We went to the White Hart mainly because of location, close to Avebury Stone Circle, Bath, Marlborough and so on. It was just a place to stay but we were pleasantly surprised. The welcome from all the staff at first seems like well-trained corporate but we soon learned it was for real. The first room we were in was really nice with a lovely en-suite (12 if you’re going) Unfortunately we broke the handle on the toilet cistern and needed to move rooms! Instead of being moaned at we were simply offered a choice of the two remaining unoccupied rooms, both of which were equally nice ( 12a and 14).
Later we went to the bar and a couple came in who hadn’t booked (it was about 8.30 pm). They’d come from deep Cornwall and had a child with them. The Duty manager immediately offered to vacate his room and go to room twelve – he’d go down to the bar to use the loo if he needed. The manager’s room was cleaned and re-made within half-an hour – and the family were checked-in. Impressive stuff.
As a result, we decided to eat there and it was really good pub grub although one or two ‘posher’ dishes as well. At first, we were unhappy that there were no cereals at breakfast but the full English is cooked to order and was superb – amazing mushrooms. I don’t eat sausages and was pleased to see four rashers of bacon to compensate. When we thanked the waitress for the great service she said the chef wasn’t in and the guy doing the breakfast was the owner! Nice touch!
Overall, the service was excellent and if the place is tired here and there then the staff, the locals and the long-term residents (some there for months apparently) really make it a good place to be. We’ll go again for sure and thanks to everyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The White Hart dates back to 1659 and has been providing food, rest and drinks ever since. It is a free house and therefore completely independent of any brewery or corporate enterprise. There are 15 rooms of various size and all are en-suite on three floors. There are three functions rooms available so perfect for any wedding reception or other large functions. The main dining room can easily seat up to 50 in comfort. The upstairs function room has a private entrance, DJ booth with PA system and lighting effects hard-wired in with a private bar and M/F toilets. There is another private room at the rear of the bar with a separate entrance and perfect for meetings. private functions with dedicated Satellite TV which can double up as a large monitor for PowerPoint presentations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Hart Hotel Calne, Wiltshire, UK