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The White Hart Hotel, Eatery & Coffee House
1 - 5 High Street
Telephone : 01205 311900
Car Park Postcode: PE21 8QD
The market town and small port of Boston sits at the heart of Lincolnshire`s dramatic fen land at the edge of the famous Wash on the East coast of England – the drier side of the country – allegedly! Historically the town was a centre of trade, second only to London and this rich history is still evident today. Boston folk are much travelled and former residents of Boston, Bostonians, named several other settlements after the town, most notably Boston Massachusetts in the United States. The town`s most notable landmark is St Botolph`s which lays claim to be the largest parish church in England and one with the tallest tower. It provides a reassuring sight across the flat, agricultural fields of this corner of Lincolnshire and is visible for miles. The town provides the perfect base for visiting the surrounding area, which includes two local RSPB nature reserves as well as the traditional seaside town of Skegness.
The White Hart is in the perfect location, situated at the centre of this bustling market town with fine views over the river Witham and the nearby 700 year old “Boston Stump”. This delightful former coaching Inn has been sensitively refurbished and it`s Courtyard bar, Eatery & Coffee House provides the perfect spot for enjoying an informal brunch, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner. If you prefer a more formal setting then the Riverside restaurant is the ideal place to sit back and enjoy some of the finest food found in the area. Alternatively enjoy the fresh air by taking your time with a glass of wine, fine ale or expertly prepared cocktail on the charming patio area decked out with dining tables as well as sofas on which to lounge. During the same period this charming external area plays host to hugely popular live music events such as Salsa evenings or Jazz nights – so get in early to avoid disappointment! Looking to host a party, wedding, or event? The White Hart function suite provides the perfect place for your celebration whatever the occasion or alternatively the stylish “Glass” room is the place for private dining for smaller parties. And finally, kick your heels off at the end of the day and stay in one of the 26 well-appointed bedrooms, Classic, Superior or Deluxe – the choice at the White Hart is all yours.
Bedrooms - 26
Dogs allowed (Limited Areas within the hotel)
Food Served All Day
Coffee Shop in house
A quick summary to whet your appetite
The late-Victorian façades of The White Hart Hotel, Boston, hide much earlier structures on a site that is known to have been occupied as far back as the 1200s. The earliest record of an inn here is of The Unicorn, which thrived in the late 1700s at a time of huge economic boom for the sea-port town. A subsequent remodelling of the town centre, including the construction of a replacement bridge over the River Witham, prompted the rebuilding of The Unicorn and its renaming as The White Hart in 1804.
It quickly developed as an important coaching inn and came under the ownership of one of the town’s leading merchants, who was also prominent in a political movement later to become the Liberal Party. By the mid-1800s, at a time of particularly heightened political tension in the town, The White Hart became established as the principal venue for meetings of the Boston Liberals, and was something of a political icon.
It featured in a series of viciously fought national election campaigns that were marred by blatant bribery and corruption, and led to MPs being sacked from Parliament. The Tory party tried to usurp control of The White Hart, but in a stealthy move The Liberals prevailed. In 1878 the town’s famous Liberal MP, William Ingram, then the owner of the inn, commissioned a major rebuilding that created the grand frontages we see today.
Thereafter Boston politics was cleaned up and became detached from The White Hart, which from the early 1900s was managed and later also owned by the Mather family. Two generations ran the hotel for 52 years until 1959. From 1963 The White Hart became one of the country’s first Berni Inns, but changes of ownership from the 1990s saw it fall into decline and eventual closure in 2004. It was rescued by the town’s fledgling Coaching Inn Group, which after successfully revitalising The White Hart is now expanding as a multi-award-winning hotel company with sites nationwide.
Awards & Reviews
Awards & Reviews
2017 - Winner of Best Employer at the Publican Awards
2017 - Winner of Best Accommodation offering at the Publican Awards
2016 - Sunday Times Fast Track 100 "Ones to watch"
2016 - Highly commended' at The Publican Awards for Pub Company of the Year
2016 - TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence
2016 - Ranked #9 in Grant Thornton Top 200 Fastest Growing Companies in the East Midlands
2016 - Coaching Inn Group Awards - General Manager of the Year - Adam Charity
2016 - Coaching Inn Group Awards - Bar Persons of the Year - Veronika Tentschert
2016 - Coaching Inn Group Awards - Housekeeper of the Year - Angie Atkins
2015 - Eat Out Awards
2015 - Pub Company of the Year - Coaching Inn Group
2015 - London Stock Exchange - 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain
2015 - TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence
2015 - Coaching Inn Awards - Best Team Spirit