The White Hart Pub with rooms in Overton, Hampshire

Prices from:
£79 per night

David Hancock says:

  • 500-year-old inn; oozes history
  • Rescued & restored by Upham Pubs
  • Country-chic feel throughout
  • Menu: classics & modern dishes
  • Cosy rooms; inn & stables
  • Dogs & kids welcome

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Overview

The White Hart Overton, Hampshire, RG25 3NW

The personal touch

Steeped in history, the White Hart was deserted and derelict for over four years before Upham Pubs fell in love with the place and lavished money on the 500-year-old building in 2015. They have done a grand job in sympathetically restoring it to its former glory and reinventing the pub as a modern-day coaching inn. The first reference of the White Hart is in 1442 and evidence of its long history can be seen in the wide entrance hall, once the great arch where stagecoaches used to pass through to reach the stables at the back of the inn. The White Hart was a thriving coaching inn on the London turnpike. The Tudor rose engraved on the stone fireplace in the lounge dates back to Henry VII and the War of the Roses, and the elegant panelled dining room was once the local magistrates court in the early 19th century. Today, the rambling old inn oozes comfort, charm and informality, with a country-chic feel throughout. Head for the fabulous lounge area, all red walls, rugs on wood floor, stripey upholstered chairs either side of the wood-burner, church candles and old village photos, or one of the cosy eating areas that radiate off the central, high-ceiling bar area. Peruse the papers by the fire with a pint of Punter, enjoy good food from seasonal menus, and stay over in comfortable bedrooms; the best being up the steep timbered staircase in the inn.

Sticky fingers

Families are welcomed at the White Hart; there are toys and games in the entrance hall; a children’s menu with puzzles and colouring in exercises to keep little ones amused while waiting for their pasta and meatballs; and z-beds (£10) are available for the rooms.

Muddy paws

You are welcome to bring your four-legged friend into the pub and there are biscuits and treats on the bar. Dogs are also allowed to stay overnight in Rooms 9 and 10.

Alfresco

Huge glass doors in the bar open out onto a super rear terrace, a real suntrap and the perfect summer dining room extension, replete with teak tables and chairs and smart green Upham brollies.

What’s the Damage?

12 doubles/twin £79 – £149

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining area & 1 room
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Star Inn

Sleep

The White Hart Overton, Hampshire, RG25 3NW

Do not disturb

Upham Pubs have given careful thought to kitting out the 12 en suite bedrooms, ensuring some are dog and family friendly, with one also suitable for the less able traveller, and they appeal to walkers, business folk and those escaping town for a romantic night away. Most of the rooms are in the smartly refurbished stable block, with the superior rooms in the pub offering more space and individual charm. In keeping with the pub, rooms have a stylish, contemporary country-chic feel with super comfortable beds topped with quality linen and down and bright cushions and bedspreads adding a splash of colour. There are velvet chairs, antique or painted furniture, and fresh, tiled bathrooms (two have tubs and big walk-in showers) with thick towels and Algotherm soaps and lotions. Also, expect good teas, fresh Mozzo coffee, mini-bar, freeview TVs, and a good information pack, including a fascinating booklet about the long history of the White Hart.

 

What’s the Damage?

12 doubles/twin £79 – £149

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining area & 1 room
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Star Inn

Eat & Drink

The White Hart Overton, Hampshire, RG25 3NW

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6-£10.50; Main Courses: £9-£25.50; Desserts £7)

The kitchen team delivers good quality pub food, freshly prepared from local and quality ingredients, with the seasonal menu successfully combining pub classics with more adventurous main courses. There’s something for everyone on the single menu (sandwiches on the board on the bar), with sharing platters (whole baked camembert with red onion chutney), a hearty ploughman’s lunch, and pub favourites like Upham Ale battered fish with hand-cut chips proving popular lunchtime meals. Alternatively, tuck into dressed south coast crab and crayfish cocktail or Bombay gin and juniper cured local trout gravadlax with baby beetroot salad, followed by fishcake, poached egg, samphire, spinach and hollandaise, or rack of lamb, slow-roasted tomato and potato salad, and mint and garlic yoghurt. If you like burgers, order the hearty beef version (with extra bacon and cheese, of course), served with coleslaw and chips. To finish, try the platter of English cheeses or the chocolate brownie with blood orange sorbet. To quaff, there’s the full complement of tip-top Upham Ales on tap, a raft of boutique gins, including Bombay Sapphire (distilled down the road), a classic cocktail, and a decent list of wines from Berry, Bros. & Rudd.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 9.30am
Food all day: 12 noon – 9pm (9.30pm Friday & Saturday; 8pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

7.30am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?

12 doubles/twin £79 – £149

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar, dining area & 1 room
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Star Inn

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The White Hart

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Laverstoke Park Farm Shop, Overton RG25 3DR

Certified as organic and biodynamic, this multi award-winning farm is owned by former Formula 1 champion Jody Schecktar. With its own on-site butchers, the farm shop provides an outlet for its products, including organic meats, seasonal fruit and veg grown in the walled garden, prize-winning mozzarella, ice cream buffalo milk and beers.

4

River Test Smokery, Chilbolton, Stockbridge SO20 6AZ

A smokery using traditional methods where fish, meat and game is sourced locally where possible and smoked over English oak chippings. Salmon and rainbow trout are also on sale here, while duck, pheasant and other game are on offer during the shooting season. Products can be collected from the site via pre-arrangement and there's also a mail-order service.

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Leckford Farm Shop, Stockbridge SO20 6EH

Five minutes' drive from The Greyhound on the Test, this Waitrose-owned farm shop stocks over a 1000 different products. Although they use 60 local suppliers, many of the items are produced on the estate itself, including the wheat used in its own-label flour, milk, apples, pears, free-range eggs and chickens. There's a cafe, too, offering a breakfast and lunch menu.

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Caracoli, Winchester S023 9AH

A coffee shop with an award winning barista, Caracoli serves a variety of home-baked cakes and biscuits, as well as lunches of hearty soups, filled focaccia rolls and home-made sausage rolls and salads. There's a food store, too, which stocks the cafe's own 'Caracoli Kitchen' range, giving you a chance to take home what you've enjoyed in the cafe.

7

Thyme & Tides, Stockbridge, SO20 6HE

Owned by Iain and Sally Hemming, this little gem is a deli, fishmonger and cafe all rolled into one. Amongst its wide-ranging produce, it stocks artisan breads from the Hoxton Bakehouse and also offers Friday night ‘fish and chips’, which you can wash down with a glass of wine or ale.

8

Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, Whitchurch RG28 7NR

Discover the artistry and heritage behind Bombay Sapphire at a state-of-the-art distillery, set astride the banks of the crystal clear River Test. Go behind the scenes and discover how the gin is infused with ten exotic botanicals from around the world.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The White Hart

Activities

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Leckford Golf Course, Leckford SO20 6JF

At Leckford you'll find two 9-hole courses; the longest is the Old Course, 6276 yards and par 72. Set in about 100 acres bisected by the River Test, the Old Course was designed by Harry S. Colt (who also designed Wentworth, Muirfield and Sunningdale).

4

Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line), Alresford SO24 9JG

Saved from extinction in 1973, this preserved steam railway takes its name from the locally grown cress once transported from Hampshire to London by train. Services run for ten miles between Alton and Alresford and a trip on the line is a great way to recapture the atmosphere of a journey by steam train in the pre-Beeching age.

22

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury RG20 8AE

The present theatre is mid-19th century though there has been a mill here since the time of the Doomsday Book. The Watermill is just the place to combine peace and tranquility and a picturesque riverside setting with theatre of the highest calibre. Many major productions have been staged at this prestigious playhouse.

23

Newbury Racecourse, Newbury RG14 7NZ

Dating back to the start of the 20th century and used as a POW camp for German prisoners during the First World War, Newbury Racecourse has courses for flat races and over jumps. Long a popular venue for the Royal Family, this is where Her Majesty the Queen celebrated her 86th birthday.

24

Bucklebury Farm Park, Bucklebury, Reading RG7 6RR

An ideal attraction for plenty of family fun and entertainment, Bucklebury Farm Park is located to the east of Newbury. The farm has lots of animals, play equipment and even a zip wire. You’ll also find a farm shop, café and range of picnic tables.

25

Hot-Air Ballooning over Berkshire

Weather permitting, you might get a bird’s eye view of West Berkshire and even the stunning landscape that surrounds the Pheasant. There’s no better way to appreciate the beauty of this corner of England than from the basket of a hot-air balloon.

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Thruxton racing circuit, Thruxton, Andover SP11 8PW

Thruxton Motorsport Centre, near Andover, is the perfect playground for Top Gear petrol heads. This is where you get to drive your dream car on Britain’s fastest race circuit. In addition to circuit driving experiences, there’s 4x4 off-road driving and plenty more opportunity for thrills and adventure.

Shopping

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The Wykeham Gallery, High Street, Stockbridge SO20 6HE

A contemporary art gallery exhibiting paintings, sculpture and ceramics from many well-established artists, as well as work from some very exciting younger artists. Solo, group and themed shows throughout the year.

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Stockbridge SO20 6EY

Take a stroll along Stockbridge's handsome High Street and you'll immediately spot a wide variety of individual, independent retailers - from art galleries and boutiques to specialist food shops as well as a butcher, greengrocer and fishmonger.

12

The Winchester Bookshop, St George's Street SO23 8BG

For lovers of antiquarian and second-hand bookshops, this established shop in Winchester’s St George’s Street offers an excellent selection on a variety of subjects. 01962 855630.

13

Hungerford RG17 0NJ

Hungerford is a lovely little town and it's full of antique shops - some extremely high-end and some a bit more affordable. Take the B4001, it's a nice road through pretty countryside.

15

Below Stairs of Hungerford, Hungerford RG17 0NB

An amazing and unique shop specialising in items from the 19th and early 20th century, and an ideal hunting ground for anyone doing up an old house. If you need door furniture or actual doors, coat hooks or stair rods, light fittings or kitchenware, or have an obsession with medical collectables, or old keys, fishing tackle or shop fittings, this place is highly recommended. Everything is beautifully arranged as well.

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Natures Corner, Newbury RG14 1AE

This is Newbury’s only independent health food store and here you’ll find organic items, natural remedies and therapies, body care, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and many unusual gifts.

28

White Coco, Hungerford RG17 0EG

Located in Bridge Street, at the bottom end of Hungerford High Street, White Coco’s sole aim is to offer customers a handpicked, carefully chosen collection of clothes that provide a ‘different’ look. Clothes are stylish, quirky and fun.

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Roxtons, Hungerford RG17 0EH

A trip to the small Berkshire town of Hungerford is always an enjoyable experience. On your next visit, make time to visit Roxtons, the outdoor clothing expert. You’ll find all manner of gifts and stocking fillers here – including candles, fragrances and tableware.

Places to visit

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Mottisfont Abbey, Mottisfont SO51 0LP

This 12th-century former Augustinian priory became a private house after the Dissolution. Now managed by the National Trust, Mottisfont includes a drawing room decorated by Rex Whistler and a superb walled garden containing one of the finest collections of roses in the country. A tributary of the Test flows prettily through the grounds.

6

Whitchurch Silk Mill RG28 7AL

Dating from 1800 and restored by the Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, Whitchurch is the oldest silk mill in the country. Weavers work here using 19th-century machinery.

7

Longstock Water Park Gardens, Stockbridge SO20 6JF

Open to visitors on the third Sunday of the month during spring, summer and autumn, Longstock Water Gardens, just a couple of miles from Stockbridge, comprise three hectares of woodland with lakes and interconnecting islands and was voted the finest water gardens in the world by the International Water Lily Society.

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Broadlands, Romsey SO51 9ZD

Renowned for its fine Palladian-style architecture and open to visitors during the summer months, Broadlands was the home of the British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston. It was here that the Prince and Princess of Wales spent the first three days of their honeymoon in 1981.

9

Ashdown House, Lambourn RG17 8RE

Built for the Queen of Bohemia in the 17th century and remotely situated in windswept downland country near Lambourn in Berkshire, Ashdown House has the look of an elegant dolls' house. The house is small and intimate, with a striking staircase hung with fine 17th-century paintings. Ashdown is tenanted, so check opening times before visiting.

16

Highclere Castle, Highclere Park, Highclere RG20 9RN

Remodelled and virtually rebuilt by Sir Charles Barry in the mid-19th century, Highclere Castle is now one of Britain’s best-known houses, thanks to the international success of the award-winning ITV television series Downton Abbey, whose producers chose much of the interior for filming. A tour of the house and park is a must.

18

Shaw House, Church Road, Newbury RG14 2DR

One of the area’s oldest buildings, Shaw House is a prime example of an early symmetrical H-plan Elizabethan mansion. The house was built by a local clothier and visited by Elizabeth I. In the 1940s it became a school, though concerns about the structure led to a £6 million restoration. Shaw House opened its doors to the public in 2008 for the first time in over 400 years.

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Silchester Roman Town, Reading RG7 2HG

Probably better known as Calleva Atrebatum, Silchester offers an intriguing insight into the Roman Occupation when this was the site of an important town. Walk between the walls to get a real flavour of community life during this fascinating period.

20

Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, Newbury RG20 9JT

Built in 1926-27, Sandham is an unusual war memorial. Inside are hugely impressive and ambitious murals by Stanley Spencer, which took six years to complete and are reputed to be the most important series of decorative paintings produced in England in the 20th century. The images represent scenes from the Great War in which Spencer served as an orderly in a military hospital. The chapel is managed by the National Trust.

21

Welford Park, Newbury RG20 8HU

This is just the place to visit if you like snowdrops. The park is open daily in February when extensive drifts of this delicate little flower create a dazzling picture. The little church of St Gregory has an octagonal spire and a rare round tower. Fans of The Great British Bake Off will recognize this parkland landscape instantly. The BBC series was filmed here.

31

Winchester College, College Street, Winchester SO23 9NA

Founded in 1382, Winchester College is believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country. Join one of the guided tours that explore the medieval heart of the college, including the Chamber Court, the 14th-century gothic chapel, the original scholars’ dining room, and the 17th-century red-brick schoolroom thought to have been designed by Sir Christopher Wren.

32

Winchester Cathedral, The Close, Winchester SO23 9LS

Awesome and full of interest, one of Europe’s finest cathedrals, with the longest of all Gothic naves, this magnificent building dominates the city’s compact and fascinating medieval centre. Treasures include many rare books, notably a wonderful 12th-century illuminated Bible, some spectacular architecture, and the tombs of Jane Austen, Izaak Walton and the early English kings. Don’t miss sung evensong for an opportunity to hear the choir.

33

Hinton Ampner House, Bramdean, Hampshire SO24 0LA

Elegant country house set in superb countryside, best know for its fine gardens that combine formality of design with informality of planting. It’s full of scent and colour and offers walks with many unexpected vistas. The house contains an outstanding collection of furniture, paintings and objets d’art.

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The Grange, Northington, Hampshire SO24 9TG

One of Europe’s earliest and most remarkable Greek revival houses stands in a landscaped park with an ornamental lake in the Candover Valley north of Alresford. Although an empty shell, the exterior has been restored to its former glory, most strikingly the temple front supported on eight gigantic columns. It provides the impressive backdrop for the month-long Grange Park Opera Festival (June-July).

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Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9DB

Stroll around the elegant little town of Alresford and you’ll find art galleries, specialist food shops, antiques and interior shops, as well top-notch boutiques like Moda Rosa for modern designer clothing and, next door, Hetre, for classic and contemporary shoes from the world’s leading designers.

Walking

www.visit-hampshire.co.uk/things-to-do/activities-and-sport/walking-and-hiking
Hampshire benefits from some very varied landscape – much of it ideal for walking – a glorious mix of classic English countryside and vast swathes of chalk downland. The North Wessex Downs is probably the most obvious choice for an invigorating hike over the downs. Elsewhere, there are many miles of footpaths and bridleways and sections of the Test Way and, in Berkshire, the Thames and Kennet & Avon towpaths to enjoy.

Cycling

www.gps-routes.co.uk

Study the Hampshire and Berkshire cycle maps and you’ll find a huge range of routes. The Lambourn and Kennet valleys are perfect for cycling as are the tracks, lanes and bridleways of the county’s remote south-west corner. Many of these routes offer grand views and miles of solitude.

Events

www.visitnewbury.org.uk

There’s plenty of choice in North Hampshire and Berkshire, with festivals and events to suit everyone. Among the annual fixtures is the Newbury Spring Festival (May), held at different venues in and around the town, and the Hungerford & District Community Arts Festival staged in July. Autumn also sees some big events, with the Royal County Show at Newbury Showground, the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury Racecourse and the Victorian Extravaganza in Hungerford.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: The White Hart is located at the heart of the village, on the crossroads of B3400 and B3051. Easy access from M3 (junction 8) at Basingstoke and A34 at Micheldever Station, 3 miles south

By Train: Overton railway station is just under a mile away from the pub – an easy walk

Address:

London Road, Overton, Hampshire, RG25 3NW

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