With a summer-full of cricket , the Oval’s pub and dining room is gearing up for its busiest season yet. Just 600 yards from The Oval ground in South London, The White Hart is squarely in the middle of the action and honours age-old inn-keeping traditions of well-kept ales, fine wines, delicious food and a warm welcome.

The bar is an ideal spot to wile away the afternoon and evening watching the cricket on the big screen or to gather a crowd for your own screening in The White Hart’s upstairs private room with its plasma screen and Sky Sports. Whether it’s the Ashes (8th July—24th August) or the One Day Internationals and Twenty/20 vs Australia (30th August—17th September) The White Hart has it covered.

The fare is pub-grub and, throughout the summer, The White Hart is offering 2 courses for £18 or 3 courses for £22.50 from a special set menu, along with cricket-themed wines, ‘Silly Mid On’ Sauvignon Semillon and ‘Cover Drive’ Cabernet Sauvignon, both just £20/bottle (normally £26.95). On the set menu, starters include ham hock and rabbit terrine with honey and wholegrain mustard vinaigrette, and baby gem, bacon, chicken and Oxford Blue salad. Mains feature grilled lamb steak with split pea puree, green peppercorns and confit plum tomatoes, and a 10oz rib-eye steak with salad, fries, tarragon and garlic butter. Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce and ice cream, and crème caramel are just two of the roll-call of puds. For those in search of a lighter bite, the bar will keep you fuelled over-by-over with nibbles including a variety of pies and home-made hamburgers.

As one would expect from a proper pub, The White Hart keeps a well-stocked cellar, including the award-winning Timothy Taylor’s Landlord and guest ales such as Doom Bar. Also on offer are bottled beers such as Vedette from Belgium and a sensibly priced wine list.

Revitalised by a full and loving renovation by owners and schoolfriends Tom Peake, Mark Reynolds and Nick Fox, The White Hart shares south London affection with sister pubs The Avalon, The Abbeville and The Stonhouse in Clapham and The Bolingbroke in Battersea. You can also catch all the cricket at The Avalon and The Abbeville, both with spaces to relax in, plasma screens and individual food and drinks menus.

The White Hart, 185 Kennington Lane, London SE11 4EZ

t: 020 7735 1061 www.thewhitehartpub.co.uk