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Wedding venue, restaurant and hotel in Essex

Our charming coaching Inn has been welcoming guests and hosting gatherings since the 15th century. Great hospitality is truly at its ‘hart’.

There’s our award-winning 2 AA rosette dining. Eat from our pub classics and garden menu or something a little fancier in our charming oak-beamed restaurant.

In need of a hotel in Essex? Rest your head in luxurious comfort in one of our 13 five gold star bedrooms.

Or marry and celebrate in our striking Essex Barn, tucked away in our gorgeous leafy green garden.

Bride and groom outside hotel

Your dream wedding

Nestled in over four acres of vibrant, landscaped gardens, is The Essex Barn. Crafted in 2009 with unforgettable wedding celebrations in mind, this unique space is influenced by the character of the original Inn, with rich woodwork and decorative tapestries, and balanced with high pitched ceilings and large windows that flood the barn with light.

The White Hart Essex Garden with picnic benches

Eat, drink and relax

Packed with character, and with a range of delicious menus on offer, The White Hart is the perfect setting for a quick bite, a date night or a family get together. Our quality ingredients are sourced locally and transformed by our award-winning chefs into tempting dishes. Eat in our oak panelled restaurant, cosy up with a drink in our bar, or soak up the sunshine in our spacious garden.

Suite bedroom with sofa, dressing table and large king size bed

Stay in luxurious comfort

The bedrooms at our hotel in Essex are set away from the main building, offering seclusion, peace and space. Rooms are warm, inviting and beautifully decorated in neutral tones, with doubles, twins and family rooms available. Each has a luxury en-suite wet room, and the bridal suite offers a freestanding bath too.

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The exterior of White Hart

About us

Independently owned and run by Matthew Mason and his family, The White Hart offers unrivalled hospitality and seamless service in a historic building that has been home to hospitality for over 500 years. Whether you’re visiting for a quick lunch, an overnight stay or planning your wedding day, your visit will be memorable for all the right reasons.

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Offers and breaks

For exclusive offers, seasonal savings and last-minute room availability at our hotel in Essex, check back here regularly, or get in touch with our friendly team to find out more.

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Things to do

The White Hart is conveniently located in North Essex, yet only a short drive from both the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire borders, so there is plenty to explore. If you’re after the buzz of shops and cafes, then the towns of Braintree and Colchester are both within a 40-minute drive from our hotel in Essex. Or to enjoy the area’s countryside at its best then head to nearby area of outstanding beauty, Dedham Vale.

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Power up with EV charging

Stay fully charged while you refuel or stay at our restaurant and hotel in Essex with our electric vehicle charging points. We have three installed in our large car park, including one fast charger. Simply enquire at the bar when you arrive, and we’ll get you plugged in.


Wedding decor set up
Bride and Groom kissing
Wedding table centrepiece
Bride and groom cutting cake