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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu

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 crispy chilli squid with coriander and chorizo aïoli, to pigeon, duck and pancetta terrine with piccalilli and toasted soda brioche. Equally imaginative ‘big plates’ include ale-braised shin of beef with dauphinoise potatoes, cavolo nero and liquor reduction; pan-fried gilt-head bream fillet, polenta chips, watercress and chilli, with roasted red pepper dressing. Dark chocolate truffle terrine and beetroot ice cream; and rice pudding brûlée with caramelised banana 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: 25-26 Dec
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11-11 (Sun 12-10.30)
  • Lunch opening: Mon-Thu 12-2.30, Fri-Sat 12-3, Sun 12-9.30
  • Dinner opening: Mon-Thu 6.30-9.30, Fri-Sat 6-10, Sun 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


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Hemel Hempstead on A4146, 2nd left at Water End. 1m, left at T-junct, right in 0.75m. Pub 100yds on right

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