|I first became aware of Harts through a
television programme highlighting Northern restaurants - I seem to remember Heathcote's
being amongst them.
You'll have to forgive my poor memory, but I think Harts was
described as specialising in fish - fresh fish.
Harts is situated in a terrace in the centre of Leigh, and you'll have to look
carefully or you'll miss it. Decor is plain, with a small room with about, say, 40 covers.
The kitchen is completely visible over a counter, and your meal will often be illuminated
by spectacular flames!
The menu always has something unusual - whether it's Strawberry Snapper, or Kangaroo or
Alligator, and always has some staples, such as Steak, Duck and so on. The Vegetarian
selections are better than average as well, and though I like my protein to have had legs
of some description, I have on a couple of occasions enjoyed a completely vegeterian meal
Desserts are again better and more imaginative than the norm - the Suet Pudding, and
Chocolate Fondues have gone down remarkably well with our parties.
Harts does not have a drinks licence, and makes a very modest charge for corkage - so
pick a nice couple of bottles before you go.
Another hint - if you like to finish your meal with a Gaelic Coffee, or something
similar - take a hip flask with you - they will oblige!
Verdict - Harts is one of the very few places I'd recommend to anyone from
anywhere - the prices are in the medium to low bracket - expect to pay £20 - £30 per
head, and to feel you've had a bargain.
Update 27th May, 1999
Eat & Drink Interview
with Paul Hart, Chef & Proprieter of Hart's