Bricklayers Arms

Flaunden, Hertfordshire

Good Pub Guide - Recommended

Good Pub Guide Recommended

Contact Details

Bricklayers Arms, Hogpits Bottom, Flaunden, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 0PH

(01442) 833322

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-11.30 (midnight Sat)

Saturday: Contact pub for details

Sunday: 12-9.30


4 miles from M25 junction 18; village signposted off A41 - from village centre follow Boxmoor, Bovingdon road and turn right at Belsize, Watford signpost into Hogpits Bottom

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Cosy country restaurant with fairly elaborate food; very good wine list

This civilised 18th-c dining pub was once two cottages and there are signs of this inside. It's mainly open-plan with stubs of knocked-through oak-timbered walls indicating the original room layout, and the well refurbished low-beamed bar is snug and comfortable, with a roaring log fire in winter. Stools line the brick counter where they keep Paradigm Touch Point, Tring Side Pocket for a Toad and Vale VPA on handpump, an extensive wine list with 20 by the glass and a good choice of spirits; background music. In summer, the terrace and beautifully kept old-fashioned garden have seats and tables. Just up the Belsize road, a path on the left leads through delightful woods to a forested area around Hollow Hedge. The pub is just 15 minutes by car from the Warner Bros Studios where the Harry Potter films were made; you can tour the studios but must book in advance.

Licensee Information

Alvin Michaels

What the licensee says

The picturesque Bricklayers Arms is an award winning 18th century, ivy clad, flint built listed building with low oaked beams and log fire. It has a lovely garden, tucked away in the beautiful tiny Hertfordshire village of Flaunden between Chipperfield and Latimer. Over the past six years, The Bricklayers Arms has certainly gained an excellent reputation for its English traditional and French Fusion menu created by its Michelin trained chef, Claude Paillet (twice awarded "Chef of the Year"). You can enjoy the same menu throughout the restaurant and pub daily with dishes ranging at lunchtime from their famous smoked fish plate (all smoked on the premises), home made terrines to their traditional Haddock in Tring ale batter; 21 day aged fillet Steaks and local fillet of rare breed pork.There's a carefully selected wine list of 140 wines to suit all budgets and tastes and local ales to taste.


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Wine Award

Wine Award

Food Award

Food Award


Accepts Credit Cards

Accepts Credit Cards

Meals & Snacks

Meals & Snacks

Cask Ales

Cask Ales

Background Music

Background Music

Dogs at the bar

Dogs at the bar

Dedicated children area

Dedicated children area

Ratings and Reviews

4 / 5 - 65 votes cast

Margo Finlay

26 September 2017

We visited for a family Sunday late lunch and had a very enjoyable time in this very busy lovely traditional country pub. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the food very good.

Previous Reviews

As the write up suggests, the food here is generally good but perhaps a bit over elaborate. Sometimes less is more and they seem to overdo the sauces and ingredients at times. It's not cheap either. That said, there is a good wine list. The pub has a nice feel to it and there is a good size garden for the odd days when we have some sunshine! Worth a visit.

Visited on a Saturday evening in March 2011 when pub was busy though not full. This not a really a pub for a few beers but a dining experience that has won many awards and rightly so as the food here is first rate. The chef uses local produce to good effect as meals are well prepared and presented. Not surpisingly, you pay restaurant prices but it's worth it ! Staff are young and attentive. Also has good wine list.

We first visited the Bricklayers for a celebratory dinner. The biggest problem was choosing what to have from the menu, but having chosen we so enjoyed the food, the wine and the wonderful service that it soon became our restaurant of choice for 'special nights out' without ever having chosen a dish that did not meet all our expectations. After so many wonderful dinners with small parties, we specially wanted to celebrate our wedding here. We didn't know how a larger party would work out, but following Alvin and Claude's advice on menu choices we had a magnificent lunch for 72, accompanied by wonderful wines, and with staff providing the most wonderfully efficient but friendly service. We could not have found a more perfect way to celebrate than to enjoy a really fantastic meal in such a wonderful location.

I recommend 'The Bricklayer's Arms' in Sarratt, where Miss Scrall and I had lunch as the guests of the lovely Tomabelles. I naughtily had oysters, which were sweet and delicious, despite the month being without an 'R'. Lady Tomabelle chose perfectly cooked monkfish - I watched it fall apart as she approached it with her fork -and Lord Tomabelle devoured 'le rosbif' with proper wine and onion 'jus' gravy, and a crispy chef's hat-shaped Yorkshire pudding. Miss Scrall's bowl of vegetarian gnocchi pleased her, until she discovered grated courgette - her most hated vegetable - lurking at the bottom. Anyone else would have loved it. To 'Les desserts', all of which were exceptional: Lord Tomabelle's greedy double helping of a variety of ice cream and sorbet was powerfully fruity and tangy, and Lady Tomabelle's sticky toffee pudding had a delicious treacle bitterness offset by musky, sweet-scented figgishness. The Scrall's lemon tart was creamy under zest and crackle with a dark scoop of blackcurrant sorbet, and not a scrap was left. Her mama enjoyed a Marie-Antoinette-style white chocolate ganache slice with many playful and interesting flavours. If I had to fault The Bricklayer's Arms, it would be the proximity of the other diners - close enough to crack heads with, and the pub carpet, rather than a hard floor, which lends a slight air of carehome. Otherwise, the food is flawless, the chef a genius, and my only disappointment was the loss of quite a large pearl that fell out of one of my oysters, and rolled under our neighbours' table.

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