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Summary

“What a discovery, hidden away in the beautiful Chilterns!” in “a remote rural setting far from the madding crowd” – this “very characterful family-run pub” is highly rated for its “well-presented and slightly unusual cooking”. “You feel like you’re a million miles from anywhere, when in reality it’s only a 40-minute drive from London”.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

This “really great country gastropub”, in a hamlet in a secluded wooded valley, offers “carefully cooked food, much of it locally sourced, and a good atmosphere”. Only one complaint: “it’s difficult to get a table” – although drop-ins are always welcome, and the management insists nobody will go hungry.

£45
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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A “proper country pub” in a “lovely setting” that’s “back to its best after being closed due to fire” for six months in 2016; “the foods interesting without overdoing the inventiveness” and there’s a “buzzy atmosphere” (“best in the bar area”).

£50
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Following a fire and a six-month refurbishment, this “proper country pub” reopened its doors in August 2016; fans hope it “will be back to the usual standard” before long (ratings shown), serving “accomplished” and “interesting” food.

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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The Alford Arms Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of The Alford Arms Restaurant in HP1, Frithsden by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of The Alford Arms restaurant.
Amanda J
My partner and I happened across this gastr...
Reviewed 7 months, 7 days ago

"My partner and I happened across this gastropub whilst exploring the beautiful Chilterns. It's on a tiny road by a pinewood and a farm and you feel like you're a million miles from anywhere, whereas in reality its only 40 minutes drive back into London and very close to both Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted. It's also not too far from Whipsnade Zoo...The pub itself is very characterful, tastefully decorated and accessorised with plenty of comfortable seating and not overly cramped tables. My partner and I were very lucky to get a table without reservation on a Saturday evening, so book ahead if you know you want to go. The largely British styled menu offers many sustainably and locally sourced dishes, whilst also throwing a few dishes from further afield into the mix, such as a Moroccan vegetarian stew. Dishes are generally meat or fish, with only a couple of veggie starter and main course options, whilst vegans would be hard pressed to find anything to pass muster. The food is of a consistently high quality and the dishes are tasty. They could perhaps benefit from a slightly more innovative twist here and there though, as well as some rebalancing towards more vegetables to accompany the generous portions of meat / fish. A good selection of wines is available and all in all, we had a lovely evening, though at or very close to London prices."

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jo F
My favourite pub...
Reviewed 9 months, 7 days ago

"My favourite pub"

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Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£7.00 £17.11 £6.47
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £19.75
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Frithsden, HP1 3DD
Opening hours
Monday11 am-11 pm
Tuesday11 am-11 pm
Wednesday11 am-11 pm
Thursday11 am-11 pm
Friday11 am-11 pm
Saturday11 am-11 pm
Sunday12 pm-10:30 pm

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