About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub 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 White Hart at Chipstead was built in 1731, during the reign of George II.

The legend

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.


The pretty village of Chipstead sits on high ground on the North Downs surrounded by woods. The name 'Chipstead' has been subject to various spellings throughout history with Tepestede, Chepestede, and Schipsted all shown in historical records. The name is likely to have been derived from the old English word ceapstede, meaning the 'market place'.

From the earliest times, Chipstead was blessed with a number of substantial ponds, which would have made it an attractive stopping off point for herdsman taking their livestock to London. These were first noted in the 7th and 8th centuries.

Domesday book

The Domesday survey of 1086 tells us that the principal manor of Chipstead was held by Richard of Tonbridge, whose descendants became Earls of Gloucester. There seems never to have been a resident Lord of the Manor until the 17th and 18th centuries when the manor was held by the Lords of Upper Gatton and subsequently by the Lords of Merstham.

The Village Fair

Chipstead has an annual Village Fair, first recorded in Edward VI's reign in 1549 and held on St.Margaret's day. It may originally have been a large cattle fair held on Church Green, and was subsequently moved to Fair Green near Shabden as a sheep fair.

In the early centuries annual village fairs were of considerable importance and attracted large numbers of people. Cattle and sheep farmers would travel long distances in search of suitable livestock and the ordinary people would find goods and services unavailable elsewhere.

To Flourishing Times

The village remained an isolated rural parish until the late nineteenth century. There was a small amount of industry in the parish: indeed, at one time there were two water mills that were used to grind tobacco into snuff, but it was the opening of Tattenham Corner railway station that led to a prolonged period of development. The rise of the railway led to the construction of a number of mansions built for successful City businessmen, so planting the seeds for the Chipstead which exists today.

Second World War

Due to its proximity to London, Chipstead suffered consiserable bomb damage during the second world war. Altogether, as recorded on a stone on Church Green, there fell upon Chipstead in World War II two parachute mines, some 450 high explosive bombs, 12 V1 flying bombs and one V2 rocket, besides innumerable incendiaries.

Perhaps the most spectacular achievement of the Chipstead community in World War II was the factory organized in the Peter Aubertin Hall. On the 19th June 1940 Mrs Neame of Sopers Cottage and Mrs Brooks of Merstham (a member of staff at the Royal School of Needlework) began training Chipstead women in the art of covering aircraft wings, ailerons and rudders with fabric, and in the production of lifejackets. To the end of 1944, the Chipstead Aero Supply Co had completed over 100 airframe unit components and 12,449 lifejackets.

(With thanks to the Chipstead Village Society)

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

Front of house

Lauren Noble

Acting Manager

Lauren joined us straight out of completing a music degree in Chichester where she met her now husband Pete. They've just rescued a little pup from Croatia who they've called Flynn and he is set to be our Pub Dog joining us on our monthly walks before retiring to his bed in the office. They also have three bunnies at home one of which Lauren has affectionately named Vader POD (Prince of Darkness). Lauren has been in hospitality most of her working life, originally joining us when we first opened The Horse and Groom in Twyford as bar staff. Working hard she moved on up to be the Assistant Manager, then married a military man and had to move to London where she took up post at The Duke of York. She left us for a spell to manage a speciality coffee shop in London but soon came back with oodles of coffee knowledge to pass on to the team here at Gomshall. She aspires to take over as Manager one day...somewhere...look out Rob!!

Claudette Thake

Deputy Manager

Claudette has spent a few years honing her craft in the bars and restaurants in her home town Tunbridge Wells. She was previously the Deputy Manager at The Nevill Crest and Gun but has now moved on to pastures new here at The Bailiwick. Away from work she loves to go on holiday and is a big fan of the USA! She is a HUGE fan of the TV show Friends, loves anything to do with Christmas and an avid skier (well tries to be!). She is also a proud mother of two cats.


Tony McDonald

Senior Sous Chef

After some time away from the hustle and bustle of busy kitchens, Tony has decided its time to step back in, and were sure glad he did. He has joined us after a short stint finding his feet again at Jamies Italian. Tony is rather an illusive character but we know he has two daughters, supports Sunderland football team and hails from sunny South Shields in Newcastle.

Alasdair Mackenzie

Sous Chef

Alasdair has worked for the company for many many years now, progressing onwards and upwards with each of his roles. Working his way up the ladder. He is a truly likable guy, and a laid back character with a cool head and heaps of experience. Alasdair once said that if he wasn't a chef he would pursue a career as a dog surfing instructor, fair enough!

James Monsell

Kitchen Porter

James came to us to do some work experience and simply never left. He is extremely polite and always has time to ask how you are. James enjoys watching films, playing computer games and going on trips with his family.

Jim Ellis-Leagas

Kitchen Porter

Jim is Mr Diligent. He must have all the facts in order to to make the most informed choice and then follows that through with complete precision. He is also bonkers and great fun to share a pint with. Having previously worked as a Japanese translator in London, Jim is now much happier cleaning absolutely everything at the White Hart.


Richard Dunning


Rich is a jack of all trades and can turn his hand to pretty much anything. When he is not gardening or tending to one of the jobs on Damien's ever expanding 'to do' list, he is promoting live music at the local club and repairing computers. He does manage to find time to have a few jars of an evening too, of course.

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