What’s it like to eat the White Hart in Sherfield-on-Loddon
PUBLISHED: 06:04 07 December 2019
Found! A pub with the perfect beer garden for sunny days and a cosy interior and roaring fire for the winter. Head to The White Hart on the Reading Road...
The White Hart, a 17th century pub in Sherfield, on the Berkshire/Hampshire border, overlooks the lovely village green. Stepping inside this Young's pub, we took in the new quirky interior that has the wow factor - think cool navy and orange banquette seating, with fringed lighting, creative wall decor using dinnerware and eclectic artwork... all while keeping the brick fireplaces and true essence of a British pub.
It has a great menu, as Head Chef Andy has come up with some hearty and traditional dishes, as well as some lighter options. For starters, I had a huge bowl of crispy whitebait that was lightly battered and was delicious drizzled with lemon juice. I felt a bit naughty eating them with my fingers like fries and dipping them in the spicy mayo, but it made them even more addictive and enjoyable. The portion was so generous my friend and I could have shared, but she'd chosen the creamed celeriac and horseradish soup with smoked almonds.
My main, the Forager's Pie, came shortly after. Now this is what I call comfort food. Tucking in, I realised it was filled to the brim with Portobello mushrooms, leek and spinach, and topped with a fantastic flaky filo pastry. It didn't really need the garlic roast potatoes and greens on the side, as it was a hearty and satisfying dish in its own right, but they and the gravy were scrumptious additions. My companion had the pork loin and black pudding wellington, which looked just as appetising. It was proper pub grub for a winter's day.
For pudding, the Earl Grey Trinity cream sounded devine. It came in an elegant little teacup with lavender biscuits to dip in, and it tasted similar to a crème brûlée, only better. A decadent delight.
We were delivered two mulled gin cocktails to round off our meals, and I've been converted. No more mulled wine for me -this is my new favourite festive drink of the season. It made us feel all warm inside, and we struggled to pull ourselves away from the cosy pub and the friendly and welcoming staff.
On a sunny day, it would be hard to find a better beer garden. Here you can enjoy events such as their recent chilli festival. But on a dull, rainy day, taking shelter by the roaring fire with a drink in hand is just as appealing.