Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Hertfordshire
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Hertfordshire restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 165 restaurants in Hertfordshire and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Hertfordshire restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The Bricklayers Arms British, Traditional restaurant in Flaunden Hogpits Bottom - HP3
This ivy-clad gastropub, originally a trio of early-18th-century cottages, is popular among both locals and visitors to the nearby Warner Brothers studio for its “good-value pub grub”. Chef Claude Paillet trained under the legendary Pierre Gagnaire before switching his focus to heartier fare.
2. The Fox British, Modern restaurant in Willian
Prettily located home counties pub (with rooms), just off the A1, that’s “cheerful and well-run”. Some reporters feel results here are “variable” but on most accounts its cooking – in the bar, and also with a somewhat more ambitious restaurant menu (majoring in steaks) – is well rated.
3. The Farmhouse at Redcoats British, Modern restaurant in Hitchin Redcoats Green - SG4
Revamped in summer 2018, this fifteenth-century pub-with-rooms nowadays incorporates a stylish dining conservatory, which – notwithstanding the odd downbeat report – scored very highly last year with its earthy, high quality cooking.
4. Prime Steak & Grill Steaks & grills restaurant in Chandler's Cross Redhall Lane - WD3
“Friendly staff and one hell of a steak” earn solid praise for this converted pub with a focus on Scottish Highlands beef – part of a group with smaller branches in St Albans and Chandler’s Cross. It’s “not economical but great for a celebration” – and has a private dining room for parties.
5. Savoro British, Modern restaurant in Barnet 206 High Street - EN5
A former boathouse on the high street, turned hotel and dining room, that remains of note for its “delightful food impeccably served in a not overcrowded restaurant” – though you’ll need to book ahead on weekends, when they also lay on a “good Sunday lunch”.
6. The Zebra Riding Club, Birch British, Modern restaurant in Cheshunt Birch, Lieutenant Ellis Way - EN7
"A restaurant led by nature"; the fine-dining option at new wellbeing hotel Birch, is led by the Dairy's Robin Gill and Ben Rand. See also Valeries.
7. Valeries, Birch British, Modern restaurant in Cheshunt Birch, Lieutenant Ellis Way - EN7
A "casual, all-day restaurant" led by Robin Gill - one of two eating spaces at new wellbeing centre / hotel Birch; see also the Zebra Riding Club.
8. Crocker’s Table British, Modern restaurant in Tring 74 High Street - HP23
“I felt like a judge on MasterChef!”. The 2015 runner-up in MC:The Professionals, Scott Barnard has created “a great new addition to the town” with this two-year-old, “most-amazing, intimate chef’s-table experience”, which features 14 seats around the counter of an open kitchen. “The food is good, sometimes great” and “the concept of watching Scott and his team prepare the tasting menu in front of you, with the opportunity to ask questions and get involved in fabulous conversation makes this an amazing culinary experience”. A Henley spin-off is planned to open next year.
9. The Alford Arms British, Modern restaurant in Frithsden
“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”.
10. The Tilbury British, Modern restaurant in Datchworth Watton Rd - SG3
Brothers James & Tom Bainbridge are behind this popular pitstop, on the village green, where the “food is above average for Hertfordshire gastropubs”, being split between relaxed pub classics and more adventurous British cuisine; the “ambience outside is particularly great”, and you can have “a lovely meal on a hot summer evening under the pergola”.
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