Modern French cuisine in the Hertfordshire countryside
At a glance
Open all year
Close to the large, traditional village green and with good English real ales flowing in the beamed bar, it comes as a surprise that the menu has a strong French bent to it. Cue the Gallic owners, whose culinary skills have gained an AA Rosette for their inspired cuisine at this former waggoners’ and coaching stop in the low Hertfordshire hills. Menus may include crab and cod pancake with mushroom cream sauce; spinach and watercress velouté; lavender and honey slow-cooked lamb shank; lemon sole on the bone with leek fondue; and finish with white chocolate parfait, raspberry compôte, salted caramel ice cream. The wine list stretches to 100 bins.