John "Mad Jack" Fuller (1757-1834)
BIT MORE BACKGROUND IF YOU FANCY A READ! The White Hart is a privately owned family run free house and restaurant offering good quality wines, ales and spirits combined with a new modern menu, of locally sourced and selected food. The menu consists predominantly of traditional home cooked food with a specials board offering further choices that may be in season. Our menu is designed to suit all tastes and budgets. Well behaved children and dogs are welcome.
The pub is a popular venue for walkers enjoying the surrounding countryside and the excellent network of footpaths.Records have been found dating back to 1760 showing a Public House on this site, the original pub occupied the front bar area and the small section around the bar with an outhouse. Today the pub has been extended to include the restaurant and summer room. The extensive views from the restaurant bar, 'Antler' room and gravelled terrace are some of the most beautiful in Sussex, and give a large sweeping panorama of the Vale of Ashburnham immortalised by the painter William Turner (1775 – 1851) in his painting of the same name in 1816, a watercolour painted in the romanticist style. The painting was commissioned as part of a series by local eccentric MP John (“Mad Jack”) Fuller. Fullers’ intention was for Turner to paint a record of the county. Although 13 paintings were commissioned, only 6 were published as engravings in Part 1 – “Views of Sussex” 1820. Today the painting hangs in the British Museum London.
FIRST THE GOOD NEWS: Mel and I are not new to the pub trade or the area come to that. We have run pubs near Battle for over 20 years...But better news, we are not tied to a Pub Company! The White Hart is a Free House and we have over 35 years experience running pubs and bars across Kent and Sussex. Our aim is to bring The White Hart back to life and make it what it used to be...one of the key destination pubs in the area.
Front of house; we have a superb, young team of enthusiastic, welcoming staff, with Joss and Megan at the helm. And 'Back of house', Mel and our chefs have created a menu that perfectly suits our newly designed and fully refurbished interior.
We don't claim to be a 'gastro pub' but our concept is simple: "We produce good, honest, pub food- served in a stylish way!" So whether it's a lunchtime drink and a quick bite... or maybe an evening meal, just come up the hill and pop in.... We'll all make you very welcome!
CAMPER VAN FREE STOPOVER: You are welcome to stay overnight, but all we ask is you make use of the pub for a drink or a meal...or both. So if you don't fancy driving after your meal, come in your camper and park overnight! Please be aware there are no toilet facilities available after the pub closes.
Please just give us a call and ask for details. We look forward to seeing you!
Ron and Mel Birchall
Turner's 1816 view across the Vale of Ashburnham towards the coast and Beachy Head
A VIEW TO DIE FOR: From the rear of The White Hart, across the valley to the sea, we think we have arguably one of the best views in the whole of East Sussex!
We call it Turner's view.
While staying with Squire John 'Mad Jack' Fuller at RoseHill (now Brightling Park) in about 1816, William Turner painted a series of watercolour views of the locality. One of them was across the Vale of Ashburnham, towards Beachy Head. We think it may have been painted from the high point around Netherfield, but wherever it was painted we'd like to think it was from our back terrace... So join us for for a beer or a bite... settle into our relaxing terrace. Then sample Turner's View... on the house!
The White Hart c1940's
White Hart Netherfield Ltd © 2013