BREAKING THE DROUGHT
Taking advantage of the fine weather, a walk followed by a drink in a newly reopened public house seemed in order. Following a 7 mile walk I arrived at the White Hart in Bargate slightly before the opening time. Despite this there was already one couple waiting and two more parties arrived before Sean even had a chance to open the gates.
Having not had a drink outside here before the size of the garden was a very welcome surprise. Along with a few tables outside the front of the establishment there is a small covered area by the rear entrance, a fenced courtyard with a couple of tables, numerous benches along the grassed bank and a marquee at the rear with several tables under cover.
The landlord has established a very efficient system and waiting time was minimal, although all the tables were not in use at the time. Signs are placed around the pub or on tables to use the NHS check in app or you can request paper to sign in, all drinkers were checked that they had done so. There was also a QR code on the table which takes you to the website where the current available ales could be found so that you could choose before ordering.
All tables are equipped with a buzzer and linked table number which alerts staff to add you to the service waiting list. A staff member came to the table to take orders, drinks were bought quickly and payment taken by card, which is preferred.
Anyone venturing inside to use the facilities must wear a face mask and numbers are limited.
All in all an efficient and safe visit with the chance to savour a real ale in its proper setting. Sean & Becki have done a great job and I look forward to returning again soon.