A deservedly-popular gastro pub, in a restored mill, backing onto the Grand Union Canal and a buzzy, fun-place to go. You can just enjoy a pint of beer or light bar snack, while watching the boats. But their menu is tempting even if you just want to graze on one of their 'Deli Boards', which come in 'Artisan', 'Charcuterie' and 'Mixed Antipasti' varieties, and are ideal for sharing.
The kitchen day starts early with breakfast, with Pastries, Bacon Sandwiches, Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon and the like on offer until noon. There's also an All Day Menu offering brasserie-style dishes such as 'Organic Sausages with Mash & Apple Chutney' and 'Salmon & Leek Fishcakes'.
For main meals, the kitchen, under the leadership of Charlie Barr, goes up a gear and she has spent some time sourcing good quality ingredients, many of these come locally.
A snapshot of the starters included 'Ham Hock Terrine with Piccalilli & Toasted Granary Bread'; 'Smoked Trout Tian with Celeriac Rémoulade' and 'Poached Pear & Stilton Tart with Endive Salad & Port Dressing' on a winters menu.
Dishes such as 'Wild Mushroom & Spinach Quiche with Winter Vegetable Stew'; 'Fillets of Sea Bass with Sautéed Potatoes, Chestnuts & Apples' and 'Braised Blade of Beef Bourguignon with Roast Potatoes' might follow plus plenty from the char-grill, including top-quality 28 day-aged Aberdeen Angus steaks.
If you still have room you might be tempted by 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Baileys Cream'; 'Mulled Cherries with Cinnamon Ice Cream & Shortbread' or Chocolate Brownie with Peanut Truffles & Vanilla Ice Cream'.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week; Breakfast 10.00-12.00; Lunch 12.00-14.30; mains £10-£20
- Dinner: all week; 18.00-21.30; mains £10-£20
- Wine: a concise list kicks off at about £14, and has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Berkhamsted Rail
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: check Christmas openings
- Outside eating