The White Hart is part of the Old English Inns group and it's exactly what the title suggests, it's very old and very English with parts of it dating back to Tudor times.
Having read some negative reviews, we were concerned about what we would find. What we did find was a very clean, comfortable bedroom with a clean and more than adequate bathroom, friendly, welcoming staff and good food, but no ghost.
We were in room 2 which overlooks the courtyard at the back, so apart from some noise from people enjoying a drink outdoors there's no other noise and the drinkers left well before bedtime. This was a large room with a large bathroom and small dressing room attached. All the usual hotel bits were provided: tea, coffee and hot chocolate, biscuits, shower gel/shampoo and hand wash. I always check the state of the bedding when we arrive, and this is an hotel that, correctly, uses mattress and pillow protectors under the sheet and pillow cases, so all very clean plus a very comfortable bed and our best night's sleep for ages.
Dinner was good and a real bargain at just £9.99 for two main courses and as this was a Sunday and we were eating in the evening the offer included proper Sunday roasts. A lovely lamb shank with all the trimmings served piping hot; very nice indeed. Breakfast was also very good, in fact better than any of the breakfasts that we had on the cruise that we took from Harwich the next morning. A wide choice of cereals, croissants, jams, yogurts, etc, followed by a freshly made full English breakfast with good qaulity ingredients and crispy toast. At just £50 for the two of us for B&B this was a real bargain.
The inn is in the middle of Coggeshall, just a short walk from two National Trust properties and across the road from a small Co-operative store, restaurants and a small selection of shops. There's a good sized car park behind the hotel.
We stayed here as our overnight stop before joining a cruise from Harwich and it's perfect for this. The White Hart is full of character and to us is far more appealing than the bland chain hotels. Sure the floors aren't straight, the rooms are all different sizes, the floorboards creak, you have to duck to avoid the beams if you're tall, but it's really, really old and so full of character. We loved it and would stay here again.
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- The White Hart Hotel Coggeshall, Essex