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The White Hart was first built in 1461, on the junction of the old London/Exeter & Oxford/Southampton roads, and has a rich history. More recently it was frequently patronised by former Master of the Rolls, Lord Denning, who died aged 100 in 1999.

Lord Denning was born above his father's draper's shop opposite the hotel in 1899 and in his latter years he lunched in the dining room, sitting at the window overlooking his old family home. The White Hart also has connections with the church as church parson and keen angler Charles Kingsley, who wrote The Waterbabies in 1863, visited often when he was fishing in the River Test.

He is recorded as saying of The White Hart: "I like this place and that is the truth."

The hotel is now owned by Arkell's Brewery, who in 2018 celebrated their 175th anniversary by starting a complete refurbishment of this historical inn, starting with the bar & lounge areas.

Many of the accommodation rooms have now been totally updated, with more to follow.

So, as the White Hart Hotel continues to stand proudly in the centre of Whitchurch for approaching 600 years, it will do so with the most modern facilities and décor befitting one of the town's most well-known & recognisable buildings.

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Fiona Potts (Fionafew)

4 months ago

Much improved since our last stay(some years ago now). The outside rooms, overlooking the car park, have been refurbished to a very high standard. Breakfast was pretty good, too. ☕️🥓🍳 Will return. 😉

Sharon Melbourne

5 months ago

Disappointed with the limited menu, website does state that may not offer everything it showed on website menu but we picked that venue to meet friends as the menu seemed varied however just a few usual pub items on offer. That said the service was good and the food we had was lovely - great chips!

Celery 62

6 months ago

We had an excellent Sunday lunch on what was our first visit to the pub today. The building is historic and the quality of service we received was warm and friendly and very efficient. A decent menu choice for a Sunday lunch, including a couple of vegan and vegetarian options. Also excellent value for money in a good setting.

Gaynor Francis

6 months ago

Went there for our family Christmas get together. To say we were disappointed is an understatement. The food was just awful. The worst meal we have ever had. I didn’t eat any of my of mine. It was cold , the quality was awful, the service wasn’t great. At £29 per head you expect at least an edible meal . It ruined our family time which we don’t get to do that often 😢

Daniel Bray

9 months ago

Recently had a one night stay at the White Hart Hotel and had a lovely time. The Inn is located right in the center of town with the local 76 bus stop just across the roundabout. Friendly staff. The pub had live music which was a great surprise! We took the train to Whitchurch from London and walked from the Whitchurch station to the Inn. It was an easy walk on a paved path that takes about ten minutes. We managed this with our rolling luggage without any issues. Please keep in mind it is a slight hill, so give yourself some extra time when walking back up to the station.

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