The oldest part of the pub dates from the 1680’s. The White Hart was acquired by Smiles Brewery of Bristol but their tied estate was later acquired by Youngs Brewery of Wandsworth, London.

Above images courtesy the White Hart Inn.

Western Daily Press, Saturday 2nd October 1976 – Landlord Eric Vowles dies: Mr Eric Vowles, of the White Hart Inn, Littleton-upon-Severn, near Bristol, has died. He was 63. Mr Vowles was landlord of the White Hart for 16 years and was well-known in and around Bristol.

His family had been tailors for three generations and for many years he ran a tailoring business in Stokes Croft, Bristol. A bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War Two, Mr Vowles was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Harmony and Bristol 41 Club. He also played rugby for the Bristol Saracens.

‘What’s Brewing” (CAMRA), October 1994 – ‘Back to Basics in Avon’: CAMRA members in Avon have gone back to basics in the choice of Pub of the Year. For this years winner also won the first award the branch made five years ago. And the White Hart at Littleton on Severn is also the Bristol Evening Post choice for their Pub of the Year.

The Smiles owned pub, run by Howard and Liz Turner, is also a past winner of CAMRA’s Best Refurbishment Award. The 17th century riverside pub features food as every bit as distinguished as its beer – 28 year old Liz trained with top restauranteurs the Roux Brothers.

Map reference: ST 597901

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Daniel Collings (free from brewery tie)

Rateable value in 1891: £36.0s.0d.  (included 3 acres, 3r. and 8p. of land)

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903:  Daniel Collings (leased John Arnold & Sons, High Street, Wickwar)

Rateable value in 1903: £27.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Landlords at the White Hart include:

1891 Joseph Taylor

1903 Charles James Biddle

1939 Frank Selman

1960-1976 Eric Vowles

2003 Howard Turner

Share this Page: