History of The White Hart

If only the walls could talk…The White Hart has enjoyed a rich and varied history, since it was built in 1788 by local landowner John Buckley. From being the local police station, with the top floor used to lock up the prisoners in shackles, to a schoolhouse, then a weaver’s cottage, the building was then used in the Second World War as a look out point, with the cellars a bomb shelter.

The Buckley family sold the pub in 1921 to the Gartside Brewery and it remained brewery owned until 1987. In June 1994, Charles Brierley bought the freehold of The White Hart Inn and has extended and renovated the pub, turning it into the award-winning venue it is today.


From cask ales, craft beers and international lagers, to cocktails, an extensive wine list and a gin menu to impress even the biggest gin aficionado, our bar has it all.

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Expect all the pub favourites and then some on our Brasserie menu. Enjoy a bite to eat in one of our many pub rooms, and take advantage of the regular offers we run throughout the week.

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Visit The Dining Room and enjoy five and seven course tasting menus, created by head chef Mike Shaw, using seasonal, local produce to create a refined, gastronomic dining experience.

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We have 16 wonderful, unique en-suite bedrooms, 12 in the main building and four family suites in our Cottage next door. All named after local Saddleworth dignitaries, each room is different from the next but all equally comfortable and inviting

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Whether you’re planning a big birthday, anniversary or a retirement do, The White Hart can put on a party to remember! We have a selection of rooms to cater from small intimate gatherings to large parties and our on-site team will work with you to create a unique event you’ll never forget.

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We have a variety of rooms available for business use, whether it’s a small meeting or a conference. Our Library is ideal for smaller meetings, while our Oak Room offers the perfect setting for larger meetings and conferences, with our Restaurant and Lounge covering all sizes in between.

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Our Beautiful Venue

With incredible views across the Pennines, St. Anne’s Church opposite and the ability to cater for small intimate weddings up to weddings for 200+ guests, The White Hart is the perfect venue for any bridal couple. A number of our rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies, we have a wonderful outdoor space for a drinks reception, with our Pavilion offering shelter from the elements if necessary, while still allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors. Our team is on hand to work closely with you to make sure you have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.