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Pubs in Hertfordshire

From the Chiltern Hills in the west to Lee Valley Park in the east, this green and pleasant countryside is dotted with picturesque villages and many a welcoming Hertfordshire country pub.

This green and pleasant land is a kaleidoscope of picture-postcard villages.

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.

Find a Great Country Pub


The Wiremill

LocationLingfield, Surrey

It is well worth a detour down the secluded lane to this 15th-century mill set beside its own lake and nestled amongst mature oak and birch.

The Wiremill, Tandridge, Surrey

Great Pubs in Hertfordshire

Alford Arms

LocationHemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire