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Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2017: Pub of the Year

PUBLISHED: 11:04 25 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:39 25 July 2017

We reveal our Pub of the Year

We reveal our Pub of the Year


We reveal the winner for Pub of the Year

Now for an all-time favourite category – Pub of the Year. So many of our local pubs offer great food, but let’s not forget the need to continue the tradition of a good pub being a favourite place to go for a great drink and act as a hub for the local community.

The winner of this category needed to stock a wide range of real ales, supporting local breweries. And aside from the great ale and food, to always offer a warm welcome and a friendly goodbye, so that you want to return.

The finalists...

Alford Arms, Frithsden

In a secluded wooded valley, award-winning Alford Arms is a classic country pub that serves great food. Our seasonal menu and daily specials balance originality with more traditional fare using fresh, local produce wherever possible.

Golden Fleece, Braughing

An old English pub with a contemporary twist set in the charming village of Braughing. We serve modern British dishes and our goal is to exceed customer expectations with friendly customer service and excellent food and drink.

Great Northern, St Albans

An independent pub and restaurant serving seasonal dishes made from locally-sourced ingredients. We offer an extensive range of ales and wine to be enjoyed inside or out. We were awarded CAMRA’s Most Improved Pub Award in 2016 and have been under new ownership since 2015.

King’s Arms, Tring

The King’s Arms is a family run 200-year-old coaching inn. The pub is still very traditional, serving great quality fresh food and well-kept local real ales, good wines and a large gin collection. There’s plenty for everyone to be enjoyed in the main pub, the large cobbled courtyard or the new Coach House dining/function room.

And the winner is...

Golden Fleece, Braughing

The judges said of our winner: This pub managed to bring all the judging criteria together in its normal day-to-day operation with a good balance and selection of beer, wine and other drinks served in the pub. They are actively involved in several community activities and are the centre for many fund raising projects which demonstrates in several ways how they fitted into the local and greater community. The good quality and local food created using local and seasonal ingredients made this pub stand out.


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