About us

The White Hart InnHello. I am Chris Ryley and with my wife and family we have undertaken, since early 2006, the massive upgrading of The White Hart Inn.  It has been and remains very hard work but rewarding as we are now seeing the positive results of our efforts as instanced by us receiving both the SW Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year Award 2007, 2008 & 2009 in respect of the ambience and quality of our real ales and the Cask Marque Award.

I used to run the Grays Athletic FC bar where my love of real ales became legendary and in itself drew people to the bar, a situation which is mirrored at The White Hart Inn where it is usual for four or five real ales to be on offer at any one time and, of course, they are kept beautifully.  It is after all my hobby! At the White Hart Inn my business partner and I operate as India Inns Ltd and because of his nationality and culture we provide amongst other things the catering for many local Indian weddings and celebrations.

I think it is fair to say that we have improved The White Hart Inn beyond measure and the increasing numbers of people moving in to the area now see The White Hart Inn as their local.  This is exactly what we were aiming for and we are becoming more and more popular by the day. With all the development work being undertaken in the region we find that contractors are drawn not just to the pub but to stay over with us in one of our seven guest bedrooms, each with colour television and beverage making facilities.  These guest bedrooms though are very cost effective and available to anyone on request.

In the pub itself we have a children policy which welcomes them until 8pm and then they must leave.  This works extremely well and is in the interest of all concerned.  Another policy we have introduced is that of live music on alternate Thursdays.  This is becoming increasingly popular and our guests can enjoy at varying intervals blues music, country and western and folk.  All great entertainment and designed for the majority who just want to enjoy a good drink, friendly company and entertainment.  We think that these are the ingredients for the ideal local pub and it seems that our locals agree wholeheartedly.

The White Hart Inn has a function room which can accommodate around 50.  It is ideal for family celebrations and private social events and, of course, on request we can provide catering within the stated budget so please feel free to enquire.

So as another busy day ends at The White Hart Inn and we prepare for another one tomorrow, why not take a detour next time you are in the area and enjoy the same hospitality and excellent beers as do our locals.  If visiting the area from further afield, why pay hotel tariffs when our guest bedrooms offer excellent value for money.

Either way, we hope to welcome you to The White Hart Inn shortly and to introducing you to our great pub and to an unforgettable real ale experience.

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