Premium Country Pubs -The Gate

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With beautiful surroundings, and a stylish interior, The Gate in Rickmansworth is a classic meets modern pub, a perfect setting for any occasion. Our chefs take pride in preparing fresh, delicious tasting food using the finest ingredients. Signature dishes include spit-roasted chicken with lemon & garlic confit, slow cooked pork belly with seared scallops, salmon supreme served with thyme-roasted butternut squash, and our home-made British beef burger. For a lighter bite, our spiralised carrot salad and Mediterranean mezze are both delectable, or for some sweet indulgence our melting golden chocolate bomb with caramel ice cream is sure to please!
You’ll also find a range of daily-changing specials and a carefully selected drinks list, including beautiful wines, ales and lagers, cocktails, and bubbles. So, whether it’s for a drink at the bar with family and friends, a special dining experience or a relaxed afternoon with great food – you can sit back and unwind, and we’ll take ca
What 48 People Are Saying
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PeterB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, good menu, nice food, good value.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Booked through Open table and received an email in confirmation.
Day before my booking I received a reminder email.
Phoned the venue to confirm they had my booking and no they did not!
Valentine's day so nothing else available.
So glad I phoned and spared my wife and I the embarrassment of being turned away at the door.
Would be better off putting a note in a bottle and tossing it into the Chess.

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GloriaT
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Chose from what I thought was on the special priced menu for 2 courses but was quite misleading as full priced dishes were mixed up with special offers. Manager dealt with complaint superbly and would definitely go back

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Mustard
London
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service very slow. Food stale. Ambience chilling. Nice fit out though

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vipBarbiedoll82
Hertfordshire
23 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good ambience but the “new” menu is somewhat disappointing. Would prefer to see plain grilled fish. The main choice for simple protein is a steak which of course makes the meal expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food in a nice converted pub with a lot of parking. All in all a good meal

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DianaW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very quiet on the day and service and food were great.

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terrym
Surrey
4 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service and a good menu, very convienent for anyone using the M25 in the Watford.. Amersham area

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunchtime meal - would definitely recommend.

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magmate
London
56 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Haven’t been to The Gate for a meal for a while but have used the bar area a couple of times this year and the ambience and wine list are good. I wanted a light lunch so chose the vegetarian flatbread. It took almost 45 minutes to arrive and what was served was terrible, dry and over cooked. There was only about a tablespoon of topping- aubergine, onion and miso- spread in the middle of the overly crisp bread.No one came to ask if the meal was ok. My daughter thought her salad was average. All very disapppinting. It took a further 10 minutes to attract anyone’s attention to get the bill as the waitress was busy chatting to customers . I won’t be in a hurry to return to the restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my wife, mum, step father and 2yr old son here for Mother’s Day and so was really impressed. Service was amazing and the food was surprisingly good, especially for the price. Great set menu for the day, really good staff and just a wonderful afternoon. Will definitely be back

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DianaW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not fault the service, ambience and food. I would like the portions to be slightly larger though. Despite three courses..... I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, the staff were smiling which is a reflection on the running of the restaurant. Well done!

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PhilG
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I booked on Open Table as recommended by the restaurant answering machine and the website. We arrived on time to be told they had no record of our booking and that this happened regularly!
We then had to wait 20 minutes for a table to be free. The staff were pleasant but not that concerned that this had happened.
Shame, because it's a nice place to eat!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food lovely restaurant

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FrancesT
Buckinghamshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

There were quite a few items missing from the menu when we went on Friday evening which was nuisance. However the staff were helpful and friendly.

MR
MarkR
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

New years eve booking online which was confirmed, was subsequently cancelled by the restaurant by phone a few hours later, leaving me unable to find an alternative at short notice. Very poor!!

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BobV
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had lunch on a very busy New Years Eve lunch time
Service food & drink was great even though the restaurant was full up( all staff working really hard serving everyone)
Very nice lunchtime
Be back soon as great value

BG
BelindaG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely upmarket pub for lunch with a really appealing menu and such friendly staff.

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bollemie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall1food2service2ambience1

I have been a few times. This time I took hubby. Sadly it was my first “not so good meal” I have had there. Maybe it was just the dish that didn t work. Weird combination and the flavours didn t blend.

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Mo70
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Our local restaurant which we use often
The last 2 times we’ve been, the service has been slow
and the food not of the same quality and we would think twice
about booking again
The chips rather than being thrice cooked tasted and looked as if
They had been cooked and kept warm in an oven for a couple of hours
Presentation of all our food was poor.

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vipVIBE
London
170 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went to the Gate for Sunday lunch. It was a bar favourite of ours years ago and we went back with school friends to see how it had been renovated as we had heard good things. Have to agree it looks and feels like a smart gastric pub as well as having a separate restaurant. We are in the restaurant and it was a good experience.

The service was attentive and informed. The food was well presented in a clever way and tasted great- only draw back it was a bit pricey. I had a butter Southfield chicken and it was nice but not much to it for the £15.50 price tag.

Will go back and try again- will just pick better.

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Gilly
London
11 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The restaurant was busy but we didn't have to wait too long for the waitress to take our order. She was very nice. The soup was extremely spicy, but the rest of the meal was good.

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DianaW
London
4 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and lovely staff as per. Thoroughly enjoyed my evening. Disappointed that the duck salad has been taken off the menu as it is a very popular dish and one a lot of my friends enjoy too!

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vipleslie
London
204 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed the variety of food and good service it’s not very local to us but will return

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vipGemstone
London
136 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an enjoyable lunch with my mum and nephew. The garden is very nice with comfy seats and cushions. The service was so kind and friendly - thanks Ali! The menu is fab and something for everyone. We had the fillet steak with a tart of onion, Stilton and walnut with great chunky chips and nephew had wagyu burger. Extremely well presented and delicious. This is our new place. One mark off because of the crazy flies.

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Gatehill
London
8 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Well looked after. Menu choice a little disappointing on the fixed price option.

HL
HeatherL
London
21 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect for meeting up and having Sunday lunch

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Jools
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A newly refurbished restaurant with a swish new decor. We visit every 8 weeks as a convenient meeting place half way between friends. Food was tasty and served in good time. The waitress was very friendly. Love the mini puds and a hot drink deal.

JA
JAMESM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Well worth the visit. Pleasant surroundings, excellent food and reasonably priced. The restaurant was busy proof in its self it must be popular.

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Allan
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I have eaten at this restaurant on only 2 occasions and both times we have had the 28 day aged Ribeye steak.( not the cheapest in the menu)
Sadly on both occasions we have had to return the steaks as they were not of an acceptable standard!
We tend to eat only ribeye steaks at many good restaurants and therefore feel we in a good position to compare. I would now not recommend this pub/restaurant to anyone unless they enjoy spending all evening trying to chew and break down each mouthful!
Very very poor regarding the quality of your steak !

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vipBarbiedoll82
Hertfordshire
23 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I’ve always enjoyed this venue but on this occasion my pie was too over cooked and dry. Won’t be ordering this dish again soon. Otherwise pretty good as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We had a great, tasty lunch with very attentive and helpful service. The only disappointment was the pie I had - it was difficult to find any leeks! We gave feedback at the time. Service was excellent and as always the venue was clean and welcoming. We will go again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Good food. Very slow service and long wait for food

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Dru18
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

LL
LilleyLovely
Buckinghamshire
58 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We chose the Gate to meet up with family as it was equidistant between our two homes. We have met there in the past but probably not for a couple of years or so. The staff were very good although the service was a tad slow which is to be expected so close to Christmas as it was very busy in the restaurant. Although the Yorkshire pudding was amazing, I was disappointed with the pork to be fair. It did not come with apple sauce as advertised. The portions of pork and crackling were on the small size and the meat was overcooked, dry and had a weird taste which was not to my liking. I will definitely visit again, but probably go for the beef next time.

BF
BrendaF
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food average - pale chicken and when we asked what the sauce was we were told "a sort of gravy!" Tea at £2.25 per cup was undrinkable. No tea or tea bag in the pot and when we questioned it we were shown a large can of English Breakfast tea leaves which apparently were put fresh into an urn every morning and then topped up through the day! We said we couldn't drink it but we were charged anyhow. Such a shame as we have visited this restaurant through so many owners over the years as it is a good location between all of our friends and relatives. Now we are looking elsewhere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely food with excellent service and a very attentive waitress. Was quiet mid-week, but still a lovely atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2017
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Very poor food on recent visit. Soup was grey, salty water with a few mushrooms in it. It was accompanied by warmed up dry bread. Fish pate was gritty and unpleasant. Coffee was stewed and tea served in a teapot with no teabag or leaves and tasted fusty. It was Earl Grey, supposedly, but was obviously made from old tea. Pretty awful all round.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was exceptionally slow, food over-cooked - very disappointed! Would not recommend or go back.
Special of sea trout was cooked for far to long. Chicken was over cooked and tough.

HL
HeatherL
London
21 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch. I had the chicken but was disappointed it only came with fries so had to order veggies after I saw my meal. Kitchen though were excellent prepared a bowl of veggies very quickly 👍
My cousin ordered the pork that had veggies and all the trimmings excellent choice.
Will definitely go back soon

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