About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know us better...


Here is a little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth a read.

The legend of the White Hart

A 'hart' is a male deer or stag, but the white hart took on a mythical quality through its association with Herne the Hunter (pronounced 'Ern the 'unter ).

Herne worked for Richard II in Windsor forest, but was fatally injured while defending the king against a cornered white stag. A local wizard restored him to health but, in return, Herne was forced to give up his hunting skills and eventually through frustration and disappointment hanged himself from an oak tree near the castle. Richard II subsequently adopted the White Hart as his crest. Here is a detail from a portrait of Richard 11 painted around 1306, The Wilton Diptych, showing him wearing a brooch with a white hart emblem.

King Richard's White Hart had golden
antlers and a golden crown around its
neck with a gold chain hanging from
the crown. Heraldically, the Hart
symbolises peace and harmony, the
White denoting purity.

In 1389 Richard passed an Act making it compulsory for pubs and inns to have a sign outside in order to identify them to the official Ale Taster, "otherwise he shall forfeit his ale." Consequently, a great many pubs were named "The White Hart", after Richard II's own heraldic emblem.


Cadnam is an important crossroads between Southampton, Bournemouth and Poole and it has been since the Medieval period. The village is said to have been named after a farm owned by a man called Cadda - in the times when names for places were being thought up, a farmstead was also known as 'ham', hence the merge into Cadnam - as it is known today.

The White Hart was once used as a
stop over venue on the Cornwall to
London road when people would heard
geese all of that unfathomably long distance.

Cadnam is part of the New forest and is said to be the largest remaining area of lowland heath in England. It includes large unenclosed pasture land and has National Park status.

The Rufus Stone, Canterton Glen

For many years after its creation in around 1079, the New Forest was the playground of Kings and the aristocracy, a place where the deer roamed free, and were hunted for pleasure and the pot.

William the Conqueror's second son, William 11, or William Rufus, as he was also known, hunted locally on a fateful day in August, 1100. An outspoken, bad tempered man with ruddy complexion, William was in the company of a group of friends and supporters, or so he thought.

Whether by accident or design, William met his death that summer's day, victim of an arrow allegedly shot by Sir Walter Tyrrell, an Anglo-Norman nobleman possibly acting under orders from William's younger brother, who immediately took the throne as Henry 1.

The Rufus Stone in Canterton Glen, near Minstead, 2 miles south of Cadnam, commemorates the event, and it is claimed the stone marks the place of William's death. The stone was erected by Lord Delaware, of Bolderwood Lodge, in 1745, but was so damaged by souvenir hunters, who chipped off bits to take home, that in 1841 it was encased in the commemorative metal surround that can still be seen today.

New Forest Ponies

The true origins of the New Forest ponies are a mystery, but legends have it that they swam ashore from a wrecked Spanish galleon.

The ponies are part of the landscape - and have been an important part of forest life since at least 1016. In order to increase the quality of breed in the forest, many different types of horse were introduced to create the rich diversity desired. Indeed it is said that Queen Victoria lent out one of her Arab horses for 8 years to help improve the breed.

New Forest Ponies

The ponies seen today will be a combination of Dartmoor, Exmoor, Welsh, and Highland, among many others.

Many of the ponies share very similar characteristics, they usually stand between 12 and 14.2 hands high, they have a long head with a short neck and are considered 'hardy'. The ponies are intelligent, docile and friendly - which makes them very popular with visitors to the New Forest.

The History of the New Forest (with thanks to the New Forest Tourism Guide)

Until the Bronze Age the New Forest was covered in trees. This was the time of change when clearings were formed for pasture and cereals. With the deterioration of the soil the land was only fit for coarse grasses, bracken and heather so man introduced domestic animals. The Romans added a couple of forts, a pottery industry and one or two straight roads.

The New Forest was born in about 1079 A.D., when William I created it as a royal hunting preserve. The Assize of Woodstock (1184) set out penalties for interfering with royal sport, when poaching could mean death. These penalties were in force until 1217 when the Charter of the Forest replaced them with fines, bringing revenue to the Forest. Royal hunting in the New Forest lasted until the late 17th Century. The 15th Century brought the conservation of larger trees for Crown timber with more areas being enclosed to stop the animals harming the trees. The first act was in 1483 with many more to follow.

The port of Bucklers Hard was built on Beaulieu river by John, 2nd Duke of Montagu, to land his sugar from the West Indies. 50 ships were built there from New Forest oak for Nelson's navy, including Nelson's favourite, HMS Agamemnon in 1781.

The rising food prices of the early 19th Century saw the onset of smuggling and highway robberies. The numerous natural creeks and inlets around the coastline made life easy for the smugglers to get their contraband into the secrecy of the Forest. The most popular routes were along the glen at Chewton Bunny, near New Milton, and up the Beaulieu river. However, if caught both smugglers and highwaymen would be hanged from the Naked Man, an oak tree, part of which still stands today at Markway on the A35.

In 1847, the railway link from Southampton to Dorchester brought the first visitors to the New Forest. It also brought Queen Victoria's army to the area, needing more room for manoeuvres.

At Beaulieu Heath, the New Forest Flying School was taken over by the services, and in 1920, RAF Calshot became a training unit for flying boats.

In 1929, Britain won the Schneider Cup with one million people watching from the Solent coastline.

Calshot was one of the coastal stations which helped to defend the Channel, and many pilots learned to fly at Calshot with an excellent war record.

Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery took over the Balmer Lawn hotel as their operations headquarters for the invasion of Europe in 1944. Anti-aircraft emplacements were dug and Hurst Castle was a good observation post for any invasion from across the Channel. Once again, the Forest provided thousands of tons of timber for the war effort and crops were grown to help with food production.

The Normandy Landings began on the 6th June 1944, when 130,000 troops set off from the south coast of England (including some from the port at Bucklers Hard, where Nelson's ships had launched 150 years earlier) and landed on the beaches of Normandy - Operation Overlord had begun.

The Normandy Landings

After the war, the increase of motor cars meant that there were more road accidents involving Forest ponies and cattle so the main Bournemouth road was fenced off. More traffic meant more visitors and more visitors meant more damage to the vegetation. To lessen this damage, car parks and picnic areas were set up and designated camping sites were formed. The New Forest today is comprised of 1/3 timber enclosures and 2/3 heathland.

As more people moved into the New Forest area to live the towns and villages grew, providing more amenities for the growing number of visitors. By the end of the 20th Century, the New Forest saw more than 10 million visitors each year.

If you'd like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to the crew...

Front of house



A Birmingham fellow who found his passion for hospitality working in Florida and New York. A degree in Hospitality Management soon followed and has now progressed to run his second pub within the company. Out of work he can be found checking out new pubs or on a walk by the coast with his partner Anna and their puppy lab, Ben!


Deputy Manager

Tracy joined the White Hart 7 years ago and has worked her way up from Supervisor to Deputy Manager. Tracy enjoys the social side of the job and loves to have a chat whilst serving customers. When she is not at work Tracy will be found spending time with her family and has recently had a grandson.


Assistant Manager

Scott has been with B&P for a while now, working his way up to Assistant Manager. An aspiring sommelier he is passionate about great wine, great food, and great customer service. He loves to travel and is currently planning to travel South America in 2025.


Assistant Manager

Assistant Manager Chris is fairly new to the team, having worked in hospitality for over 30 years. His favourite dish on the menu is our Chicken & Wild Mushroom pie, he is also a big fan of our Sunday Roasts! Both washed down with a Malbec.

Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his son and tinkering with his cars. In the future, Chris aspires to run his own pub.



Rachel has been with us for almost 4 years! Her favourite dish on the menu is our crispy beef salad with a side of halloumi fries paired with our French Merlot. When she’s not at work she likes to see family and friends, do fun things with the kids, and go to Zakynthos where she got married!



Cerys has been with us for two years! Her favourite part about working at the White Hart is the people. Her favourite dish is the deep-fried cod in beer batter and her favourite drink is Disaronno. Outside of work, she likes to spend time with her friends. In the future, she would like to study ultrasound at university!



Alex joined us over 4 years ago and has been a favourite with the regulars ever since. Having been to hundreds of Southampton FC games across the globe, he is our go to guy for anything football. Alex, has been working in pubs from a young age and loves the social aspect of meeting new people.



Lauren has been with us for two years! Her favourite part about working at the White Hart is the people. Her favourite dish is the fillet steak sandwich. Her favourite drink is an Aspalls cider. When Lauren’s not at work she enjoys travelling and spending time with her friends. Fun facts about Lauren are she used to play volleyball competitively and she has an identical twin!



Meet Honae, who is finally back from her year abroad! Her favourite part of working at the White Hart is the team. Honae‘s favourite dish on the menu is the Moroccan crispy lamb salad and her favourite drink is a pint of Madri.

When Honae is not at work, she enjoys swimming and going for walks with her dog. An interesting fact about Honae is she spent the last year working in Australia and is looking forward to going back out there in July.



Head Chef

Ryan has always had a love for hospitality having previously been a General Manager but has long followed his passion for the kitchen and took up numerous Head Chef positions in the New Forest before joining the pub family. In his spare time, he can be found trying new food around Hampshire and spending time with his wife, Erin and two kids.


Sous Chef

Jim has been at the White Hart for over 5 years. His favourite part of the job is the people. His favourite dish on the menu is our Sunday Roast Sirloin of Beef and his favourite drink is a Bombay Sapphire gin and tonic served with lime and cucumber. When Jim’s not at work he enjoys building with LEGO. Fun fact about Jim is he has a whole room in his house dedicated to his LEGO sculptures.


Sous Chef

Kyle joined the company just before Christmas having previously spent his career in pubs around the New Forest, gaining lots of experience with a huge passion for food. Out of work, he can be found spending time with his friends playing snooker or watching the mighty Manchester United.


Senior Chef de Partie

Mick is a Wiltshire born man, who discovered his love for cooking at school, which has continued for 35 years and has now been working at the White Hart for over 4 years. Mick enjoys watching sports in his spare time, especially football and also enjoys spending time and eating out with his partner, Roni.


Chef de Partie

Dan has been at the White Hart for 6 months. His favourite part of the job is the people. His favourite dish on the menu is our Crispy Beef Salad. His favourite drink is a pint of Aspalls cider. When Dan’s not at work he enjoys going to bingo with his friends. An interesting fact about Dan is he has completed a sky dive. In the future, Dan would like to continue progressing in his chef career.


Chef de Partie

Michelle is fairly new to the team. Her favourite dish on the menu is our Spring Moroccan Crispy Lamb Salad and her drink of choice is a pint of Guinness. When Michelle's not at work she enjoys meeting friends for coffee or going fishing.



Kitchen Porter

Jack has been with us for almost 2 years now. His favourite part of working at the White Hart is the people. His favourite dish on the menu is our Chicken & Wild Mushroom pie and his drink of choice is a pint of Aspall Cider. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his friends at the pub. In the future, Jack aspires to become a qualified electrician.


Commis Chef

Matt has been with us for a while now. His favourite part of the job is the people. His favourite dish on the menu is our steak burger. His favourite drink is our PULP Mango & Lime Cider. In his spare time, he enjoys watching TV and playing video games. In the future, Matt aspires to be a chef.


Kitchen Porter

David joined us in February 2024. His favourite part about the White Hart is working with the rest of the crew. His favourite dish on the menu is our Bacon Chop and his favourite drink is our B&P Traditional Bitter.

When David’s not at work he enjoys spending time on the coast canoeing and sailing. An interesting fact about David is once a week he leads a Royal Marine Cadet Band and when asked where will you be in 5 years, he sees himself staying at the White Hart, which is great news for us!