VR Bengaluru, the integrated community lifestyle centre in Whitefield has a gamut of unique F&B offerings. Among those, they have a pub called The Whitefield Arms, located on the upper ground floor of The Waverly Hotel & Residences that draws its inspiration from the rich heritage of Whitefield.
The Whitefield Arms is a quintessentially British pub, celebrating the history of Whitefield through its unique menu and Bengaluru’s love for beer. A pub that exudes history, with colonial-themed decor with both indoor & outdoor seating, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends and colleagues. As I am not a Party person, pub hopping never excites me. But this place offered me an unique experience & transported me to an old era where I kept thinking of Romance. Yes you heard it right. This is the ideal place for a secret date as the place is almost hidden in between VR Bengaluru Mall & Pheonix Mall. In my wildest dream, I didn’t knew that this place exists in Whitefield. I can sit for hours here after the sunset & not feel bored.
You can choose to sit outside in open air in benches or sit inside the pub over a stool or chairs or comfortable sofa. I decided to sit outside to avoid the loud music which was playing inside. The outside seating area also doubles up as smoking area.
I was invited here to experience the special Mango Melange Festival which ran for one month. Starting from their Drinks to salads, Tapas, Main Course, Bites & Desserts everything has Mango as the star ingredient.
Gabbie’s Punch ( A sweet Mango based drink with Mango Nectar, Ginger Ale topped with Lemonade)
Spring Fever (Fresh Mango chunks, mango syrup & shaken apple juices)
Warm Goats Cheese with Asparagus & fresh mango vinaigrette
Mini Mango Poppadum ( roasted mini papad shaped into bowls filled with falafel, mango chunks & tzatziki)
Vegetable Mango Stir fry with Noodles
Out of their regular menu –
TWA Chips, Cheese & Gravy ( Crispy fries topped with dal makhani, cheese, chopped jalapeno, green chilli & onions)
Goat Cheese & Carmelised Onion Tartlets ( Mini baked tartlets served with a filling of marinated onions & goat cheese baked with frizzled onions & creamy balsamic dressing)
Coconut Pancakes with Mango
Mango Panna Cotta
Lemon Meringue Pie (Classic citrus dessert topped with creamy toasted meringue)
Overall this is the place where you can just chill out & enjoy their innovative grub spread with complete bliss. Come here with an open mind with nil expectation as time stood still here with no disturbance. Slow service ensures that you can spend endless hours talking to special someone. This is one of those places which have their own charm & ready to surprise you with not so famous British & Continental fare.
We ended our dinner with Cappuccino.
Background of The Whitefield Arms –
The Whitefield we know today began in 1882 when as a grand gesture, Charmaraja Wodeyar, the then Maharaja of Mysore granted 3,900 acres towards the creation of a settlement for the Anglo-Indian community of the area. As such, Whitefield was born, named after David White who conceptualized the idea of this settlement and also resided here. Over time, Whitefield developed into a homely Anglo-Indian village that attracted people from Bangalore City and those who were a part of the historic Kolar Gold Fields. It was one of the very few formally planned Anglo-Indian settlements in India, boasting of a relaxing lifestyle, colonial style architecture, quaint bungalows, sprawling orchards and farms as well as delightfully named cottages.
In 1896, a young British army officer by the name of Winston Churchill arrived in Bangalore and, as narrated by the ex-prime minister himself, fell in love with the weather, flowers and butterflies the city had to offer. In fact, the historic Bangalore Club proudly claims this butterfly obsessed officer still owes the club 13 Rupees from an unpaid bill during one of his visits. The young Lieutenant was a frequent visitor of the Waverly Inn at Whitefield, where he is believed to have stayed on occasion. Rumour has it that during his visits, Churchill courted Rose Hamilton, the daughter of James Hamilton, who was the then owner of the Inn. The Waverly Inn still stands today, though it is now a private residence.
The history of Whitefield and its surrounding areas are imbibed in the The Waverly Hotel & Residences through our 54 spacious rooms and The Whitefield Arms. A quintessential modern British Pub, it celebrates the history of Whitefield through its unique menu and Bangalore’s love of beer. A living history pub with colonial themed wooden furniture and outdoor seating makes it the perfect place to catch up with friends and colleagues.
The Whitefield Arms
Upper Ground Floor, VR Bengaluru
Whitefield Main Road, Mahadevpura