Airy open-plan rooms, a thoughtful choice of drinks, wholesome food and friendly staff
The good pub guide review
Prettily placed for walks in Happy Valley and Farthing Downs, with lavender fields not far away, Chipstead is your idyllic commuter village. The White Hart takes pride of place on the village green, with soothing rural views (proximity to Croydon notwithstanding) from every window. It's a well run and popular pub, with a good number of besotted regulars and a smart but homely vibe. The excellent choice of real ales on handpump includes St Austell Brunning & Price Traditional Bitter and oft-changing guests such as Adnams Broadside, Firebird Parody (gluten-free), Surrey Hills Shere Drop and Twickenham Redhead, 20 wines by the glass, more than 50 gins and around 30 malt whiskies; background music and board games. The long room to the left is light and airy, with wall panelling at one end, a woodburning stove and numerous windows overlooking the seats on the pretty terrace. Throughout there's a fine mix of antique dining chairs and settles around all sorts of tables, rugs on bare boards, hundreds of interesting cartoons, country pictures, prints and photos of cricket and rugby teams, large ornate mirrors, old glass and stone bottles, clocks, books and plants.
The good pub guide food review
Pleasing bistro-style food includes sandwiches, prawn cocktail with marie rose sauce, braised feather of boeuf bourguignon with horseradish sauce and kale, fish pie (smoked haddock, salmon and prawns), cauliflower, chickpea and squash tagine with lemon and almond couscous and flatbread, beer-battered cod and chips, Malaysian chicken curry with coconut rice and steamed pak choi, and puddings such as crème brûlée and lemon meringue roulade with raspberry sorbet.There's a separate gluten-free menu.
White Hart, Hazelwood Lane, Chipstead, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3QW
Pub Group: Brunning & Price