The White Hart Pub with rooms in Somerton, Somerset

Prices from:
£75 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Revamped inn, contemporary vibe
  • Stylish rustic-chic décor
  • Cracking bar – local cider and real ales
  • River Cottage chefs cook up a storm
  • Wood-fired oven in kitchen
  • Individual rooms ooze quirky touches

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Overview

The White Hart Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7LX

The personal touch

The White Hart has held court on Somerton’s Market Square for 500 years and is now owned by a small and enterprising group with three inns to their name thus far, the other two being The Swan, Wedmore, Somerset and Timbrell’s Yard in Bradford on Avon (see entries). The place can’t have been in much better shape anytime over the previous centuries. The eponymous stag still stands guard above the entrance, while inside the place has been opened up to create a series of smart spaces with lots of character from exposed stone walls, a couple of wood-burning stoves and a buff parquet floor. The open kitchen in the rear restaurant forms a focal point around the wood-fired oven. The White Hart has bags of country-style and a contemporary rustic-chic finish, with stylish sofas, natty banquettes and a mishmash of wooden tables. The garden out back has rural views in contrast to the town square out front. Note they don’t have a car park, but there are quite a few spaces in the square and a helpful map on the website offers further suggestions.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome in the bar and two of the bedrooms where cots and Z beds can be provided.

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in the bar and some bedrooms.

Alfresco

The grassy garden at the back has views over farmland and makes for a peaceful spot for drinks or bar snacks, and there are BBQs on Sundays and Bank Holidays through the summer. The restaurant spills out onto a courtyard terrace.

What’s on?

On certain nights of the week they offer a wider selection or more interesting variations on popular dishes. For example, on Fridays there might be three different types of fresh fish alongside the a la carte menu or on another night the spotlight might be on less well known cuts of Ruby Red beef for Steak matched with specially selected discounted wine. Pop in for coffee mornings on a Wednesday and get a cup of Mozzo coffee (or a pot of tea) and a slice of cake for three quid, or sample a cream tea for two in the afternoon for £5. Every second Sunday night of the months sees battle commence with quiz night.

What’s the Damage?
8 doubles/twins; £75-£145

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant
  • No parking – car park 100 yards

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide

Sleep

The White Hart Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7LX

Do not disturb

The eight bedrooms are all up on the first floor with some of them getting views over the market square and 13th-century church, and others the more pastoral view out back. All are hugely individual and the eclectic decor combines contemporary neutrality with some nice touches such as hand-painted wallpaper and generously sized beds. The pick of the bunch is room three with its roll-top bath, with a stunning mosaic vintage tile splash back, acting as a design feature in the room (there’s a shower as well).

Creature comforts

Egyptian cotton linen; handmade Bramley bathroom products; hand-painted wallpapers; Clipper teas and cafetière coffee; king and super king-size beds.

Gadgets

Smart TVs; Free Wi-Fi.

What’s for Breakfast?

Homemade muesli; Brown Cow vanilla yoghurt with fresh seasonal fruit and granola; The White Hart Sausage sandwich; chorizo sausages and eggs of your choice; free-range scrambled eggs, slow-roasted mushroom & toast; the White Hart full English made using the wood oven

What’s the Damage?
8 doubles/twins; £75-£145

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant
  • No parking – car park 100 yards

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide

Eat & Drink

The White Hart Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7LX

Mastering the menu

Tom Blake used to head up the kitchen at River Cottage and brings a passion for provenance and seasonal flavours to the table. He splits his time between the other pubs in the group. Here in Somerton, there’s a distinction between bar and restaurant, with the former presenting sharing plates such as one with Somerset meats (pork, rosemary and thyme kebabs, rabbit rillettes, pepper carpaccio and chorizo hash), or veg and fishy versions, plus interesting sandwiches or a perky chilli made with Ruby Red beef. The restaurant area has the same easy-going vibe, with the addition of table service and it is possible (and advisable) to book ahead. The sharing theme continues in the restaurant, but there are things you might like to keep to yourself such as a duck leg and pork belly combo, or the chargrilled spiced venison burger topped with a port and onion relish. The wood-fired oven brings a smoky flavour to a number of dishes, including Sunday lunch and breakfast options. This is a kitchen that makes as much as possible in-house, including bread, cakes and even burger buns. Children can either have smaller portions off the menu or go for something from their own bespoke version.

On the menu

Wood-roasted Cornish scallops, Dorset pancetta, lentil salad
Home-cured gammon, fried egg, White Hart chips, salad
Spiced haunch of Somerset venison, game faggot, Pitney kale, mash, star anise carrots
Grilled Lyme Bay plaice fillets, chorizo, crispy potatoes, chunky tartar sauce
Black Forest trifle with White Hart Morello cherries

Sunday Roasts

Ruby Red beef topside, Yorkshire pudding, red wine gravy
Orchard Farm Old Spot pork belly, sea salt crackling, cider sauce
Roast Blue Vinny & walnut stuffed butternut squash

Foodies Extras

Anyone who likes things done properly will enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the White Hart – the tea is served in proper China cups and teapots (each one different) and cakes are made on the premises. And it is served all day too. Breakfast is also available to non-residents.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 11am (non-residents 9am – 11am)
Lunch 12 noon – 3pm
Dinner 6pm – 9.45pm

Local, local, local

Game – Home Farm, Kingweston (www.home-farm-shop.com)
Eggs – Westleaze Farm, Beaminster (www.facebook.com/Westleazefarm)
Fish – Samways of Bridport (www.samwaysfish.com)
Cider – Harry’s Cider Company, Long Sutton (www.harryscidercompany.co.uk)
Beef and lamb – Blackmore Vale Butchery, Kington Magna (www.bmv-butchery.co.uk)
Coffee – Mozzo Coffee, Southampton (www.mozzocoffee.com)
Real ale – Bath Ales (www.bathales.com)
Seasonal organic fruit and vegetables – Glebe Farm, Pitney (www.pitneyfarmshop.co.uk)

Behind the bar

The main beer supplier is Meantime Brewing Company based in South East London, but that’s not to say there’s any lack of a local stuff on offer – Bath Ales’ Gem and Cheddar Ales’ Potholer are regulars flying the flag for the South West. When it comes to cider, there’s Orchard Pig’s Reveller and a couple more straight from the producer served in boxes by the bar, including something from Harry’s Cider Company down the road. The wine list has good options by the glass in two measures, with a truly global spread (check out the blackboard behind the bar).

Bar snacks

Wedmore lamb shepherd’s pie
Macaroni and cheese, truffle oil
Ruby red beef chilli, chunky bread

Time at the bar

11am – 11pm

What’s the Damage?
8 doubles/twins; £75-£145

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant
  • No parking – car park 100 yards

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The White Hart

2

Stourhead Farm Shop, Stourton BA12 6QF

Situated on the magnificent Stourhead Estate and renowned for the quality of its meat and its choice of locally produced seasonal foods and drinks, the Stourhead Farm Shop has been trading since 2005. There are 10 varieties of handmade sausages on offer - including the Stourhead Sizzler - a range of home-cured bacon and hams, cheese, fruit and veg, free range eggs, bread, jams and pickles.

3

The Bakery Cafe, The Green, Sherborne DT9 3HZ

This wonderful small artisan bakery in the heart of Sherborne is a perfect spot for coffee, or something more substantial, whilst out shopping. Open from 8am to 5pm daily, visitors can enjoy wonderful coffees, teas and baked goodies as they perch on tractor seat stools at long oak tables above the bakery. On Thursday and Friday the bakery is open until 8pm for Pizza nights - eat in or take away.

4

Godminster Cheese Shop, Bruton BA10 0EH

Godminster is home to Richard Hollingbery and his family. Primarily a dairy farm, Richard decided to go organic in 1996. Since then the farm has produced award winning waxed cheddars and bries, with 'Great Taste' Awards going to homemade chutneys and cheese biscuits. In the shop visit the whole selection, take part in daily cheese tasting or simply find out how the goodies are created.

7

Wells Market, WellsBA5 2RP

The market place of this historic cathedral city fills up every Wednesday and Saturday with stalls selling local goods. Wednesday is the turn of local farmers.

8

The Green, 3 The Green, Sherborne DT9 3HY

Modern European cooking made with regional produce and served in a charming period building. Expect sea bass ceviche with local truffles and crispy shallots followed by roasted rack of lamb or a fancy burger made with English veal and foie gras.

9

Augustus, 3 The Courtyard, St James Street, Taunton TA1 1JR

The small yet perfectly formed Augustus is run by Richard Guest who previously showed his mettle at the town's Castle hotel. Now he's making an impression with dishes such as handmade gnocchi with Taleggio and rosemary cream and fillet of turbot with summer greens and grain mustard sauce.

10

Jon Thorner's Farm Shop, Pylle BA4 6TA

Open since 1976, Jon Thorner's is a farm shop stocked with genuinely local produce, with 25 of the suppliers based within 10 miles of the premises. Keep fuelled up by visiting the on-site bistro-style cafe.

11

Pitney Farm Shop, The Wagon House, Pitney TA10 9AP

This organic farm sells straight to the public from its farm shop. Expect dry-cured bacon and ham, homemade sausages, burgers and cakes, plus a range of local stuff that they buy in including cider brandy, Somerset cheeses and sparkling wines.

12

Wilkins Cider, Land's End Farm, Mudgley BS28 4TU

When in Rome! Head on over to Roger Wilkins farm and get to the bottom of why cider is such a big deal in this part of the country. Don't go expecting a fancy farm shop, simply pop into the barn and get cider straight from the barrel. You can also stock up on fresh veg, eggs, pickles and such like.

13

Wraxall Vineyard, WraxallBA4 6RQ

Get a taste of English wine with tours and tastings of this vineyard on south-facing slopes between the Mendips and Quantock Hills.

14

The Willow Tree, 3 Tower Lane, TauntonTA1 4AR

Offering creative modern British grub in a smart 17th-century venue in the centre of town, the Willow Tree is an evening-only restaurant that hits the heights.

15

Goodfellows, 5 Sadler Street, WellsBA5 2RR

A proper foodie hot spot with cafe and first-floor restaurant run by Adam Fellows. Expect contemporary seasonal cooking with West Country produce and some international flavours, with a focus on seafood from Devon and Cornwall.

18

Brown and Forrest, Hambridge TA10 0BP

Tucked away on the Somerset levels, this award-winning family-run smokery has been here for more than 30 years and its products are on the menu of many top restaurants and gastropubs around the UK. As well as some of the finest smoked eel and salmon in the country, there is a range of smoked chicken, duck, lamb and trout. Hampers are also available. The shop is open Tues-Sat.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The White Hart

Activities

2

Long Sutton & Somerton Golf Clubs TA11 7HG

In the heart of the Somerset countryside near Somerton, Wheathill is where golfers of different abilities enjoy a challenge. There’s also the option of PGA tuition and lunch for beginners and budding golfers. Booking required. Long Sutton Golf Club, set in 118 acres, some 6352 yards in length has a par 71-course for men and par 72 for ladies.

3

Fishing, Somerton TA11 6LJ

Viaduct Fishery at Somerton is the perfect destination for the dedicated angler. There are six well-stocked lakes, a verandah-fronted clubhouse and several fishing platforms. The stock tends to be varied, with large numbers of carp.

17

Ballooning, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Aerosaurus Balloons offer spectacular flights over south-west England’s stunning landscape. Depart from Sherborne and nearby North Wootton at sunrise or sunset.

Shopping

9

Melbury Gallery, Sherborne DT9 3RQ

Visit the Melbury Gallery in Sherborne and you'll discover clothes, accessories, jewellery and gifts - among numerous items of stock. There is an amazing selection of garments from designers such as Masai Clothing Company, Adini, Nomads, Braintree and many others.

10

Kilver Court Designer Village, Shepton Mallet BA4 5NF

Housed in an old mill complex within stunning gardens, Kilver Court is the ideal shopping destination for fashion, chic home interiors or simply somewhere to relax. You'll find a whole host of tempting top designer outlets including Jack Wills, Toast, French Sole, Paul Smith and Orla Kiely and all with up to 60% off!

11

Macintosh Antiques, Sherborne DT9 3JG

Located in a quaint hamstone mews building in Sherborne, Macintosh Antiques specialises in 17th-20th-century country house furniture, including chairs, bookcases, cabinets, paintings, prints and upholstery.

12

Butterfly Bright Haberdashery, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Alison Nurton created Butterfly Bright in 2011, selling fabulous fabrics, haberdashery, craft supplies and kitchen accessories made by local and international designers. The shop has now moved to a larger premises with room for popular workshops - be it quilting, embroidery, jewellery or cake decoration!

13

Wells Trading Post, West Street, Wells BA5 2HG

Located in a 12th-century mill in West Street, Wells Trading Post is full of all sorts of quirky finds and retro treasures. Expect vintage fashion, furniture, collectables and curiosities.

14

Clarks Village, Glastonbury BA16 0BB

Just a stone's throw from Glastonbury, a visit to Clarks Village is a true shopping experience. Here, you can shop in stylish surroundings comprising paved walkways and landscaped gardens. There are many designer and high street stores, a restaurant terrace for alfresco and indoor dining and a choice of all-important coffee shops.

15

The Mulberry Factory Shop, Shepton Mallet BA4 5NF

A wide selection of Mulberry accessories and limited edition samples can be found housed in a former school building in rural Somerset. Here you'll find perfect examples of clothes, fabrics and Mulberry's famous leather bags.

16

John Leach's Muchelney Pottery, Muchelney TA10 0DW

Based at Muchelney, very close to Long Sutton, John Leach’s Muchelney Pottery has been trading for an incredible 50 years. The pots are all lovingly and expertly hand-thrown, using local clays, and the pottery shop is open all year except on Sunday.

Places to visit

4

Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton BA22 8HW

Based near Yeovil, the museum represents the flying arm of the Royal Navy - a place for serious hardware with serious capability. This is where you'll find Europe's largest collection of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

5

East Somerset Railway, Cranmore BA4 4QP

Discover the great days of steam travel on a visit to the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore, near Shepton Mallet. The line runs for 2½ miles and the railway company hosts regular events throughout the year.

6

Lytes Cary Manor, Charlton Mackrell TA11 7HU

Managed by the National Trust and located near neighbouring Somerton, Lytes Cary Manor is a medieval manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts-inspired garden. The garden rooms include a splendid collection of topiary and herbaceous borders. There are also delightful riverside walks to enjoy.

7

Wells BA5 2UE

The jewel in the city's crown is its historic cathedral - a masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship. Look out, too, for the moated, 13th-century Bishop's Palace and many other splendid buildings and fascinating landmarks around the city.

8

Glastonbury Abbey BA6 9EL

There's a strong sense of history at Grade-I-listed Glastonbury Abbey. Set in 36 acres of parkland, the ruins include a museum featuring a model of the abbey as it might have looked in the past.

18

Sherborne, DT9 3BJ

With its medieval buildings, ancient Abbey, Alms-houses and two Castles, Sherborne is one of the most beautiful towns in England. It also has a good selection of independent shops, cafes and a farmers market on Saturdays. Wandering the streets, you may recognise backdrops to numerous films, including most recently The Imitation Game.

Walking

www.movingsomersetforward.co.uk/walking
The White Hart at Somerton – once the capital of Wessex – lies deep in the rolling countryside of Somerset. On the inn’s doorstep is an extensive network of paths, tracks, byways and bridleways, which, with the aid of GPS, a good map and a reliable guidebook, can be easily explored. For real adventure walking, truly magnificent scenery and far-reaching views, head further afield to Cranborne Chase, the Mendips or Salisbury Plain.

 

 

Cycling

www.sustrans.org.uk
The level, lowland landscape of the Somerset Levels is perfect for cycling. Get the Somerset Levels Cycle Map and you’ll find it includes the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area. Wells, Glastonbury and Yeovil feature and the map also includes five day rides with directions and a description of the area highlighting key cycle routes, local history and places of interest.

Events

www.visitsomerset.co.uk
Think of festivals in Somerset and Glastonbury immediately springs to mind. But there’s much more to entertain locals and visitors than just the famous annual festival. The region hosts the largest illuminated carnival in Europe, lighting up the skies in towns such as Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Glastonbury and Shepton Mallet. The county is also famous for producing outstanding food and drink and this great tradition is represented at many markets and events throughout Somerset.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Somerton is signposted north off A372 Langport road, 1 mile west of A303 at Podimore.

By Rail: Yeovil Junction station is 20 minutes away by taxi, with direct trains from London Waterloo taking 2 hours 20 minutes.

Address:

Market Place,, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7LX

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