The White Hart, Castle Combe
The White Hart is one of two pubs in centre of the village of Castle Combe and this is the one where the locals drink. It's recently been redecorated, but the overall effect is pretty stark - white walls, grey paint work and, despite the flag floor, large fireplaces (containing wood burning stoves) and piles of logs, it's not the homely sort of atmosphere one might expect in a location such as this. It's a Wadworth pub, so naturally you'd reckon on decent ale and there is - Wadworth's 6X (of course), St. George's Ale and Original Bitter on the hand pumps (the 4th pump was off), plus lagers, Stowford Press cider and a few wines. There's food too, but we didn't try it - there was a local's birthday party going on in the pub and the press of people as the day progressed got to the point where we just had to leave. Pubs such as the White Hart, in villages like Castle Combe are very much social centres for the local community and they perform this function well. However, we did feel that strangers were tolerated, rather than welcomed and, from other feedback we've seen, it seems we're not the only ones. It's a pity really, locals make most of their income from visitors (directly or indirectly), so a little more hospitality wouldn't go amiss. We can think of quite a few similarly-situated pubs that do this a whole lot better.
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Market Place, Castle Combe, Castle Combe, Wiltshire, SN14 7HS
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