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Henfield’s historic White Hart dates from the 17th century and is a classic oak-beamed pub with a wealth of detail that will delight lovers of genuine English architecture.

A large inglenook fireplace crackles gently through winter evenings, giving an instant welcome and the low beams and candlelit dining rooms lend a real warmth to this friendly and relaxed ‘local’ on Henfield’s attractive High Street and only a few miles from the stunning South Downs. On sunnier days you can enjoy eating and drinking al fresco in the pretty walled garden.

Landlord Gyles Culver, his wife Mo and son and daughter Will and Katy welcome you to this ancient haven of award winning ales, fine wines and carefully sourced seasonal dishes from around the world making the White Hart the perfect location for eating out in West Sussex.

In the colder winter months, our huge inglenook fireplace will warm you whilst you sip on a pint of Badger’s finest ale.  We welcome you to sit at one of our old pine tables and watch the flames whilst the rain falls outside. We also have big comfortable arm chairs and  lovely leather Chesterfield dotted around the Inn, presenting you with the perfect opportunity to enjoy an afternoon cream tea, or even try one of our homemade scotch eggs.

Opening hours:

Mon – Thurs:
Bar:  11.00am – 3.00pm   –   5.30pm – 11.00pm
Food: 12.00pm – 2.30pm   –   6.00pm – 9.30pm

Sat:
Bar:  11.00am – Midnight
Food:  12.00pm – 9.30pm

Sun:
Bar:  12.00pm – 11.30pm
Food:  12.00pm – 9.00pm

Current Vacancies

A list of any jobs that are currently available will be posted here, so be sure to keep an eye out.

We are currently looking for experienced part-time bar staff. If you are interested please drop a c.v. in.


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Our History

Henfield in West Sussex is a thriving old country village with a variety of shops in the High Street, historic buildings, fine churches and delightful walks in superb countryside. Brighton is just eight miles away and Devil’s Dyke, with its panoramic view of the sea and the South Downs, is just a few miles south. The lovely market town of Horsham lies a few miles to the north.

From Civil War to Victorian coaching inn

The White Hart started life as a hostelry and coaching point in the early 1600s and in 1647, during the English Civil War, the Commissioners for the Survey of the Manor of Henfield met there.

That was the year in which the discontented soldiers of Oliver Cromwell marched on London to protest at their conditions and lack of pay. The Civil War (1642-1651) was a time of unrest for the people of Henfield, as in all areas within a reasonable distance from London.

Henry Bysshop (1606-1692) lived at Parsonage House, Henfield, and was appointed Postmaster General by the newly-restored King Charles II in 1660

Henry Bysshop (1606-1692) lived at Parsonage House, Henfield, and was appointed Postmaster General by the newly-restored King Charles II in 1660

Henry Bysshop (1606-1692) lived at Parsonage House, Henfield, and was appointed Postmaster General by the newly-restored King Charles II in 1660One of the local dignitaries who frequented the White Hart at that time was the owner of Parsonage House, Henry Bysshop (1606-1692). His brother Edward was a Royalist prominent in the failed campaign of 1642 to capture Lewes for the king. Parliamentarians occupied Henfield and Henry is said to have hidden in a secret cupboard at Parsonage House to escape arrest. He later fled to America but returned to England in 1645, pledging allegiance to Cromwell.

Writer JB Morton, “Beachcomber” of the Daily Express, was also a White Hart regular in the Thirties and Forties when he lived at Potwell House in Cagefoot Lane (former home of botanist William Borrer).

The late Sixties singer Adam Faith, another celebrated Henfield resident, was also a White Hart visitor.

More recent celebrities have included Sussex cricketer Chris Adams.

Cricket was first played on Henfield Common in 1764, making it the oldest cricket pitch in England. In 1687 the first Henfield Common spring fayre took place. Today a summer fayre takes place every two years in July.

The White Hart was a focal point of Henfield as it grew from a small village on the route from Horsham to Shoreham to a leading residential area served by railways and, much later in the 1960s, Gatwick Airport – a 20-minute drive away.

In the early 1900s a giant RAC sign denoted the White Hart as a popular stopping off point for the few motorists then around – in the days when the horse and cart were still the most common form of transport.

Recent renovations have uncovered centuries of different types of building work which have been left exposed in the North Bar of the White Hart as you enter from the car park doorway.
It is another historic feature that will draw the casual visitor back to savour the delights of this charming old English pub.

When King Charles 11 was restored to the throne in 1660, Henry Bysshop was made Postmaster General for three years. He introduced the postmark to England (once known as Bysshop’s Mark), proof of when a letter has been despatched.

William Borrer, the celebrated Henfield Botanist (1781-1862) born on Barrow Hill and later resident of Potwell House in Cagefoot Lane. His daughter Fanny married the Rev Charles Dunlop, curate of Henfield from 1837 and vicar from 1849.

William Borrer, the celebrated Henfield Botanist (1781-1862) born on Barrow Hill and later resident of Potwell House in Cagefoot Lane. His daughter Fanny married the Rev Charles Dunlop, curate of Henfield from 1837 and vicar from 1849.

Among other famous Henfield residents who have been regulars at the White Hart over the centuries have been William Borrer (1781-1862), the famous botanist who introduced so many varied trees to the village – including the famous Red Oaks (after which the residential home is named). He was also a world expert in lichens. The garden of the house he was born in on Barrow Hill (where he planted and recorded 6,600 species of plants) is where Mill Drive and Cedar Way Estate are now. Borrer later moved to Potwell House in Cagefoot Lane.

His son William Borrer Junior (1814-1898) carried on botany and natural history work. He was a noted taxidermist and hunter, recording many incidents of shooting exploits, including grey partridges on Henfield Common and hawks (now protected) on the South Downs. He moved to Cowfold where he set up a museum at Brookhill House, noted for a massive collection of birds’ eggs – later given to Brighton Museum.

Charles Dickens is said to have visited the White Hart in the mid-1800s, possibly for meetings with one of the literary personalities who lived in the area – or one of his journalist friends from when he was editor of a London newspaper and also a Parliamentary reporter.
Later famous people who were regulars at the White Hart included Prince Littler, the theatrical impresario, and Admiral Oliver, Beachmaster for the Normandy Landings, both buried in Henfield Cemetery.

Food & Drink

Food

Our menu features pub classics alongside modern British and more unusual dishes from around the world. All our food is freshly prepared with the emphasis on locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

If you have any specific dietary requirements then please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Bar

The bar is a great place to sit, relax and unwind in front of the open fire (your four legged friend is welcome too). We offer a great range of award winning beers and a fantastic list of wines, sparkling wines and Champagnes also available by the glass.

Should you wish to call – please ring 01273 492006 and we will be happy to speak to you.

Mother’s day

If you are thinking of celebrating Mothers’s day, please download and look at the wonderful menu we have devised for the occasion.

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Please be advised that the enquiry is not confirmed until you receive a comfirmatory email or call from a member of staff.  Until this happens the enquiry will not be placed in the diary.

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Mojooss

What does your salad wear? The best dressed salad wears Mojooss!!
Mojooss is the all natural, award winning salad dressing lovingly made in house at The White Hart by Mo. The superbly popular salad dressing has been produced for seven years using locally sourced, quality ingredients. By popular demand, Mo decided to bottle her dressing and supply it to local outlets in Henfield and Brighton (She also has customers in Scotland and Dubai!) The popularity of the dressing has been outstanding, so much so, it recently picked up a business innovation award.

Available from The White Hart, Budgens, Jeremy’s Henfield and Proto Brighton.

Function Room

Our Function Room has undergone a total refurbishment and is now available for your private parties, celebrations or business meetings. Please contact us for further details.

Free WIFI

Free WIFI is available throughout the bar.

What’s On

The White Hart in Henfield’s refurbishment is nearly complete. We shall be open for drinks only on Friday evening 6th March and operating as normal from Saturday 7th.
Sorry for any inconvenience, we look forward to inviting you along to visit our beautiful, new-look pub.

Local Attractions

Below is a list of just some of the attractions you can find nearby, Brighton is just eight miles away and Devil’s Dyke, with its panoramic view of the sea and the South Downs, is just a few miles south. The lovely market town of Horsham lies a few miles to the north

Henfield Museum – 0 miles To visit the website click here
Downs Link Cycle Path – 1 mile To visit the website click here
Sussex Prairies Garden – 2 miles To visit the website click here
Woods Mill Nature Reserve – 3 miles To visit the website click here
South Downs National Park and Devil’s Dyke – 4 miles To visit the website click here
Wahbrooks Family Farm, Hurstpierpoint – 4 miles To visit the website click here
Bolney Wine Estate, Bolney – 4.6 miles To visit the website click here
Leonardslea Lakes and Gardens, Lower Beeding – 7.8 miles To visit the website click here

Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath – 9 miles To visit the website click here
Brighton – 10 miles
– Royal Pavillion To visit the website click here
– Sea Life Centre To visit the website click here
– The Lanes To visit the website click here
Nymans Gardens – 11 miles To visit the website click here
Holmbush Farm World, Nr Horsham 11.3 miles To visit the website click here
Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, Amberley 11.8 miles To visit the website click here
Fishers Adventure Farm Park, Wisborough Green – 11.8 miles To visit the website click here
Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park – 12.5 miles To visit the website click here
Wakehurst Place and Millenium Seed Bank, Nr Haywards Heath – 12.5 miles To visit the website click here

Contact us

Location

The White Hart

High Street,
Henfield,
West Sussex
BN5 9HP

T: 01273 492 006
Please leave your details on the form provided and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
info@whitehart-henfield.co.uk

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