Dog friendly pubs in Hertfordshire: 14 of the best
PUBLISHED: 11:31 30 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:43 06 November 2017
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After a ramble through the Hertfordshire countryside with the pooch, nothing beats a visit to a pretty country pub to refuel
1. The Rose & Crown, Sandridge
The pretty village of Sandridge is home to the historical Rose & Crown pub which serves home cooked food making the most out of seasonal ingredients alongside fine wines and real ales.
Located close to Heartwood Forest, the Rose & Crown welcomes weary walkers of both the two and four-legged variety, so take a spot next to one of the fireplaces with your pooch at your feet and a glass of real ale in hand.
2. The Brocket Arms, Ayot St. Lawrence, Welwyn
Built in the 14th century, The Brocket Arms, in the picturesque village of Ayot St. Lawrence, is a charming country pub with historical features (think wooden beams and cosy fireplaces) that make this perfect for a post-walk drink or a seasonal bite to eat.
Being surrounded by Hertfordshire’s rolling countryside, The Brocket Arms is ideally located for the family (along with Fido) to bundle in and refuel with a Sunday roast with all the seasonal trimmings.
3. The Hermit of Redcoats, Titmore Green, Little Wymondley
Fresh and tasty rustic fare is on the menu at The Hermit of Redcoats in Little Wymondley, a quintessentially British country pub that’s sympathetically decorated with nods to its historical roots. Duck in for a gin – there are over 50 to choose from!
There are plenty of public footpaths roaming the countryside around the village that lead back to The Hermit. Dogs are welcomed by the staff and I’m sure the warm pub is welcomed by tired dogs after a long walk too.
4. The King Stag, nr Bushey
The attractive, half-timbered façade of The King Stag in Merry Hill has a welcome selection of real ales on draught to quench thirsty walkers on arrival. Where possible, food is sourced within 20 miles of the pub, meaning fresh and seasonally changing dishes that reflect the best of Herts’ exceptional producers.
Order a pint of ale and browse the menu as you and the pooch recuperate in peace. If you visit on a Sunday, don’t miss the roast dinners, piled high with all the traditional favourites.
5. The Alford Arms, Frithsden
Surrounded by the ancient Ashridge forest, in the village of Frithsden, is The Alford Arms, highly lauded by customers and organisations including Michelin, The Good Pub Guide, The Times and many more. A menu of traditional pub classics with a twist is served daily with a hearty roast on a Sunday.
There are plenty of walking routes in and around the Ashridge Estate that run right up to Frithsden. So explore some rolling meadowland or wildlife-rich woods with your dog to justify a feast and a tipple or two at The Alford Arms.
6. The White Horse, Burnham Green
Escape the town and head to the pretty countryside that surrounds Burnham Green, not far from Ware, Stevenage, Hertford and Welwyn Garden City. Local suppliers are utilised by the chefs at The White Horse pub to create a fresh, seasona menu of pub favourites and some unconventional - but tempting - dishes.
There are plenty of rural routes to traverse with dog in tow before securing a cosy corner in the rustically decorated interiors.
7. The Horns, Datchworth
Described by customers as “olde worldy”, The Horns in Datchworth dates back to Henry VIII’s time and retains many of its Tudor features. Dark wooden furniture, brick flooring, exposed beams and candle light add to a cosy atmosphere prime for a relaxing drink.
There is thick woodland, cascading fields and country lanes in abundance in this part of the county that your dog will love exploring – and hopefully tire itself out in the process.
8. The Fox, Willian
Perched next to the green in the village of Willian, with a view over the pond, is The Fox, a modern, double AA Rosette-awarded gastro pub and real ale house. Seasonally available ingredients from local suppliers go into the menu, making it perfect for a rest stop after a brisk walk.
The North Hertfordshire countryside that surrounds the village is great for a walk before good food with family, friends and the dog too.
9. Garden City Brewery, Letchworth
Brewing beers on site in the centre of Letchworth, Garden City Brewery is a microbrewery and pub that’s relatively new to the scene. There is an ever-changing range of beers - each brewed on site - to be found at the bar alongside guest ales, craft beer and local ciders.
After exploring the town, find a spot in the relaxed, 60 seat pub with the pooch at your feet, who will be most welcome.
10. The Victoria, Hitchin
Grab a spot by the fire as you unwind in cosily decorated interiors in the laidback Victoria in Hitchin. Despite its modernisation into the comfortable hub seen today, this pub, built in 1865, still retains a hint of times gone by. There is always an event going on from live music and quizzes to cabarets in the Barn, making this one of Hitchin’s favourite social spots.
Dogs are welcome to enjoy the atmosphere as you enjoy a sip of your favourite drink or a bite of something to eat – pie nights are very popular at The Vic!
11. The Half Moon, Hitchin
With 10 real ales on tap at any one time, The Half Moon in Hitchin is a cask-beer-lover’s dream, even being formally recognised by CAMRA as Hertfordshire Pub of the Year in 2016. Beer festivals, featuring over 80 beers, ciders and perries to try, are held twice a year.
Dogs are welcome at the Half Moon so bring yours along for a bit of company while you sip on a pint of your new favourite ale.
12. Dylans at Kings Arms, St Albans
Winner of the Restaurant of the Year award at our 2017 Food & Drink Awards was Dylans at The Kings Arms in St Albans, after judges praised its seasonal menu of local fare and its laudable variety of drinks. The menu is constantly changing to reflect the best produce of the moment.
Good dogs are allowed in the bar area during quieter times, perfect to enjoy something from the snacking menu, such as halloumi fries with habanero jam, and a drink too, with your four legged friend at your feet.
13. The Boot, Sarratt
Quintessential country pub The Boot is a bucolic delight nestled in the village of Sarratt. Clad in crawling plants in the summer, and a great place to warm up in the winter, The Boot serves lots of exciting foodie creations with pizzas and tapas on Fridays and Saturdays, healthy salads, fresh seafood and everything in between.
Dogs are welcome, after a long country walk, to put their paws up and relax in the traditional pub interiors complete with red brick fireplaces, exposed wooden beams and ample seating.
14. The Bricklayers Arms, Flaunden
With the Chess Valley on its doorstep, The Bricklayers Arms in the village of Flaunden is loved by locals for its quality pub grub (attested to by its multiple accolades); even Mark Wahlberg says it has the “best pub food in England”!
Whether you’re bringing a Hollywood A-lister or just your family pet, everyone is welcome for a rest, a drink and maybe some food next to the log fire after a countryside romp.