Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...
Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...
Here is 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 read.
The White Hart at Chipstead was built in 1731, during the reign of George II.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Ollie has been at the White Hart since day dot, and is well liked by both staff and customers. He has an amazing eye for detail and knows what all of our regulars are drinking even before they do. Ollie loves his rums and has an encyclopedic knowledge of the streets of London city, useful if you get lost on a night on the town.
Darren has recently joined us as our new Deputy Manager and has oodles of experience from a variety of different backgrounds to offer. He dotes upon his two little ones and loves showing the team photos of them. He's a very proud dad. He's also very proud of his car, which has little arms to pass your seatbelt to you - fancy!
Libby has been bubbly and enthusiastic from the minute she first stepped foot in The White Hart nearly two years ago. When she isn't telling people that she volunteers with special needs children, that she is a recovering vegetarian or that she is a First Aider, she can be found prancing around the pub with a big smile on her face.
Millie has become part of the family over the last two years. She has shared a big chunk of her life with us and the team at the pub have been there for her every step of the way. Millie is one of the best - she can make everyone laugh and smile, her thoughtfulness knows no bounds and her dog is called Crumpet (which is a great name so she deserves points for that alone). She has become well known amongst our regulars for making dramatic hair changes every now and then - so much so that she becomes unrecognisable for a couple of days!
Jemma worked with us previously and has come back after a brief spell renovating her house. She is a big time horsey fan and used to play professional rugby. She has 2 little boys that keep her on her toes, in fact she comes to work simple to get a break, Now that's impressive!
Our Lewis enjoys the finer things in life. He also enjoys posing for sophisticated photos in gin bars up in London town. Lewis is a man of many talents - as well as pouring the perfect pint, he plays the bass and performed at the pub on New Year's Eve with his band. Work is never dull with Lewis around.
Ben likes to take care of himself, regularly going to the gym and sleeping with rollers in his hair every night to give him that Greek-god-with-golden-curls look. He is also a family man and was very excited to tell everyone when his little nephew took his first steps.
Megs has joined us for the summer and has already become a fully fledged member of our team. She may seem quiet but once you get her chatting she won't stop - she has a witty and remarkable sense of humour. Megan loves sparkles (as demonstrated by her posing with this glittering silver wall) and loves to cover herself in glitter when ever she goes "out-out".
This crazy cat bears an uncanny resemblance to one of our long-standing members of staff... That's right, Beth is Millie's big sis! She was looking for a summer job and coming to the pub made perfect sense! Beth has a brilliant sense of humour and is great to work with. She also has a deep appreciation for gin, which is something we very much welcome here at The White Hart.
Katie worked here once upon a time and has returned after two years away. She's a blonde babe with a great attitude towards life. She's big into market research and can regularly be seen with a drink in hand (to check out the competition, obviously...). She also loves music and has spent her time away from us as a band manager.
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!
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.
Junior Chef de Partie
Ed stands at an impressive 6ft 9in and is known to help people reach items from the top shelves in local supermarkets. Starting out as a Kitchen Porter, he has grown from strength to strength at The White Hart and is now a Commis Chef. Ed has a winning smile and is an extremely loveable guy (even if his hugs leave a little to be desired!).
Affectionately known as Joly, this young man has recently made the leap from Kitchen Porter to trainee Chef. He lights up the kitchen with his big smile and exudes good vibes. He is great to have a chat with and has incredible pearls of wisdom that he dishes out. His hobbies include snorkelling, collecting interesting rocks and petting any cat that comes his way.
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.
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.
Use the calendar to book a table. If the time you're after is not available, give us a call and we will try our best to fit you in. We keep some tables for phone bookings.