THE White Hart at Lydgate is raising a glass in celebration after being named once more among the best in the Waitrose Good Food Guide and CAMRA’S Good Beer Guide.
The inn, on Stockport Road, is the only establishment in Oldham to be recommended in the coveted Good Food Guide 2019, along with 33 others from across Greater Manchester.
And they have made it into the guide, which takes into consideration feedback from readers, anonymous reviews and inspections, for the 22nd year in a row.
Proprietor Charles Brierley said: “This is a great reflection on the hard work and professionalism of our team.”
The listing rates the food at ‘cooking 4’ which places The White Hart as the joint fourth highest rated kitchen in Greater Manchester.
Charles added: “We’re delighted that this is the 22nd edition we have been recommended in, which is one of the longest periods for an establishment to be recommended in Greater Manchester.”
The White Hart is also recommended in the 2019 editions of the Michelin Guide and the AA Restaurant Guide, both again for 22 consecutive years.
With mouth-watering menus created by Greenfield born and bred head chef Mike Shaw available seven days a week, it’s easy to see how The White Hart keeps earning the accolades.
Whether it’s a light lunch, a quick bite or a full tasting menu, they offer a selection of menus to fit the bill for all occasions.
Diners can enjoy a meal in The Brasserie, a traditional and cosy spot in the heart of the pub where the menu includes all the old favourites such as steak, duck and lemon sole.
Meanwhile, the Dining Room is the most elegant room, beautifully lit with candles creating an inviting atmosphere, all set for refined gastronomy.
Five course and seven course tasting menus are available, with a wine flight to match or cocktails with a White Hart twist.
Alongside the main menus in both dining areas, there are several different menus available during the week suiting different dining styles.
And it’s not just the fine food that attracts guests as the pub side of the business also has plenty of delights to tickle the tastebuds – and the honours to prove it.
The White Hart has been recommended in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2019 and at the last visit by Cask Marque, its six cask conditioned ales were rated 100 percent.
The citation in the Good Beer Guide praises the establishment, saying: “A true free house in a classic stone building dating from 1788, commanding impressive views over the surrounding hills and Greater Manchester.
“Quality food is served daily from an award-winning kitchen. Three regular hand-pulled beers are supplemented by three guests.”
The visit by Cask Marque in June saw the ales – from Riverhead Brewery, JW Lees, Marble Brewery, Ossett and two from Timothy Taylor – score top marks all round.
They were tested on temperature, appearance, aroma and taste, and each gained the maximum score of 20 points per sample.
Visitors can enjoy their drinks in the pub, settled by one of the warm log fires in The Brasserie, or outside with a view over the magnificent countryside.
When the evening comes to an end, guests can head up to one of the boutique bedrooms to relax and rest their head for the night.
Their AA 4* Gold Standard bedrooms are all individually styled to the highest standard.
There are 12 bedrooms in the original building and four spacious family rooms in The Cottage next door.
These also make ideal accommodation after a wedding or event, if you’re planning to hold your special occasion at The White Hart.
The Library is an intimate room with high ceilings and oak beams, providing a perfect setting for a ceremony and wedding breakfast.
The Dining Room, refurbished in August 2016, offers an unforgettable and contemporary setting where couples can tie the knot and host a wedding breakfast and evening reception.
Or if you’re planning a grand affair, the Oak Room can cater for up to 180 guests for a wedding breakfast and 230 for an evening reception.
Guests will arrive into the Oak Room where the stunning vaulted ceiling with central glass atrium is light and airy, allowing you to flow effortlessly from ceremony to wedding breakfast.
The Pavilion, built in 2017, offers additional space for all kinds of events, and boasts a bar, pizza oven and hog roast.
Charles revealed: “As it was built using 57 oak trees, we planted 570 oak saplings for sustainability.”
The White Hart also has a number of rooms available for business meetings and conferences, and can provide everything you need for a seamless event.
• Find out more about The Good Food Guide online at: www.thegoodfoodguide.co.uk/awards
• Read more about the CAMRA Good Beer Guide online at: www.camra.org.uk/gbg