The White Hart: ‘ Cosy but also dif­fer­ent’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PUB OF THE YEAR -

THE pub’s manager may have changed at The White Hart, but she has kept the Vin­tage Inn wa­ter­ing hole true to its roots. The White Hart, in Ayles­bury End, has been in the cen­tre of the Old Town in Bea­cons­field ex­ud­ing ru­ral charm and rustic char­ac­ter since the 1600s.

The pub served the town as a ho­tel when it first opened and hosted a cy­cling club, a law ten­nis club and a shoot­ing club.

While it was once the home of the Lord of the Manor, it now wel­comes it reg­u­lars to sit by the roar­ing fires and tuck into one of its hearty meals.

Manager Kirsty Reilly said “We get a whole dif­fer­ent range of peo­ple now,” said Kirsty. “We get the older peo­ple dur­ing the week, pop­ping in for a cof­fee or a pint. Then come the week­end we get the younger crowds com­ing for the night out.

“I think a lot of peo­ple come here for the at­mos­phere we have the fires and mu­sic.

“It’s some­thing cosy but also dif­fer­ent.”

The White Hart is also popular for its food.

Kirsty said pie Wed­nes­days, or Steak Night, al­ways draw in the crowds.

“Peo­ple like our food spe­cials,” she said. “We have set mains and lunches. It’s a bit of home county food, hearty meals. We have things like pork belly, lamb shoul­der and sausage and mash.”

But Kirsty said the thing that keeps peo­ple com­ing back the most is the ‘vin­tage’ feel.

“Peo­ple know what they get here, they like what we do. They know it’s a ru­ral pub, cosy, where they can come in and sit in the cor­ner and while away the time, or come and talk to us at the bar and be a bit more so­cial and lively.

“But the best is both fit to­gether in the same place.”

Kirsty Reilly, manager of the White Hart in Ayles­bury End

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