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White Hart, Charter Alley

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I thoroughly enjoyed this pub. My misses and I have eaten here, the food is excellent I see people complaining about it being hard to get food, we have never had this problem. The times when food is being served is clearly displayed, outside these times food is not served. There's always a great range of ever changing beers, the pub is in the Camra What pub guide, that says it all about the beer!
A lovely old English pub.
Drinkman - 26 May 2015 22:35
What a difference a few years can make :-(

If you like cliquey groups who actively distrust and make 'drop ins' feel uncomfortably unwelcome then this place is for you.

Food (If you can get it as per previous posts) is NOT vegetarian friendly and seems to contain a lot of "local" i.e. from the woods produce.

Beer choice uninspiring.
deepinsight - 24 Mar 2014 17:38
The rude barman ( who looks like a 70s porn star) is still turning people who want food away - even on Fridays :-(
MyneSapint - 12 Aug 2013 13:36
Surprised by the last review, because the website clearly says no food Sunday and Monday. However, went there today for lunch and it was excellent, good food, good service and 4 real ales all small breweries.
It is a small village pub that has been extended but has managed to retain a cosy atmosphere. Only problem, we live over an hour away so probably will not visit it very often.
Randyray - 30 Nov 2012 20:11
I can only give this 2 points as having confirmed on their website that they served food on Monday evenings, myself and friends visited the pub, only to be turned away by a really rude barman, who stated they didn't do food on Monday evenings (only for residents).

Terrible experience. Shame, as the pub has a great selection of beers and good menu. Therefore the 2 points are for the selection of beers, which we didn't get to taste.
danmale - 10 Jan 2012 09:20
Nice pint of Altons Pride last night. Roaring fire on a chilly night, Quiet on the food front .
wrinkley - 25 Nov 2010 17:43
The beer was good to great tonight, but the food and service were terrible. The barmaid was left to do food orders, serve food and clear plates as well as looking after the bar, which meant you had to wait for service and drinks. The Pigeon starter had a tough membrane which was very tough to cut through, when advised I was told it was skin and that could not be avoided. Funny but I have had Pigeon breast before without skin and quite often Chicken breast too!
WOOTY - 20 Oct 2010 22:34
The White Hart recently was recently awared North Hampshire pub of the year by CAMRA and I have to agree with them the beer is always in excellent condition, the Palmers IPA is perfect. The 56 bus can get you there and back Monday to Saturday
morrisminor - 6 Feb 2010 10:52
Dropped in here recently one Sunday afternoon as we were in the area.

This is one of those pubs where conversation never stops and everyone looks round and welcomes the strangers walking in, including the barman, who made us feel very welcome.

The 4 real ales were in superb condition and realistically priced. We had a superb afternoon, made friends and will certainly be paying many more visits.
deepinsight - 1 Feb 2010 20:14
Dropped in here recently one Saturday as we were in the area. This is one of those pubs where conversation stops and everyone looks round at the strangers walking in. Everyone that is except the barman, who decided to completely ignore us. It was at this point that we 'should' have walked out. It didn't get any better, we were overcharged and had to ask for a price breakdown, begrudgingly getting a refund. To cap it all the beers were really poor. Needless to say we didn't stop for another and won't be coming back.
Moz - 11 Dec 2009 23:41
Re-visited on a Tuesday evening to find it near-deserted. A pity...use it or lose it folks!
Quinno - 1 Apr 2009 17:22
Excellent choice of ales and even a draught cider. Maggs mild was really good. Other West Berkshire beers there too. Well worth visiting for the beer. Food (on a Sunday) seemed disappointing and expensive- pity.
micksimm - 18 Jan 2009 18:04
What can i say- such a wide choice of Real ales although i only tried the one from Church End Brewery and the food is very good. Would like "she who must be obeyed" to let me try the whole range one evening- that way i wouldn`t need to go to another pub for the evening. Bit off the beaten track but well worth finding.
reelaleboy - 14 May 2008 21:33
Been here twice. Excellent food. Excellent beer always very good choice of different ales.
reelaleboy - 14 Apr 2008 21:41
Super pub situated in glorious rolling countryside but close enough to Basingstoke to make a trip out from the station by taxi.

4 ales on my visit (Hidden Fantasy; FFF Altonís Pride; Palmers Bitter; Wadworth Horizon), all in very good condition.

Inside has a nice old-fashioned feel to it and itís pretty popular given its location Ė plenty of people on my weekday evening visit.

Thereís a lovely well-maintained garden out back, home to some pub Guinea Pigs. Food was being served, didnít have time to sample any, but the carbonara looked pretty hearty and smelt lovely.

A glorious place for a late summer ale when the sunís out. Will be back again.
Quinno - 15 Feb 2008 17:48
Fantastic place. Good food and a superb range of real ales, real fires and real locals. Although this pub is difficult to find it is well worth the effort. Old fashioned in every way including the ridiculously short opening hours, perhaps staying here might allow longer drinking time! Very good web site, check it out.
arferjob - 18 Nov 2007 22:08
An excellent, friendly pub which is actually pretty easy to find despite its seemingly remote location. The landlord is a welcoming, accommodating fellow whilst the clientele are a good mix of local residents, farmers and visitors. Indeed, myself and my partner were made to feel most welcome. The main bar - situated as you walk in the main side door of the pub - is a hugely appealing place to wile away the hours. But this place is all about the beer. I cannot rate highly enough the care invested in making sure all the ales are in tip-top form. The West Berkshire Maggs Mild was simply outstanding, one of the finest pints I have ever had. And I've had a few.
CJG - 14 Aug 2007 15:13
Top quality pub, good food and well kept real ale. Often has at least 3. No food on a monday unless your staying there. Sometimes has Belgium beer too.
mike_pct - 23 Jul 2007 23:04
Big old country pub surprisingly close to Basingstoke. Timeless atmosphere, good beer, a fine pub all round.
anotherpintplease - 5 Nov 2006 11:05
Great place.
raywest - 5 Dec 2004 17:01
Situated in the quiet hamlet of Charter Alley just 5 miles from Basingstoke, the White Hart Inn is an ideal retreat from urban stress & strain, but only 15 minutes away from the town centre and railway station.

Tucked away up a narrow lane on the outskirts of the village, overlooking open farmland and woods, the White Hart Inn is an ideal venue for a wholesome lunch or delicious evening meal and equally suited for that special occasion such as birthdays or anniversaries.

The White Hart was built in 1818 next door to the village blacksmith and on the coach route between Newbury and Basingstoke providing rest and refreshment for weary travellers

The countryside around Charter Alley is ideal for walkers and cyclists who wish to explore the woods and footpaths and spot the varied flora and fauna. Nearby is the National Trust stately home Vyne House as well as many other historic
attractions and beauty spots.

The newly refurbished function room and restaurant is ideal for dinner parties, receptions and family get-togethers.

There is a wide range of home cooked dishes available; whether you want a tasty bar meal or a three course dinner there is something for everyone: Sunday Roast Dinners, Vegetarian dishes, Home made pies, Steaks & Fresh fish and a wide selection of English cheeses.

There is always a great choice of beers available with guest ales changing regularly and the wine list is extensive with wines from around the world.


Andy Ball - 31 Oct 2004 11:31

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