Stebbing has a wonderful High Street boasting many old buildings with lovely architecture and were pleased to find it possessed both a corner shop and pub!
The White Hart looked beautiful from the outside but on entering things looked very different. Unfortunately, the pub, as previously stated, was very tired and the publican was grumpy on both our visits, appearing as if he would rather be anywhere but there, a polite, warm welcome a courtesy surely if you wish to attract new customers. We had to wait to be served and in the end a lady sitting at the bar went round and served us drinks!!
The food was ok, although we only had sandwiches, but shame about the outside space at the back of the pub. With a little attention to tables, chairs and decking, some outside plants, it could be a comfortable area to sit on these warm days, but it was drab and unloved. It felt as if the landlord had given up which is a shame because they are losing valuable trade, so important when public houses in village locations are closing with regularity. It would be a crying shame for this village to loose what is clearly a valuable asset.
A cheery smile and welcome would work wonders even without the cosmetic improvements although a more varied menu; a coat of paint, new flooring etcetera inside would go wonders to improving this lovely old building too, so come on Landlord wake up before its too late please as we would like to visit again some time when improvements have been addressed.
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