The Old White Hart, Lyddington, Rutland

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By nora_hs | Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 20:08

I visited The Old White Hart in Lyddington yesterday and can't believe that I didn't know that this utterly charming and attractive country inn existed.

Nestled amongst beautifully restored sandstone cottages and set in a rural conservation area on the slopes of the Welland Valley, this 17th century inn occupies a prime position.

Retaining its original features and surrounded by outdoor eating areas, paddocks for children to play in and well stocked gardens, The Old White Hart is a welcoming and attractive sight.

Owners Stuart and Holly East have been running the Inn for the past 15 years and during this time have built a reputation based on providing homemade traditional fayre and excellent service.

Unlike many pubs and restaurants that are struggling in the economic downturn, The Old White Hart is bustling with locals, corporate clients and visitors to the area.

Bed & Breakfast

Offering bed and breakfast in ten tasteful and individually designed rooms and cottages, the inn is open seven days a week, only closing between 3.00 – 6.00 pm.

Families

Families are welcome and everything on the menu is served as a smaller portion. When the little uns have finished eating there's a couple of acres of fenced in paddock land for them to run around in.

Food

In his past life Stuart was a butcher, so there is a heavy emphasis on sourcing good quality meat which is butchered on the premises. Fruit and veg is handpicked at the market and absolutely everything is homemade, including the petit fours and crisps.

Pétanque

The inn boasts a number of specially designed hard surfaces for the game of Pétanque, a form of boules. Flood lights allow the game to be played throughout the year.

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