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…

Christmas 2017 and New Year


Most of you will know, as The White Hart is a local pub with regular regulars, that your landlady, Lynda, lost her father very recently. As she is coping with funerals and relatives, our Christmas Festivities, whilst in no way muted, will have fewer organised events than usual. The Quiz for Brains Addled by Too Much Sherry and Communal dog walk will have to wait till next year unless someone else would like to organise them… however we will still have our Christmas Eve by Candlelight, followed by a bit of a party and on New Year’s Eve we will be partying into 2018. Below are our opening times over the festive season and we would like to thank you for all the love and support we have been given throughout this rather difficult past year. Here’s to health, love and Hart-felt conviviality in 2018.

Christmas 2017

Sunday Lunch at The Hart

Sunday Lunch is a special time at The White Hart… in winter a roaring fire crackles in the grate, in summer you can eat in the beer garden under the shade of the Damson Trees. On cold, rainy days the smell of the roast meats and gravy are a cheery welcome, and on hot, sultry ones you can have your roast Middle Eastern style with hummus, feta salad, tabuleh and olives. We always have chicken, and the other meats vary between beef, lamb, pork, ham and game birds in season. Newspapers are on the table, the whole family is welcomed, four legs and all, although it is advisable to book ahead if your party is large.

You can find a sample menu here – be aware that it is a sample menu (although there are always nachos and a prawn cocktail) but you could always phone ahead to ask about the roast of the day.

Sunday lunch 2017

New Opening Hours

Sadly, it is no longer possible for us to open on Tuesday lunchtime unless we know people are booked in… in fact, could we ask that anyone who wants to come and eat with us calls us on 01473 890312 so we can make sure we are staffed. Hopefully, normal service can be resumed as soon as possible. Sorry, folks.

Moving on… what next for The White Hart? Could it be you?



All things must change, and after four years of going it pretty much alone (but with the support of amazing staff, fabulous friends and wonderful customers for which she offers eternal thanks), your local landlady is putting up her hand and admitting she needs help. Ongoing family illness and stretching herself too thinly is taking its toll and she ain’t getting any younger you know. So, we think what is needed are two people to join the company as working partners. If you are – or know of people who are – either a foodie chef or a skilled front of house manager, with lots of energy, enthusiasm, passion and an entrepreneurial streak, then come and talk to us. We can offer live in, all-found decent accommodation, a profit share stake, administration and mentoring support, holiday cover, and a lot of fun. There is also the opportunity for investment if desired. It could be an actual ‘couple’, or two friends (there are plenty of bedrooms!), or two randoms who can make the magic happen – we can be very flexible for the right people.

Interested parties can contact Lynda at the pub on 01473 890312, or email or Facebook message otleywhitehart/inbox.

Spread the word…

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.

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