Occupying a beautifully set position in the village of Lydgate with stunning views over Manchester, The White Hart is a pub that really does offer a lot. As well as the restaurant , there's a brassiere, private dining options and twelve bedrooms thrown in for good measure. Having received a number of very positive accolades recently, I was very much looking forward to visiting with my wife and young daughter for lunch on an overcast June Sunday.
After arriving in the more than ample car park, we made our way to the reception area where we were pointed in the direction of the restaurant. And there we waited. And waited. Fortunately there are some chairs and after a few minutes we were eventually greeted and shown to our table. I have to say, apart from that initial wait the service throughout was excellent and we were very well looked after. It's a child friendly place too.
The dining room is not in the same immaculate league as some of the top food pubs we have visited, but nonetheless it's a comfortable space to enjoy a meal. There's a good range of ales on offer as well as a pretty impressive wine list, but sadly no carte option at Sunday lunch, only the lunch menu. There is however a children's menu available which was good to see.
The food overall was not quite as good as I was hoping for. The very citrusy salmon starter didn't work particularly well, however the Sunday roast main course was very enjoyable. Dessert of strawberry parfait brought me back down to earth however and was again a fairly uninspired plate of food. It's clear the good stuff here is saved for dinner but even though what was served at lunch didn't meet my expectations, it was all perfectly edible and there was enough cooking skill on display to confirm this is a restaurant worthy of some attention.
And so our lunch experience ended. I wasn't blown away by my visit to The White Hart, but it was certainly an enjoyable couple of hours with excellent service and decent, good value food.
|Ratings||Michelin Guide||AA Guide||Good Food Guide|
|At time of review||Listed||4|