This former coaching inn has become a foodie's delight since Paul Bloxham added his kitchen input. The dishes being rustic in style, but nicely-presented, well-cooked and carefully-sourced.
An autumn menu listed 'Shell-On Atlantic Prawns with Green Goddess Dip'; 'Welsh Rarebit (sic) Fondue with Crudité & Crostini' and 'Ham Hock & Foie Gras Terrine with Fruit Piccalilli' among the starters - but their own charcuterie is a speciality and always tempting.
Mains included 'Old Spot Pork, Apple & Black Pudding Sausages, with Lyonnaise Potatoes, Kale & Duck Egg'; 'Ale Battered Day Boat Hake with Chips, Tartare Sauce & Mushy Peas'; 'Grilled Megrim Sole with Surf Clams, Brown Shrimps & Marsh Samphire' and 'South Devon Bavette Steak with Chips & Onion Gravy' - but these are backed-up by blackboard specials.
Desserts such 'Apple & Blackberry Charlotte with Clotted Cream'; 'White Chocolate Cheesecake with Dark Chocolate Ice Cream' and 'Lemon Curd, Raspberry & Mint Pavlova' might be there to tempt you if you still have room.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Fri 12.00-14.30, Sat 11.00-22.30, Sun 11.00-18.00; set L Mon-Fri £12.95 (2 courses); mains £10 to £16
- Dinner: Tues-Fri 17.30-22.00, Sat 11.00-22.30; mains £10 to £16
- Seats: 60, plus 50 outside
- Wine: a concise list kicks off at about £16
- Children's portions: Children's Menu
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: St Albans Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: all Mon, D Sun, 26th Dec, 1st Jan
- Outside eating