While its location may be tucked off the beaten track away from the main high street, The White Hart Inn has plenty to ensure it is well worth a visit.
Since taking it on a year ago, its youthful manager David Broome-Smith explains there has been plenty of graft involved in moulding it to his and partner Grace’s satisfaction, but he says the hard work is definitely reaping its rewards.
Their success was plain to see for our Tuesday night visit to mark my birthday, with a packed venue of city regulars eager for its weekly quiz.
Thankfully, there was space for us to dine and this charming traditional Canterbury pub served up one of the best meals we’ve had in a long while.
Though this cosy spot may not be huge inside, it is packed full of character, smart decor and also has a star weapon up its sleeve in the form of an especially large garden.
We chose the mezze platter to start, which was attractively presented and surprisingly substantial – consisting of olives, hummus, and some fine fresh bread.
Among some of its specialities are its ‘harty pies’, which we could not resist. I chose the Mediterranean vegetable one with grilled feta cheese, which was quite delicious, while my guest chose the steak and ale option. Both were extremely well prepared and good value for under £10 each.
The venue also has a decent specials board, which had more than a few intriguing options to mix up its already impressive menu.
In terms of desserts, there’s more than enough to satisfy the sweetest of tastes – we went for the Belgian waffles which were a real treat and great way to round off the meal.
We hadn’t intended to stay for the quiz night – but we enjoyed our meal so much and really liked the atmosphere there, so we decided to play along with some friends.
The White Hart Inn, Worthgate Place, Castle, Canterbury CT1 2QX