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Bricklayers Arms

4.6
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1246 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
NOW OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

The Good Pub Guide, Hertfordshire's "Dining Pub of the Year"
Tourist Board 'Herts Pub of The Year"

With beautiful surrounding countryside and nearby country walks over the rolling hills of the Chess Valley it's hard to believe that the Bricklayers Arms is within such easy reach.

A warm welcome awaits you in this beautiful grade II listed, 18th century pub by the Michaels family and their friendly and knowledgeable staff. Enjoy the cosy atmosphere when you step inside the rustic low oak beam interior full of character with its brick bar and real log fire. In Summer enjoy lunch in the garden surrounded by green pastures.

Enjoy the food by Michelin trained Chef Claude Paillet and his team who have transformed the Bricklayers Arms into an multi award winning gastro pub restaurant. Perfect for those seeking a treat in Hertfordshire's beautiful countryside.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1246 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We have been here before and it was lovely but this time the service was really poor with no ambience and

JG
JoannaG
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A fantastic local go-to for special occasions. Great wine menu too.

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PollyB
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was amazingly good all round and the service was friendly and attentive. We had a really lovely meal out.

KL
KayL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and all social distancing and health and hygiene protocols in place and working well. Well done

JK
JK101
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub, we went for lunch. Food was excellent, very relaxing sat outside in the garden. The staff were all lovely and friendly. Totally recommend.

HR
HRbds
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food, good service, lovely location. Only complaint is maybe some veg could be included with main meals, rather being an additional side on an already expensive meal!

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DonR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Whilst the selection of meat and fish dishes was good, at least one more vegetarian meal on the mains would have provided more choice.

CH
ChrisHP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I would highly recommend.

HA
HelenaA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, highly recommend visiting and had fantastic service! All guidelines for covid-19 carried out really well.

RG
RogerG
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food as usual, very good but the ambience was missing from a busy restaurant

AW
AlexW
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, lots of COVID prevention in place and visible, was nice to sit outside in the garden.

Food was excellent and service was superb, couldn’t fault it.

Not cheap but worth it for the quality and professionalism.

DD
DavidD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A really delightful evening in lovely and quiet surroundings. We really enjoyed an excellent dinner and, indeed, have booked to come again in three weeks
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LukeB
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great here and the waitress (don't recall her name) was a good laugh.

Will undoubtedly be back. 💙

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Hannah
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Lovely service and Roast dinner was delicious. My starter was disappointing, I always love the mushrooms in calvados cream but this time it was more like a gravy. A shame as its my favourite!! A good meal though.

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EmmaH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, excellent service. A wonderful dining experience, as always.

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CatherineH
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A delicious dinner, beautifully served.
The Bricklayers Arms manage to maintain a good ambience and it’s an inviting place to be.

JF
JohnF
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took friends to The Bricklayer, who hadn’t been there before. We were welcomed back by the owner. It was nice to be back.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our first time here and first time eating out since lockdown so we were really looking forward to it. The Bricklayers Arms did not disappoint! Lovely venue. We were greeted at the doorway and given the option of eating inside or outside. We chose inside and there was ample space between tables. The service was great, attentive but not obtrusive. We really enjoyed the food - delicious oxtail terrine to start follow by duck and dauphinois potatoes. We finished with a top notch crieme brûlée to share. Would definitely recommend and will be returning...A great evening

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patc
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal, expensive, but we knew that before we went. Would like to see more themed evenings return, like the half lobster special evening as the menu doesn't seem to have changed much in the last 12 months.

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OliviaJ
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant food and service. Have visited several times and always thoroughly enjoyed it!!

SP
ShaunP
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good local pub in countryside With excellent food and wine list.

DW
DennisW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful sunny day which allowed us to eat outside. Very friendly knowledgeable staff. Crusty warm sourdough bread brought to our table which was wonderful. Main course of fish which was huge and delicious, so much so we had no room for dessert. We will be booking again without a doubt.

JW
JanW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious menu - could have gone for almost anything on it!
All food was delivered perfectly cooked, and the service was faultless, with very friendly staff. Nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely be back - thank you!

MC
MartinCox
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A very pleasant evening, good service and good food

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Jes8
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! So pleased the Bricklayers Arms is open again.

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Alexb
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

What can i say about this pub. I found the Bricklayers Arms looking for a new venue for Sunday lunch with my wife and what a surprise, no wonder its No.1 in Hertfordshire, the awards are well deserved.

It's nestled in a quiet country road and when you pull up outside, its like a postcard...what a beautiful looking building. Dare i say it, it's an instagrammers dream. This is a quintessential English country pub. You are greeted by the friendly staff and owner who give a warm welcome which makes you feel like a local, even though it was my first time.

The inside is classically styled with memories of its past life in photos on the wall. The ceilings are low with exposed beams with brick and painted walls with a small bar in the centre of the room. The tables and chairs are set nicely with classic old pub styling. The service was relaxed but attentive, just how i like it.

The menu is modern with a nod to the pub classics. The food was excellent, if i recommend one thing, it would have to be the dandelion & burdock sticky toffee pudding. The wine selection is varied with a good selection across the board to suit all tastes and price points. The Malbec is especially good here, I ordered 6 bottles after finding it online once I got home.

After lunch, we walked outside into the pub garden, perfectly lined with trees overlooking the pub and horse fields next door. It feels like its in someones back garden where you can take in the view, relax and enjoy a few wines with friends without a care in the world.

This place is a testament to the family who have owned it for over 15 years. May it long continue as this place is a hidden gem.

If you do one thing this year, go for Sunday lunch, it will not disappoint. Im already looking for a date to back for dinner.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The roast on a Sunday is always amazing - their wine list is incredible. Would highly recommend the lamb.

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AdriennR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Outsanding location with great service and food. I have already recommended it.

Would be great if it could have a bigger variety of puddings to choose from (chocholate-orange, fruity ), sizes are very big for the main which is great but would like to keep place for the pudding. :-) More French specialities would be a bonus.

JR
JodieR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food as always, and great service. Felt very safe.

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ANON
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food in a beautiful setting, we couldn't have asked for more. The staff were really accommodating and dealt really well with the dietary restrictions within our party.

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Boykoboko
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a delight to be able to return to the Bricklayers Arms after the shut down. The food was as good as I remember it, as were the wine, setting, service and ambience.
Definitely going back!

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Tsofit
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Been twice in two weeks, loved it, set in garden under large umbrellas on comfi chairs.
Very nice service, good food and recommended to others.

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clarep
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had haddock and chips and hubby had pulled pork. We sat in the garden .

LC
LindaC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, excellent service and the best atmosphere rating out on the garden. Love this place!

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ANDREWK
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome back the Bricklayers! Great to be out again enjoying fabulous food and a revamped wine list. A lovely terrace and garden in a really quiet location. Highly recommended.

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GrahamM
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Ay first service was slow as there were many outside tables to attend to. Once these were vacated as the evening wore on then service improved. The food was very good and the atmosphere was not affected by the Corvid imposed restrictions. Social spacing was adequate to good.

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Benson
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent late lunch outside in the garden. No compromise has been made with regard to the quality of the food, drink or service despite the coronavirus guidelines. A most enjoyable and comforting experience.

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IrwinV
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are delighted that this establishment has survived because it deserves its position in the 2020 Good Pub Guide as Hertfordshire's Pub of the Year. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal but did not give 5 stars as my starter needed just a little more seasoning and my mocha coffee was a hot chocolate. This is a place to go to to give yourself a treat. It is very good value.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review