New look for The White Hart, Somerton
PUBLISHED: 15:27 24 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:27 24 June 2016
Food and drink news from around the county - this time: there’s a new look for the White Hart in Somerton
For those of you who know Somerset well, the beautifully-preserved town of Somerton needs no introduction from me. You’ll be familiar with its attractive wide square, the octagonal 17th century market cross and Somerton’s impressive selection of independent shops and eating places.
However, you may not yet have noticed how one of the town’s historic pubs has undergone a dramatic transformation. The White Hart enjoyed a total renovation a couple of years ago courtesy of Draco Pub. This is the company which gave The Swan in Wedmore a facelift, and as a regular of this successful village pub I was keen to compare the two.
It’s obvious they are sisters, both have the same contemporary rustic-chic finish, with quirky details like the novel chandelier made from a cluster of vintage lampshades. There are cosy snug areas, an abundance of wood and stonework décor and a team of friendly young staff, eager to make you welcome.
Jack Stoodley is Head Chef at The White Hart and Tom Blake (formerly River Cottage) is the Executive Chef for the Draco Pub Company and the place prides itself on its partnership with some great local suppliers. A blackboard listed a few familiar names such as Jim Baker’s Gloucester Old Spots, Brown Cow’s yoghurts and Pitney Farm Shop vegetables.
And a chalkboard above my dining partner’s head provided a guide to pig cuts - useful if you’re unsure where the ham hock comes from for the delicious starter of smoked ham hock hash, crispy hen’s egg and tarragon aioli.
My starter of devilled Cornish crab on toast with pickled red onion salad had a nice gentle kick while my whole wood roasted Lyme Bay lemon sole was an enjoyably light meal and was accompanied by some tasty Pink Fir potatoes.
I was told the Moroccan spiced pulled lamb shoulder was excellent – ‘the nicest piece of lamb I have tasted in ages.’
We spotted a charming courtyard outside, tempting us back to the White Hart for some al fresco dining this summer.