The White Harte

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3.39 w/ 5 ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

22456 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, California, 91364
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Added by goschool on 04-08-2005

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Reviews by Floydster:
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3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Second stop today in the valley, couple blocks if that from the Woodland Hills Wine Co., cool patio with plants in the front, also has its own parking lot in the back, ATM machine was the first thing that greeted me when I walked in, walked in and saw about a dozen taps, mostly imported stuff including Boddington's Pub Ale, Guinness, Tetley's, Heineken, Hoegarden, Stella Artois, Fosters, Bud Light, Strongbow, Fullers ESB, and something else I am forgetting i settled with a glass of porter, Fuller's London Pride to be exact, after that I got on my way after spending less than a half hour in the joint, place was old looking but had a cool vibe, bartender was very nice and she made sure I did not need a refill a couple different times, people hanging out there were older but also cool, just not impressed with the small generic selection, bottles were pretty lame too, did not even see any of the food and I was not hungry myself, probably would not go back unless desperate for a beer while in this area, but even then I would probably just go to BJ's

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LADaveBN
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of goschool
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Atmosphere: The place gets fairly crowded on the weekends and it's mostly empty on week days. The patio is nice, but the smokers all but ruin it. I was there this past Wednesday and there were several English guys and two fat drunkards at the bar going through a bucket of Miller Lites. The music on the stereo jumped around from the Beatles to Nelly Furtado and, as it's a British pub, they have to play soccer on the TV. The guitar player formerly from Pickwick's, who does double duty as the front man of the Fox and Hound's house band, was there playing Donovan, John Lennon, etc. on his acoustic. He's alway fun.

Quality: I suspect, but can't confirm, that the kegs of Fuller's are depressurized to make them seem like cask ale. If I find out that's the case, the quality score will surely fall.

Service: I usually get good service, as was the case on Wednesday, but I've had some pretty awful bartenders for whom I waited forever to get a drink.

Selection: They have Fuller's London Pride and ESB from regular kegs, served on handpumps. I think they are holding back on the CO2 to make them come off as real ale, which negatively effects the taste. Hoegaarden is the one other good brew. The rest on the line-up consists on stuff like Boddington's, Guinness, Tetley's, Heineken, Stella, Fosters, Bud Light, Strongbow, and, well, you get the idea. Besides SNPA and Red Stripe, almost every bottled beer is also on tap.

Value: It's about $5 a beer- the standard rate.

In my neck of the woods, the White Harte is the next best choice after BJ's, although the thought of that gives me the energy to go over the hill to Father's Office.

Update: I'm certain that the Fuller's are depressurized, making them taste pretty bad for good beer. Down goes the quality and selection scores.

Upade part deux: They replaced Hoegaarden with Firestone Pale Ale, but that's gone now as well. I had both Fuller's tonight and they were better, so I'll bump the scores back up a bit.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Opened recently by the owner of the Fox and Hounds in Studio City, The White Harte has a very authentic English country pub feel to it. A very tiny front room is made cozy by a nice looking fireplace and a low ceiling with exposed wood beams. Couple the small room with the pub's instant popularity and it can get very crowded very quickly, which makes it rather hard to get served...or even noticed for that matter. Perhaps the bartenders are doing their best, but regardless i still felt neglected when trying to get drinks last time I was in.

The back dining area has a more So Cal feel with glass tables and a huge fountain. The food is pretty good with American sized portions.

If you're not hungry and looking for a less crowded spot to drink, there might be room out front. Unfortunately you'll be sitting on the sidewalk contending with Ventura Blvd traffic and San Fernando Valley smog. Boy, if this place was off to the West a bit up the 101 amongst the Ireland-like hills, out of the city noise and smell, it would be absolutely perfect.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5

Opening up right down the street from the Woodland Hills Wine Company and the Home Beer Wine Cheesemaking shop is the sister pub of the Fox and the Hounds in Studio City.

A very clean white space space with rough hewn wood "beams" start the English pub feeling to the room that's sealed by the carpet leading to a homey little fireplace. The patio in the back (with moveable fabric blinds) feels more Italian. The bar is short, but well kept with beers representing a smaller segment of the selection than at F&H, mostly things like Fullers (including the ESB or LP from a keg on a hand pump).

Boose is available served from the optics and food is available and is a mixed bag. The traditional food is pretty good, but I had a shrimp and crap salad there that was limpid and had a poorly created dressing over it.

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The White Harte in Woodland Hills, CA
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