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Professional but relaxed pub with understated style

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Garden

With a flower-filled garden overlooking the green in the untouched hamlet of Frithsden, this pretty Victorian pub is surrounded by National Trust woodland and has historic Ashridge Park on its doorstep. Cross the threshold and you’ll immediately pick up on the warm and lively atmosphere, derived from the buzz of conversation, some soft jazz in the background, and from the rich colours and eclectic mix of old furniture and antique pictures in the dining room and bar from Tring’s well known salerooms. Also from Tring is real ale called Side Pocket for a Toad, which shares bar space with Sharp’s Doom Bar and Chiltern Brewery’s Beechwood Bitter. The seasonal menus and daily specials are a balance of modern British with more traditional dishes, all prepared from fresh local produce whenever possible. There’s a great choice of light dishes or ‘small plates’, from roast Bucksum squash with Oxford blue cheese mousse and toasted walnuts, to ham hock terrine with ale pickled quail's egg and English mustard mayonnaise. Equally imaginative ‘big plates’ include roast guinea fowl breast with guinea fowl leg hash, kale and red wine jus; crispy chickpea panisse with wild mushroom and black cabbage fricasseé. Baked rice pudding with local blackberry jam and brioche soldiers; and cinnamon spiced red wine poached pear with clotted cream ice cream are just two ways to finish, or there’s also home-made sorbets and ice creams, and the plate of British cheeses with oatcakes and green tomato and apple chutney.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 26 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11 (Sunday 12-10.30)
  • Lunch opening: Monday to Thursday 12-2.30, Friday to Saturday 12-3, Sunday 12-9.30
  • Dinner opening: Monday to Thursday 6.30-9.30, Friday to Saturday 6-10, Sunday 12-9.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Sharp's Doom Bar, Tring Side Pocket for a Toad, Chiltern Beechwood Bitter
  • Real ciders: Westons Mortimers Orchard

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • High chairs

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Hemel Hempstead on A4146, 2nd left at Water End. 1 mile, left at T-junction, right in 0.75 mile. Pub 100 yards on right

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