Alford Arms

Frithsden, Hertfordshire

Good Pub Guide - Recommended

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Contact Details

Frithsden, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP1 3DD

(01442) 864480

www.alfordarmsfrithsden.co.uk

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 11-11

Saturday: Contact pub for details

Sunday: 12-11

Directions

A4146 from Hemel Hempstead to Water End, then second left (after Red Lion) signed Frithsden, then left at T junction, then right after 0.25 miles

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Thriving dining pub with a chic interior, good food from imaginative menu and a thoughtful wine list

The elegant, understated interior in this pretty Victorian pub 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 Leighton Buzzard Borrowers Bitter, Tring Side Pocket for a Toad and a changing guest on handpump, 23 wines by the glass (including two sparkling ones), 18 gins and 22 whiskies and bourbons; background jazz and darts. There are plenty of tables outside, and the pub is surrounded by lovely National Trust woodland.

Licensee Information

Darren Johnston

What the licensee says

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!

Awards

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Wine Award

Wine Award

Food Award

Food Award

Information

Accepts Credit Cards

Accepts Credit Cards

Meals & Snacks

Meals & Snacks

Cask Ales

Cask Ales

Surroundings

Surroundings

Background Music

Background Music

Dogs at the bar

Dogs at the bar

Dedicated children area

Dedicated children area

Ratings and Reviews

3 / 5 - 118 votes cast



Previous Reviews


This is a great pub which has managed to retain a real 'pub' feel, despite having a good restaurant. The setting is lovely with lots of walking and cycling routes nearby. We eat here regularly. The food is good and the portion sizes are generous. Our only complaint is that sometimes the menu is a little too clever. It would be nice to have some simple, 'clean' food like a grilled fillet of fish with vegetables etc rather than sauces and wotnot.


Location is lovely. Shame the food does not live up to it's expectations. Average standard pub food at good standard restaurant prices. Have eaten here in the past and enjoyed it but not this time. Unfortunately they have rested on their laurels and allowed things to slip quality wise on the food. It is not as good as it was and now has more competition in the local gastropub scene. Get it together Alford Arms. For the meal prices charged you can go to The Grove or The Gatsby instead and get real quality and value for your money!


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