The 3800 square ft, 160-cover pub sits on the site of the former White Swan pub and will be an alpine-themed all-day eating, drinking and entertainment venue.
The interiors, by Jo Clevely, take inspiration from the mountains of Val D’Isére and chalets of Verbier with exposed wood, cosy corners, a fireplace and cuckoo clocks, whilst vintage ski memorabilia have been donated by the Ski Club of Great Britain’s whose former headquarters, the pub, take its name from.
The three-storey building features a ground floor bar with fresh tank 1936 Biere – a lager brewed on the Swiss Alps – and a 40-cover mezzanine level complete with a retro cable car doubling up as a pre-bookable private booth. On the lower ground, a wooden-clad ‘chalet’ offers two flexible private dining rooms for up to 60, whilst a small outside terrace will accommodate a further 12-covers.
Open six days a week, the all-day menu from Executive Chef Jamie Polito (formerly Café Anglais and Geronimo Inns) and Head Chef Dan Davies (formerly of Murano and Bleeding Heart) offers pub favourites with a European twist. As well as the house tank beer, drinks will include craft cocktails from World of Zing and a wine list curated by Hippo Inns’ own Master of Wine, John Clevely.
“The White Haus combines a passion for pubs and the thrill of the mountains,” comments Rupert Clevely. “We’ve been incredibly lucky to have the support of the Ski Club of Great Britain – their range of memorabilia gives the pub a unique ambiance, transporting drinkers and diners to the slopes without leaving the capital – we’ve even got genuine Austrian cable cars and a TV playing classic ski movies for a vibe that creates the conviviality and fun associated with aprés ski.”