This pub was voted as one of the best in Whitechapel on our Crossrail pub crawl.
Not to be confused with the other White Hart, a little west on Whitechapel Road, the White Hart Brew Pub stands proud at the crossroads with Cambridge Heath Road. Its grand frontage sports the titular deer, the emblem of Richard II.
The inside is also rather smart, the result of a recent refurbishment that additionally saw the installation of a micro-brewery in the basement, which goes by the name of One Mile End. The pub serves its own ales (the Hospital Porter was strong but excellent), alongside other London stuff — Redemption on our most recent visit.
On a Saturday lunch, a real mix of people were enjoying the pub, with families and 20-somethings dotted about the room and sat outside, and a few locals, who'll remember the White Hart's older incarnation, chatting amiably with the bar staff. A later visit on a Thursday evening revealed a more youthful clientele, and a bustling crowd until late.
This is one of those places that revels in its mis-matched furniture. Indeed, we've never seen such a bountiful collection of random chairs. Other furnishings include a number of old road signs from the local area and those bang-on-trend plastic chandeliers that seem to be springing up everywhere. The food was superb. The haddock and chips was of a smaller proportion than average, but tasted sublime (not a word we've ever deployed for battered fish before). Top notch.
Live jazz every Sunday, and Thursday is quiz night.
Last updated August 2015