At the Hart of a pleas­ant night out

A treat you can Uf­ford

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Eating Out - By richard Ken­dall richard. ken­dall@ pe­ter­bor­oughto­day. co. uk

We ar­rived on a driz­zly ( or miz­zly, we couldn’t de­cide, it’s that fine rain...) Tues­day evening at the wel­com­ing White Hart nes­tled in the vil­lage of Uf­ford sit­u­ated half­way be­tween Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford. Uf­ford is only a 15 or so minute drive from the cen­tre of Peter­bor­ough along the back roads just be­fore Bar­nack. The White Hart, twinned with the nearby Crown and Ex­eter Arms, also has an Orangery ca­ter­ing for up to 40 guests and The Pantry area for pri­vate or busi­ness events. I was sur­prised no one from the PT had been for a re­view in years - my last visit may have been af­ter a victorious John Wilcox Cup cricket fi­nal at nearby pic­turesque Bar­nack CC a cou­ple of years be­fore - so my wife and I staked our claim. It has a warm homely feel, all stone work and wooden beams, cosy seat­ing, mis­matched signs and lo­cal archived pho­tog­ra­phy. We had been a few times for drinks and food although not re­cently but al­ways en­joyed the re­laxed at­mos­phere. The bar is well stocked with four real ales in­clud­ing Ad­nams and Oakham Ales on our visit. I had a JHB while my wife went for a non- al­co­holic gin­ger beer. An ex­ten­sive wine list is also avail­able. We sur­veyed the menu for some time, it’s a rea­son­ably tra­di­tional list with plenty of lo­cally sourced meat and in- gre­di­ents, I would have been happy with most of the starters or mains. Wewere taken through to the din­ing area, where there were a smat­ter­ing of other cou­ples al­ready seated. The restau­rant/ bar/ ho­tel has a good rep­u­ta­tion so we were not sur­prised. As a side note, they have six in­di­vid­u­ally styled char­ac­ter en­suite bed­rooms avail­able. We had some bread and but­ter to be­gin with, then our starters. I went for a goat’s cheese and beet­root salad, al­ways a sucker for goat’s cheese, but the beet­root was a per­fect foil, balancing the creamy cheese. My wife had the pork frit­ters and chilli mayo. All had good flavours, were at­trac­tively pre­sented on sim­ple plates. the ac­com­pa­ny­ing salad was fresh and of good qual­ity. The staff were friendly and help­ful if a lit­tle slow at times, and could have asked if we wanted drinks ear­lier. For our mains, my wife had the salmon on a pea and mint risotto, which was gen­er­ously por­tioned and vis­ually easy on the eye. The salmon was well cooked and the risotto was quite creamy and maybe a lit­tle fill­ing but that is not to de­tract from the qual­ity of the flavours. My steak and ale pie was en­joy­able, and I do like a good flaky pas­try top­ping. the meat was ten­der, and the gravy not too runny. the thick twice cooked chips were de­cent, I pre­fer them crispier so I was pleased with my choice, all apart from the ap­pear­ance of a Brus­sel sprout amongst the sea­sonal veg. Sea­sonal it may be, wel­comed it is not. The devil’s work! The gen­er­ous por­tions had

“Arelaxing at­mos­phere in the bar or restau­rant”

filled us up, and we don’t like to waste food - so we shared a dessert. De­spite the menu hav­ing some tempt­ing de­lights on of­fer - the vanilla creme brulee was very pleas­ant, nice crunchy top, to­gether with the fresh juicy rasp­ber­ries and straw­ber­ries plus the soft short­bread bis­cuits was a light end to the meal. Over­all a re­lax­ing at­mos­phere in the bar or restau­rant, a tra­di­tional menu with good food and beers to en­joy at rea­son­able prices. Well worth a stopoff or an evening visit if you are ven­tur­ing out of town.

The White Hart at Uf­ford.

Alight end to the meal - creme brulee

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