The White Hart Inn | Pub in Essex | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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The White Hart Inn - Pub in Essex

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1 High Street, West Mersea, CO5 8QD, Essex
England, United Kingdom

The White Hart Inn
+44 (0)1206 583212(landline)

Head down the Strood causeway and step back in time for a slice of Mersea Island's old-world charm: beaches, fresh oysters & a charming inn

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At the heart of the village, this inn packs a punch with its modern British menu. Produce is sourced from the island or nearby: fish from East Mersea and Wivenhoe; the oysters on boats at the bottom of the hill. For dinner try a trio of Mersea oysters in chorizo sauce, tempura with gribiche and kombu crème fraîche, followed by rare breed steak with a mushroom and cheese croquette, and finish off with a whiskey and raspberry choux bun. It's just a few minutes' stroll to the closest beach with its cheerful beach huts - hire one and make a day of it. If you forget to pack a picnic walk to one of two oyster shacks serving up bucketloads of the island's much-celebrated mollusc. The island is a haven for wildlife, spot red squirrels and all sorts of water birds. Visit Cudmore Grove Park for walking trails, a playground, a Roman fort and views over the estuary to Brightlingsea. 

Wheelchair access
Wheelchair access to some public rooms and to wc's.
Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.

Local points of interest from The White Hart Inn:

Local points of interest from
The White Hart Inn:

  • Monkey Beach is 150 yards from the front door of the pub. You can stroll along the beach, among the boats and broadwalks and take in the sunrises and sunsets. You can walk completely around the island but it gets quite muddy in places and takes 4 hours.
  • The Company Shed run by the Haward family who have been farming oysters on Mersea since the 1700s.
  • Cudmore Grove Country Park - a nature reserve with of over 102 acres of unique coastal landscapes and habitat and heritage overlooking the Colne and Blackwater Estuaries. A sandy beach, impressive views, grassland, meadows for relaxing walks.
  • East Mersea to Brightlingsea Foot Ferry in Cudmore Grove Country Park to Brightlingsea Harbour across the River Colne. Runs from April to the end of October.
  • Mersea Island Museum opposite the pub has a fascinating historical record of the island including lots of photos of the pub over the centuries.
  • Mersea Island Watersports is around a 15 minute walk from the pub and has kayaks and paddleboards available for hire to explore the inlets and creeks around the island.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"The immediate feeling is of a warm welcome, with every member of the staff being at pains to make guests comfortable. That extends to the table service."

Peter - Sawday's Inspector, United Kingdom

October 2022

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Special Offer: Spring Offer - Stay with us between 2 April - 28 June & receive up to 25% off B&B, a £200 tab towards food and drink & a free Calming Candle from our friends at Bramley worth £30. For one and two night stays.


Bar snacks, £4.50. Starters from £7.50. Mains from £10.50. Sides, £4. Puddings, £8.50. Kids menu from £5.50. Sunday roasts, from £18.50.


25 & 26 December, 2-10 January.


1 High Street, West Mersea, CO5 8QD, Essex


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