First, a little bit of history...
The White Hart was first built in 1461, on the junction of the old London/Exeter & Oxford/Southampton roads, and has a rich history. More recently it was frequently patronised by former Master of the Rolls, Lord Denning, who died aged 100 in 1999.
Lord Denning was born above his father's draper's shop opposite the hotel in 1899 and in his latter years he lunched in the dining room, sitting at the window overlooking his old family home. The White Hart also has connections with the church as church parson and keen angler Charles Kingsley, who wrote The Waterbabies in 1863, visited often when he was fishing in the River Test.
He is recorded as saying of The White Hart: "I like this place and that is the truth."
The hotel is now owned by Arkell's Brewery, who in 2018 celebrated their 175th anniversary by starting a complete refurbishment of this historical inn, starting with the bar & lounge areas.
Many of the accommodation rooms have now been totally updated, with more to follow.
So, as the White Hart Hotel continues to stand proudly in the centre of Whitchurch for approaching 600 years, it will do so with the most modern facilities and décor befitting one of the town's most well-known & recognisable buildings.