I had heard fantastic things about The White Hart at Lydgate, and it brought me no end of enjoyment to experience this fantastic pub for myself.
Nestled in a Saddleworth village, akin to Harry Potter’s Godric’s Hollow, The White Hart is very much the “pub on the hill”.
Our journey from Hull had taken a mere hour and a half, and that’s for a Friday, and when we arrived it was about 5pm.
It was great to see that even out in this remote village outside Oldham, the pub was full of locals enjoying a Friday night beer and bite to eat.
As we were staying for the night, we were shown to a cottage just two minutes down the road, and immediately felt we were in a rambler’s paradise.
With two bedrooms, a bathroom and beautiful hallway area, it truly was a home from home, but we got ourselves ready and headed back to the pub.
The White Hart has a brasserie and The Dining Room, and we were booked into the latter at 8pm for tea.
We tested a few of the names on draught, and made our way into the beautifully dark and cosy room, where other families and couples were treating themselves to a luxury meal.
Costing around £80 per person, we opted for the seven-course wine tasting menu, and we couldn’t have made a better choice.
The meals included morsels of tuna sashimi, tandoori monkfish, squab pigeon, duck breast and beetroot, and with every course came another glass of wine to try.
The dessert was a concoction of chocolate mousse and eucalyptus, with the final flourish a plate of Roquefort, mustard and apple – all washed down with the most beautiful white port.
We didn’t finish our meal until 10.30pm, and we couldn’t muster more drinks, but retired to our cottage full to the brim with fine food and delicious wine.
Before we knew it, it was breakfast, and we were greeted with a full English consisting of Bury black pudding, homemade hash browns, smoked bacon, local sausages, scrambled eggs, baked beans, flat mushroom and a grilled tomato. Heaven.
I was sad to leave The White Hart. It truly was beautiful and, even though it was a night away with my mum, could be the most perfect, romantic night away.