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An abattoir, a police cell – and now, thankfully, a rather lovely pub: Wimborne's White Hart reopens

An abattoir, a police cell – and now, thankfully, a rather lovely pub: Wimborne's White Hart reopens

A PUB housed in one of Wimborne's oldest buildings has reopened following an extensive refurbishment.
The reopening of the White Hart, which is based in a Grade II-listed property in the Corn Market, was attended by the town mayor, members of the Wimborne Militia and the town crier.
Landlady Sharon Elliott said the Marston's Brewery pub has been given a "new lease of life".
"The White Hart is a beautiful and historic pub which dates back to 1658. It's very deserving of its new refurbishment," she said.
"The building itself is part of the landscape and the history of the town. Over the decades, it has been used for stables, holding cells and an abattoir, prior to becoming a pub.
"It’s been a pleasure welcoming guests.
"We’ve pointed out some of the original features, as well as the new aspects and the changes we’ve made.
"The feedback has been extremely positive.
"We’re proud to be part of the local community. We’re committed to the town and we plan to continue to work with local groups and charities."
The public bar and the lounge bar have been overhauled, along with the exterior of the building and the garden.
As the venue reopened, Wimborne's mayor Councillor Shane Bartlett cut a ribbon while militia members gave a gun salute. Town crier Chris Brown then gave a cry written specially for the occasion.
Cllr Bartlett said: "We're delighted to see this new refurbishment and investment in Wimborne Minster.
"The pub has been part of the history and the landscape for hundreds of years.
"While many pubs are closing in other towns, it is wonderful to see the White Hart's success."
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