Located quite literally at the top o’ hill, with magnificent views as far as the eye can see, it’s a pub that has something for everyone.
With incredible views across the Pennines, The White Hart at Lydgate is a boutique hotel with a handful of rooms and award winning dining.
A stone’s throw from the Peak District, in a lovely little area called Lydgate, The White Hart enjoys a pretty, chocolate box location.
My friend and I checked in to The Cottage, a gorgeous room situated in an outhouse separate from the main hotel and enjoying a lovely view of the church directly opposite.
The décor was airy and bright whilst being delightfully homely with a contemporary and stylish twist and was equipped with all the mod cons including some ‘proper’ cafetiere coffee which was pleasing for my coffee loving guest. The bathroom was also beautiful with a free standing bath and separate shower , plus some really nice bathing products which is always a nice touch.
Dinner was to be served in The Brasserie, located in the heart of the pub. The soft plaids, log fires and traditional décor give the brasserie a real home from home feel.
The menu is quite extensive with lots of modern takes on classic dishes.
To start I plumped for the chargrilled tuna with quail egg and garden vegetables, a really pleasant dish with fresh light flavours. I had previously asked our server if he would recommend this dish over the carpaccio of beef, as I was struggling to decide. He brought both my guest and I a small taster of the beef so I didn’t feel like I was missing out! I thought that was a really nice touch and unsurprisingly I warmed to him straight away!
Across the table, my pal was tucking into pan seared scallops with cauliflower, raisin and spice which she was delighted with. Although this dish wasn’t for me, I was happy to see a change up from pancetta and peas that so often accompany scallops.
My main course was another fishy affair, I chose the pan roasted wild seabass brown shrimp and a herb salad, for my guest it was a good old fashioned fillet steak with all the trimmings including a blinding peppercorn sauce and some very tasty fat chips, all fluffy on the inside with a crispy bite.
My fish was exquisite, I’m not totally sure I would opt for brown shrimp again, but that’s just personal taste.
We were pretty stuffed but for a change I decided that dessert was in order and because again, we couldn’t decide we left it in the hands of our server insisting we would share something light. I’m not sure he got the memo as we were then presented with a selection of what looked like the whole dessert menu in miniature.
I can take or leave dessert normally, but since he had gone to much trouble and had been so attentive all evening, I didn’t want to let him down so I powered through some blackberry cheesecake with a refreshing apple sorbet, a bite size of sticky toffee pudding that rivalled my favourite from Cartmel, and a little caramel tart with an unusual bitter chocolate sorbet.
Oh god roll me to bed will you.
Well, roll me to my lovely room then, where I slept like a log and woke up still feeling rather pogged. If I had the morning spare, I would have happily have spent it trying to walk off the previous evening’s fayre, however, after a good cup of coffee and a feeble attempt at the generous breakfast offering, we packed up and headed for home. I must have said 4 times on the way back how much I would like to take my husband there for Sunday lunch, which as of yet, I haven’t, so I think I’m going to stick it on my new years resolution list.
The White Hart is a gem of a place and I would certainly return. The food offering certainly puts this place on the map, but the service, friendly atmosphere, eclectic mix of locals and visiting guests, and the comfortable accommodation also get a resounding thumbs up from me.
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Words by Joanne Brook-Smith – you can find her here, filling her face and travelling….
Call 01457 872566 for reservations, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You will find The White Hart at 51 Stockport Road, Lydgate, Oldham OL4 4JJ.