This fine old pub is situated at one end of Cheadle High Street and it's a shame to see it in its present state following its fame in the 1970s and '80s as one of the best Boddingtons houses around. That's not to say that it is devoid of charm, as the Original Pub Company and present landlord have clearly worked hard to try and bring it back to something like its best, with a selection of three different handpumps, and a number of televisions around the place to screen live sports. The White Hart's original demise began about the same time as Boddies' own, and the pub was sold on to the pub co. with the Boddingtons branding lost. However, following a number of closures and re-openings, the present incumbent seems to have settled on a successful formula.
White Hart, High Street, Cheadle. (c) White Hart.
At the time of our visit, the place was awash with kids and families dining, which whilst off putting initially, is understandable in the present financial climate, where earnings are welcome from whichever source. I can only assume that the clientele would be different at night, though cannot confirm this at the present time as our visit was about 3pm on a Saturday afternoon. The Thwaites' Wainwright ale was the least-staid offering on the bar and was an reasonable enough start to a day of strolling between and drinking in Cheadle's remaining pubs (the grand-looking Weavers across the road, one of a few lost pubs along High Street, is boarded up today).