Visit the moorland town of Moretonhampstead and the White Hart hotel is hard to miss, standing large and imposing at the town’s centre.
It is an old posting inn dating back to 1639 and you get an instant feeling of history and permanence that is somehow very comforting.
Add all the modern day luxuries it now offers and the place has a very welcoming feel indeed.
Under the management of Karen Kitshoff the welcome here is genuinely warm and staff are eager to please.
The Hotel’s has built up a strong local following for its food and the same menu is served throughout the bar and restaurant.
The portions I saw being served looked generous, and the menu is interesting and varied and changes with the seasons, plus daily specials.
The Hotel has 20 rooms in the main building, each one individually decorated and with lots of quirky corners
and interesting details that remind you of the Hotel’s history.
There are also eight rooms in a separate White Hart Mews building 50 yards away, and these contemporary-styled rooms
are extremely popular with groups and parties as the Mews can be treated as a self-contained annex.
The hotel is very definitely dog-friendly and popular with walkers, and well-behaved dogs are welcome everywhere except
in the dining room. It’s also a hit with cyclists as it offers secure storage for cycles and a drying room.