"One of our favourite Southwark pubs that keeps it friendly and no frills."Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
Were you not bound to Southwark by things like work or the fact that your osteopath is located in the area, you might not pluck up the energy to visit for the sake of the pubs alone. Which would be a shame because this is an area teaming with them. Not the hip new things with fads and gimmicks spilling out the doors but good solid pubs. Located on Great Suffolk Street, The White Hart is one of our favourite Southwark pubs that fits the friendly, no frills appeal that we’re sometimes after.
A simple range of food and a reasonable selection of drinks merely exist as backup to the rest of the pub’s charms. The cosy interior is dotted with small functional tables and the odd low-slung sofa or armchair here or there and doesn’t go big on decoration. Classic wooden paneling, framed pictures and a neutral colour scheme is about the size of it. The White Hart’s prime pulling power lies in its atmosphere; it’s an inner city local with a noticeably friendly staff behind the bar.
Lunchtimes and after work hours are naturally busy in an area with plenty of offices around and food is served throughout the day. A range of doorstop sandwiches supports the regular pies, burgers and fish and chips and you won’t find a meal that costs above £8. Behind the bar there is a selection of real ale that is regularly changed as well as lager and Leffe on draught.
In winter you would probably say that The White Hart is a winter pub, due to its dim, cosy interior that comes sweetly tarted up courtesy of some well-placed fairy lights. However, with plenty of outside space – complete with tables – it makes a case for being just as appealing during summer. We’d be happy to visit whatever the weather, there always seems to be clear warmth within.
T.A.O reviewed The White Hart on Wed 18 Feb 2015