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Upon entering the White Hart it was clear that the atmosphere was relaxed, with light welcoming touches. It was rustic in style, charming in nature, approachable in layout. The staff were polite, friendly and attentive; quickly showing us to a table and checking on our meal throughout. They were personable and just seemed to be a nice group of people. I spied them several times helping various tables; even if the food were not as good as it is the staff would have made the experience one worth undertaking.
But the food is where this establishment stands out. While our starter of bread was fine if lacking variety (and neither of us were brave enough to try the bone marrow) it was in the mains and puddings that the meal became exceptional. My partner went for 45 day aged horn beef while I went for the Cotswold chicken. Our food came quickly and was well-prepared. The beef was tender and juicy, even if there was a smidge too much fat on the edge that could have been trimmed off. But it was the vegetables that came with the meal that my partner particularly enjoyed, which were cooked just right. And the potatoes were like a gift from heaven, even if we both wanted more of them. My chicken was tasty, moist and well cooked; with the homemade bread sauce being outstanding. And the portions for both were generous, particularly with the amount of meat we each had.
Finally it comes to the puddings and for this I went for a brownie with chocolate sauce and cream, while my partner went for the chocolate chip cookie and cream. We were not disappointed. The brownie had a satisfying crunch but also retained a soft centre. The sauce was delicious and the overall taste was very good. The cookie was well-baked so it didn't go soggy with the accompanying ice cream. But this did not prevent it from being satisfyingly gooey in the middle.
The food and service at The White Hart is spot-on. This was a celebratory weekend for us (our daughter's first birthday) and we couldn't have asked for finer food or for a more friendly atmosphere. I heartily recommend this gastropub any day of the week (with a monthly à la carte menu that looks fabulous), but especially on a Sunday.
Price: a pair of soft drinks, two courses and a bread sharer to start - £65.06 including service. Eating at The White Hart isn't cheap but the meal and overall experience satisfies enough for it to be a treat worth undertaking.