15 real ale pubs you need to visit in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 12:32 17 September 2019 | UPDATED: 17:10 04 November 2020

Real ale pubs in Hertfordshire (photo: Shaun Taylor, Getty Images)

Real ale pubs in Hertfordshire (photo: Shaun Taylor, Getty Images)


From CAMRA accredited ale houses to gastro pubs with big beer lists, we have some perfect pubs in Hertfordshire that serve well kept real ales for true beer lovers

- The Rose & Crown

69 High St, Ashwell

With a wide range of real ales on tap to try out, The Rose & Crown on Ashwell's High Street is a hit with lovers of cask ales. The interiors are a mix of old and new with bursts of contemporary pastel colour contrasted with dark wooden beams and an open fireplace.

With a large beer garden that traps the sun in the warmer months, you can bask in the warmth with real ale in hand at this traditional village pub - and it's dog friendly so bring the pooch along too!

- The Half Moon

57 Queen St, Hitchin

The historic Half Moon in Hitchin dates way back to 1748 and has retained much of its cosy charm. The pub has a few awards under its belt including CAMRA's Hertfordshire Pub of the Year 2016.

Try out one of the 10 real ales, eight of which change daily or a traditional cider. This pub also has an annual beer festival featuring many real ales, ciders and perries along with weekly quiz nights and live music events.

- The Two Brewers

1 Northaw Rd West, Northaw, Potters Bar

With exposed wooden beams and a roaring log fire in the winter months and a gorgeous beer garden with a view of the village church, this is a bucolic spot to enjoy a glass of ale.

With two ales on tap, plus a weekly changing guest ale, you can enjoy an old favourite or be adventurous with each visit.

- The Six Bells

16-18 St Michaels St, St Albans

St Michaels Street in St Albans is home to The Six Bells Freehouse that has real ale on tap to quench your thirst.

Guest ales and local offerings are available; visitors can while the evening away by the roaring open fire flanked with dark wooden beams, historic photographs and comfortable seating.

- The Round Bush

Round Bush House, Roundbush Lane, Watford

Framed by large trees, The Round Bush in Aldenham is a peaceful spot in the stunning Hertfordshire countryside that serves real ales on draught. This is a traditional pub with a welcoming atmosphere that makes it a superb spot to relax with friends and enjoy good conversation over great beer.

- The White Lion

91 Sopwell Ln, St Albans

Enjoy a glass of real ale by candlelight at The White Lion in St Albans. The interior is stylish with a rustic twist creating an unassuming ambiance that fosters conversation and relaxation.

Check out changing guest ales or have a glass of your favourite and keep an eye out for special events which last year included Cinco de Mayo with Mexican street food to complement beer.

- The Alford Arms

Frithsden nr Hemel Hempstead

The multi award-winning Alford Arms in the small hamlet of Frithsden serves local real ales in charmingly decorated surroundings. Proclaiming "dogs, children and muddy boots welcome", this pub is a welcoming place that prides itself on locally sourced food and drink.

Local beers are available from Chiltern Brewery and Tring Brewery with at least three on tap at any one time.

- The Garibaldi

61 Albert St, St Albans

The Garibaldi on Albert Street in St Albans is a gorgeous red-bricked pub with Victorian charm that is a real hit with ale lovers. Enjoy drinks al fresco in the cosy patio garden too.

There are guest ales on frequent rotation meaning each visit should be an opportunity to try something new or to revisit an old favourite from the Fuller's selection. Pick a cosy corner and relax.

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- The Mermaid

98 Hatfield Rd, St Albans

With awards including the South Hertfordshire Cider Pub of the Year, The Mermaid on Hatfield Road in St Albans also has six fantastic real ales to try.

Throughout the year, quizzes, music nights and festivals take place with a strong emphasis on live performances: This is a community pub with a welcoming atmosphere, so enjoy sipping some ale and listening to live music.

- The White Hart

2 Prospect Place, Welwyn

The White Hart on Prospect Place in Welwyn has charming décor while continuing to serve delicious food and real ale seven days a week.

Enjoy well kept real ale in the bright, open bar and if you feel peckish, you'll have a wide variety of dishes to choose from including pub classics and seasonal fare.

- The Horns

1 Hempstead Rd, Watford

The Horns on Hempstead Road in Watford with Cask Marques on all the pumps - ensuring a delicious, refreshing glass of real ale - is also one of the top music venues in town. Hosting music acts for nearly 20 years, this is the place to catch great bands while you indulge in some real ale too.

Check out upcoming musical acts on the pub's Eventbrite page.

- The Chequers Beer House

164 High St, Stevenage

Located in Stevenage, The Chequers is a tranquil pub on the Old Town High Street offering 10 excellent real ales along with craft beers and ciders which are great to enjoy as a pre-theatre tipple with your friends, or indulge in a little "me time" and grab a peaceful pint by yourself.

Interiors are cosy and traditional and ales are Cask Marque accredited.

- The Coach & Horses

Thorley Street, Bishop's Stortford

The colourful, eclectic décor at the Coach & Horses on Thorley Street in Bishop's Stortford creates a stimulating environment to engage in an evening of conversation over a real ale.

You can enjoy your ale in pretty country surroundings outdoors or by the roaring fire in the colder months. Sundays are special with hefty roast dinners to be had with a few pints. Draft beers include McMullen AK, IPA, Country and Cask Ale.

- Bushel and Strike

15 Mill Street, Ashwell

With a large, sun-trapping beer garden that looks out on St Mary's Church, the Bushel and Strike pub in Ashwell is the ideal pitstop on a walk or cycle ride around the villages and countryside of North Hertfordshire - especially when a barbecue is going on.

There is a variety of real ales on offer at the Bushel alongside draft lagers and bottled beers.

- The Cricketers of Redbourn

East Common, Redbourn

Contemporary decor greets guests at The Cricketers in Redbourn, a friendly pub that hosts events throughout the year including quiz nights, live music events and more.

With five hand pumps, The Cricketers has regular changing ales on offer with an aim to serve 350 different cask ales each year. Every time you visit, there'll be something new to try!


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