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  • Adrian Raymond
  • Where:
  • Oxford Road
  • Stratton St Margaret
  • Swindon
  • Wiltshire SN3 4JD
  • Telephone:
  • (01793) 822272
  • Facilities:
  • Garden Or Patio
  • Children Welcome
  • Pub Food
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Function Room Available
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The White Hart, Stratton St. Margaret

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An established part of the Swindon landscape, The White Hart Bar & Grill sits just off the A419 Oxford Road roundabout on the old Roman Road.

Always a meeting point for people - and the biggest venue in Stratton St Margaret - the White Hart now boasts two public bars and a grill lounge area offering a mouth-watering selection of freshly-prepared meals in a contemporary environment.

The Stratton Room function suite also offers excellent entertaining facilities for larger groups and parties of upto 80 people.

- Food served everyday (see times below)
- Sunday Lunch £8.50 pp, small plat portion £4.00
- Stratton Room with own bar & entrance for functions
- Close to Honda, Jnt. 15 M4
- Fine Arkells Ales + excellent quality wines by the glass & bottle
- Skittle alley

Food is served:

A La Carte
Monday-Friday: Noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9pm
Saturday: 12-9pm

Lunch Menu
Monday-Friday: Noon-2.30pm
Saturday: 12-5pm

Sunday Carvery
Noon-6pm

A little bit of history...

While many pubs in the area have roots in Swindon's railway history, Stratton St Margaret's original White Hart owned its existence to the Wilts and Berks Canal which ran nearby.

Coal merchant William Seymour was the owner by 1841 and his family kept it for many years. In those days The White Hart stood on the other side of the current Oxford Road and sold beer produced in the brewhouse on the opposite side of the road.

Brewing naturally ceased when Arkell's bought the freehold of the pub (and an adjoining orchard) in 1878 for the princely sum of £925. The original building remained in use for another 59 years before it was demolished to make way for another pub with the same name.

Completed in 1938, the current pub is a much larger building than its predecessor and even after an extension in 1982 as part of a large modernisation, there was still room for a large car park and a small play area.

The main road which passes close to the White Hart means that passing motorists find it just as convenient to drop in to The White Hart today as Stratton folk have throughout the last century and a half.