The White Hart
What We Love
- A quaint Oxfordshire country inn with cosy boutique interiors - includes three-course dinnerMelt-in-the-mouth steaks, picked out by you and cooked exactly how you want with South African flair and expertise (subject to a supplement cost payable at the hotel but well worth it)
- Stylish contemporary bedrooms with a knowing, heritage flair
- Tramping across the Chilterns or cruising the Thames in Henley
What To Know
- There's a cozy pub and fireplace and set the scene
- Bathrooms have a walk-in shower and free standing tubs
- Super soft beds are great for light sleepers
Set against the Chilterns’ wooded hillsides, near the royal regatta town of Henley-on-Thames, The White Hart is a 14th-century country inn that prides itself on old-school hospitality, with a modern helping of four-star amenities. Exposed original beams and wingback chairs jostle playfully with designer lighting and flatscreen TVs.
This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence-winning hotel is everything a country inn should be. After a rousing day of roaming the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or navigating Henley’s famous Thames waterways, retire to a roaring log fire, uncork a fruity number and cosy up for hearty pub grub of the highest order, courtesy of The Tailor Made Dining Company.
How to Get There
In the dead of night, this might be the epitome of a sleepy village, but at the crack of dawn the main road thunders with traffic heading to and from Henley and everything changes: A seemingly attractive ‘superior’ bedroom is engulfed with tyre and engine noise that permeates and threatens to dislodge window blinds and unknowing sleepers alike. The moral of that tale: CHECK THE POSITION OF THE BEDROOM BEFORE BOOKING!
A real shame as the look and ambiance of the bar and restaurant was charming, as was the welcome we received when checking-in, the guys couldn’t have been more helpful (but, maybe they were softening the blow for what ‘lay’ ahead, excuse the pun, or is that too cynical).
We were there two nights and enjoyed the company of two guests (both of whom regarded the venue as one of their favourite eating places) at dinner on the first night. A slightly pushy waiter lured us into taking glasses of excellent, but well-priced, Malbec as we ordered and then ate our main courses – well three of us did. While they were more than pleased with their choices, I was served the worst, inedible roast chicken, EVER! I had had a long drive and could not face ordering anything else and settled for cheese and biscuits.
On the encouragement and advice of my partner, we ventured into the restaurant on the second evening and had very excellent fish course main meals; I finished with an equally scrumptious Pavlova, albeit a de-constructed version.
Breakfast on the two mornings was adequate – we are not into heavy-duty, full cooked fry-ups – and could have been improved with a better selection of cereals and fruits; the self-service coffee making facility was a challenge that didn’t live up to expectations on flavour.
Throughout our stay, the staff were excellent, as was the service. Just a pity that management did not display the same courtesy by checking with us or offering any recompenses – a dagger through the Hart.
We booked for a meal on a Sunday evening after their Sunday lunch service had ended. We ordered off the standard menu which was varied and interesting. There were 5 of us and we ordered different dishes. Everyone ate everything and enjoyed it all. The service was good too. I didn’t find it particularly cheap but definitely worth it. Good tasty food and service to match. Definitely worth a visit.
We had sunday lunch on the 6th October - The carvery option. The Food was excellent , the service was good , I know they had some challenges with a water leakage but that aside the food was superb and great value for money . Best roast we have had out in many months.