The Best Gastro Pubs in Hertfordshire

The Best Gastro Pubs in Hertfordshire

Gastropub can be a contentious term but it does the job describing pubs that serve great food and this Gastronomer guide to The Best Gastro Pubs in Hertfordshire features seven award winning Pubs that hold either a Michelin Bib Gourmand, Michelin Plate or an AA Rosette Award for 2020 – so call them what you want but you’ll want to eat at them!

From quaint village boozer to Gastropubs with rooms and serving some of the best food in Hertfordshire, there’s something for every foodie in this selection of the best Gastro Pubs in Hertfordshire. Menus range from classic British pub grub to innovative European cuisine – there’s also some of the best traditional Sunday Roasts you’ll find anywhere in Hertfordshire…

The Fox & Hounds, Barley

The Best Gastro Pubs in Hertfordshire - The Fox & Hounds, Barley
Bread & Butter Pudding - The Fox & Hounds in Barley, Hertfordshire

The 17th-century Grade II listed Fox & Hounds in the small village of Barley, Herfordshire retains all of its character and charm with a cosy bar and inglenook fireplace whilst also being firmly in the 21st century following a major refurbishment in 2018.

The Michelin Plate award winning menus are seasonal, ever-changing and always subject to the availability of produce. With innovative menus from Head Chef, Brett Barnes bringing both pub classics together with more progressive dishes, made using the best produce from the surrounding area. Brett Barnes uses his extensive experience which has included spells at Michelin Starred restaurants such as The Star Inn, Arbutus and Faviken to produce unique food that fuses local produce and ingredients with traditional cooking methods including curing, smoking and grilling.

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The Alford Arms, Frithsden, Nr. Hemel Hempstead

The Best Gastro Pubs in Hertfordshire - The Alford Arms, Frithsden
Confit Duck Leg with Crushed Celeriac, Samphire & Lentil Jus - The Alford Arms, Frithsden

Next to the village green in Frithsden, Hertfordshire is the Michelin Plate award winning Alford Arms, a traditional pub that’s full of regulars and locals as well as new visitors stumbling on this foodie gem for the first time. Produce is local and seasonal with quite a bit of foraging, free range chickens from Potash Farm in Tring, goats cheese from Wobbly Bottom Farm near Hitchin, local venison, pheasant and partridge and bread either baked on site or from the award-winning Rex Bakery in Little Chalfont.

This is a local village boozer that doesn’t relate much to the term gastropub but nevertheless serves some amazing food with a menu that follows the seasons and offers a broad range of dishes including British classics like locally made free range sausages but also tastes from around the world such as Dukkha spiced roast cauliflower with chickpea salad and King prawn linguine with smoked bacon.

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The Fox & Hounds, Hunsdon

The Best Gastro Pubs in Hertfordshire - The Fox & Hounds, Hunsdon
The Fox & Hounds, Hunsdon - one of the Best Gastro Pubs in Hertfordshire

Set in the Hertfordshire countryside in the village of Hunsdon, The Fox & Hounds is a modern European restaurant and pub that serves imaginative food with rustic Italian and French influences. Run by husband and wife team James and Bianca Rix since 2004, Head Chef James Rix has previously worked alongside chefs Gary Rhodes and Alastair Little, and was head chef at Tom Conran’s The Cow in Notting Hill.

The Michelin Bib Gourmand award winning food is simple though sophisticated and features creative seasonal dishes made with fresh ingredients. Alongside a daily changing lunch and dinner menu there’s a Bib Gourmand set menu, a children’s menu and a renowned Sunday Lunch menu which was a finalist in the Observer Food Monthly readers’ award for Best Sunday Lunch.

Image with thanks to: The Fox & Hounds, Hunsdon

The Fox, Willian

 

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Just outside Letchworth in North Hertfordshire, The Fox in the pretty village of Willian is a two AA Rosette and Michelin Plate award winning country gastropub with rooms and fine dining restaurant. The regularly changing menus are built around locally sourced ingredients as much as possible with fresh fish, mussels and oysters landed off the Norfolk coast.

With breakfast, lunch and dinner menus as well as a Sunday Lunch menu, The Fox also has eight stylish contemporary bedrooms with big comfortable beds and powerful walk-in showers in case one meal just isn’t enough!

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The Tilbury, Datchworth

 

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Owned and run by brothers Tom & James Bainbridge, The Tilbury in Datchworth, Hertfordshire is a two AA Rosette award winning gastro pub that features refined British cuisine together with classic British pub fare like fish and chips.

Head Chef Tom Bainbridge runs the kitchen and produces a range of menus including the a la Carte menu offering refined British cuisine with unique dishes made with the best ingredients, a set menu, a tasting menu and a children’s menu.

The White Hart, Welwyn

 

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Along with The Tilbury in Datchworth, The White Hart in Welwyn is run by Tom & James Bainbridge and has recently been awarded an AA Rosette in addition to being recognised both regionally and nationally.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week with a varied lunch and dinner menu featuring classic pub grub such as fish & chips, mushy peas with tartar sauce next to salt lamb, hot mustard celeriac with pickled mushroom and guinea fowl breast, rolled leg with potato and mushroom terrine.

Bricklayers Arms, Hog Pits Bottom, Flaunden

 

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The 18th Century Bricklayers Arms in Hogpits Bottom (yes, that’s a place!) near Flaunden was originally two cottages housing a butchers shop and a blacksmith’s forge before becoming a village pub. Now Head Chef Claude Paillet, who has been with the Bricklayers Arms for over 15 years, delivers French and British classics with a twist of elegance using the freshest and most seasonal produce, sourced locally whenever possible.

Since taking over in 2003, owners Sally and Alvin Michaels have transformed the Bricklayers Arms into an AA Rosette award winning Gastro pub that retains its rustic charm and cosy atmosphere, with rustic oak beams, log fire and brick bar.

We hope this guide to the best gastro pubs to eat at in Hertfordshire has had your mouth watering and maybe even lead to a Gourmet trip of your own. There’s lots more where that came from with over 200 Foodie places to stay in England in the Gastronomer directory. So for the latest Foodie articles, offers and places to stay, please keep checking back, follow us on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter and sign up to our email newsletter.