White Hart Hotel55 High Street
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The White Hart Hotel is an unusual 16th century coaching inn. The original Tudor building has been sympathetically extended to incorporate a good standard of facilities whilst retaining its wonderful historic character.The public rooms boast period features, original oak beams, stone Tudor fireplaces, oak panelling and creaking, sloping floors. The small front hotel bar with 2 handpumps is open to non-residents. Alongside the celebrated 18th century chef William Verrall, who originally owned the hotel from 1737 to 1760 and whose recipe book remains in print today, the hotel was also frequently visited by Thomas Paine, the notorious revolutionary whose radical policies inspired the American Declaration of Independence, and who formed the ‘Headstrong club’ which met regularly in the hotel’s Sheriff room and Tudor room.