There is an alluringly relaxed vibe amidst the contemporary, country style at The White Hart, and the buzz of local visitors is usually ever present, even during the quieter afternoons.
The food is designed to be fresh and simple but with special touches that make the mostly Modern European menu worth a second look. The restaurant works with an extensive network of local growers and producers; all fish is from British waters, and from a producer committed to a 24 hour ‘port to plate’ policy, and Gloucester Old Spot supply the pork, including sausages and bacon, cured to The White Hart’s recipe. Baked goods, from bread to biscuits, are all made in house.
The menu changes regularly to keep the fresh produce in season; signature dishes include Cornish crab on toast with grilled fennel, rocket, lemon and capers, a chimichurri beef burger with paprika mayonnaise and smoked cheddar, and wood-fried pizzas, served throughout the day from the on-site pizza oven. A number of roast options are on offer on Sundays, sure to cure any sleepy eyes or sore heads, and desserts are sure to delight.
Fido will have his pick of spots at The White Hart, be it the more relaxed lounge area of the bar, a snooze under one of the well laid-out tables (where there is plenty of space for even a larger pooch to have a mooch), or a sun-spot in the pretty courtyard. Steal the sofa in front of the wood burner for the ultimate cosy experience during the winter months.
There are plenty of water bowls, and bar staff will be on hand with a tempting treat.
If you’re out for an early stroll around this market town, non-residents are welcomed in for breakfast until 11am. Lunch rolls into a reduced menu, keeping late afternoon diners (or coffee and cake hunters) happy until early evening.
Over 20 wines are available by the glass, alongside a range of local ales and ciders, and an on-trend gin list.
Bookings are taken in the bar at weekends (including Friday nights) when it can get busy, but you should have no problems finding a spot during the week.
There are 8 delightful dog-friendly rooms available at The White Hart should you wish to stay longer than a lunch or dinner stop allows.
A children’s menu is available, or little ones are welcome to order smaller portions from the a la carte choices on offer.
Somerton was once the capital of ancient Wessex, and lies deep in the rolling countryside of Somerset.
The famous Market Cross, now classified as an Ancient Monument, is mere strides from the front doors of this friendly gastropub. It’s worth a brief stop before you explore the independent shops of this country town, and the extensive network of paths, tracks, byways and bridleways on The White Hart’s doorstep.
A short hop in the car will take you to the famous town of Glastonbury. While fido won’t find himself partying with the revellers, he is welcome to join you as your explore the iconic Glastonbury Tor. This ancient National Trust landmark has an intriguing past, and the hike to the St Michael’s Tower is well worth it for the splendid views of the Somerset Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales beyond. Be warned – this is not for the faint-pawed, and the full walk involves a steep hill. There are often a number of sheep grazing on the way up, so you’ll need to keep your dog on a lead when nearby.
For other dog-friendly venues in the area, check out our ‘Also in the Neighbourhood’ recommendations below.
Address: The White Hart, Market Place, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7LX
The White Hart is accessible from a number of nearby A roads; put the postcode into your Sat Nav and enjoy the country drive. There are a number of free car parks within close proximity of the pub. The spaces off Brunel Close are your best option.
The nearest train station is a fair distance away, so we’d recommend arriving by road. Book a dog-friendly taxi if you don’t have the car but are staying nearby.
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