Ye Olde White Harte information

This pub is steeped in history going as far back as King Charles I. It is believed that plots against the King were initiated here and there is even a room called Ye Plotting Parlour in honour of its history. Watch out for the skull that resides behind the small saloon bar in a Perspex case! You won't find bottled beer here as they serve only cask ales.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours

11:00 - 00:00


11:00 - 00:00


11:00 - 00:00


11:00 - 00:00


11:00 - 01:00


11:00 - 01:00


12:00 - 00:00

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Ye Olde White Harte reviews


In my opinion this has just got to be on your list of 'got to visit!. From just walking down the passage from Silver Street or Bowlalley Lane I feel that I am hand in hand with history. Before entering this little 'gem' you are in a very cosy beer garden which from Spring to middle autumn, and with permitting end of autumn a many a pleasant hour can be spent. By As you open the door you feel the fabric and atmosphere of the building whisper in your ear "welcome" with possibly a gentle but persuasive push from friendly but invisible hands, and equally welcoming arms. Once inside you meet the staff who always without effort welcome you as if they know you, the locals are just as welcoming. You get the choice of the two bars areas furnished in the beautiful, and a atmospheric dark wooden panels. Between which is a fascinating staircasesadly scarred from a previous fire. Yes it has a sad history as well, however this can be read about in their book which can be purchase. The food I have found is wholesome and homely. As I have not had the pleasure yet of a meal in the restaurant on the first floor, I am confident that this would be a quality meal also. The choice of beers is excellent, though I do personally prefer in general the dark Real Ales,and can only comment on those, ie Theakstones old peculiar,in particular. The reader of this review sho uld by now realise by now I love Ye Olde White Hartelic house, and could wax lyrically for hours on end. I should add at this point that I do run my own 'historical walks" on A friday and saturday evenings(booking only under the name of "well I Never.!" contact information can be obtained from the Staff.) "ye Old White Harte" is the termination point on both evenings. So don't just take my word for it, give yourself a treat and get yourself there! Barry Leonard.

By Mel C.

Found this pub by accident and we were amazed at the interior and the history associated with it. We sat near the inglenook fire place but were disappointed to see an electric fire in there and not a roaring log one. Waiteed over an hour for two panni melts which when evetually arrived were not topped with mozarella. We were volunatarily refunded our money by the bar staff who had difficulty in communicating with us about what was happening. (We were just about to leave when our panis arrived!) The beer however was good. 10.11.12

By Joe I.

Myself and a couple of lads escaped our vessel for a few hours and headed into Hull. Ye Olde White Harte was recommended to us and in our day out we went in once in the early afternoon and were very pleasantly surprised by the beauty and obvious age on the pub. The customers and bar staff were extremely friendly and we had a great time. We went back in the early evening and it was even better. Sat in the beer garden and just watched it all happening. Top class pub, great staff, great customers, great beer. One piece of advice to the owner, lose the fruit/spiced beers and get a couple of American style IPA's or Belgian exotic on tap. The pubs far too nice to be selling novelty beers and i reckon a couple more 'real' beers will increase your foot traffic. Thanks again. Joe P.S We are away back in tonight(it's THAT good)!

By Jonathan S.

On St Georges Day in 1642 conspirators met in an upstairs room of Ye Olde White Harte and plotted to bar King Charles from Hull, an act which sparked the English Civil War. More than three hundred and fifty years later, people still meet here, and although the discussions are likely to be less serious nowadays, the character of the surroundings has endured. But is this well-known establishment trading on reputation, or is it really worth a visit?

The Venue
Approaching the pub down an alleyway from Silver Street, the first-time visitor might be surprised by the strange contrast of an olde worlde beer garden with all the modern trappings, where retractable umbrellas and an outdoor heater share space with hanging baskets and centuries-old architecture. If the combination doesn’t quite work from an aesthetic point of view, you can at least appreciate the thought behind it: all weather outdoor seating is a must in these post-smoking ban days.

For those happier to drink indoors, the entrance to the pub lies through a thoroughly unwelcoming black door, but as long as you're not put off by this portal, you will take a step back in time to how a pub used to look before chrome-infested bars became the norm. Dark wooden beams, bars and benches lend an authentic historic atmosphere, from which the twenty-first century is barred. Don’t expect slot machines or pumping music, Ye Olde White Harte has been around since the mid-sixteenth century - and you can tell.

The People
Tucked away off a main thoroughfare, Ye Olde White Harte attracts both passing trade and a loyal core of regulars, leading to a variety of drinkers - although the younger end of the spectrum can often be sparsely represented. Two downstairs bars leave room for groups to socialise without disturbing those who would rather relax in quiet nooks.

The regulars ensure the pub is rarely empty, and the atmosphere benefits. Although the bar area can be crowded, the efficient staff don’t let this stop them from pulling pints promptly. Their friendly and knowledgeable service means you won’t feel like an imposter in somebody else’s local.

The Drink
The beer can make all the difference in an establishment of this ilk, and Ye Olde White Harte doesn’t quite make the grade. Unless a guest ale is on sale, draught bitter drinkers can choose only between John Smith’s (£2.35 a pint) and Theakston’s (£2.60 a pint), both perfectly adequate pints, but nothing out of the ordinary.

The beer may lack distinction, but it is fresh and expertly poured, and this extends to the lagers (Kronenbourg - £3 a pint) and ciders as well. The spirits are various and well-stocked, and wine pours from the optics as well as small bottles (starting at £3.20).

Prices are reasonable for the city centre, depending on your tipple, so you can at least be sure you won’t have to break the bank.

The Last Word
Ye Olde White Harte does almost exactly what it says on the tin: it’s old, and it has certainly got heart. Unfortunately, it lacks real ales, and could be too quiet for some tastes. But on the whole, those in search of a good, traditional Yorkshire pub won’t be disappointed.