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A really nice rural pub with a good selection of ales. very relaxing atmosphere
Buster_M - 30 Oct 2012 14:54
Lovely country pub with some interesting old photographs and real fires. Warm welcome from friendly staff. Excellent food and draught Shepherd Neame. Cosy lounge with wide screen tv. Highly recommended!
MallyRM - 8 Jul 2012 07:44
Absolutley fantastic, if you want to enjoy the ambience of a proper english country pub the White hart is where you want to visit.
Fantastic food fantastic surroundings and your hosts are very welcoming and make your visit special, if you have kids the outside play area is great and very safe.
Fine wines great beers and fantastic food with an excellent range of coffees.
I have visited this pub/restaraunt for the past 2 years with my wife and young kids and cannot review this business any higher than Fantastic.
robbiscot - 20 Sep 2011 19:03
robbiscot - 20 Sep 2011 18:55
robbiscot - 20 Sep 2011 18:55
I forgot to mention on my last post that the garden at the white hart must be one of the prettiest in kent
robbiscot - 20 Sep 2011 18:51
I cannot believe the poor comment that was left about this pub i can only think it was a local competitor trying to damage the great reputation this pub has.
I have eaten and drank in this pub with my wife for the past 2 years and find the relaxing pleasant atmosphere very pleasing and enjoyable , the pub has recently been upgraded to a very high standard.
robbiscot - 20 Sep 2011 18:43
This has been my local for 20+ years and I have seen a few changes over the years. Since S&N took over there have been a succession of landlords but the latest couple, Sarah and Gary have restyled the pub decor making it more warm and inviting and brought us an interesting menu from bar snacks to the almost unique hot stone cooking. I'm not sure about the timings of these reviews, but there's not been a chef with tatoos since Sarah & Gary have been here.
Excellent restaurant worth a visit - and the beer's good too!
cliverichardson - 28 Aug 2011 14:36
My wife & I recently moved to the Kent countryside & were trying to discover a quaint pub with nice food. We stumbled across the White Hart at Marden on the internet & thought we'd give it a go. We booked a table for 2 on a friday evening & were told we were their 1st booking. This worried me but after reading the other reviews on this site I thought it may be because it was fairly recently taken over. We arrived at a somewhat 'abandoned-looking' pub. Inside were a small group of older men huddled around the bar (the rest of the place was empty). We were taken to a large newly refurbished restaurant section where it was just us & 1 other table dining. I ordered the steak & ale pie with roasted vegetables (which was recommended) & my wife ordered bangers & parsley mash. The food when it arrived (via a heavily tatooed arrogant & unwelcoming chef) was inedible. My 'roasted vegetables' couldn't be cut as they mashed as soon as you put a knife to them...I wouldn't like to guess when they had 1st been cooked. The steak & ale pie had a 'sour' flavour & my wife's sausages had been deep-fried and her mash tasted dry, heavy and several days old. We paid & left after 5 mins! We now realise why there were no bookings prior to ours on a warm Friday evening! Shame as the pub is in a great spot.
wateringburymark - 18 May 2011 12:37
On a visit over from France we went to the White Hart for Sunday lunch. Wow! Were we spoiled. I thought the French knew how to cook but you can't beat us Brits when it comes to the Sunday roast. It was a real treat & we got served with a smile, not the Gallic shrug we're used to. In fact, we had such a great time we've made up our minds we're moving back to Blighty, just so we can pop down the local more often. Thank you to everyone at the White Hart for making a difficult decision so easy for us.
landeslady - 24 Nov 2010 03:20
This is the archetypal village local. I think we were the only 'strangers' in the pub on our Saturday afternoon visit. Although we were made to feel welcome, with a few engaging us in conversation. Football was being shown on the TV. But I felt the pub lacked character and the two Shepherd Neame beers - Spitfire and Master Brew represented a poor choice. Most people appeared to be drinking lager. Friendly enough. But I prefer a pub with a bit of character.
blue_scrumpy - 26 Apr 2010 20:03
Lovely pub. Had a realy relaxed time having a meal there, and the kids were made to feel special. Too cold for them to go out and play in the garden, but will definaly be back when its warmer - if not sooner! Nice pint of Spitfire!
levelgold - 22 Jan 2010 14:16
sandymo - 3 May 2009 20:48
Since the Sheps acquisition, the main bar has been redecorated but whilst it is lighter it seems more nondescript. Only Spitfire and MasterBrew on, and the loss of Goachers still rankles. Currently, it seems like a missed opportunity and my rating is lower than it was before, but I hope that the first year of the 'new regime' is a blip which will be overcome.
rpadam - 26 Apr 2009 18:45
Have just been to the White Hart today,
I was first put off by the poor decor, there is no character, and the original victorian features have been butchered, its an abortion. it looks more like a Kebab take away stall than a pub. There was the the token garden implement hanging, and a couple of photos of hop pickers..the usual eBay specials.
We had the unfortunuate view of lunching there....boy, was that a mistake.
The starters were slimey Pate, with a cumberland goo, and there famed penicillin (moudy) bread, not this isnt a wind up i promice you.
The mains were, Fillet of Seagull (meant to be pheasant) with a packaged Bookers Bacon, and a crushed new potato disaster.
It left me thinking Maybe i should of taken one of those implements on the wall to the chef.
And this was 70 pounds wasted.
Definitly one to be avoided
logo21 - 2 Sep 2008 15:35
The transition to SN and new owners seems to have gone well. Masterbrew, Spitfire and Early Bird were on offer when popped in recently. It looks like business as usual at the White Hart.
almadravilla - 12 May 2008 15:12
Nice country pub, but the Goachers has gone already with the forthcoming change of ownership to Shepherd Neame. Hopefully the standards of beer keeping and the reliable food will not change adversely when Russell and Sue leave.
rpadam - 16 Apr 2008 00:06
The landlord is retiring and the pub has been sold to Shepherd Neame. Time will tell what this means for this very pleasant pub.
almadravilla - 2 Apr 2008 13:17
A real pub. The owners used to run the Bull in East Farleigh (which plunged into the abyss when they left) and in the few years they've been at The White Hart they've continued the good work; it has a real old fashioned public bar at the front, a little 'saloon' behind, and a sizeable restaurant doing good value food.
Strong support for local Goachers - light and dark were both on last time I was there - also Sheps: all well kept on every occasion I've sampled them. Real fires in the winter, and a big garden for warmer weather.
A genuine pub, of which there are fewer and fewer left in this part of the world. Well worth seeking out.
earlydrinker - 7 Feb 2008 23:01

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