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The White Hart, WC2

191 Drury Lane
Phone: 02072422317
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Brainy Pool left this review about The White Hart

this is a modernised bar which is very handy for the Cuban embassy. It certainly doesn’t feel like an old pub, let alone the oldest. It may even be a gay bar judging by the flags behind the bar. Doom Bar and Wainwright on cask and the dire Dire Straits greatest hits playing. Just a few city bores in at 5pm. I found it dull.

On 16th May 2019 - rating: 4
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Tris C left this review about The White Hart

A first the other night into this, one of a small Covent Garden-based, family-owned chain – The Morton Scott Pub Company – since 2003. The pub boasts that it is the oldest licensed establishment in London, recorded back as far as 1216 with the name appearing in the 15th century; the pub’s current incarnation dates all the way back to 1912. For the record, the oldest pub fabric in London belongs to the Seven Stars (1602), not far from here.
Externally, this is clearly an early Edwardian pub as mentioned, and you can still see some of the original trademark green banded Charrington’s glazing. Inside it’s a long open plan place with a bar to the rear, above which hangs a modern square section tubular steel suspended gantry. Modern boards grace the floor then modern pale field panelled boarding to the lower walls, above which is much whitewashed bare brick, so distressed that it looks as if it has been bush hammered. Furniture is very eclectic with some benches. There’s a raised rear snug of sorts which is carpeted. The ceiling is dark timber, clearly an attempt to capture the spirit of King John’s reign, whilst the muted music and TV sport (sound off) would more than likely appeal to Prince William. Customers seemed to be young, raucous and mainly Spanish.
Ales: Fuller’s London Pride, the awful Sharp’s Doom Bar and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord at a very steep £2.50 a half and in so-so condition.
Forsooth, this was one of the best CG pubs we visited on our mini crawl, but that’s not saying much. I’d return if necessary but won’t be rushing back; Pride and especially the Doom are deterrents and the Landlord needs urgent medical attention.

On 24th February 2018 - rating: 5
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hondo . left this review about The White Hart

Claims to be the oldest licensed premises in London. Long narrow interior with a raised area at the rear. 3 real ales and food served.

On 29th September 2016 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
London Charing Cross, 0.81 miles, 15 min walk (show)
Farringdon (London), 1.04 miles, 20 min walk (show)
City Thameslink, 1.09 miles, 21 min walk (show)
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16th May 2019, 17:28
Review submitted by Brainy Pool amended by Brainy Pool
16th May 2019, 17:27
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 29 September 2016 by hondo .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 29 September 2016 by hondo .
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