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Mediterranean-inspired menu in a renowned gastro-pub

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Kids play area
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

Eye-catching features at this family-run free house include the unusual white-tiled bar-back, and a striking poster reading ‘Nous sommes les soiffards’, which, tactfully translated, suggests a fondness for drink. Chef James and wife Bianca run things and together they've created an easy-going place, where Adnams and local ales hold court at the bar, and lunch and dinner can be taken in the elegant, chandeliered dining room. James uses a Josper charcoal oven to cook squid, black beans, Nduja and gremolata; and Longhorn côte de boeuf for two, but you could also try the calves' liver, potato cake, crispy pancetta and onions. Finish with a black fig and almond tart with crème fraîche . Outside is a tree-shaded garden with a covered terrace.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–27 December
  • Days closed: Sunday evening, Monday and bank holiday evenings (Tuesday after bank holidays)
  • Opening times: 12–4 6–11
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12–2.30, Sunday 12–3.30
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6–9

Food and drink

  • Set menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Wedding receptions


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A414 between Ware and Harlow take B180 in Stanstead Abbotts north to Hunsdon.

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