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The White Hart Wimbish

Thaxted Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 2UZ | 01799 599030 | Email

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The White Hart Wimbish

Leigh and Philip Todd have run the White Hart at Wimbish since 2005 and have established a well deserved reputation for a beautiful, welcoming venue with high quality freshly cooked cuisine. They pride themselves on a standard of service and attention to detail that seems missing in so many pubs and restaurants today.


From the moment you step inside the White Hart and are met by the welcoming interior of tables laid with crisp fresh white linen and with a smile and welcome by the owner and staff you know that you will be having a relaxing and enjoyable experience.

A picture by the door shows a pretty young girl standing next to a horse-drawn cart, reflecting a pace of life that seems so far away. Speaking to Alan who is having a drink at the bar he explains “That's my wife, she was about 16 then, and that’s her mother in the background. We’ve lived here all our lives.” The ingeniously box-framed picture of Alan’s wife is part of a collection of over a dozen such pictures adorning the walls, all of the village, with some showing the pub as it used to be. Externally, it’s changed very little over the years, but wait until you step inside.

The front door leads to the main bar area with immaculately laid tables to the left, set around a welcoming fire; with leather easy chairs and bar stools to the right, leading to a smaller ‘snug’ area. An extensive wine list is available, along with some fine cask ales and a selection of daily newspapers for those calling in for a ‘quiet drink’, although the convivial atmosphere will soon have you chatting with staff and locals.

Beyond the bar area is the restaurant. Not one of those big, chain type restaurant areas, but a small, informal room with six tables allowing a relaxed lunch or candlelight supper. And what about that barometer of all pubs - the loos? Quite simply, excellent, with individual hand towels being a nice touch.

But the real treat is the mouth-watering selection of homemade English and European cuisine on offer, together with some Chef’s specials. How about whole tiger prawns in garlic butter, or smoked haddock fish cakes with sweet chilli and fresh lime to start with; followed by pan-fried breast of duck on a rosti potato with blackcurrant jus, or a grilled whole Dover sole?

Philip Todd is the only chef at the White Hart so you are always assured of the same high standard of food, he only uses fresh ingredients and his food is prepared and cooked to order using locally sourced produce. Whether you would like a sandwich or a 3 course meal the ambience and service is the same. The high quality taste and presentation of the food compliments the beautiful surroundings and excellent customer service. The menu is varied with traditional choices to pick from such as home-made pies and succulent steaks to dishes with a European influence. The menu changes seasonally but Philip is also more than willing to prepare something special on request. Sunday luncheons are a very popular event and we advise early booking.

There’s plenty more happening at the White Hart with Events going on throughout the year starting with Burns Night in January an evening with a traditional piper, haggis and a four course meal.

Or for romantics Valentines at the White Hart is a special event. Throughout the year there are live music evenings or black tie Events to look forward to, just take a look at the Events page.

We would love to welcome you to an event and can also recommend places to stay locally such as Newdegate House just up the road.

"We had lunch at the White Hart today, and would like to say a big thank you to the staff for all the help with our elderly mother, who has mobility difficulties. You were very kind and helpful to her, and she ( and us) were delighted, as it made such a difference. The food was fantastic... delicious and generous portions and beautifully presented, so we will definitely be returning even though we don't live locally! Thank you once again."
Gill & Alan Howe

"Dear Leigh, just wanted to say a big thankyou for last night. Everyone said how fabulous the location/service and food was. A really great time was had by all - I think you'll have even more customers coming your way"