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The Blackbirds, Hertford - pub details


Address: 15/17 Parliament Square, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1EX [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 9388) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Hertford East (0.4 miles), Hertford North (0.7 miles), Ware (2.4 miles)

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Has had a major refurb and though it has lost some of its "punk" character it now works as a family-orientated food-let place in the day and a dance around the handbags outing on a Friday or Saturday night.
I was in there on Friday and although I enjoyed the stream of 1980s disco music I did wonder what the under 25s made of it - they made up just over half the clientele, whereas the rest ran the gamut from 30-somethings to the Saga crowd.
A decent selection of ales, including the omnipresent Doom Bar, and they've still got the Brains SA from the old days. Behind the bar are a load of taps for trendy overpriced flowery craft ales, but each to their own.
I went back on Sunday for Sunday lunch and it was decent, clocking in at just under a tenner for roast beef etc.
Fiendishgames - 24 Apr 2017 12:48
Used to be a sports pub, known for all the friday and saturday night fights outside, but they've changed their image. A pub where you have to be very drunk to enjoy. Good drink deals you get large j bombs for 2.50, and fishbowls for a fiver. They have a small dance floor which plays pop music and cheesy classics. When you're smashed it's pretty good fun as everyone starts singing when the classics come on such as whitney houston and cyndi lauper. They have a lounge which has odd mismatched slight gothic decoration and furniture which you can have a chat with your mates. Outside they have a large smoking area which attracts the alternative crowd. People dress from towie style to casual and a few heavy metal types. The toilets are notorious; girls go in the cubicle together for safety! For some reason there seems to be mosquito netting above the toilets (decoration?); and the toilet floor always seems to be damp with god knows what and the toilets don't flush.
hertfordgirl - 19 Oct 2012 16:28
Oops. Just checked their Facebook site. "All 5 plasmas ready for the big game ," it screams. Looks like I was wrong about most of the TV screens having gone (see my earlier review).
Fiendishgames - 18 Apr 2012 17:24
This is not a pub I normally go into, as last time I went in - back in about 2007 - it was full of TV screens, had no real ale, and seemed to be catering for people half ... make that one third ... my age. However, I was intrigued by a blackboard outside advertising real ales and a cask marque sticker on the door, so I ventured in at about 5pm on a drab April Thursday. Most of the TV screens have gone, so it no longer comes across as catering for the Sky Sports fans. There are lots of sofas, none of which match (as is the modern fashion), some vaguely Addams Family-style netting scattered around to give the place a bit of edgy ambiance, plus there are some tables and chairs for people who want to eat. There are a couple of quiz machines, and some heavily advertised evening events so it is probably not a place for a quiet pint in the evening, but off peak it is worth the occasional visit for a change of pace. I saw the barman from the White Horse in there, and seeing as the ale is about a pound a pint cheaper than the White Horse, who can blame him? They offer two real ales. When I visited it was Brentwood Brewery's Easter seasonal special, Hot XXX Buns, and Brain's Rev James. The former cost £2.30, plus they are operating a loyalty scheme during April and May: buy five ales, get the sixth one free (as per CoffeeSucks and JDW, you get a little loyalty booklet on which the pub keeps track of how many pints you have bought). Barman was friendly and informative. Locals were ... er ... local, and seemed to know each other. I asked about the retro music night and it is mainly 80s and 90s stuff, apparently. I regard that as modern ...
Fiendishgames - 18 Apr 2012 17:15
I popped in here on Tuesday evening and thankfully there were no events on as it was pretty quiet apart from the courtyard being packed with student types. The barmaid was very friendly, but there is no real ale as only a standard draught selection is available along with Amstel. There are plasma screens throughout which were showing music videos on my visit. There is also a small room at the rear of the pub which houses a pool table.

The ‘floor fillers’ and ‘R&B’ nights advertised are the sort of things I run a mile from these days, so although I wouldn’t return now I may have done ten or so years ago.
Strongers - 9 Oct 2009 10:35

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