White Hart, Crystal Palace

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FAP Rating 3 - Click for an explanation of our ratings
Sitting at the apex of the 'Crystal Palace Triangle', The White Hart matches the independent air of many of the shops and businesses of the area - it's certainly the only pub we know that has a ladies vintage clothes store occupying part of its space. The pub is actually another of the alternatively-attuned pubs from the Mitchell & Butlers group, identifiable by their mix-and-match furnishings and beer selection from the low countries. On top of that, the White Hart hosts a weekly pub quiz, regular live music and has a rear courtyard that looks a handy sun trap for the summer months. A couple of the old - pre-refit - regulars still prop up the bar here, but you're more likely to find a younger, professional crowd in residence. It all adds up to a decent pub; arguably the best in the area (though regulars of the nearby Alma may disagree).
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13 Apr 2011
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6 Months later....much the same as before.

Despite the arrival of a "fixed priced" menu (in French, naturally) the food is still very dry, and very expensive.

There were, literally, 12 dry chips on my plate last week.

Staffing competency/efficiency remains erratic, seemingly lacking strong management.

Why do I keep hoping things will change?

Because I care about this pub, and it could be a great place.
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26 Sep 2010
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Well, the toilets now function very well-that's to the good.

The place is popular, and for mostly the right reasons.

Just a few changes now, and this could be worthy of a four pint rating...

1. The food isn't as good as it should/could be...the guy in the kitchen works hard, but the food is dry and uninspired, and certainly expensive.

2. The staffing levels are just inadequate at busy times (an old problem for many pubs, I know)...and though they work hard, they can, on occasion, be a trifle...erm, not rude....but over familiar and/or cold depending on their mood.
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26 Mar 2010
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The White Hart really does try to cater to all people...and actually does it rather well.

Unforgivable, however, in a pub that has an open kitchen and makes a big play of its food, is the fact that in the toilets (poorly done up a year or two ago) the hand dryers were simply not functioning on two consecutive visits over a period of 3 weeks.

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96 Church Road, Crystal Palace, London, SE19 2EZ
020 7867 1001
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Quiz night - quiz night Monday

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