6 of the best country ramble pubs in Hertfordshire
PUBLISHED: 10:30 13 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:32 23 November 2016
A winter walk in the country with the promise of a welcoming pub for lunch is one of the things Herts does brilliantly. We’ve picked six of the best to head for
The Boot, Sarratt
The Boot on the Green is proud of its cosy, family friendly reputation even gaining the Best Family Pub award at The Great British Pub Awards. The pub is also dedicated to providing jobs for local people; delivering apprentice training that opens further opportunities in the industry. Grab a pint of real ale from the wide range on offer to enjoy by the inglenook fireplace or tuck in to a home-cooked meal in the restaurant, Wellingtons. Sunday roasts are a speciality. If you’ve taken the kids on a walk and they have any energy left (which, of course, they have), the pub’s fully-fenced garden has plenty of play equipment.
The Green, Sarratt WD3 6BL 01923 262247
The Boot, Sarratt
This traditional pub has recently been refurbished and won Best Gastro Pub in the Hertfordshire Food and Drink Awards this year. Its hearty menu is based on locally-sourced and freshly-produced food, while beers include Belhaven craft pilsner and ithe pub’s own Tirrell’s Hermit house bitter, which can be enjoyed by the open fire.
Titmore Green (nr Stevenage) 01438 747333
This atmospheric inn in the village of Westmill south of Buntingford dates from the 14th century. Sheep graze in the fields behind the pub and its country location near the river Rib makes it a good stop-off point for walkers to put their feet up.
There’s a good selection of beers and locally-sourced food, including home-made speciality breads. And if you can’t be bothered to move on after dinner, the pub offers accommodation too.
Westmill SG9 9LQ 01763 271356
Set out on its own on a winding road between Hitchin and Codicote, the Rusty Gun is an attractive collection of former farm buildings that attracts walkers from the surrounding countryside, including visitors to the supposedly-haunted nearby ruin of Minsden Chapel.
The seasonal menu uses regional produce and the pub serves local beers from the Old Cannon Brewery, including the specially-brewed Rusty Gun Bitter, as well as wine from the Burchy family. There’s also a farm shop on site.
London Road, Hitchin SG47PG
Set beside the Grand Union Canal, the Old Mill (above) is a welcoming pub that’s full of character, with Georgian and Victorian buildings. It offers three-course meals as well as a deli board, and the bar is packed with real ales including local Tring Brewery’s Side Pocket for a Toad. The Christmas menu was introduced on November 26 and features free-range birds from Aubrey Allen, a Royal Warrant holder.
London Road, Berkhamsted HP4 2NB 01442879590
The Old Mill, Berkhamsted
The Feathers Public House & Kitchen, Rickmansworth
Standing strong for more than 500 years, the Feathers makes a picturesque sight next to St Mary’s church in the small south-west Herts town of Rickmansworth. This old-world pub provides fine wines and beers, a cosy atmosphere and a Christmas menu full of festive treats. It’s a good stop after a walk around nearby Stockers Lake Nature Reserve or along the river Chess or Colne.
Church Street, Rickmansworth WD3 1DJ
The Feathers, Rickmansworth