We have visited a few wetherspoons in North Manchester like Bury, Shaw, Rochdale etc, but this hostelry just across the border in West Yorkshire is pleasantly different. Unlike its near neighbours the White Hart is an Olde Worlde pub rather than a converted cinema or bank. With bars on 2 floors the pub is situated in the heart of Todmorden, just by the railway station and 2 minutes from the bus station which gives it easy access.
The staff are very friendly with the manager making himself known to customers by rolling his sleeves up and mucking in. We visited at a weekend and the place was busy, but the bar staff clocked who was waiting to be served and in which order; a pleasant change from pubs where people who shout the loudest get to the front of the queue. Being so busy we expected a long wait for our food, but we were wrong. Our starter of Nacho sharer arrived within 10 minutes and quite refreshingly we were invited to inform them when we were ready for our mains.
Can't say the menu was any different to any other wetherspoons but the food was hot, adequate portions and as always fabulous value for money. Draught beers from local micro breweries were less than £2 a pint and a bottle of Hardy's wine for £6.
There is a good, friendly atmosphere in the White Hart. I knew there was some history in Todmorden bit I did not realise how many famous people were born in the town from weather men , rock stars and scientists. To mark this, the pub walls are festooned with picture frames of the town's history and personalities explaining their achievements. This helps to make the visit both enriching as well as satisfying.
A visit to the White Hart is highly recommended!!
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