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Smart, traditional pub on the village green

At a glance

Bar menu
Open all year

The hermit was James Lucas, who died in 1874. After meeting Lucas, Charles Dickens wrote Tom Tiddler's Ground, a short story based on him. At the front a picket fence encloses a pergola, tables and chairs; inside, the scene is set by painted quotations on the walls, old bottles on the mantelpiece, that sort of thing. Try house bitter Tirrells Hermit, one of 17 wines by the glass or maybe a gin – 52 varieties and counting – while your dog enjoys a complimentary biscuit. On the menu could be Dorset crab; sirloin steak, halibut or potato gnocchi; and the comforting pudding of spotted dick.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Saturday 12-2.30, Sunday 12-3.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Tirrells Hermit, rotating guest ales
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

A1(M) junction 8 into Stevenage Road signed Little Wymondley. 1st left signed Todd's Green. At roundabout left under road bridge. At next roundabout 2nd exit. Pub on right

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