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The Candlestick

4.0
18 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Sunday Lunch (9)
  • Lunch (8)
  • Worth the Drive (6)
The Candlestick Freehouse and Restaurant - A Gastro Pub renowned for excellent food and a superb wine list, is located in the picturesque hamlet of West End near Essendon in Hertfordshire.
Being located in such a peaceful setting allows for a relaxing visit throughout the year, in the summer why not take advantage of our two beer gardens with extensive seating or in the winter keep warm and cosy by our real log fires.
The Candlestick is known for its relaxed atmosphere and good food. We serve a selection of locally brewed real ales from Hertfordshire breweries such as Tring or 3 Brewers.
We can also offer a good selection of fine wines to delight your palate or accompany your meal.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, British
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Hours of Operation
Wednesday - Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 20:00
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Phone number
01707 261322
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What 18 People Are Saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on 31 December 2017

Slightly limoted menu for me as i dont eat beef products. I would like to see more varied menu. Always feel welcome. Family friendly including furbabies. Friendly staff and reasonable pricing. Wohld recommend for the country feel of the pub.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0
Dined on 22 November 2017

When we arrived I gave my booking number from open table and the Candlestick hadn’t received it and knew nothing about our booking. The staff were fantastic, straight away got the tables together, gave us complimentary nibbles and looked after us very well. Luckily it was a Wednesday so not too busy.
Not sure now whether I should book through Open Table again.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on 12 November 2017

We were impressed by the roast dinner, one of the best we have ever had. Great atmosphere, good range of beers

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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0
Dined on 12 November 2017

Very good and great portion size. Service also good.

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Charlotte (Hertfordshire)
4.0
Dined on 10 November 2017

Fantastic meal , great options and wonderful service

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OpenTable Diner (Hertfordshire)
2.0
Dined on 15 October 2017

I was really upset not to like this restaurant as I really thought it was going to be great for Sunday lunch. It's such a fab location to go for a long walk and cone back to eat. I love that it accepts dogs in the dining area but unfortunately the food was really not good.
The roast chicken was so dry it was inedible and the roast beef was def not even med let alone med rare as asked for.
The waitresses were lovely and it was very busy but that should not be an excuse for overcooked food. I overheard another table complaint about dry chicken as well.
We politely mentioned about the dry inedible chicken as most of it was still on the plate. She kindly took the drinks off the bill but that's not why I said it. I would much prefer to pay for everything and get good food.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
4.0
Dined on 8 October 2017

Visiting our daughter who has just started at the local university so used open table to recommend a nice pub for Sunday lunch
Small country pub well maintained and the food was of a very high quality and was well received by all
Staff were mostly good and with a small amount of training and experience they will become exceptional im sure
Small let down the locals on the next table were a little loud and their friends were visiting the table often so we got a view of there backsides right next to our plates as we were eating but as I said it is quite snug and the friends eventually moved to the bar
However that said an enjoyable afternoon and I can see us visiting once a month when we are in the area visiting our daughter
Our thanks for a nice meal and afternoon

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AHertfordDiner 
4.0
Dined on 7 October 2017

Very good food. Friendly staff. We will be going back to eat again. Pub dog was ok and very well behaved. Yappy, howling other customer dog, with owner constantly shouting to it to be quiet was a bit annoying but they went after a while. Don't take that as a reason not to go, just an observation. We will be eating there again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Hertfordshire)
4.0
Dined on 7 October 2017

We were in Hatfield looking for a place to dine after a visit to the Eight Bells and took a chance on this place. It is really secluded and down a country path. I wish we'd gone earlier so we could have taken in the surroundings, but we'll go back and use the footpaths sometime. The outdoor seating area must get packed in nice weather, as it was lovely.

The pub itself is in need of an update, but overall the food and wine were superb. They were a bit understaffed on our visit, but the young staff were very pleasant. Make sure to order the Chateaubriand if it's on the specials menu. It was superb!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on 1 October 2017

The new team are excellent and lots of friendly attentive staff
Sunday lunch is a must

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub, British
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Hours of Operation
Wednesday - Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 20:00
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Price range
£25 and under
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
01707 261322
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Parking Details
We have a good hard surface parking with road side parking as well.
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Public Transit
11 minutes drive from Hatfield station.
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Executive Chef
Roy Paul Derricutt
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine