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The Alford Arms

$$ - $$$, British,
Frithsden, Berkhamsted HP1 3DD, England
+44 1442 864480
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good25%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
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Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Bar, British, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Frithsden, Berkhamsted HP1 3DD, England
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1 - 10 of 634 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

Visited for a quick lunch and stayed longer than we intended as the atmosphere was so convivial. Great food as usual. We took advantage of the Autumn Vegan Menu, which had some interesting and different meals on. It can be hard to find anything other...More

Thank td1974
Reviewed 3 days ago

Took a group of customers for dinner this week and whilst service was good (to a point, I'll explain later) the food was pretty mediocre. Promised so much but delivered little. I had the venison croquet which was pulled venison in a crispy coating, which...More

Thank CharlotteEM
Reviewed 6 days ago

The food was awful - as ever at this pub it took ages and when it finally arrived, the so-called Thai fishcake had nothing Thai about it (come to think of it, it had nothing fishcake about it, either). It was just a lump of...More

Thank bongbing
Reviewed 1 week ago

While I'm only reviewing the coffee served - there were 8 of us and we were given a couple of little bowls of maltesers, so how could we not be delighted!

Thank GappyUK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So after my last visit I left very unimpressed with the management, however I'm so delighted I gave them another chance. I visited the alford arms last Friday and had such a wonderful evening. We were served by the same waitress as our last visit...More

Thank Verbena B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This used to be an excellent local pub/restaurant where I always gave 5 stars for the food. Since re-opening after the fire I have eaten here twice, once just about a year ago and then tonight. On both occasions the food was no better than...More

Thank Keith W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was really quite cold in the restaurant, the bar had a fire which made it nice & cosy but I had to sit with my coat wrapped round my legs! The rustic breads were very uninteresting - 2 bits of brown & 2 bits...More

Thank sezill
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first time back here since they re-opened after the fire, and we weren’t disappointed. It’s in a lovely rural setting, with loads of tables outside for the summer months, and a “proper pub” inside. Well-kept local ales, a warm welcome, efficient service...More

Thank AlixBlumMatt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a true gem! One of the best country pub restaurants in the area. Excellent food, Excellent service and great prices... fabulous dining evening!

Thank avale62
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food, excellent atmosphere , excellent staff, what more could you want from an English pub, just around the corner from where you live I suppose, real shame it’s 40 minutes away.

Thank Paul R
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Questions & Answers
Baz B
27 April 2016|
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Response from JW1000M | Property representative |
Hi, the fire was very serious and the current estimate is that the Alford Arms will re-open at the end of August 2016 after a complete refurbishment of the trading floor and rebuild of the living accommodation - which is... More
9 October 2015|
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Response from Cheryl G | Reviewed this property |
The Alford Arms is one of the most popular Sunday Lunch destinations and booking is essential. The dining room is appropriately sized to ensure customers who have made reservations are properly attended to. And they are... More
Alison W
5 February 2015|
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Response from Cliff T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I do believe they do a vegetarian option on Sundays. There would be something on the menu for you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Frithsden, Berkhamsted HP1 3DD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Berkhamsted
  • Phone Number: +44 1442 864480
  • E-mail
A warm and welcoming country dining pub with open fire and muddy boots and dog friendly. People often describe the Alford as a gastro-pub, but we're not really comfortable with that tag. The term sounds too restauranty and cheffy. We've always wanted the Alford to be a great pub, where you just happen to be able to get great food. So tables in the dining room are available to book, but there's also the bar for drinkers with tables available on a first come, first served basis. The seasonal menu and daily specials balance originality with more traditional fare and we are firm believers in using local produce wherever possible. Hanging baskets and window boxes adorn the terrace and provide an alfresco dining area. Alongside is the village green and historic Ashridge Estate is right on our doorstep. Ramblers, dog walkers, bluebell admirers, mushroom foragers and cyclists regularly emerge from the surrounding countryside ready to combine their activity with a refreshing stop at the Alford Arms.
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