Today we ate at the White Hart Hotel in Whitchurch. The White Hart is a beautiful old pub, having been there for over 500 years. A car park for patrons and residents at the hotel is on site, but it was full, so we parked in the free Whitchurch public car park, just down the road, about 200 yards away.
There are a few areas to eat, a formal dining function room, a cosy soft chair area, bar, or the dining area. There is a good varied menu of traditional food, a few specials of the day and a jacket potato and sandwich menu. it is an Arkells pub, so a good selection of ales are available. We had 2 pints of 1843 lager, which was lovely.
We chose the main menu, and ordered steak and ale pie and smothered chicken. The steak and ale pie £7.50, had the biggest pastry top EVER. The meat was in large chunks, tender and moist, no rubbish or gristle, well cooked in a tasty sauce. This was served with a side of mash and cabbage.
The smothered chicken also at £7.50 was wonderful, a chicken breast topped with bacon, barbecue sauce and cheese. This was served with chips, beautifully dressed salad leaves and onion, and the best tasting creamiest coleslaw. Spying other diners’ food, the steak looked fab, as did the beer battered cod. All portions were large, and I couldn’t quite finish all mine!
Service was very good, even though they were busy catering for a large party of people, and our food arrived within 20 minutes, delivered by a friendly, polite and helpful waitress. The whole place was clean and welcoming, with a good atmosphere.
One of the loveliest meals I have ever had. It has to be a gold award, and highly recommended.