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Dining pubs in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 12:55 18 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:37 23 January 2017

The Old Mill, Berkhamsted (Stephenrwalli, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Old Mill, Berkhamsted (Stephenrwalli, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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From countryside pubs to city gastro pubs, Hertfordshire has plenty of eateries serving delicious, lovingly prepared dishes. Here we have chosen some of the best dining pubs in the county

The Fox Inn, Willian

Beside the river in the pretty village of Willian is The Fox Inn, a multi-award winning pub and restaurant that creates tantalising dishes with ingredients sourced from local suppliers. The ever changing menu is created by Head Chef Sherwin Jones and served in the homely decorated restaurant.

Don’t miss: Keep an eye on the seasonal specials menu for elevated dishes such as rosemary and smoked garlic stuffed chicken supreme with sausage, lentil and root vegetable ragout and fondant potato.

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The Grandison, Hertford

Located in the countryside near Hertford is The Grandison, a contemporary dining pub with historic touches that create the perfect old-meets-new atmosphere. In the summer, relax in the beer garden, or cosy up by the fire in the colder months. Whether you want rustic pub classics such as beer battered fresh haddock with hand cut chips, crushed garden peas and homemade tartare sauce or a plate of butternut squash and cambozola risotto with spinach, shallots, toasted pine nuts and pea shoots, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Don’t miss: Why not try a brioche and butter pudding with Sauternes soaked apricots, pistachios and vanilla bean ice cream for dessert?

The Old Mill, Berkhamsted

The striking façade of The Old Mill in Berkhamsted is a testament to its Victorian and Georgian history. This traditional gastropub strives for perfection that comes through in the high quality ingredients that are utilised skilfully to produce a daily changing menu of seasonal specials to tempt guests back for more. Whether its free-range Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon for breakfast, or a wild mushroom and ale pie with herb mash and winter greens for dinner, you can guarantee a hearty meal served with a smile.

Don’t miss: Sunday roasts include roast potatoes, seasonal veg, roasted roots, Yorkshire pudding and lashings of tasty gravy with your choice of dry-aged rump of beef, leg of lamb, leg of pork or a root vegetable and nut roast. If you are feeling extra indulgent, add pork and sage stuffing or some cauliflower cheese to the mix.

Dylans at The Kings Arms, St Albans

Stylishly decorated, Dylans at The Kings Arms on George Street in St Albans is the perfect post-work spot for a celebratory meal. With two or three courses available on the Bill of Fayre menu, this is bound to be a tasty and filling evening of food. The menu changes often (sometimes daily) to reflect the best of seasonal ingredients with creations such as a starter of crisp duck and parmesan croquette with smoked parsnip and red wine sauce; pan roast fillet of pollock with cauliflower, caviar and buttered kale for main; and desserts such as dark chocolate chiboust with a white chocolate cream and chocolate sauce.

Don’t miss: Beer lovers will be happy at The Kings Arms and the wide selection of real ale and craft beer.

The Rose & Crown, Sandridge

Located just outside St Albans is the village of Sandridge, home to The Rose & Crown, a 400 year old, quintessentially British pub serving food to locals and visitors alike. Exposed brick, open fires and dark wood mark this tavern as particularly suited to the winter months when the days are drawing in. With comforting food that’s made from scratch in the kitchen, expect traditional pub grub with a twist such as slow roast ham hock with mustard mash and gravy and maybe some homemade brown bread ice cream to finish.

Don’t miss: The British tapas menu is a unique menu of British food served in small, shareable bites. Expect mini black pudding, apple and bacon pies; whitebait bites with garlic mayonnaise; Cumberland meatballs in a tomato sauce; or stilton fritters with Bloody Mary sauce.

The Artichoke, Croxley Green

Winner of the Pub of the Year category at the Hertfordshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2016, The Artichoke in Croxley Green is a traditional country pub serving fabulous food. At breakfast time, indulge in brioche French toast with crispy bacon, banana and maple syrup. Or pick from the wide selection of classics for lunch and dinner including big burgers, fish and chips, confit duck leg or steak from the grill.

Don’t miss: The “Full British Big Breakfast” includes Cumberland sausages, two rashers of back bacon, free range eggs, black pudding, hash browns, baked beans, tomato, flat mushroom and ciabatta toast. Phew!

The Golden Fleece, Braughing

Nestled away in the picturesque village of Braughing, The Golden Fleece is a 17th century dining pub that sees a new menu introduced on the first Thursday of every month to reflect seasonal availability and freshness. The winter menu saw starters such as spiced pear, goat’s cheese and pine nut salad with a honeyed dressing; and mains such as local pheasant with a stroganoff sauce or vegetable wellington with pumpkin seeds, cranberries and brie with garlic gravy. But expect new surprises every month.

Don’t miss: From 22nd February, there will be tapas nights on the last Wednesday of each month with delicious Spanish plates, home made sangria and Spanish wines and sherries too!

The Fox & Hounds, Hunsdon

The Fox & Hounds in the village of Hunsdon claims to serve simple food cooked excellently. Using fresh, seasonal produce for the menu that changes daily, the chefs at this rustically decorated pub are dedicated to creating dishes such as braised rabbit leg with gnocchi, pumpkin, chorizo and greens with desserts such as apple cake with caramel sauce and custard.

Don’t miss: Sunday roasts include crispy roast potatoes, homemade Yorkshire puddings and tender beef with a side of seasonal vegetables.

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