The White Hart Annual Charity Poker Tournament 2018 – Sunday 4th November

The Annual Charity Poker Tournament,

Sunday 4th November 2018

Lunch…12.30          Tournament… 15.00



Picture the scene… it’s a brisk, chilly but sunny Autumnal Day and the cordite from last night’s fireworks is mingling with the smells of roasting meats and wood-smoke from the roaring fire. You’ve done all your chores, and maybe taken a walk with the dog through crunchy leaves and are now looking forward to a good lunch and an afternoon of fine entertainment with friends, old and new. Yes, it can only be the Annual White Hart Poker Tournament, this year in aid of the Dementia Ward at Ipswich Hospital. “But I don’t play poker” we hear you cry. Fret not, my lovelies; not many of our participants can! Luckily, our accomplished dealers guide you through every bit of the way, and you will be amazed how effectively you can bluff when you have no idea what you are doing. In fact, at least half of those walking away with the £100 cash prize over the past few years have been absolute beginners.


Sounds like fun? You have two choices; join us for a slap-up lunch from 12.30 at the bargain price of £20 for two courses or £23 for three (price includes entry to the tournament) or just come along around 2.30p.m. and pay £8 to enter. All your entry money goes to the charity as we are lucky enough to have all the prizes donated by friends and sponsors. If you want to go the whole hog with your support, buy lots of raffle tickets and donate a prize too.


We always try to keep our choice of charity local and this one was suggested by a regular who, as a Consultant at Ipswich Hospital, sees first-hand how investment in equipment to help those with dementia leads to a rapid improvement in their – and their friends and loved ones – lives. In previous years we have raised upwards of £1,200 – enough to really make a difference.


SO… PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!  Book your place at the bar, or email, or call us on 01473 890312 or send a pigeon or do whatever it is you do but come along.

Thank you.


The menu for lunch can be found here – poker menu 2018



Last Days of the Holidays – Live Music and a Charity Quiz

What a summer we are having- the harvest mostly done and dusted by the beginning of August and temperatures that are more likely in the South of France. It will all come to an end, but to cheer us up, we are having a weekend of fun and frolicking on from Friday 31st August until Sunday 2nd September, after which you have to don the uniforms and be sensible again. And it’s all in aid of Charity!

On Friday 31st August, Otley’s very own Blues Guitarist and Singer/Songwriter CLARE FREE will be performing live and – weather permitting – we will be doing our own special version of a barbecue. Entry is free, but please donate generously to St Elizabeth Hospice, our charity this weekend. There will be lots of collection boxes.

All weekend, we will be running a prize draw with the winners announced at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday evening. Please feel free to donate a prize… and buy tickets!

In response to repeated demand, on Saturday 1st September, we are holding a Quiz, but it’s a bit different to our usual ones. Teams of no more than six please, entry is £10 which includes a sharing platter on the table when you arrive and a one pot meal of either a layered Salad “Mole”, a Chilli Con Carne with Rice or a Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff on top of jacket potato, to be served in the interval. For any one not wanting to eat, the entry price is £5. 00. All profits from the Quiz go to St Elizabeth Hospice, to be donated into the trust fund in memory of our good friend, mother and sister, Susan Spencer.

And on Sunday, we are hoping to participate the “A Walk with a Fork” being held on the Helmingham Estate, in aid of Ormiston Families. Watch this space for more news.

For further information on the incredible work of St. Elizabeth Hospice, please go to for “The Walk with a Fork” at Helmingham it’s






Father’s Day Sunday 17th June 2018

We know that you guys all love to barbecue and Father’s Day is one of the days you can do it without being nagged to do some of the work as well, but for those of you who aren’t standing over a hot fire with a bucket of cold beer and a lot of meat, we can off some real ale, rare Roast Beef, crispy roasties, a fine Crumble WITH custard, and a glass of Port at the end of the meal. The Port is on us… just a little thank you for being Dad.

Call the pub on 01473 890312 to book…

Saturday 19th May: Wedding Celebrations & Posh BBQ’s

Well, the Big Day is nearly upon us and, whilst we were invited, sadly we can’t go. But that doesn’t stop us celebrating the Wedding of the Year by having a right posh BBQ on the evening of Saturday 19th May – for those of you who have made the journey to Northampton – please give our love and congratulations to the newly weds Mr & Mrs Ben Few.

Of course, there is another wedding going on that day – obviously far less important – but we will have the television on for those who want to watch with others rather than in their own homes, unless of course, you’re enjoying the village tea party up at Warrens Farm. It will remain in situ for the F.A. Cup afterwards and we stoke up the fires at around 6. Join us for Pigeon Burgers, Jerk chicken and many more delectations and delights…

Wishing you a long and happy life together Sam and Ben…. and Megan and Harry too.


May the 4th…Be with you on Bank Holiday Weekend


There  is a very strange prediction that this weekend’s weather will be almost seasonal. Shocking, hey? On a Bank Holiday too. This means sunsets like the one above can be enjoyed from our beer garden with a glass of something pink (or amber) and the smell of barbecue may well be lingering in the air. We are open as usual on Friday for pizza, Saturday for lots of local asparagus, crab, cod, pork ribs and, perhaps, said barbecue…who knows what? If Sunday is indeed warm and sunny, our roast Lamb and Chicken will come with middle eastern salad accompaniments as well as the more traditional roasties and Yorkshire pudding. Sunday night we don’t cook, but are jammin’. If you play an instrument or just like clapping along, then come on down. Monday we are serving Brunch from midday till three then drinks only till dusk, after which we close until 5.30p.m. on Tuesday.

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Easter 2018

Noooo! It’s too cold, it’s too wet, there aren’t enough yummy things ready yet like new season’s new potatoes, spring lamb or asparagus. We aren’t ready for the longest Bank Holiday weekend of the year… it’s not fair!!

However, the moon has decreed it shall be this weekend so we will ramp up the heating, bank up the fire, load the cellar with beer and make comforting food… we might even break out a jig saw, we are so rock’n’roll. You are very welcome to join…

Opening hours and specials…

Maundy Thursday 29th March – 12.00 till 14.30 for lunch and then 17.00 onwards… BURGERS – lamb ones, pork ones, pheasant ones, beef ones, veggie ones. The ultimate beer soaking up food for the only Thursday that’s a Friday.

Good Friday 30th March – 12.00 till 14.30 for lunch, then 17.00 onwards for our usual Friday night is Pizza Night.

Easter Saturday 31st March – 12.00 till 14.30 and 17.00 onwards for TAPAS and Cocktails… ideal sharing food, come with friends and let’s party.

Easter Sunday 1 April – open from 6.00 for breakfast, then 12.00 for a slap up lunch before we close and drift into a games afternoon. Join us for cribbage, poker, scrabble, cards against humanity, whatever floats your boat.

Easter Monday 2 April – open from 12.00 till 14.30 for food, then drinks only till we close around dusk.

Closed Tuesday 3 April at lunchtime, but open as normal in the evening.

Mothering Sunday – March 11th 2018

Whilst we have been dealing with “The Beast from the East”, Mother’s Day has been quietly creeping closer and closer. As is our usual way, we try not to “turn tables” so that you can all relax and enjoy your celebrations, and give all the ladies – not just Mums – a little present from us. Booking is very advisable.

The draft menu is available here, but be aware it may change depending upon availability.

mothers day 2018

Happy New Year of the Dog!


Yes folks, it’s an auspicious one for the Hart, and all its four legged friends…within the Chinese Zodiac, the Dog is a true companion, associated with loyalty, honesty, intelligence, and a strong sense of right and wrong. Well, we’d agree with that… you should see Ava’s face is another dog gets a biscuit and she doesn’t. These qualities will pervade events this year which may mean people rallying together to fight for a common cause, whether via national politics or just local community work and random acts of kindness. Could we request the latter? Beer and politics are not great bedfellows.

So – for this Friday 16th February and this Friday alone – we are not cooking Pizza but present for your delectation and delight, a random selection of dishes from a few of the countries celebrating today.

Starting, as we ought, with China, we have Tom Yum Soup with Prawns – a clear, hot sour broth with mushrooms and beansprouts £6 starter £10 mains
Onto Singapore for some King Prawn and Coconut Laksa – a creamy, spicy soup with rice noodles and vegetables £6 starter £10 main
Next stop Malaysia where we find Chicken Rendang with turmeric rice – a deep, rich, glossy dish that’s quite spicy!
Dashing to the Philippines for Pork and Pineapple Adobo – a slow cooked sweet and sour stew served with sticky rice £9
Back to Korea and a Friday Burger – 8 oz of prime beef seasoned with garlic and coriander and served with Kimchi Slaw and fries £12.5
Still on a meaty theme in Thailand, “Weeping Tiger” – a 10oz sirloin steal marinated in thai spices, served with pickled vegetables and chips £16
Ending our journey in Vietnam with a stir fry of Chicken, Basil with a dash of chilli, served with sticky rice £10


There are some non-Asian specials on the blackboard too… may the Dog be your best friend.

Oh, what a week awaits… Tuesday 13th and beyond…

Just like London Buses, when one arrives, there are two more behind it… as the days draw out and the sun is starting to warm us again, next week is going to be a busy one at the Hart.

Tuesday 13th February – PANCAKE DAY! 5.00p.m. onwards…

And, as it’s also half term, we thought we would bring back the “Toss your own” pop up kitchen in the bar. We’ll do the batter, the lemon juice, the Nutella, the squirty cream and the sugar… you make your own pancake.  Bring your kids, grannies and dogs – to clear up the ones you miss – for a bit of silly fun.

Wednesday 14th February -Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday

A bit of a conundrum here; do we be indulgent in honour of Love or abstemious to observe Lent. No contest. The Hart wins every time. It’s also our regular “builder’s night/happy hour” and the “lads” won’t appreciate hearts and flowers… we can’t be too lovey dovey. Hence, ta-dah, Stuffed Heart, Cock in the Hole, Passioned Prawns and all sorts of other weird and wonderful creations… what’s love got to do with it?!?

Friday 16th February – Asian New Year

For it is not only China that celebrates The Year of the Dog next Friday. Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and even Australia (but then any excuse for a barbie on the beach) are all partying too. Such a wealth of menu opportunities cannot be missed, so for the first time in years, we are not cooking Pizza on a Friday night but instead, filling the board with Asian delicacies… wash it down with some Singha and you could be in Soho…

Phew… at least it is a rest weekend in the Six Nations tournament.

A Hart-y Update…

Hurrah! Let there be cheering in the hills as the good ship White Hart, Otley sails out of the Doldrums of Aussie Flu, Post Christmas Exhaustion and Hospital Visiting with only minor storm damage – could the cart-lodge door please stay attached this time? And low flying parsnips stop throwing themselves through our window?

Indeed, so much better are we feeling about 2018 and all that, we have been experimenting with some old/new dishes. Old in that they are traditional ideas but new in that we are adding our own take on them. As you all know by now, Suffolk is famous for its pork and, in Italy, no decent rural butcher is without their own home-made porchetta gracing the counter to provide a fabulous lunch or supper.  Not ones to be daunted by such competition, our own version of this porky delight will be on the menu from 26th January. Next up is some oxtail; we love a bit of meat on the bone (see next delectation too) and this one has been made into an unctuous stew and is served with creamy mash and spring greens – perfect for this time of year. Finally, some spice. Jerk Chicken is already a WHO favourite but we have taken it one step further and marinated a whole, spatch-cocked poussin, before roasting to order. The combination of the hot marinade, and juicy baby chicken is lip smackin’, finger lickin’ good without the e-number thirst afterwards. Hmm… are we missing a trick?

Dates for your diaries – details to follow

Tuesday 13th February – Pancake Day, as ever you get a chance to toss your own…

Wednesday 14th February – Valentine’s Day falls on our Happy Hour/Builders Night so will be light on romance, heavy on silly fun. Stuffed heart anyone?!?

Sunday 11th March – Mothering Sunday. We love Mothering Sunday, seeing it as a time to celebrate all women and their fabulous, nurturing ways. It is always busy, so book early and the menu will be out a little nearer the time when we have an idea of what will be available, as the season progresses.

As ever we are available to hire for your birthday parties, christenings, bah mitzvahs, weddings, divorces, wakes or just a party. Call us on 01473 890312 for more details.

Let’s rock 2018…

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