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Small pub with a couple of small rooms. There were more people in the garden at the front than inside. But the welcome was friendly and the location is lovely. The 4 ales were Greene King IPA & Abbot & Tring White Hawk & Apache. Decent place.
blue_scrumpy - 6 Apr 2017 20:49
Returning after more than a year, the pub was almost empty yet there was no welcome from the barman. I left after one pint as he made it clear that he wanted to close early by cleaning around me. Not a pub I shall be rushing back to.
Hertfordian - 29 Mar 2016 19:26
Having been a regular on weekend evenings for many years, have now found another local as, if it is open (and quite often it is not) the language is often obscene and therefore no longer a pub I would take my wife or daughter to. Not what you would expect in a country pub.
thursdayschild - 1 Mar 2015 21:22
Once a jewel of a pub with regulars coming from far & wide. Good beer, interesting conversations, quiz nights, folk evenings and convivial company. No music - just chat.
Since it changed tenants around 15 months ago it had gone down hill fast. Most of the long time regulars have been driven out by the rowdy, drunken behaviour and foul language of the manager's friends. Seventies pop music on a CD player now blares in both bars.
Pubs like this used to be are few and far between. On my last visit it was more like a town pub in Stevenage than a lovely country pub in a delightful hamlet.
Hertfordian - 7 Feb 2014 20:08
What on earth has happened here? A once superb country pub has been spoiled. The toilets are disgusting and the smell drifts into the bar where drunken locals don't seem to be at all bothered. The food was below average with an above average price. A very pretentious restaurant with mismatched furniture has been added to the premises. It just looks so odd. One of the managers has recently left and the other one doesn't seem to be bothered about what the regulars/customers do or how they behave, ignoring any wrong doing totally. I was looking forward to a great pint of Abbott straight from the tub but it really didn't taste that good. I don't think I will be rushing back.
Korky26751 - 26 Sep 2013 14:58
Happened upon this little treasure whilst walking through the footpaths with my dog . It's set in a fantastic little village that could be miles from anywhere . It was surprisingly busy considering where it is located. It had very friendly staff and was extremely pet friendly with a large garden to the rear . Whilst there , we ordered from the menu which was fairly priced . The steak I received was very tasty and my wife's chorizo chicken was fantastic . You could tell it was all cooked fresh with no hint of the usual microwave in sight . The beer was also thoroughly enjoyable . This was my first visit here but will be by no means my last . Top draw !
Garr1199 - 20 Aug 2013 19:33
Walked from Hertford to Chapmore End today with the intention of enjoying a nice lunch.

Starting with the toilets, the paper towel rail was hanging of the wall, the toilets stank, there is an open drain in the toilet and the tall bin (and I mean this bin is about 3 ft tall) for paper towels was overflowing at 12.30pm suggesting that the toilets hadn't been cleaned the night before or hat day.

All glasses were filthy for each of the 4 drinks we ordered.

The food was disgusting, £8 for a Ploughman consisting of oddly cut cheese with hard ends (not what you expect from a simple cheddar), ham (which I paid extra for taking the price from £8 to £10) which had been frozen and defrosted, which was soggy, with a huge amount of fat around the edges and a worryingly pale colour.
The bread was a soggy oven baguette, a limp salad, 2 hard pickled onions which I had to ask for, a ramekin of margarine instead of butter!

A ham sandwich at £5 followed suit, soggy fatty ham in limp white bread not the crusty white as advertised.

Chicken goujans were frozen deep fried fare which the kids rejected.

The kitchen staff do not wear kitchen whites and wear their own clothes, which is not a good sign for a working kitchen.

I also noticed that at least 5 of the key items from the menu were not available at the start of the lunch time shift and on a Tuesday lunch time which is the one day you would expect the kitchen to have been replenished over the weekend. One of which was the prawns, a lucky escape in hindsight.

I have serious concerns about the hygiene of this venue and the quality of food.

This is unfortunate because the pub itself is in a lovely village setting and has a small garden area where kids can play and has some good beers on tap. But I will never visit again.
Detroit - 6 Aug 2013 16:26
It's just changed hands. The owner (or leaseholder) doesn't run the pub but has put two people in charge. I hope they change nothing. It's a gem of a pub. No music, real fire, bare tables and beer from the barrel. I know it's Greene King and my view of GK beer is the same as everyone else's, but it really is better from the barrel. No pipes to get dirty etc. yes it would be even better if it were Adnams but as it is it is good.
It's a smashing unspoiled pub and I'm just amazed that GK's 28 year old accountants and marketeers haven't themed it or sold it as a house! Go there before they change their minds!
Tewin - 10 Jan 2013 23:14
Just one of the best pubs you could wish to find. We're moving away from Hertford, and this is one of the things we'll miss the most.
weedonben - 17 Jul 2011 20:13
A quaint country pub visited several times before with a good reputation for real ale straight from the barrel. Revisited a couple of weeks ago to take advantage of the Pie and a Pint night. St. Austell Proper Job and steak and kidney pie went down a treat.
It's pleasing to see that this pub is still in the GBG for 2011.
Korky - 16 Nov 2010 12:23
Great location for a pub & beer ok BUT burger purchased was not good. Cold bun & thin leathery burger inside, advertised 'with salad' but no salad garnish. Not good value at 5 which is a shame because it's so easy to buy a decent quality burger & toast the bun.
nasher - 6 Jun 2010 15:12
Just about as perfect a pub you could find on a cool though bright and summy Saturday. Trouble was we got there too quickly, and had half an hour before they opened at 12.00. Warm, very welcoming, a fine range of Tyrells crisps to be had, and gravity served beers. The Ossett Big Red on offer was really lovely warming and mellow, and the spicey beef and tomato soup just right. It was with great reluctance that we stirred ourselves, to go out into the now clouded over afternoon - though no rain - and squelch our way along a muddy track down to the river Beane, and on towards Hertford.
zorrodp - 6 Dec 2009 12:42
A sunny Thursday afternoon, two superb Green King ales and the Woodman's platter eaten in the garden, with Robins, Blackbirds, Chickens and ducks all around. What better way to spend a lunch time. Forget your prejudice about Green King enjoy the beers here straight from the wood, you won't taste a better pint. Enjoy
Hertfordshireboy - 11 Jun 2009 14:54
Great news. An end of Summer Beer Fest!! 19-21st September, with local musicians providing entertainment during the evenings. Anyone remember Woodmanstock? That used to be a superb event.
Anyway, this pub appears to be going from strength to strength since new tenants arrived from the Black Horse in Hertford. Pub looks cleaner and friendlier (both bars have been redecorated!) and the food is good. They are serving evening meals now but I believe it is only Wednesday to Saturday. Stale rolls at the bar have been replaced by superb pork pies!!!
I shall be back for the Fest!!

Korky - 4 Sep 2008 18:22
Recently enjoyed a pub lunch here. Great ales, served on gravity from the cellar. Garden immense. Lovely "olde worlde" charm about this place. Shame I couldn't get to the mini beer festival this weekend. Looked interesting.
Roll on the summer when the garden will be the ideal place to sit and sup.....
Korky - 13 Jan 2008 17:19
A great friendly traditional English pub. Always friendly, always someone to talk to and great seating outdoors too. The beers always first class.
natsirt - 4 Jan 2006 17:56
The Green King IPA is superb. Wounderfull location, great garden. Well worth a visit.
Stan - 5 Aug 2004 09:14
Great proper country pub, beer kept perfectly, huge beer garden for lazy summer evenings. Landlord very accomodating not sure about comment below about poor service!
Mark - 3 Jun 2004 15:21
A proper pub! Good selection of Ales, wonderful IPA, and Guinness is good! Location is idyllic. Shame about the miserable service. If you don't like people, don't work behind a bar! "I'll have another beer!...If its not too much trouble?"
anonymous - 22 Feb 2004 12:26
Good character pub, good beer, nice staff
Keith & Nic - 19 Nov 2003 13:38

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