Professional but relaxed pub with understated style
At a glance
AA Pick of the Pubs
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 salmon and spring onion fishcake with wasabi avocado, to glazed honey and balsamic black figs. Equally imaginative ‘big plates’ include chicken ballotine with leg hash, hispi cabbage and truffle cream sauce; pan-fried polenta gnocchi with chilli roast butternut squash, watercress and pumpkin seed pesto.
Closed: 26 December
Open all week
Open all day
Opening times: 11–11 (Sunday 12–10.30)
Lunch: Monday to Thursday 12–2.30, Friday to Saturday 12–3, Sunday 12–9.30
Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6.30–9.30, Friday to Saturday 6–10, Sunday 12–9.30
Credit cards accepted
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
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.