Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Hertfordshire
Hardens guides have spent 29 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 this 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 Radcliffe British, Traditional restaurant in Hitchin 31 Walsworth Rd - SG4
The Radcliffe is now permanently closed....
7. Orchid54 Bar Bistro restaurant in Enfield 45 Church St - EN2
Orchid 54 Bar and Bistro provides a relaxed atmosphere in contemporary surroundings.
Our menus hold only the best quality British seasonal produce and the menus offer Modern British dishes with a French twist. Brunch, lunch, dinner to Sunday lunch and a la carte.
Orchid 54 Bar ...
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 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. L’Olivo Italian restaurant in Wheathampstead 135 Marford Road - AL4
2016 Review: A “very popular and buzzy” spot with “all the best elements of what one fondly thinks of as a typical Italian” – namely an “over-the-top owner”, “joking waiters”, “plenty of noise from people enjoying themselves, and best of all some good food”.
10. 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”.
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