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Bricklayers Arms

4.6
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1377 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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 1377 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Picturesque venue, good menu with a selection of pub classics and good quality seafood too. Enjoyed a Sunday meal with family. Standard very high and food well presented.

JW
JohnW
London
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Good food and wine, service very erratic but friendly

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautifully cooked Sea bass/Halibut.
Lemon sole delicate and flavoursome
Waiting staff friendly and attentive.
Lovely lunch all round.

DT
DanTheMan
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Bricklayers Arms is a truly fantastic 'Free House / Restaurant' - it is wonderful. -

Spectacular and beautiful building/venue; excellent food and outstanding service.

The one small improvement for consideration would be to serve the food on hot or even 'warm' plates. We sat outside (for lunch) on a beautiful and warm day, which was absolutely lovely; however, the food got cold quite quickly. However, I have no hesitation at all in firmly and highly recommending, the 'Bricklayers Arms' and certainly plan to return. - Thank you.

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vipXxxxxxxxx
London
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal here with 2 friends. Sat inside. Felt safe. Great food and wine. Would come back. Would recommend!

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Local
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food in a very picturesque country pub, not cheap, so we save it for special occasions.

SC
StewartC
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All our meals were really good, particularly the fish plate starter

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and delightful service in a beautiful country setting

SA
SedA
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Was a nice pub with friendly service. I would have liked more on the menu but what I had was really good.

SW
SusanW
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real delight to be sitting outside on a September day mid Covid & feel that it was normal .

CS
ChezSimon
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The service was a bit slow, but not enough to complain about. They were very busy in the garden.
Starters were great and the Mains OK, except the Halibut seriously overcooked. I didn’t send it back because we were already running out of time. We sat down at 12.45, got our Starters at 1.20 and then had to ask where our Mains were at 1.55 Cost just over £40 per head including Beers. Wines were pricey for a country pub/ restaurant.
Having said all that we will probably go again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Lovely place and friendly helpful staff. Food was very over priced and some main dishes were tasteless.

AP
AndyP
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, lovely setting and great staff. Would 100% recommend.

CC
ChristineC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely sunny day eat in the garden, staff very helpful and friendly, also efficient, would recommend the whole establishment. Thank you.

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Amanda
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch in the garden. Food and service was outstanding.

VG
VivienG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I thought this menu is extremely overpriced for what is a pub. This is not London! Chicken pie was not very tasty

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jrl64
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely birthday meal for my stepson. The waitress was great and the food was too!

JM
JohnM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful country pub, great menu and excellent service. Top notch all round

HM
HoneyM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. Staff were very accommodating of our dietary requirements (excellent gluten free bread and rolls!). Will definitely return

G
George
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was first visit, following a friend's recommendation, and I was impressed with the setting, food and service. I'll certainly come back.

J
Jamie
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated to a memorable birthday lunch with good food, friendly and attentive staff and a picturesque setting. Even the weather was well organised!
Many thanks for an enjoyable experience.

MJ
MarcusJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue for Sunday lunch and very good value when compared to others. Service was good despite being very busy. Will go again and highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely interesting menu with beautifully cooked food. Great wine menu.
Good service.

TO
TheOccasionalDiner
Hertfordshire
8 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far the best restaurant around by miles. If we can, I dont think we will bother going anywhere else for a long time to come. They can't do enough for you. Very considered. Gluten Free options, know their food and ingredients. Just love this place

LK
LK1993
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Best food in the area by a long way. Very good all round.

TC
TC123
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. They have given a lot of thought to making the place 'Covd secure' but it didn't feel obtrusive.

SW
SamanthaW
Hertfordshire
5 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always. Appropriate covid safety measures in place. Occupied tables well spaced. Super food in lovely setting.

SM
SeanM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As good a pub dining experience as you are likely to find!

CW
CeinwenW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful country pub in a peaceful and picturesque location. Great outdoor area (where we ate). Service was very attentive and the food very yummy! It was our first time here and we’d certainly love to come back again.

LM
LaurieM
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat here often. Brilliant as ever, delicious food, lots of it, excellent service

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HertsTimelord
Hertfordshire
23 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

t was easy to book a table on line through Bookatable. A friendly welcome at the door from a gentleman whom I assumed was the proprietor. Tables well spaced out and a pleasant ambience. Some great ales on tap. A menu on which there were so many dishes I fancied that it was hard to make a choice but I settled for the mushroom feullitte, which is one of their "signature dishes", followed by the sea bream. Both were excellent, served on properly hot plates. A great selection of reasonable value wines by the glass. Our servers were professional, friendly and helpful. The only shame is that this place is awkward to get through, involving a drive through some narrow lanes, although the car park is adequate.

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suew
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

always enjoyable to come to the Bricklayers and have done for many years.

M
Min88
London
12 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Bricklayers Arms is in a charming small hamlet about ten minutes away from the M25 but a world away from traffic noise and hustle and bustle. The pub is ivy clad. It was sunny enough to eat outside . Menu not huge but appetising. Sauces on both the halibut and duck dishes were beautiful. Not cheap but for a special treat worth the journey

NM
NatalieM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

four of us dined outside on a Saturday afternoon and had the most wonderful meal. The chicken live parfait was wonderful as was the tomato soup. The fish and chips were crisp and delicious but the star of the show was the cannon of lamb. The service was very attentive and helpful, all with a smile. I cannot wait to return to this wonderful pub in the beautiful hertfordshire countryside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and great food, good stop after a country walk

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food!

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Idonottnormallyreview
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4