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Herts, Beds and Bucks resturant and pub recommendations

Herts, Beds and Bucks resturant and pub recommendations

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offspring86

414 posts

79 months

Monday 18th April 2011
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tomtom said:
I've had a couple of Sunday lunches at the Rusty Gun on the B656 recently. Nice place to stop for a bite on my favourite road driving
Agree with both points there.

Went last Sunday, the roast beef was brilliant. Great setting too.

offspring86

414 posts

79 months

Monday 9th May 2011
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Ate at The Old Bell in Harpenden yesterday lunchtime. I'm not sure when they changed it (haven't been there for a good year and a half) but the menu and food were very good. Friends had the wild boar burger and I had the fish pie. Reasonable price too.

Pork

9,202 posts

141 months

Monday 16th May 2011
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offspring86 said:
Ate at The Old Bell in Harpenden yesterday lunchtime. I'm not sure when they changed it (haven't been there for a good year and a half) but the menu and food were very good. Friends had the wild boar burger and I had the fish pie. Reasonable price too.
IIRC it was refurbed around the end of last year.

offspring86

414 posts

79 months

Tuesday 21st June 2011
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Ate at The Dragon in St Ippolyts a few times recently. It's on the road between Codicote and Hitchin. Excellent Chinese food and they're very proud of the fact they don't use MSG.

Bizarre setting as the decor is still very much that of a Public House (they've even got a plaque above the fireplace commemorating the Charles and Diana wedding!).

I've had both their regular and buffet menu and would recommend them both.

famoussas

586 posts

90 months

Wednesday 13th July 2011
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Pasta Cibo in Harpenden for great authentic Italian food. Book ahead, it always seems to be packed.
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Pork

9,202 posts

141 months

Wednesday 13th July 2011
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famoussas said:
Pasta Cibo in Harpenden for great authentic Italian food. Book ahead, it always seems to be packed.
Is that the one on Station Rd? Walking down from the station, on the left, just before you cross by the post office?

If so, we'd heard great things about it and went there a while back....it was dissapointing. The food was OK, but nothing more. Maybe it was an off day and we should try it again.

I'm also pretty certain that I saw them opening a pack of pre-made pasta (It looked remarkably like Sainsbury's) and while its lovely, I can have that at home for £2.

famoussas

586 posts

90 months

Wednesday 13th July 2011
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Pork said:
Is that the one on Station Rd? Walking down from the station, on the left, just before you cross by the post office?

If so, we'd heard great things about it and went there a while back....it was dissapointing. The food was OK, but nothing more. Maybe it was an off day and we should try it again.

I'm also pretty certain that I saw them opening a pack of pre-made pasta (It looked remarkably like Sainsbury's) and while its lovely, I can have that at home for £2.
Yea, that's the one.

A friend took me there at the beginning of the year and I really liked it. I do always order the same thing though so you could be right about the rest of the menu!

I like the atmosphere and family run vibe.

Haha shame if you did see that, having an open kitchen slightly backfiring.

Timja

1,613 posts

116 months

Tuesday 15th November 2011
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Can anyone suggest a place in St Albans that does a decent Sunday Roast?

Steve_W

1,058 posts

84 months

Wednesday 7th December 2011
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Evening all,

The OH and I have to take her Mum out for Sunday lunch in/near Harpenden soon.

Can anyone recommend somewhere good - that also allows dogs?

Thanks,
Steve

Pork

9,202 posts

141 months

Thursday 8th December 2011
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Steve_W said:
Evening all,

The OH and I have to take her Mum out for Sunday lunch in/near Harpenden soon.

Can anyone recommend somewhere good - that also allows dogs?

Thanks,
Steve
The Fox would be my fist choice, on the A1081 between Harpenden and Luton Hoo. Not 100% sure if dogs are allowed, but nice place for lunch.

If you're in Harpenden, while its not flash, I've always liked the food and the welcome at The Old Cock Inn.

Again, not sure about dogs but wouldn have thought so, they're that kind of pub.

offspring86

414 posts

79 months

Thursday 8th December 2011
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Pork said:
The Fox would be my fist choice, on the A1081 between Harpenden and Luton Hoo. Not 100% sure if dogs are allowed, but nice place for lunch.
Another vote here for The Fox. Along the same lines (I think it's actually run by the same company) I would suggest The Wicked Lady outside Wheathampstead. Again, not sure if they allow dogs.

Pork

9,202 posts

141 months

Thursday 8th December 2011
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offspring86 said:
Another vote here for The Fox. Along the same lines (I think it's actually run by the same company) I would suggest The Wicked Lady outside Wheathampstead. Again, not sure if they allow dogs.
They are the same co. I think they run one up near MK too, The Wavendon Arms...all are nice IMO.

Steve_W

1,058 posts

84 months

Thursday 8th December 2011
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offspring86 said:
Another vote here for The Fox. Along the same lines (I think it's actually run by the same company) I would suggest The Wicked Lady outside Wheathampstead. Again, not sure if they allow dogs.
Cheers chaps - apparently the OH's mum got food poisoning at the Fox some years ago and flatly refuses to go there again - even if it's completely different people, food, etc.

So we're going to the Wicked Lady instead! biggrin No dogs allowed, but apparently there's a large common we can go for a walk on nearby to burn off some pudding and let the mutt stretch her legs after being cooped in the cage whilst we scoff.

offspring86

414 posts

79 months

Thursday 8th December 2011
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Pork said:
They are the same co. I think they run one up near MK too, The Wavendon Arms...all are nice IMO.
And The Marchmont Arms outside Hemel. The building is beautiful.

Steve_W said:
Cheers chaps - apparently the OH's mum got food poisoning at the Fox some years ago and flatly refuses to go there again - even if it's completely different people, food, etc.

So we're going to the Wicked Lady instead! biggrin No dogs allowed, but apparently there's a large common we can go for a walk on nearby to burn off some pudding and let the mutt stretch her legs after being cooped in the cage whilst we scoff.
Enjoy!

Maccaman

5 posts

55 months

Monday 9th January 2012
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Just another reccomendation to add:

The John Barleycorn in Duxford,
(www.johnbarleycorn.co.uk)
I live in the village so go every now and then, does excellent food and was a greene King pub of the year a little while back! Well worth a visit if anyone's visiting the museum.

AutoAndy

1,802 posts

122 months

Monday 16th April 2012
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Can you give recommendation for towns/villages in region of NW M25 with cheap hotel and few pubs and food places for me and a couple of friends to meet up.

We are converging from different parts of the country and this is the best area to meet up.

Looking for 2 or 3 old-world type pubs with decent beer, and food in one or somewhere else (curry would be fine), to spend the afternoon drinking and remenicing without inturruption from wives telling us to stop drinking wink

- What do you suggest.

Pork

9,202 posts

141 months

Monday 16th April 2012
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AutoAndy said:
Can you give recommendation for towns/villages in region of NW M25 with cheap hotel and few pubs and food places for me and a couple of friends to meet up.

We are converging from different parts of the country and this is the best area to meet up.

Looking for 2 or 3 old-world type pubs with decent beer, and food in one or somewhere else (curry would be fine), to spend the afternoon drinking and remenicing without inturruption from wives telling us to stop drinking wink

- What do you suggest.
Harpenden?

Got a couple of old boozers - The Cross Keys and the Silver Cup, both proper old school boozers (Cross Keys has old silver tankards hanging up, still in use!).

There's a couple of hotels (I think the Silver Cup is a hotel too) and there's a few curry houses, a Thai and a Chinese. Just off the M1 too, with good rail connections if some of you arent driving.

offspring86

414 posts

79 months

Thursday 26th April 2012
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Went to The Wagonners in Ayot Green last night. They have a wine tasting evening once a month that my parent's have been raving about. It was fantastic, £45 a head, you start with a bubbly when you arrive and then have 4 different wines throughout your meal that compliment the food you are eating (1 white, 2 reds and a dessert wine). The food was excellent, as were the wines offered.

Thoroughly recommended.

Hudson

1,750 posts

94 months

Tuesday 15th May 2012
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Don't know if the Long and and Short arm in Lemsford has been mentioned, but the Sunday carvery is superb. The place is tiny however so book in advance, highly reccomended

(Its the one on the corner)

Output Flange

15,528 posts

118 months

Wednesday 19th September 2012
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There's a new restaurant now open in Berkhamsted that's definitely worth checking out - it's called Bluebella Roo's (down a small road opposite Tesco).

Been a few times now, and the food is superb. It only seats a maximum of 18 and gets booked up in advance, but the service is friendly, it's reasonably priced and I'm yet to have something that isn't wonderfully done.

Just don't go take the last reservation on a night I want to go wink