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When was the last time you traveled back 120 years?
Enjoy a world away from the ordinary: a proper Victorian tea luncheon with original sandwiches, fresh scones, real clotted cream, house-made lemon curd, and irresistible treats. All set amidst stained-glass windows, crystal chandeliers, and authentic Victorian charm. It’s elegance without attitude, since 1893.
Open Alternate Weekends for Tea
Available 7 Days/Week for Private Events
We’re open four days per month (2nd & 4th weekends) for afternoon tea,
with seatings throughout the day between 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM.
Weekdays and “off” weekends are available for private parties – just ask!
Reservations strongly recommended:
(831) 375-8090 or info@WhiteHartPG.com
Next Scheduled Tea Dates:
- Saturday & Sunday, September 24–25
- Saturday & Sunday, October 8–9
- Saturday & Sunday, October 22–23
- November 12–13: walk-ins only
- November 26 (Sat. after Thanksgiving)
- … check back for our December specials!
Thank you for taking us back to a bygone era and providing wonderful bites and great service/company!
Absolutely splendid! Such a charming place with great atmosphere, delicious food, and amazing tea! Thank you so much for your warm hospitality — will recommend for future groups.— Elizabeth
Every bite was delicious and the tea room is beautiful!
Take a Peek Into the Extraordinary
Parties & Events
Imagine something different. Memorable. Elegant. The Hart Mansion can be yours for an evening gala, club get-together, family reunion, company meeting, wedding reception — anything that calls for a good time. Whether it’s an evening by the fire with a champagne flute in your hand, an afternoon with friends around pots of tea and a plate piled high with treats, or a company function with PowerPoint and computers. (We are not equipped for children’s parties, however.) The White Hart is convenient and affordable. And completely unique.
Weddings & Receptions
What could be more memorably elegant than a lovely reception in the historic Hart Mansion? Just a short walk from the beach at Lovers Point and adjoining the equally historic Gosby House Inn, The White Hart is your center for vintage elegance, charm, and convenience. Let us serve you from our kitchen, or accommodate your chosen caterer. Your guests can enjoy champagne, beer, hundreds of different wines, and our original “mocktails.” With room for up to 40 guests, there’s room to mingle yet space for privacy. Tonight, the Hart Mansion is your home.
Old-world elegance meets modern technology. Just because the walls and décor are 120 years old doesn’t mean you can’t hold a proper business meeting at The White Hart. Use our 40-inch flat-screen TV, fully featured Windows PC with MS Office and other business applications, DVD player, wireless Internet access, and more. What better place to stage your product announcement, press briefing, departmental meeting, congratulatory dinner, or strategy session? Make your meeting truly memorable.
Events 365 Days
Planning a wedding, reception, meeting, shower, or anniversary? The White Hart can be all yours any day of the year. Let us tell you about our unique event space, catering options, beverage service, and more. We’re here for you — and your guests! Call (831) 375-8090 or write info@WhiteHartPG.com
So what is afternoon tea?
Don’t let the name fool you. It’s a full meal. A proper Victorian afternoon tea (sometimes incorrectly called high tea) can be a filling luncheon or just a pleasant afternoon snack. Either way, there’s more to it than just a pot of tea — although you’ll have more than a dozen choices of that, too.
Our three-course tea service starts with original and interesting house-made sandwiches, such as smoked salmon with ginger and wasabi aioli on puff pastry, English cucumber and radish sandwiches, Ahi tuna with avocado, curried Coronation chicken with mango chutney, and many others. In addition, you get two fresh and flaky scones served with real organic clotted cream — not the imitation stuff from a jar. We make ours from fresh unprocessed milk straight from a family-run organic dairy farm. It’s a treat all by itself.
Cakes? We got cakes! From our decadent chocolate truffle cream petit fours to our exotic cardamom-and-saffron cakes, fresh tartlets, English Bakewell tarts, French macarons, and delightful hand-dipped chocolate strawberries, we guarantee you won’t leave hungry.
Our 100% loose-leaf tea is measured to order and brewed to perfection at your table. No generic commercial tea bags here. We offer many organic, decaffeinated, or herbal options, in addition to our popular black teas. Whether you favor Earl Grey or English Breakfast, herbal infusions and tisanes, or our special #1 Ladies’ Red Bush Tea, you’ll find something to fall in love with. And refills are included!
At The White Hart, “tea” scarcely begins to describe the experience.
How does it work? Do I have to pre-order?
Afternoon tea is supposed to be a relaxing affair. The only decision you have to make is which day to visit.
Our signature $27 afternoon tea service is a full meal. This is what most guests order. Each guest receives: four different finger sandwiches, four different desserts, two scones, and their own pot of tea. (You will have to choose your own tea from our menu of 16 different loose-leaf tea selections.) You also get helpings of our authentic house-made organic clotted cream, Meyer lemon curd, and strawberry preserves to spread on your scones. The menu is fixed each day. You and your tablemates will all receive the same selection of sandwiches, scones, and desserts, although you’re welcome to order different teas.
If the full afternoon tea service sounds like too much food, we also offer a lighter “cream tea” option for $13. It comes with the same scones, clotted cream, lemon curd, strawberry preserves, and hot tea as the full service, but without the sandwiches or the desserts.
Finally, we offer champagne, wines, craft beers, lemonade, and homemade sodas as opitonal extras.
What are your hours? Do you have an early seating and a late seating?
We seat guests every half-hour, starting at 11:30, all the way until 4:00 PM, and every half-hour in between. Just let us know what time you prefer and we’ll do our best to accommodate.
We don’t close the doors until about 6:00 PM, so if you’re coming later in the day, you’re welcome to sit and relax until that time.
Do I need a reservation?
It’s strongly recommended. We are filled to capacity on most days, and although we do accept walk-in customers, a reservation will avoid disappointment. Ideally, you want to book about one week ahead of time. Call (831) 375-8090 or write to info@WhiteHartPG.com.
Don’t forget to tell us (a) how many people in your party, (b) the date/time you’d like, and (c) whether there are small children (under 12) in your group.
Do you do private parties?
Yes, all the time, 7 days a week. We host parties and get-togethers for any occasion, from bridal showers to wedding ceremonies to business meetings. The only requirements are (a) a minimum of 12 guests, (b) a maximum of 36 guests, and (c) the date isn’t already booked for some other occasion. Simple!
You get your choice of food and beverage service, whether it’s a full sit-down dinner party, or just light snacks, or our signature afternoon tea service. In short, it’s your party so we’ll prepare whatever you want. Call us and tell us what yuo’d like.
Can I bring my husband / boyfriend / brother? Is it guy-friendly?
Absolutely! The White Hart is definitely a “guy friendly” place for lunch or a mid-afternoon date. Our chef proudly carries both X and Y chromosomes, so all the food is man-compatible. Did we mention the six craft beers we serve?
Are you ever open on weekdays?
Yes, but only for private parties (i.e., groups of 12 or more by prior arrangement). Our “public” afternoon tea service is available on alternate weekends, but private parties can happen any day of the week. Weekdays or weekends, daytime or evening; it’s up to you.
Said another way, we serve tea 4 days per month, and we make The White Hart available for private parties the other 26 days.
Why only four days? Our schedule strikes a balance between private events and public tea dates. It allows anyone to visit The White Hart, whether they’re part of a large group or a single visitor travelling alone.
What's the difference between high tea and afternoon tea?
Most people use the term “high tea” incorrectly, when what they really mean is “afternoon tea.”
High tea sounds high-class, but it’s not. It originally referred to a workingman’s supper eaten from a barstool (i.e., a high chair) in front of the bar (a high table). In contrast, a prosperous Victorian-era family would enjoy their afternoon meal around a relatively low dining table with scones, sandwiches, sweets, the family silver, and three-tiered porcelain trays. That’s what we serve at The White Hart.
What is clotted cream?
We make our own real honest-to-goodness clotted cream here at The White Hart. No imitation stuff from a jar, no fake recipes with powdered sugar or sour cream. Ours is the genuine article, hand made from organic whole cream from grass-fed cows. Genuine clotted cream is very difficult to find in the United States because it’s time-consuming to make and very perishable, but that’s all we serve at The White Hart. We think you’re worth it.
If you’ve never enjoyed clotted cream before, it’s a bit like soft butter. Real clotted cream is like wine: it has has exactly one ingredient — cream — with zero fillers or additives. It goes great on a fresh scone, along with either lemon curd (which we also make in-house) or our own strawberry preserves.
Do you offer gluten-free food?
No, we do not.
How do you pronounce scone?
Depends where you’re from. In the United States, it rhymes with “stone,” just like it’s spelled. In parts of Britain, it sounds more like “skawn” or “skoon” to American ears, but that’s due to regional accents, not to any real difference in pronunciation. You can say it any way you like. We’ll know what you mean.
How long does the tea service take?
That’s up to you, but we find that our guests typically stay for about 90 minutes to two hours.
What's the maximum seating capacity for a party?
Our maximum seating capacity is 36. Guests are arranged more-or-less equally across our three ground-floor rooms (i.e., about 12 guests per room). If you’re having a “stand up party” like a cocktail reception, we can accommodate a few more people, perhaps 40 maximum.
What kind of parties can you accommodate?
Any kind you like. We’ve hosted wedding ceremonies, bridal showers, business meetings, anniversary parties, retirement parties, baby showers, birthday parties (for adults), and much more. Private events can be during the daytime or in the evening, weekdays or weekends, with food or without, with or without beer, wine, and cocktails, rain or shine.
Do you do birthday parties?
Yes, for celebrants aged 16 and older. We’re not equipped for small children’s birthday parties.
Are you wheelchair-accessible?
Yes, we are wheelchair-accessible*. There is a continuous ramp from street level all the way into the dining rooms. We even have our own folding transport chair for guests who don’t have their own.
*Because the house is more than 120 years old, our access is not fully ADA-compliant. Some doors and ramp angles are slightly outside of what ADA guidelines suggest. We do the best we can, and it seems to work for all of our guests.
Do my party guests have to order tea?
Not for a private party, no. Although we do serve afternoon tea on alternating weekends, that doesn’t mean your party has to be a tea party. We can serve your guests anything you like, from small appetizers to a full sit-down steak dinner with wine and wait staff. Or nothing at all. We can work with your favorite outside caterer, or you can bring in your own food, or we can cook for you. And, of course, we can make afternoon tea for everyone. It’s your choice.
Do you serve alcohol?
Every chance we get. The White Hart stocks an extensive list of wines from around the world, including champagne, local Monterey County wines, and interesting imports. For private events, we have a huge 50-page wine list from which you can order. We also stock local craft beers, and we make our own original soft drinks onsite.
We don’t serve hard liquor (tequila, Scotch, gin, vodka, etc.), nor is it allowed on the premises. We do, however, serve “mocktails” made with lower-alcohol substitutes so that guests can enjoy a Margarita, Daiquiri, Irish cream, rum & Coke, and more.
What about small children? Can I bring my toddler?
Of course! We welcome families, especially multi-generational groups. If you would like a high chair, just ask us (or better yet, let us know when making your reservation).
We don’t have a separate children’s menu, but little ones seem to like our scones, so ordering “Cream Tea” for the kids or sharing one of your scones will probably suffice.
Can I be seated upstairs?
Nope. The 2nd- and 3rd-floors of the house are our private living space; the public is not allowed upstairs. You see, The White Hart is our private residence as well as our place of business. When you visit, you truly are a guest in our home.
Can we dress up?
Please do! We don’t enforce a dress code at The White Hart — “Elegance Without Attitude” is our motto — but we’re always happy to see guests put on their best pearls and hats before coming for tea.
Back in 1893, the U.S. flag had only 44 stars. Horse-drawn trolley cars plied the main street. The lighthouse at the edge of town still burned kerosene (and was operated by a woman). Automobiles, aircraft, and electric lighting had yet to be been invented. And Dr. Andrew Jackson Hart moved his growing family into a custom-built home on the main street. Ever since that day, “the Hart Mansion” has been the centerpiece of downtown Pacific Grove and a landmark on the Monterey Peninsula. Built as a home / office for the town obstetrician, the three-story house commanded views of the ocean and easy access to patients. The house remained in the family for three generations, later passing to his son, also a doctor, and then to his son, a dentist. To this day, Dr. Hart’s name still appears in stained glass over the front door.
Built of solid redwood that was probably cut from local groves and milled in the front yard, the house is remarkably original and well-preserved. The original stained-glass windows, hand-plastered walls, secret dumbwaiter shaft, hardwood floors, and other unique items are all still intact. Renovated in the 1930s with new-fangled electric lighting, updated plumbing, and a new garage (likely after the family purchased their first automobile), much of original gaslight plumbing and knob-and-tube wiring still remain. (Thankfully, the plumbing and electrical systems were modernized again in 2012.) Today, the house stands nearly as it was when Dr. Hart and his family first moved in more than 120 years ago. The world around it may have changed, but the Hart Mansion remains unaltered by the years.
The White Hart
We’re in downtown Pacific Grove, on the corner of Lighthouse Avenue and 19th Street. Just a 5-minute walk from Lovers Point beach, a 15-minute walk from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and a short drive from Carmel and Pebble Beach.
649 Lighthouse Avenue Pacific Grove, Calif. 93950
Located in the heart of downtown Pacific Grove (named “Most Romantic Town in America”); steps from the beach and Lovers Point.
Five minutes from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Pebble Beach; 10 minutes from Carmel. A world away from the ordinary.