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On first inspection The white Heart may seem like just a local pub, but inside it is like the Tardis, mixed with a hint of Narnia!
The White Heart is a total refurbishment of the former ‘White Hart’ pub at Bridge End and the joy of local business-people Gillian and Chris Ward. The new look White Heart now incorporates a modern but friendly bar area and contemporary restaurant. The stylish décor, a warm and cosy compact eating area, mezzanine level and lighting certainly add to the stylish atmosphere to give the old historical building a certain ‘wow’ factor.
But what impressed me the most was The Talbot Suite a newly built, purpose built room with it’s own bar ideal for weddings, Birthdays, Christenings and parties. Both the restaurant and the Talbot Suite are licensed for Weddings and Civil Partnership, with the Restaurant being perfect for a small group of 30 people, While the Talbot Suite holds 70-80 guests.
The Suite is decorated in silver and white, giving it a crisp, clean, modern look, with great coving, a high ceiling and intricate decor details, perfect for brides looking for something a bit different. It also has it’s own outside area, a lovely decked patio area, great for the summer dinner and evening cocktails.
The White Heart dates back over 700 years to 1376 and is the oldest public house in penistone. It became connected with the Grammar school at a very early date. In later years it was used as a coaching inn and notorious criminals who were being transported from the jail in Sheffield to be sentenced in Manchester would stay over for the night. The upper part of the current restaurant being the former jail house.
With artworks on the walls, which are Gill’s very own work, a testament to her art study days and a feature, which gives the restaurant, it’s own stunning, unique style. The restaurant has other small factors to help create the atmosphere, with the large feature window, once being the entrance to the former coaching inn, and a tiny window in the mezzanine level, being the former window in the jail.
Chef, Paul Taylor, comes to the White Heart with a well-established reputation and a host of ideas. He is a young man with an already great culinary pedigree, has created a small, but excellent menu, using carefully selected locally sourced, seasonal produce.
There is also a luxurious and spacious one bedroom apartment which is based on the first floor level of the building. The apartment is stylishly decorated with modern furnishings and fully carpeted with curtains. perfect for a Bridal Suite, for that romantic first night!
The overall ambience is fantastic, once you have got over the mild shock of realising that you are entering what once was a very traditional drinkers pub and finding yourself in a brassiere-style establishment that creates a combination of chic and warmth that is both welcoming and relaxing.
A great option for a slightly alternative wedding, your own modern suite overlooking a lovely outdoor area, with your own personal apartment, what else could a bride ask for?
For more information go to The White heart Hotel or call 01226 762843