJ
5.0
Dined on 3 June 2018

Just eaten here for the third time in recent months - a Sunday roast, a date night and a birthday (also a Sunday lunchtime). Food is exceptionally good, and service is outstanding. The waitress picked up from our conversation that it was my birthday and did a special version of my dessert with a candle - unexpected and touching. Also, I'm a massive dessert lover, but the cheeseboard is a thing of beauty if you can fit it in (which I did on a previous occasion!)

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S
4.0
Dined on 2 June 2018

Lovely restaurant, the service was very good, food tasty . Will definitely go back

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f
Hertfordshire
4.0
Dined on 2 June 2018

Trendy restaurant. Very friendly staff. Good quality ingredients, well cooked. Had to wait quite a while between courses. Tables set so it was private. Very clean.

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SJ
London
5.0
Dined on 27 May 2018

Food was exceptional, staff couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming. Thoroughly enjoyable meal.

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GK
Hertfordshire
5.0
Dined 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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H
4.0
Dined 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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ST
Hertfordshire
4.0
Dined 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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SH
San Francisco
4.0
Dined 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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Jersey
5.0
Dined on 7 April 2018

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

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S
London
5.0
Dined 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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C
London
5.0
Dined on 7 April 2018

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

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JO
London
5.0
Dined 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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E
London
5.0
Dined 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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MP
5.0
Dined on 31 March 2018

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

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l
Bedfordshire
5.0
Dined 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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JF
5.0
Dined 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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MS
Hertfordshire
5.0
Dined on 25 March 2018

Very nice food & excellent service, good value for money

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a
London
5.0
Dined on 19 March 2018

Really excellent service and food. Thank you! X

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BG
5.0
Dined on 18 March 2018

Excellent Sunday Roast. The sirloin of beef was particularly good

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P
London
4.0
Dined 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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VI
2.0
Dined 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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DB
5.0
Dined on 7 March 2018

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

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R
Hertfordshire
5.0
Dined 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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C
London
3.0
Dined 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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TJ
5.0
Dined 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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O
London
5.0
Dined on 14 February 2018

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

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F
London
5.0
Dined on 11 February 2018

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

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EC
Hertfordshire
4.0
Dined 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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OT
London
3.0
Dined 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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OT
Hertfordshire
5.0
Dined on 4 February 2018

Great food and fabulous service

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OT
London
4.0
Dined 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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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 20 January 2018

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

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 19 January 2018

Amazing food and wine!

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