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The Hand & Crown

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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17 High Wych Road, Sawbridgeworth CM21 0AY, England
+44 1279 725892
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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I live locally and have been many times. My family really like it. Nice easy atmosphere. Great choice of dishes. Something for everyone. Good pub food!!

Thank annie157
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went for lunch with 3 friends. Have been before many times and the meals have been fine and the portions more than adequate. However it was somewhat different on this occasion. We only ordered starters, a chicken salad. When it arrived it was floating in a dressing. We complained to the waiter but was told that was how the salad... More 

Thank Pauline N
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great evening, the mussels were lovely and the pork fillet was reminiscent of a meal I had in Hungary earlier this year, beautiful, tender with a pepper sauce. The Hungarians use Mangalitza pigs, I don't know if the hand and crown do, but very nice. Washed it down with a nice Rioja. In the words of Arnold Shwartznegger, I'll be... More 

Thank Freddie B
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food in this establishment is first class and it comes as no surprise that you would be advised to book especially at weekends. The service is fantastic and they are so hospitable. The menu has plenty of choices and they have a specials board everyday. Highly recommend.

Thank sar0605
Stafford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was staying locally on business. The Hand and Crown was a recommendation from one of my delegates. What a recommendation! A cosy traditional pub with a warm friendly welcome. Loved the abundance of candlelight. I was delighted with the extensive menu. I travel a lot for work and was sick of being offered chips with everything at other venues.... More 

Thank Neets02
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110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Really nice menu here, I loved the fact they did freshly cooked pork scratchings for a few pounds as a starter. My wife's and I both had the cod and chips and it was lovely.

Thank Aissum
Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Great food, and a Good Service. The Menu Choice is plenty and the portions are extremely large, so go with an empty stomach or do not have a starter first if you want a dessert. We love our food, but when we go we make sure we have not eaten too much through the day

Thank SUSIE1102
jackie w, Owner at The Hand & Crown, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for finding the time to write a favourable review and pleased u like our food and good service. Our staff try their best for every customer and always try to please. More 

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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We have been here many times and we have never been disappointed/had a bad meal. The service is always warm and friendly, if you want to adapt something on the menu they are always willing to accommodate. The portions are massive so I would always say the Pork Scratchings are a good thing to have whilst you are waiting and... More 

Thank Nettle83
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Lovely quaint pub nr where we were staying. very welcoming .The service from the bar and food server was excellent.The food itself was of a very good standard and price. Apart from the dessert[limoncella brulee] which was bought in from brakes. which whilst i understand that this type of eaterie cuoldnt sustain a pastry chef,i feel the price was a... More 

Thank steven d
Harlow, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Telephoned hand and crown in August inquiring about christmas day lunch was told menu were being done and to call back , called back was told leave email and manager will email back, no email recieved, called again was asked for my telephone number which was told would be left in till for manager to call me back , no... More 

Thank Alyson H
jackie w, Owner at The Hand & Crown, responded to this review

I was very upset to read your review as this is certainly not the way we should handle an enquiry regards booking a table. I have been answering all email enquiries regarding Christmas Day and can only assume either the email request did not make it to me or if it did the address must have been wrong. I can... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$29 - US$49
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17 High Wych Road, Sawbridgeworth CM21 0AY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Sawbridgeworth
  • Phone Number: +44 1279 725892

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?