Whitsun Weekend (aka Spring Bank Holiday) 2017 – Blues and BBQ with the fabulous Clare Free


Yet another Bank Holiday is about to spring onto us, and we are delighted to welcome our local Blues Legend Clare Free to the White Hart. Many of you will remember her wonderful set to launch Otley’s Age UK 60 challenge a couple of years ago, and she has now decided to go back on the road. So, on Saturday May 27th she will be performing her own very special version of the Blues live for us at The Hart between 6 and 9 p.m. Tickets are £5 each in advance from the pub or £7.50 on the door, and include a burger or hot dog from the BBQ. Children under 12 are free with an adult ticket, if it’s dry we’ll play outdoors, if it’s wet we’ll be inside.

As for the rest of the holiday weekend, we are cooking up our usual pizzas on Friday, and a slap up roast on Sunday. Sunday evening we close at sundown. On Bank Holiday Monday there is a concourse of vintage Motorcycles in the car park and we are serving brunch from 12 till 3 before we wind down and close at tea time.

Come on down…


May Day Bank Holiday 2017

You can tell by the weather (freezing cold wind, hail and sleet interspersed with hot sunshine) that we are approaching another bank holiday this weekend. If you aren’t too busy taking off layers and then putting them back on again, pop down to the pub for a catch up. It’s the Community Lunch on Thursday – check out the menu on this link –  Community lunch menu april 17 – and give us a call to book your place on 01473 890312. Over the weekend we are open as normal, running all sorts of wonderful specials and surprises. On Monday we open at twelve and go on till sundown… always lovely to see you.

Easter 2017

Chicks and Rabbits and Eggs and Daffs and Lobsters and Burgers and Live Music – all things you can expect from Easter at The White Hart.

On Maundy Thursday we will be handing out money ( we think we’re The Queen!) to the winner of April’s Tournament Poker Night… come and play – it’s fun and friendly and only costs £5 to enter.

On Good Friday one should eat Fish – though we didn’t get any decent answers when we posed the question “why?” last year – so our specials menu will feature local crab, lobster and skate along with the more usual fishy suspects… and Pizza of course, it is Friday.

On Easter Saturday we have an Open Mic Night and our good friends from The Honeys will be playing some Bluegrass… Burgers for the specials… suitably easy to eat and a nice pause before all the chocolate and big feast tomorrow.

Come Easter Sunday we do our usual wonderful things with lunch and this year feature a three bird roast as well as a fine Topside of Rare Beef. After lunch service we wind down to the evening with games and cocktails…

On Monday it’s an Easter Egg Hunt around the pub and gardens and a slap up brunch before it’s all over bar the drinking.

We are closed Tuesday lunchtime, but re-open at 5.30 Tuesday night for the Ukulele group meeting.

Happy Oestra Everyone…

Community Lunch – Thursday 23rd February 2017 12.00

Join us for the last community lunch of winter… and we are being a little bit spicy! Nothing too hot, but enough to warm the cockles of your heart and make you think Spring is on her way. As ever, it’s a great chance to meet your neighbours and have a bit of a giggle.

Community lunch menu Feb 17



Birthday PARTY – Saturday 18th February 2017

We are very pleased to be hosting a birthday party for Georgie this Saturday. Could her guests please check the menu on the link – birthday party menu – and let her have your choices as soon as possible. It’s going to be fun!

And if you aren’t lucky enough to know Georgie and are thinking of coming to the pub, be aware that we will be ever so slightly busy so it is worth phoning us on 01473 890312 and check we have space… we will have tables available early but it gets tricky later on…

There’s no rugby this weekend – boo hiss – but we do have a very fine joint of beef for the Sunday Roast…

If you want to celebrate your birthday in a similar fashion to Georgie, then please come and talk to us. The menu can be changed to suit your mood and style, and getting a big group of people together is always a wonderful celebration.

Party, party,  party…




What’s Going On…?

A little heads up on things happening in your local in the first months of 2017…

Six Nations Rugby:

This year, TV coverage is provided by ITV and the BBC so those of you not lucky enough to have a ticket to the actual match could all watch the games at home…but where’s the fun in that? Come to the pub and join in the fun – enjoy decent beer from the pump, shout at the referee and then argue the toss afterwards.  We are only showing the England games unless we are asked otherwise… Here’s the schedule… we’ll carry you home…

Saturday 4th February – England v France: 4.50 p.m. kick off

Saturday 11th February – Wales v England: 4.50 p.m. kick off

Sunday 25th February – England v Italy: 3.00 p.m. kick off

Saturday 11th March – England v Scotland: 4.00 p.m. kick off

Saturday 18th March – Ireland v England: 5.00 p.m. kick off

Valentine’s Day – Tuesday 14th February from 6.00 p.m.

We aren’t the most romantic of pubs but we do like putting together a good menu so click on this link valentines menu 2017 or ask for a copy at the bar… booking very advisable.

Pancake Day – Tuesday 28th February from 6.00 p.m.

Some say we are really good tossers and get batter and batter at it as time goes on. We might even let you toss your own. Sweet or savoury and lots of them, we do like pancakes.

Mothering Sunday – 26th March from 12.00 – 3.00 p.m.

Mother’s Day this year coincides with the clocks going back the night before so we hope for a sunny day and a lovely light evening. The provisional menu is available here mothers day 2017 or ask at the bar and we always get very busy, so please, please book well in advance. All Mums (and Grans and Aunties) get a little pressie from us too…

Plus there continues to be Ukulele practice on one Tuesday and then the Knitting/Crochet group on the alternating Tuesday, Wednesday sees happy hours and the Book Club once a month, Thursday is always Poker Night, and Friday’s we serve Pizza (as well as other yummy stuff). We are trying to do some kitchen maintenance and might not always be open on a weekday lunchtime… please phone to book if you know you are coming. In fact, call us anyway – 01473 890312 – it’s good to talk.

Christmas comes but once a year…


… and where better to celebrate than your local pub? You can find out what’s happening here – xmas-opening-hours-2016 – but, as it’s a Saturday night, Christmas Eve by Candlelight will morph into a Christmas Knees Up to dance our way into Christmas Day (carriages at 12.30 though as we don’t want to spoil things). As ever, show off your Christmas Jumper or Hat or Scarf or Socks in the pub from 12.00 – 2.30 p.m. on Christmas Day… mince pies and sausage rolls on the bar in case anyone is feeling hungry. If the weather is clement we will have our communal dog walk on Tuesday 27th , leaving the pub at 11.00 a.m. then our usual Quiz for Brains Addled by too much Sherry is on Wednesday 28th, directly after happy hour. Book in your team now! New Year’s Eve is a Saturday too and we will have a good old night down the pub with – hopefully – some live music, dancing, lots of drinking and bacon sarnies for the lingerers. No ticket necessary, but if you want to have supper, let us know.  If you are planning on coming to eat then here is our Christmas Menu – christmas-midweek-menu-2016. Have a look and pre-order when you book if you don’t want to linger in front of the fire with a glass of something lovely.

Happy Christmas, lovelies.

Advent 2016 at The Hart

christmas decs hart with hat 1So the run up to Christmas has started and we have our celebratory menus for your amusement and delectation. The first is for those in a hurry who want a quickish lunch – christmas-rapide-2016– and the second a more lingering affair for those who want to write off the afternoon or sup into the night – christmas-2016. We can also tailor to suit your needs – it might be a company Christmas party where little more is required than home-made sausage rolls and turkey baps to soak up the beer to a more lavish dinner where we add in a cheese course and some fine port. Whatever you fancy, you can be sure to have fun and enjoy yourself here at The White Hart… we like to party!

Landmark Weekend – Friday 18th November – Sunday 20th November 2016

birthday-pics1-2It seems to have come around very quickly for all of you who remember her fiftieth, but your esteemed landlady/chief cook and bottle washer is going to be 60 years old on Saturday 19th November 2016. So, to celebrate, The White Hart is inviting friends and customers to join us for “Pizza and Prosecco” on Friday 18th November ’16 from 6.00 p.m. Whilst we will probably continue until her actual birthday at midnight, it is very much a “drop in and stay as long or as little as you can” event so please do come along and say happy birthday.

On Saturday 19th November, the pub is closed for a private party and on Sunday 20th, the lovely Kelly Fevearyear – fabulous cook and cake maker – takes over the reins in the kitchen. There will be a choice of two roast meats, with all the trimmings, and we know it will be delicious. Service is from 12.30 till 3.00 p.m. and we stay open for drinks until 6.00 p.m. If anyone wants to carry on, some very old friends of ours are playing at the John Peel Arts Centre in Stowmarket ending the weekend with some techno that is Jesus Jones. On Monday we are closed as ever…. and Tuesday we start to gear up for Christmas. Watch this Space.

The Eve of the Eve of the Eve of All Hallows – Orange is the new Black…

halloweenpumpkinHalloween falls on a Monday this year, a day when we rest, so we are having a pre-celebration on Saturday 29th October with lots of Orange and Black decorations… and Orange and Black food. The menu is very silly, but will eat well, and can be viewed here…menu-halloween-2016… Food is served from 6 p.m.till 9 p.m. as usual and booking is always advisable. For the little ones there will be trick or treats available…

And anyone wearing orange and/or black, there will be a little thank you for entering into the spirit…

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