Unique Hospitality Management have launched an exciting new pub and coffee shop in the centre of Fleet, welcoming locals with tasty food, great drinks and a warm atmosphere. The pub, called Hart House, will be open throughout the day offering guests a place to enjoy drinks or a delicious snack or meal crafted by its talented team of chefs.
Hart House, part of Aspley Pubs, has given the former Ask restaurant site an extensive makeover to create a vibrant, modern space that reflects the best of British design but is full of the warmth and personality of a great pub.
South African born Ross Anziska is giving customers a warm welcome to Hart House as the pub’s general manager. Ross says: “We want to establish Hart House at the centre of our local community – as a pub for everyone. Hart House offers an exciting meeting place for local people to socialise, work and celebrate together.” He adds: “We hope Hart House will provide people in the Hart area with another reason why it is the best place to live in the UK!”.
Cosy coffee shop
The Hart House Coffee Shop, which offers both eat in and takeaway, is open daily from 8am to 5.30pm. The menu includes ‘Express Breakfast’ options from 8am such as a smoked bacon sandwiches and ‘Energiser’ almond granola. From 11.30am toasted sandwiches are available with fillings including salami, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and hot mustard; roast chicken ‘BLT’ and tomato mayo; and hummus, apple, carrot, rocket and pomegranate.
Delicious treats from the cake counter include salted caramel muffins, carrot cake, and orange and chocolate fudge cake. For customers bringing in their own hot drink vessels, 50p is being given off the price of a regular hot drink. Coffee being served is from the Orang Utan Coffee Project which protects orangutans, the rainforest and supports the local farmers and communities of Sumatra.
Handcrafted dishes from award-winning chef
Dining at Hart House is informal with meals enjoyed in a relaxed environment. The menu offers handcrafted dishes which celebrate the very best of fresh, British, seasonal produce. The pub’s talented team of chefs is headed up by award-winning chef Ray Brenner from Medstead who was crowned ‘Best Pub Restaurant Chef’ in the national Craft Guild of Chef Awards 2015. His 15 years chef experience includes Hampshire pubs The Chequers in Eversley Cross and The Mill House in Odiham and Hush in London.
Start your day the right way
The kitchen’s open from 9am at Hart House with the exciting breakfast menu featuring dishes including The Full Monty; steak and eggs, chopped avocado on sourdough with poached eggs and pumpkin seeds, and superfood porridge. Sample dishes from the main menu include small plates of black pudding Scotch egg, apple and celeriac salad and Hart House brown sauce; ham hock terrine with piccalilli and toasted sourdough; and lemon sole goujons with dill aioli, lime and caper salad.
Mouth-watering mains include grilled pork tomahawk steak; new season lamb rump; superfood salad, and British coastal ‘fish of the day’. Daily changing specials, including a pudding special, are also available and a weekly ‘Fish Friday’ night will offer customers an exciting range of fresh fish dishes.
Those looking for comforting pub classics are in for a treat with dishes including prime beef burger, steak of the day, and honey glazed gammon with chips, fried egg and pineapple relish. Vegans are well catered for with nine plant-based dishes on offer from mid-March including beetroot hummus, black olive crumb and allotment vegetables; sweet and sour pumpkin curry, and crispy Tofu salad. For those just wanting a quick bite there are tasty sandwiches, served from 12 noon to 6pm, which include dry-aged rump steak; BBQ pulled chicken and grilled halloumi.
Bottomless roast trimmings
For those that want a day of rest from the kitchen, the weekly changing Sunday menu, served from 12 noon to 8pm would be a sin for locals not to try. Sample roasts include dry-aged rump of Hereford beef, slow-cooked lamb shoulder and a children’s roast of the day is also available. If anyone is feeling extra hungry free top-ups of roast trimmings are also on offer and delicious roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings are also available on the bar for drinkers to enjoy with a pint.
Sticky little fingers are also guaranteed a warm welcome at Hart House, with delicious dishes on the children’s menu including baked fish fillet, mash, garden peas and lemon; pork meatballs and pasta with secret tomato sauce and cheese to sprinkle; and grilled chicken burger with crunchy salad and fries. Fun desserts include fruit kebabs with chocolate sauce; and coconut for dipping and ice cream sundaes.
Private space for all occasions
Hart House is the perfect place to celebrate special occasions or host business meetings, offering an upstairs events space with its own private bar.
Always something to wet your whistle
The Hart House bar offers something for everyone – from beer and wine drinkers, those crazy for cocktails and spirits, including gin and rum, to guests looking for exciting alcohol-free drinks. In addition to the seasonally changing cocktail list, which features the Pornstar Martini, Amaretto Fizz, Lemon Meringue and Long Island Iced Tea, there is also a changing ‘Cocktail of the Week’. Refreshing spritzers include the Aperol Spritz, as well as an English Spritz featuring Tanqueray No Ten, elderflower, lime, rosemary and tonic. Beers on offer include ales from microbrewers Elusive and Bond Brews; along with Doom Bar, Peroni and Asahi. Delicious non-alcoholic cocktails offer the ‘Soft Lady’ crafted with cucumber, salt, cranberry, lime and sugar and the ‘Stormy Monday’ created with ginger beer, lime and bitters.
Warm welcome awaits
When the weather gets warmer, Hart House offers a large garden terrace for customers to enjoy food and drink al fresco. Manager Ross says: “Whether people want to pop in for breakfast, coffee and a cake, a quick bite with a pint or a full three-course meal, a very warm welcome awaits them.” He adds: “We can’t wait to welcome locals to Hart House to experience its great new look and food and drink for themselves.”