Sunday lunch in Hertfordshire: 10 of the best pubs to try
PUBLISHED: 14:31 22 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:43 22 August 2017
We have scanned the county for spots to enjoy a delicious Sunday roast because we understand it's one of the most important meals of the week
1. The Bricklayers Arms, Flaunden
Clad in ivy in the pretty village of Flaunden is the country pub and restaurant the Bricklayers Arms, the Good Pub Guide’s County Dining Pub of the Year for the fourth year running and a finalist in our 2017 Food & Drink Awards. With cosy and traditional interiors that are perfect to escape the cold in winter, and a pub garden surrounded by greenery for the warmer months, this pub also serves a hearty Sunday lunch. Even Mark Wahlberg likes it!
With plenty to choose from, why not start with a charcuterie board for two before main of half free range spit roast chicken with a red wine and onion jus with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables?
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2. The Portland Arms, St Albans
Tucked away in the winding St Albans streets is traditional 18th century pub the Portland arms. With locally sourced ingredients on the menu and a variety of real ales on tap, its no wonder customers are quick to recommend this city tavern. There are events such as live music going on throughout the summer months too.
On a Sunday, tempting roasts are served featuring loin of pork with apple sauce, half a roast chicken with stuffing or slow-roast beef with horseradish – not forgetting all the trimmings!
3. The Steam Coach, Hemel Hempstead
The Steam Coach in Hemel Hempstead is a charming, traditionally British pub offering everything that a proper pub should, with real ale and cosy interiors, there is also a classic Sunday roast offered to top off your weekend. This pub, located across from the Boxmoor common cricket field also has an original 50s jukebox.
Sunday lunch at the Steam Coach is described as “fantastic”, “superb” and “fabulous” by its satisfied patrons and consists of beef, chicken or lamb served with roast potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables and the all-important Yorkshire pudding.
4. The Rose & Crown, Essendon
The picturesque village setting of Essendon adds to the appeal of The Rose & Crown pub, the half timbered former coaching inn built way back in 1756. The pub offers comforting pub classics and a well-honed traditional roast dinner to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon either in the pretty lawned garden or in the restaurant.
Order the juicy roast chicken breast served with homemade Irish stuffing and drowned in rich gravy, complemented with vegetables and roast potatoes.
5. Alford Arms, Frithsden
Keeping things fresh and exciting in the food and drink department is the Alford Arms in Frithsden. Ever changing specials and rotating real ales keep customers coming back to sample something new. Dog friendly and full of charm, the front of the pub makes a pretty spot to enjoy a Sunday roast in the spring and summer season.
Try a leg of Chiltern Hills lamb with onion sauce or English sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding both with all the trimmings followed by caramelised apple, custard and crumble tart with clotted cream.
6. The Golden Fleece, Braughing
Our Pub of the Year in the 2017 Hertfordshire Life Food & Drink Awards, the Golden Fleece is a historical pub built in the 17th century located in the pretty village of Braughing. The garden is lined with foliage creating a sanctuary to have a chat over drinks and a tasty roast lunch.
Sourcing meat from another of our Food & Drink Awards winners, Bridget B’s, the Sunday lunches consist of either pork, chicken, homemade nut roast and beef or lamb alternating weekly. Crispy roast potatoes, fluffy Yorkshires and drizzled in gravy, these lunches are a perfect post-walk treat.
7. Great Northern, St Albans
Although the menu is small, food is made with passion and consists of local produce selected for seasonality at Great Northern pub in St Albans. The décor is relaxed and stylish and there’s a drinks list as long as your arm to peruse for your pre-roast tipple.
“Generous” portions make up the Sunday roast according to happy customers. Although seasonally changing, you might find pork belly with crispy roast potatoes, vegetables, a hefty Yorkshire pudding and homemade gravy. Come hungry because desserts are equally tempting with creations such as chocolate and amaretto mousse with salt caramel pecans or Eton mess made with Kentish strawberries.
8. The Victoria, Hitchin
Contemporary meets Victorian at The Victoria in Hitchin; dark wooden beams and classic bar stools at the maroon coloured bar offset a modern ambiance with live music flowing. Whether out in the pretty beer garden or tucked away in a corner, this is a must visit for a Sunday roast.
Expect big plates loaded with all the usual suspects including big Yorkshire puddings, cuts of tender beef and crispy roast potatoes.
9. The Greyhound, Wigginton
The pretty rural surroundings at The Greyhound make for perfect Sunday rambles with the whole family in tow. Located in the village of Wigginton, just outside Tring, this pub is a world away from the busy cities. With the Chilterns, Grand Union Canal and Tring Reservoirs all within three miles, Sunday is sorted.
Bundle in and order a round of drinks before perusing the Sunday menu which includes, along with sharing starters of baked camembert to dunk toasted bread into, a hearty roast. Rare roast beef will be served up alongside all the trimmings so you just have to worry about which real ale to try. Roasts served until 3.30pm.
10. The White Hart, Puckeridge
Traditional country pub The White Hart is nestled in the village of Puckeridge, close to Bishop’s Stortford, Stevenage and Hertford. Described as a “quintessential old English village pub”, this is a no brainer for Hertfordshire residents and visitors looking for somewhere to relax on a Sunday afternoon.
You can look forward to a steaming plate of meat with crackling, cheesy cauliflower, vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding and if that’s not enough, ask for a dessert menu for a sweet finish!