Prae Wood Arms
Spreading manor house in extensive grounds, with interestingly furnished rooms, plenty to look at, a fine range of drinks and modern food
The good pub guide review
This large, sprawling yet elegant pub, with its stone terrace overlooking extensive lawns that gently slope down towards the River Ver at the bottom of the gardens, remains an understandably popular choice with our readers. The five open fires here certainly keep this large and rather gracious pub warm in winter. The various chatty interconnected bar and dining areas have antique-style dining chairs and tables of every size and shape on bare boards, parquet and carpet, pale-painted walls that are hung with portraits, prints and huge mirrors, and elegant metal or glass chandeliers. Also, lots of books on shelves and house plants and stone and glass bottles on windowsills. Wooden stools line the counter where friendly, courteous young staff serve St Austell Brunning & Price Traditional Bitter with guests from breweries such as Arbor, Redemption, Salopian and Tring on handpump, 18 wines by the glass and 80 gins; background music and board games. The loos are upstairs.
The good pub guide food review
A wide choice of modern food includes sandwiches, deep fried West Country brie with apricot chutney, braised ox cheek pie with roasted cauliflower, carrot purée and deep-fried kale, pea and mint tortellini with garden pea velouté and asparagus, pork and leek sausages with mash and onion gravy, steak burger with toppings, coleslaw and chips, Malaysian chicken curry with coconut rice and steamed pak choi, sea trout with baby spinach, fennel, gnocchi and tomato salsa, roast pork tenderloin with colcannon potato, and puddings such as lemon meringue roulade with raspberry sorbet and crème brûlée.
Prae Wood Arms, Garden House Lane, St Albans, Herts, AL3 6JZ
Pub Group: Brunning & Price