Returning to The White Hart Inn, our expectations were high after a particularly entertaining evening for one of its popular Tuesday quiz nights. Thankfully, it proved just as memorable second time around, as we were served up a fine feast that offered the perfect way to round off the weekend in style.
From the moment you walk in the door of this Canterbury character pub, you’re assured of a warm welcome from its staff, led by owner David Broome-Smith.
Having taken over the business around 18 months ago with his partner Grace, they have stamped their own mark on the venue with some excellent touches. Beyond hosting quiz nights, there are also plans in the pipeline for a music festival, which will make use of what is billed as the largest pub garden in the city.
As for its culinary offerings, Manager David explained they aim to deliver the best locally-sourced produce possible for its menu at a reasonable price.
For our Sunday visit, we enjoyed a starter of cheesy garlic bread, with my wife selecting a classic beef roast for a main. This was both well presented and passed the taste test with flying colours, while my vegetable crumble was something a little out of the ordinary and very appetising.
With offers during the week including £10 for a pie and a drink, it’s not hard to understand why it has been doing brisk trade with its mixed clientele, ranging from young students, through to families and retired couples.
For anyone not wishing to tackle a Sunday roast, the pub showed flexibility in keeping its regular menu open as well. This features a number of classic burgers, its hearty pies and sharing options, as well as house specials including gammon, egg and chips, chilli con carne, and rump steak.
Desserts, which are all priced at £4 each, range from a devilish sticky toffee pudding and chocolate brownie, through to the more than adequate choices we made of an ice cream selection and a fine apple pie.
• Pop into The White Hart Inn, Worthgate Place, Canterbury CT1 2QX or call 01227 765091.