Thriving dining pub with a chic interior, good food from imaginative menu and a thoughtful wine list
The good pub guide review
A meal in this attractive Victorian pub makes an ideal addition to a stroll in the National Trust's lovely Ashridge Forest nearby ' and walkers, dogs and children are all welcome. The elegant, understated interior has simple prints on pale cream walls, with blocks picked out in rich heritage colours, and an appealing mix of antique furniture from Georgian chairs to old commode stands on bare boards and patterned quarry tiles. A good mix of both drinkers and diners creates a cheerful atmosphere, and helpful staff serve Sharps Doom Bar and guest ales such as Chiltern Beechwood Bitter, Marlow Rebellion IPA and Tring Side Pocket for a Toad on handpump, 26 wines by the glass (including two sparkling ones) from a Europe-only list, 20 gins and 24 whiskies and bourbons; background jazz and darts. There are plenty of tables outside.
The good pub guide food review
Creative food with an emphasis on local suppliers includes bubble and squeak with oak-smoked bacon, poached egg and hollandaise sauce, local goats cheese with roast beetroot, tomato panzanella salad with chargrilled courgette, king prawn linguine with smoked bacon, Bombay-spiced roast cauliflower with coriander couscous, pea pakoras and mint yogurt, pan-roasted Cornish hake with peas, parmentier potatoes, tartare sauce and beer scraps, and puddings such as lemon posset with shortbread and elderflower strawberries and iced banana parfait with peanut crumble and chocolate sauce.
Set in the unruffled hamlet of Frithsden, nr. Berkhamsted, The Alford Arms is a pretty Victorian pub, full of surprises. The flower filled garden overlooks the village green, which is a haven of tranquillity and historic Ashridge forest is right on our doorstep.As soon as you step inside, you can’t help but get caught up in the lively, warm atmosphere, where the friendly team really enjoy looking after their customers. Our seasonal menu and daily specials balance originality along with more traditional fare and we are firm believers in using fresh, local produce wherever possible.Rich colours and fabrics provide a simple backdrop for the interesting collection of characters we have collected over the years. Always a pub first and foremost, there is something for everyone, which hopefully will justify the effort of trying to find us!