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Dream Venue: The White Hart at Lydgate

18th December 2018 | Rachel Parry

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For those of you currently on the venue hunt, today we’re finding out more about a fabulous Sponsor venue of ours located in a stunning area of the North West.

Located in an elevated position within the picturesque village of Lydgate, close to Saddleworth, The White Hart at Lydgate enjoys incredible views across the Pennines and is able to wow your guests both inside and out.

Offering couples a choice of characterful spaces for the ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception, it’s a venue that appeals to a wide range of brides and grooms as its able to cater to differing sized parties and a whole host of big day styles and themes.

Furthermore, The White Hart will soon be adding glass to its stunning outdoor Pavilion, so it can be used for ceremonies and receptions all year round, proving yet another splendid setting for its couples.

And as if that wasn’t enough, it also ticks boxes for on-site accommodation, super professional and helpful staff and a talented head chef! And so, to give you a full insight of its offering, we’re handing over the blog to The White Hart team to tell us what makes the venue such a popular choice among brides- and grooms-to-be…

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Can you tell us a little about the history of the venue?

The White Hart say: Our venue 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.

How would you describe the look and feel of the venue?

The White Hart is a stylish, country venue with classic rustic architecture and modern, contemporary features. With cosy fires and a stunning oak frame with a vaulted glass trim, the pub manages to be both boutique and welcoming, with each guest instantly feeling relaxed and at home.

Can you tell us about the ceremony and reception areas and how many guests the venue can cater for?

If you would like to hold all the elements of your special day in one place, The White Hart has four licensed rooms to ensure that the most important day of your life runs smoothly and memorably.

The Library is the smallest of the rooms, with the high ceilings and the oak beams it makes a perfect setting for a civil ceremony and wedding breakfast. The Library can cater from two to 55 guests for a civil ceremony and for a wedding breakfast of up to 36 guests.

The Dining Room was refurbished in August 2015 and offers an unforgettable and contemporary setting for couples. You can tie the knot as well as host your wedding breakfast and evening reception in one trendy setting. The Dining Room can cater up to 80 guests for a civil ceremony, 55 guests for a wedding breakfast and up to 90 guests for an evening reception.The Oak Room & Pavilion was built in 2005 using green oak timbers and boasts a private entrance for guests. The stunning vaulted ceiling design with central glass atrium is light, airy and unique and allows guests to flow effortlessly from the ceremony to the wedding breakfast. The Oak Room can cater up to 180 guests for a wedding breakfast and 230 for an evening reception.

Alternatively, if your ideal wedding includes a church ceremony, St Anne’s Lydgate is located just opposite The White Hart and offers a warm welcome to all.

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What makes The White Hart a special wedding venue and sets it apart from others?

The White Hart offers a stunning location with a variety of spaces to suit every bride and groom. Whether you’re interested in a traditional or modern wedding, we can cater to both and no two weddings are ever the same.

What sort of bride would be a White Hart bride?

We have a variety of brides at The White Hart because we offer so many different styles of settings. We’ve catered to brides interested in a country setting, traditional brides looking for a church ceremony, modern brides who desire a big affair and festival brides who celebrated their day in the great outdoors.

How can your staff help to make the planning process easier and the big day amazing?

We offer a professional service for our brides and grooms from start to finish. We will allocate the couple a wedding co-ordinator that will help with every little detail of your big day, we have a maître d’ available and our staff will provide top class service from the ceremony to the reception.

Can you tell us about the accommodation at the venue?

The White Hart houses 16 rooms in total, with 12 in the main building. Embracing its local heritage, each room is named after a local dignitary, including Saddleworth’s last Lord of the Manor James Farrar, as well as Ammon Wrigley, a poet from Saddleworth, and John Buckley, who built the original structure of The White Hart along with the local Parish Hall and Parish Church. The rooms come complete with WiFi and are individually furnished with modern ensuite bathrooms. These rooms are all unique and filled with character.

We also have the newly-opened Cottage which offers four family suites. Located just next door to the White Hart, the Cottage has unique furnishings for each room, all including beautifully styled bathrooms and king size beds. Offering a truly indulgent stay, the Cottage accommodates up to five people per room with ground floor rooms available.

Tell us about your catering services and what makes them special?

Head chef Mike Shaw has worked at a number of esteemed kitchens, including Hambleton Hall, Aubergine in London and with Richard Neat at Neat in Cannes, before starting at The White Hart in 2011, where he has developed a glowing reputation for beautifully cooked, flavoursome, classic dishes, whether in a more casual hearty pub manner for The Brasserie or a sophisticated, modern style to suit The Dining Room. Mike will happily create a unique menu to suit the tastes of each bride and groom making their day extra special.

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What is the feedback like from wedding couples about The White Hart?

Here is some feedback from just a few of our many happy couples:

“The Oak Room was exactly what we were looking for in a venue and when we were told about plans for the Pavilion it sealed the deal. The White Hart gave us the best of both worlds, with all of the rustic charm we wanted – but a roof over our heads. With family and friends travelling from all over the world it was important to have accommodation at the venue too and the set-up at the White Hart was perfect for us – particularly The Cottages, which gave the bridal party a nice, private place to stay and get ready away from the rest of the guests.” Emily & Alessandro, married 1st September 2017.

“We would absolutely recommend the White Hart to other couples looking for a stunning country venue. The White Hart staff were totally professional from start to finish – they could not do enough to help us with the planning and coordination of the day. We were allocated a wedding planner who was wonderful and it was never too much trouble to help me. The day itself ran so smoothly with the help of the maître d who was absolutely top class. The wedding breakfast was totally delicious, all the food was the best quality and the evening buffet was perfect with so many of my guests commenting on both of them. I cannot praise the White Hart enough for such a wonderful day.” Sandra & Gary, married 4th November 2017.

“The venue is local to us and we wanted to have somewhere close to home. The White Hart is (in our opinion) the best venue around. The Oak Room is the perfect reception venue. The décor went well with our theme and the pavilion area is a fabulous addition, especially with the unpredictable British weather. From the moment we sat down to discuss booking the venue, to the wedding breakfast sampling, to the big day – the staff were amazing. They made the whole experience so easy and stress free. The food was delicious – all our guests commented on how good it was!” Kate & Richard, married 4th August 2017.

How can our readers get more information on the venue?

By visiting our website or emailing us at bookings@thewhitehart.co.uk

Any other exciting news to share?

In our latest development, we will be adding glass to the Pavilion, so it can be used for ceremonies and receptions all year round.

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