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.

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.

Copyright © The White Hart Otley 2014. All Rights Reserved.