Dine in style

Eileen Leahy visited the newly refurbished pub The White Hart in Brasted and was very impressed with how this historic pub has been brought into the 21st century, courtesy of a super-chic makeover of both its charming interiors and its new menu…

If you’re looking to head further afield than Tunbridge Wells on the weekend may I suggest a visit to The White Hart pub in Brasted? Just a short drive up the A21, this historic pub has recently reopened its doors after undergoing an extensive and extremely impressive refurbishment, which has included a complete reworking of the inside layout of this grand pub as well as a fantastic reworking of its menu, too.

It’s the perfect spot to drop into after a spell of browsing Brasted’s famous antique shops or after a long country walk at nearby Toys Hill or Ide Hill. And whether you pull up a stool for a pint at the newly revamped bar area or want to stay longer to dine, I can guarantee that the hospitality, refreshments and all-round ambience that’s on offer here will impress you.

The new interiors are beautifully done – think sumptuous velvet seating, Herringbone wooden flooring, statement lighting and eye-catching artwork – and are highly eclectic too with lots of different looks and seating ‘zones’. If you fancy an intimate diner a deux then why not book one of the establishment’s cosy snugs which are atmospherically lit, but if you’re visiting with friends and family there are lots of alternative options available in the main restaurant and the bar area, as well as the super fancy orangery which is ideal for special occasions.

Sticking with aesthetics: the outside of The White Hart has also had a serious upgrade. The beer garden has been extended and now boasts a very appealing al fresco dining and drinking area – perfect to kick back and relax in once the fine weather is upon us. But given it’s still pretty chilly why not avail of the establishment’s huge inglenook fireplace by reserving the huge table – complete with two leather button-back sofas right by it. I challenge you not to want to stay all day as the fire crackles away and the wine flows!

The White Hart’s new and improved menu is just as impressive – and there really is something for everyone’s particular palate. Guests seeking a gourmet epicurean experience will find plenty to feast on – from seared plump scallops, rotisserie pork belly and expertly aged steaks – while those after lighter bites will not be disappointed by the variety of different dishes including sea salt and cracked black pepper squid with pickled ginger mayonnaise and pan-fried king prawns with chilli and feta served alongside a toasted ciabatta slathered in a tangy tomato and chipotle chilli sauce and lemon gremolata.

There’s also a great vegetarian menu, which includes dishes such as whipped goats cheese with beetroot and pear plus plenty of vegan options too including roasted celeriac steak with parsnip puree, exotic mushrooms and caramelised shallots and chargrilled plant-based burgers – oh and I’m pleased to report that prices are good value for money too.

See you there!

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