The White Hart
We work with suppliers like the family owned brewer St Austell’s, the coffee supplier Origin, local produce and meat suppliers also Sharpham for their local cheeses and wines.
We hope you enjoy your time and meal at the White Hart at Dartington Hall.
I was impressed with the high quality of the food and the enthusiastic and pleasant service.
Main courses are quite small. Think the idea is to have all 3 courses.
I had the apple crumble for dessert, which was huge - easily big enough to share.
Excellent experience will definitely be returning . Good Service friendly staff and excellent food using quality produce
Food has improved but there are a number of glaring issues which you still need to sort out.
The room is cold , that massive bar is an eyesore.
The service is hopeless, the staff don't know the menu or wines, food is slammed down in front of you, the table wobbles, There is no rapport with your server as they change all the time.
The food wasn't very hot.
The service was poor, the staff seemed untrained and poorly supervised. We had to ask for main course rubbish to be cleared after the sweet was served. Details like no steak knife supplied, no question if everything was ok, no offer of sauces. Steak was only warm. Pricing vegetables separately pushed the price and greens or cabbage at £4.00 was excessive.
Usually eat here before we visit the Dartington Hall's theater. Very convenient with good food and great service.
We very much enjoyed our meal, it was delicious, my cod was cooked expertly. The restaurant was very quiet as it was a Sunday night I think. It was very relaxing with a lovely roaring fire, just right after seeing a film at the Barn cinema.
The service was not perfect however, and at one point a jug of milk was spilt all over my handbag, an unfortunate accident but we felt the young servers were perhaps not very experienced. They knew little about the food menu when asked. But they were very polite and did their best. Every time we visit there seem to be new staff, so perhaps the lack of continuity is an issue.
But Darlington Hall is an extremely special place and we love visiting.
All pretty nice for a reasonable price. I've indicated that the noise level was high. We were probably a bit unlucky in that we had a party of three people on one side of us who all spoke quite loudly - one of them particularly so. On our other side, and just as close, there was a party of four who were in animated conversation all of the time, but they were much quieter. This wasn't a big issue for us.
My guests and I had a lovely meal served by friendly staff after we had seen a film at the Barn Cinema.
One of the waitresses was unable to answer a question about an unfamiliar item on the menu. It would have been better had she known more about the meals on the menu.
We ate at the White Hart prior to seeing the film at the Barn Cinema. It was OK but I am afraid nothing outstanding. Our table was by an outside door so when people went in or out there was a cold draft. The service was fine. We found that the majority of the starters (before) were biased in favour of vegetarian / vegan dishes and had to ask for butter to go with the starter we did choose - I would have assumed it came automatically to spread on toast. I chose the onion tart as my main course (middle) but found it rather vinegary which I did not like, but my partner enjoyed his steak.
We arrived a little late, due to unforeseen circumstances, and called ahead to alert the restaurant. They were very good, and it was not a problem. This meant we were going to have less time than anticipated to get to the film we booked for, but, again, the waitress was fast at taking our order and putting it through, so we wouldn’t be late.
There was a waitress there who really didn’t seem to know much, but may have been new, but our main waitress was excellent.
The food was lovely, as always, as were the potatoes and veg we ordered separately. (Worth noting that the veg portions are a good size, so we only really needed one between us.)
We asked for the bill as soon as possible and this was dealt with swiftly.
Only one real moan - the water jug! Whilst it looked lovely on the table, it was almost impossible to pick up! So large and heavy. I couldn’t actually pick it up, my husband had to do it.
Otherwise a lovely evening.
We ordered chips described as triple cooked
They came when we had nearly finished our meal . They were underdone in the middle and burnt on the outside
Service was slow. We asked for dessert menu but waiter took so long to return we decided to pay and leave
Room was cold
Excellent food in a medieval building with fantastic gardens and deer parks for after lunch walks.
We received a voucher for Christmas and thought a Sunday lunch at the White Hart would be a lovely treat. Everything about our experience was exceptional from service to food to ambience. We liked it so much we’ve booked again for Mother’s Day
Friendly, helpful staff. Menu changes very often so you never know what you are going to have until you arrive. Can get busy so book even it’s for Lunch.
Great lunch as usual. Decent menu choices and good wine.
Mix up with menu prices - staff weren't sure of current prices on website. Two of the desserts weren't the same as described on the menu. Bit of a disappointing lunch overall. I emailed the following day - no one replied. Pretty poor customer service.
Odd menu that doesn't really hold together. Rather cold. Oddly placed tables sort of bumping into the bar, although there was oceans of space. Food was ok but not special and the whole experience just felt rather incoherent. Although it is in the most beautiful place.
The menu offered a good range of choices including gluten free. The food was very tasty & the service was excellent.
A very bad experience.
My wife was unable to eat the venison stew. Extremely gamey and basically looked like a plate of mush ,except for the dumplings which were like bullets.
Half way through the meal about a hundred concert goers arrived at the restaurant bar, surrounded the table , put down drinks and made one heck of a racket.
We were not charged for the venison main course but this did not make up for the really disappointing night. The place was chaotic and we will never return. Amateur service and a very cold attitude displayed by the head waiter
Lunch before a movie. Decent menu with something for everyone.
We went on a Sunday before going to the cinema, and took advantage of the pre cinema deal menu.
My husband had the Beef roast and commented that it was the best he’d ever had.
I’m a vegetarian, and though a good choice, there was no Sunday roast option. So, I asked for the Onion tart to come with roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding instead of the mille feuille, and they were happy to do this.
The desserts were also excellent, and marked whether vegetarian or not, which is good to see.
We have been to this restaurant a few times before the cinema, and would definitely recommend the food and the friendly, helpful staff.
God choice of dishes, nice wines and a great setting. Really pleasant and helpful staff too.
Exceptional food - first rate chef. Some small children slightly spoiled the ambience for us, but it was early evening.
Very poor service from the last time we visited, had to Waite far to long to be served, then my wife could not eat her main course as it was not cooked properly
Dull. OK if you want to eat before attending an event at Dartington but not much point making the effort to go there otherwise. The venue has a single toilet for disabled people downstairs, the rest are on the first floor. Diners clearly don't bother to go upstairs, hence when my (disabled) wife used the downstairs toilet there was no toilet paper and empty rolls were scattered on the floor. Staff were asked twice to rectify this; response was" it's not my job". Bit ironic as we were off to see a play at the Space by disabled people. Try walking the talk guys.
The waiting staff were extremely helpful and friendly. However, although on our arrival we were the only clients, the kitchen seemed to be extremely confused. Instead of Pate we received a Duck and Pigeon Terrine - hardly the same thing at all. There was no pate. The raost beef was excellent, tender and pink and plentiful. The Yorkshires etc. were good but I don't understand why the kitchen think it clever to send the meat out sitting on top of the roast potatoes so that they have lost any crispness or crunchiness by the time they reach the table. Why not serve them seperately with the other vegetables. When we asked for more gravy it came in a tiny little jug - a joke really. There was no English mustard in the whole restaurant which is an essential for some. However, there was horseradish. The coffee was good. We just felt that this restaurant felt a little like the place that time had forgotten, it really lacks ambience and attention for diners who are not part of the Dartington Estate events. I doubt that we will go again - such a shame. Good food is really important and it was a decent roast but ambience and a professional staff are part of what we pay for.
The White Hart is very convenient if you are staying at Dartington Hall, especially on a Sunday when there is not much open locally. All the staff were helpful in my quest for gluten free food. However the first night we waited a long time and the fish and chips served to one of us was cold and should have been sent back really but we had already waited ages so didn't bother. The menu does not change much so over the 3 days we were there the gluten free options were the same few, only the soup changing. While all the staff were helpful the venue itself is very dimly lit and seems to have little energy- that however is not anything to do with the staff!
Nice and quiet. Small (Sunday) menu but enough choice for various tastes, and some interesting dishes.
Very reasonable prices for food, though wine quite expensive.
Very helpful and friendly service, though not very quick - if the restaurant had been more busy there would not have been enough staff.
We have been eating at the White Hart for seven years, and are disappointed by the reduced menu, especially the limited vegetarian options. The service was slow, but this wasn't the waitress' fault as she was clearly busy the whole time. We asked for bread and olives while we waited for our main course (which we were told would be 20 mins). The bread and olives took 20 minutes to come (after an equally long wait for drinks) and was a pile of olives on a slice of toast with no cocktail sticks... different! The main course, when it eventually arrived, was well cooked, but nothing special. The cutlery is of bad design and unwieldy, and for the last few years I have requested an 'old' knife and fork, because the new ones are so hard to handle. Five years ago The White Hart was a venue for special occasions, with creative, locally sourced food. Now it's run of the mill, and we would only eat there if other favourite venues were booked.
Outside seating area:
Tables not cleaned after removal of trays
Trays left too long before removal, encouraging ‘wasps’ to cause extreme nuisance to customers and staff
Glass not swept up following a breakage under table
Steak knives should be made available in restaurant
Overall lovely restaurant venue for a pre/post cinema experience, good food and service 👍
Had to ask for cinema menu 3 times, when it came there were 2 choices but one had 3 portions left.Had 20 mins to eat meal before cinema started despite being there 1.5 hrs before and had to take desert into cinema with us! Staff apologetic but needs to be better organised as a system!! Food lovely when it arrived! But felt very rushed and not a relaxed evening .
Amazing setting, interesting short menu (4 or 5 starters & same for main which I take as a good sign), the food was very tasty, well presented. Only compliant was the service, we were served by four different staff who were not working together as a team and dashing from table to table to kitchen & back which ruined any atmosphere and our table service (being asked multiple times if we had chosen, ordered, wanted water etc).
Had a lovely family Sunday lunch with my 85 year old, wheelchair using Mum. Good veggie options and fabulous roast beef. Will go again.
Went for a meal before the cinema. I had a starter fishcake with sauteed potatoes and salad. The fishcake was miniscule; the smallest I have ever been served or even seen. The Aioli it came with was nice, the salad and sauteed potatoes were fine. My partner had mussels which he described as overcooked and lukewarm. I advised him to send them back, but he was too hungry. The staff were ok; a bit distracted and indifferent. Over all experience was disappointing. If we need to eat before going to the Barn cinema again, we'll leave earlier and go to somewhere in Totnes.
Really lovely food. Friendly staff. Service a little slow at times but this is a minor quibble. Really enjoyed our evening and will go back.
We had a lovely evening meal here, great atmosphere, food and service. Would definitely come again and recommend it, the restaurant and surroundings were ideal, a great way to round off our holiday in Dartington.
We went here as a pre cinema treat, and should have read the reviews first. The pub was very quiet, and did'nt feel particularly welcoming, although the building is beautiful.
Our meal arrived in good time, but the vegetarian meal was very poor (small, not as described, and not well dressed). A comment to the waitress brought an apology but no other action.
The pork meal as nice and well prepared, but small. I would have expected potatoes to be included at the price charged, but these were an extra.
I would suggest you find somewhere else to eat in totnes. As a place to have a drink and a packet of crisps, its a lovely location, and Im sure would be fine
The Pre-Cinema "special" was pan fried trout filet. Very nice. Finished off with sticky toffee pudding and honey comb ice cream. All washed down with Pinot Grigio. Delightful!
This pub come restaurant is within the grounds of the hall but seems to be open to all. Food was excellent, wine list small but OK. Real ale served also. As its a pub pre meal drinks were taken outside in the lovely grounds and gardens. A very good experience.