Hertfordshire has more than its fair share of picture-postcard villages. The ‘showpiece’ is Much Hadham, close to Henry Moore’s sculpture gardens at Perry Green. Set in a woodland clearing is Ayot St Lawrence, with Shaw’s Corner, home of George Bernard Shaw. Shenley, Westmill and Ashwell are delightful, while Aldbury, with its traditional cottages, pond and medieval stocks is surely the most photographed of all.
Nestled in one of these charming villages, Frithsden, you will find the Alford Arms, a perfect tribute to Great Country Pubs.
Brewing was once a main industry in Hertfordshire, and the Grand Union Canal was the means of transporting barrels of beer from brewery to pub. Today it’s a great place to travel by narrowboat and see wildlife close up.
For a breath of fresh air, choose the woods and open downlands of the Ashridge Estate in the Chilterns, or Lee Valley Park stretching for 23 miles right into London’s East End, with footpaths, cycleways, waterways and the thrilling rapids of the White Water Centre.
Visit the city of St Albans with its Roman relics, or explore historic Hatfield House and many other fascinating houses and gardens.
This ivy-clad pub comes in the form of a listed Georgian coaching inn, with high ceilings and open fires, dating back to the 1830s.
A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.
Truly beautiful nestled in the historic surroundings of Nether Westcote the Feathered Nest has ale in its blood – its roots having grown from a Cotswold stone malthouse dating from around 1665.
Formerly a medieval hall house, The Cat’s tile-hung exterior fronts a delightfully pubby atmosphere buzzing with locals who are proud to share their hidden gem with visitors.
A white picket fence is what catches the eye on approach to this quaint 17th century village watering hole, located in the delightful village of East Clandon.
In a quaint village setting perched on the banks of the River Wey, the Stag is a perfect example of the very best that a Great British Pub can offer.
An enchanting grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century with a very distinctive eyebrow roof. Inside, it remains delightfully unspoilt retaining original features such as the inglenook...
Following a much welcomed refurbishment by the new hosts, this historic country pub in the woods at Stoke Row now has a new lease of life. You just have to turn into the car park to see the...
A whitewashed Georgian gem’ is the best way to describe this sophisticated village pub set in the stunning Sussex countryside.