Dig out you dancing shoes and reach up for a messy disco record night!
On Stoke Newington High Street, The White Hart sits a short distance from Church Street and shares the typical Antic London offering thanks to a traditional pub layout with shabby, mismatched furniture. The pub may seem imposing from the street but internally it is light and spacious during the day and has ample seating options, including comfy sofas, intimate tables, large corner areas and booth seats. Most of these are sufficiently battered and bruised for that shabby chic look, which fits in well with the rickety wooden floor. The bar has three sides from which punters can place their orders and following the length of the room down, there are patio doors to the rear leading to the White Hart’s beer garden. A room available for free private hire sits upstairs accessed from a side staircase as you enter the pub.
The White Hart has some mean competition but never seems fazed, always brimming with customers. They flock here for laid-back Sunday lunches, but mostly for the funtime vibe come evenings and weekends, courtesy of a DJ spinning a select playlist. And if the DJ doesn’t do it for you, a pool table and table football provide a good distraction, too. Bar staff are sufficiently scruffy and wear the north east London look very well.
Pub lunches are hearty and seem pretty popular, standing up to the Sunday lunch standard set by other pubs in the vicinity. Roast belly of Hampshire pork (£11.50), roast sirloin of Hereford beef (£13.25) and roast leg of lamb (£12.25) do a roaring trade, but the roast chicken is also popular (£10.95), served with all the trimmings and well looked after in the kitchen.
With five well-kept real ales on handpull, as well as a good line-up of lagers, beer lovers are taken care of here. Cask beers change regularly and you can expect the likes of Trinity, Tribute and Sharp’s Doom Bar, while continental lagers like Peroni and Satropramen are on draught. Wines are also reasonably stocked, with a few bottles of whites and reds from Europe and beyond. A Finca Alta Argentinean Malbec (£16.55) is very easy to get stuck into by the bottle, while glass options include a Chilean Cab Sauv (£4.95) or a fruity Rioja (£6.95) further up the scale.
The Last Word
It’s easy to see how the White Hart keeps its loyal fan base – the daytime vibe is low-key and laid-back, with all bases covered in the food, drink and entertainment stakes. But equally, this pub knows how to party in full swing come the weekend.