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West Herts Sports and Social Club, Watford

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Almost 4 years on from my last visit, our last stop before heading to the football was the West Herts Sports Club. Being later in the afternoon, it was much busier than on my last visit. Nevertheless, we managed to find a seat. Service was also quick. The two regular ales were Tring Side Pocket For A Toad & Young's Bitter. The 2 guests were both from Paradigm - Heads Up & Back Burner. There was also a perry in the fridge - Apple Cottage Perry Coma, which was a new one for me. Probably one of the best places for decent ales and cider in Watford these days.
blue_scrumpy - 1 Feb 2020 22:14
Sports club on the site of Watford's first football pitches. It was still fairly lively on my Saturday morning visit with several kids games going on. There are outdoor tables on a patio overlooking the fields. A smattering of people were present in the bar. But many were drinking tea and coffee. The barmaid was fairly bubbly. Shame she supported Liverpool. Ales on were Colchester No. 1 & Diesel, Burton Bridge Howelling Ale, Youngs Bitter & Shepherd Neame Spitfire Gold. CAMRA members are welcome and the chances are you won't have to show your card. TVs were showing Sky Sports News and all BT Sports matches were promoted. I'm told the annual Watford Beer Festival is held here. There is a fair amount of parking. But I believe it is members only on matchdays.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Apr 2016 19:09
Modern and clean sports club with an emphasis on cricket. Unlike those who found the staff rude and unpleasant in December 2013, I found the club to be welcoming - at least to those like myself who carry a copy of the CAMRA Good Pubs Guide, Five real ales on offer and comfortable seats to watch the England vs West Indies cricket. Nice atmosphere. Copmared to the rest of Watford this place is pretty good.
Number11 - 4 May 2015 00:31
This sports club bar has been an oasis of real beer for getting on for 40 years. It carried the torch for real ale long before it had any kind of presence in pubs.

In November each year it hosts the Watford CAMRA branch beer festival.

It is a members bar, guests can be signed in.

I haven't drunk here for quite a few years but it needs to be tried and tested before you go on the bad experience of others.
Watford_Alehound - 6 Nov 2014 18:08
All of these comments are very untrue and highly upsetting towards all members of staff at West Herts Sports Club. This is also classed as cyber abuse and is going to be forwarded to the appropriate people who will be able to deal with this. I do not believe that anyone could be so low and make up sick nasty lies to hurt others or to try and ruin someone else career. There is clearly a link between all comments made in December as all accounts have been made just to comment about the sports club. Alongside this, it is NOT a tennis club it is a sports club!
Westherts1 - 5 Jan 2014 14:07
I was here at the weekend and felt an accurate review was necessary. This pub is not a pleasant place to spend your money. The majority of staff are terrible and we're not accommodating older customers in wheel chairs. I attempted to speak to Louise the manager but she was on a "break" chain smoking outside. Definitely not a friendly place and I would agree- not your usual tennis club bar.
davisjames1456 - 18 Dec 2013 22:26
Disgusting behaviour towards disabled clients. Avoid this place as much as possible. The staff look like they could give you a nasty disease.
christina_collins - 18 Dec 2013 13:00
Unfortunate low calibre of staff and the Neanderthal-like "manager", Louise- she could do with a few GCSEs - namely the English Language. There was however one very helpful and friendly barman who will hopefully realise he's too good for this place to stay long term as he is too nice a young man to be corrupted by the proudly chavvy staff members. Go to be entertained by the circus characters posing as staff, if nothing else.
hansk - 18 Dec 2013 12:47
The staff and management are awful. Rude and threatening. Unbelievable that this is a bar for a tennis club. Especially unimpressed by the rather horrendous and "weighty" bleach blonde with a serious attitude.
hansk - 17 Dec 2013 21:29
Annual visit on Saturday lunchtime and a good pint provided by a hard-pressed but friendly barman, which was drunk outside due to the large number of drinkers enjoying the facilities. Can't judge the attitude of the steward(s) as this will only be noticed when the place is less busy. For the likes of me it is a beer oasis in a town with no publicised alternatives and 2 Wetherspoon outlets in the town centre where the wait to get served was not worth the bother.
Stamfordian - 22 Oct 2012 11:27
What could be a great sports club is completely spoilt by the miserable stewardess - hence the rating
WD18 - 26 Nov 2011 09:34
What could be a great sports club is completely
WD18 - 26 Nov 2011 09:29
The only Watford "pub" in the 2012 Good Beer Guide, and CAMRA members are welcome to visit on production of a membership card or the GBG. Very busy on a match day, they serve a good number of mainly local ales which in my experience are very well kept. A friendly place to be, and it certainly deserves its place in the Guide.
Stamfordian - 21 Nov 2011 11:34
Was in here the other week.I had some Business in there.
There was a blokes 40 going on.Seemed a great do, the quality of the Dancing by some of the birthday boys mates was just sublime
tottenhamsean - 9 Aug 2009 17:18
Excellent sports club bar. Very friendly and welcoming, and a good atmosphere. Excellent choice of ales when I visited - 5 on tap.
Floyd - 30 Dec 2007 15:04
Originally wrote on Sunday 11th November
A very welcoming club to visitors who love real ale. Entry can be claimed by either current CAMRA card or the current GBG. Our large group had heard about the beer festival which co-in sided with our teams visit to Watford yesterday (CUFC).
The main bar you arrive in has 5 hand pumps covering a lot of beer styles and different strengths. Two dark ales were available in that bar Iceni ‘Men of Norfolk and Nethergate ‘Old Growler’.
The main function room to the right houses the Watford Beer Festival. Surprisingly for the last day of their festival we were faced with quite a selection covering all the beer styles. The food choices available were quite tasty and better than the usual burger choices. I think most of the dishes available were only £3.50.
Although a relatively small festival it was a very nice day and we decided to return after the game. Unsurprisingly many of the ales we had seen earlier had now been drunk. We still enjoyed our return trip choosing to drink our purchases from the festival in the main bar rather than the outside tented area we took over at lunch time.


Love_good_ale - 26 Nov 2007 23:01

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