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Nags Head, Bishop's Stortford

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Unique art deco pub on the outskirts of Bishops Stortford. All credit to McMullens for turning the place around. Worth a visit, but the beer isn't very exciting. Very much a food led place. There's a large menu offering variations on grilled meat and salads. Portions are huge and the quality is OK. There's a small garden which gets busy on fine evenings.
This is probably the best pub in town.
simontheeditor - 23 Jul 2015 19:56
The exterior and interior of this pub are very much in the Art Deco style throughout - the exterior styling is matched by the interior which is all big curves and brown upholstery (sounds like my ideal woman!). Staff are friendly and the food has a good choice at very reasonable prices. The beer is standard McMullens offerings but these are well kept. It's worth a visit for the interior alone. Can get busy at peak times, so it's advisable to book a table if you definitely want to eat.
manx_888 - 23 Jan 2015 17:10
Very large food-oriented pub with series of rooms and areas with varied stylish new decor. 3 McMullen's beers, good quality pub food and a waitress who couldn't have tried harder if she owned the place. Very close to the motorway, so an excellent alternative to service stations (see also Blackhorse Inn in Elton nr. Peterborough services). By 2PM on a Friday there wasn't an empty table in the place, so for food seems to be a huge success, but I wonder what the atmosphere's like in the evening.
paul_ove_walldner - 10 Mar 2012 12:56
Been in a couple of times since it reopened - have to say the refurb is fantastic, McMullens have done a really good job, it's like being in a 1920s ocean liner or a Poirot episode. Three real ales, unfortunately all McMullens and no guest ales, but kept well.
It's been heaving each time I've been in (around 7pm midweek) so if you want to eat I would recommend booking.
Going there this lunchtime for a family birthday so will report back on the food.
graham2 - 13 Feb 2011 12:17
Very nice. This public house has now been taken over by McMullen & Sons.
I think this pub looks fantastic inside compared to its old drab look.
Staff are friendly, quick and helpful.
Food is good, it arrives fast and staff are only too happy to get condiments etc.
Would strongly recommend. Watch out for weekends, the car park can get busy.

localyokel1 - 8 Jan 2011 18:33
OMG the pub has just undergone the most amazing re vamp.
All the years of grot have gone.
New garden and terrace area. All the car park area has been cleaned up, new grass, the work is amazing.
There were about 20 vans and builders galore yesterday.
It should finally be a pub worth shouting about.
Most are a bit decrepid in BS.
It should be opening VERY SOON.
plomax - 25 Nov 2010 21:29
The Nag’s Head is a very interesting building in the Art Deco style, and as such is listed both internally and externally.
Unfortunately it has been struggling for many years, due mainly to lacklustre landlords and a non-interested pub owning company who were more interested in the value of the site it stood on as a building plot. It finally closed in November 2008
The pub owners initially made moves to sell the land for building, but were thwarted by the listing status of the building. Fortunately McMullens took a more enlightened view on the building, bought the freehold in April of this year. They are
currently doing a major internal refurbishment, to bring the building back to close to its “as built” condition. I have not seen the works in hand, but McMullens are saying it will be a ‘breathtaking job’ when complete. They are hoping to open the
pub during this summer.

Seagoon - 10 Aug 2009 10:01
I understand it's actually going to reopen as a McMullens pub.
graham2 - 15 Feb 2009 22:13
Believed to be closed for refurbishment by the new owners, lets be positive not negative, not to Graham 2.
chiefknut - 28 Jan 2009 14:42

Drove past on Saturday and the whole place was boarded up, with a "To Let" sign.
graham2 - 26 Jan 2009 13:29
Had a good meal here Saturday night. Quiet and relaxing. Only one real ale available, but one is better than none.
hgr - 2 Sep 2007 14:46
The architecture is the best feature of this pub - very atractive art-deco building. Tries hard, offers a choice of real ales most times but doesn't always keep them well. Separate lounge and bar areas with the lounge mainly given over to food. Large garden and children welcome. Handy for a pint if walking up Dunmow Road to Woodside Park to watch Bishop's Stortford FC play.
graham2 - 10 Jun 2006 10:41
Very useful on my walk home from the station in the summer. Usually only one bitter out of three available which is well kept, but lack of choice is dissapointing. Food is good.
evian - 26 Jan 2006 15:07

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