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The White Hart is a modern country pub – a place to meet, eat, drink and celebrate. Set in the picturesque village of Flitton, Bedfordshire, serving seasonal food in a relaxed and welcoming setting.

Meet Nathan Campbell, Claire and the Family

The Head Chef (and Landlord) at The White Hart is Nathan Campbell, who with his family and partner took over the establishment in February 2018.

Nathan has been passionate about food from a very early age and has gone on to work in a number of award winning restaurants in the U.K. and abroad, including the Michelin starred Simpson’s Restaurant in Leamington Spa working alongside Glynn Purnell.
He has also worked and gained experience in such establishments as the Crazy Bear, Beaconsfield and as Senior Sous chef at the 2 Rosette, George in Buckden.

After a 10 year stint in pubs & restaurants Nathan decided it was time for a change and went on to work as a private chef for some of the world’s highest profile individuals.

He spent time as a Head Chef on super yachts and in the ski resort of Verbier, Switzerland, where he hosted dinner parties for Royal families & movie stars. This was followed by 3 years in the French Rivera, specifically Saint Tropez and Monaco where as a private chef was able to work with the best ingredients anywhere.

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Nathan and Family - The White Hart, Flitton
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Cooking in New York with Todd English
Cooking in the Mediterranean 
Nathan Campbell
Cooking in the Mediterranean 
Pippa the pub dog
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Next was East Hampton, New York where he worked for the Vice President of Goldman Sachs for 3 years as a private chef to the family.

His next experience was working for 5 years for the prolific Restaurateur Richard Caring who owns the famous IVY group among many other well-known restaurants & clubs in London and as Head Chef of his famous shooting estate in Somerset and personal chef to the principle. He had the pleasure of cooking for many guests during his time with Richard Caring including one of his favourite chefs, Mark Hix who was a frequent guest at his dinner parties.

After years of gaining experience, it was time to start his own project and he began looking for a pub or restaurant in the UK.
It was clearly meant to be that the pub that caught his eye coincidentally was a stone’s throw away from where he grew up and trained as a chef at Bedford College all those years ago. Nathan is delighted to be back in Bedfordshire.

Nathan’s parents now retired, assist Nathan with gardening, general maintenance and administration and his sister helps in the restaurant when required. Claire, his partner, works full time for the NHS as a biomedical scientist but is on hand should she be required for functions, Christmas and busy times. The family pull together with a very keen and dedicated team to ensure the business functions professionally.

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Local Area

The White Hart is located on the edge of Flitton Moor, a local nature reserve, and is perfectly positioned to pop in after your walk to relax with a drink and a bite to eat.

Just over the road from The White Hart is St John the Baptist Church, home of the De Grey Mausoleum.

Other local places of interest include Wrest Park (2 miles), Woburn Safari Park (5 miles) and Bletchley Park (12 miles) – home of the WW2 codebreakers.

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The History

The history of Flitton records only two licensed premises in the village, The White Hart and The  White Horse. Today only The White Hart remains. 

The record for The White Hart dates the front wing of the building to about 1700 to 1750, though heavily altered but it still contains remains of a timber frame. Extensions to the rear are later. The exterior of the building is whitewashed roughcast, it has a red tiled roof and comprises one storey and attics. 

The earliest reference to the pub is in the countywide licensing register of 1822. The building was part of the Wrest Park Estate owned by the Earls and Countesses de Grey, later the Barons and Baronesses Lucas of Crudwell

The Campbell family bought the pub in February 2018. Having been keen to open a restaurant for many years, they were delighted to find this hidden gem in such a picturesque Bedfordshire village. 

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