The Candlestick

3.8
48 reviews
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  • Casual
  • Cosy
  • Sunday Lunch
The Candlestick Freehouse and Restaurant - A Traditional 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.

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PS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The staff were very nice and obliging and there was a lovely open fire to greet us.
We enjoyed the experience

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JR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Candlestick is a beautiful hidden gem, that you want to shout about, yet not change. Love this place.

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating for my elderly parents re venue & staff

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f
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

Great food, but we were only ones for Sunday lunch and we thought it would be busier.

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YD
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Only customers dining there on a Friday night so lack of atmosphere. Friendly and helpful bar person who also served as the waitress. Limited menu that doesn't seemed to have been changed or updated for a long time. Shame that there weren't more people there.

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DA
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice meal with good service. Totally satisfied and a reasonable price. Food was done well without being overly fussy.

I recommend and would go again.

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JS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Above average pub grub. Accommodating staff. Dog-friendly.

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GR
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Been a few times . This time not impressed game pie think they forgot the game more gravy than anything
Lancashire Hot Pot well a small bit of lamb off but of potato
Had to ask where chips were as they forgot and it was on menu
Only two women serving took half hour for desert
Was really not impressed

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D
London
6 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The Candelstick is very well hidden (there is a signpost from main road) up a narrow road. It has a good outdoor area which unfortunately we didn't use as it was pouring with rain! The Sunday roasts are large portions so you won't go home hungry.

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T
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I booked this 'Gastro pub' based on the internet description and was really disappointed.
The menu has about four choices of starters and not many more as a main, really disappointing.
The booking was a special treat for two friends who had a special birthday. I advised the restaurant of this in advance but no mention was made of it.
Whilst mention of it would of been nice, as the only diners in the whole pub it probably wouldn't of added any extra atmosphere.
The menu we were given only offered red wine, we had to ask if they had white - they do!
Once the main was served, new cutlery was then brought to the table in tea towel and dried at the table! The cost for a 'pub meal;' was nearly £200, and wasn't worth it, really disappointed and can not recreate the evening for our friends. I would not recommend, which I hate saying as I do love our traditional country pubs and know they are having a hard time. I will not be back

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JW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening at the Candlestick, the food was excellent and the chips amazing, will definitely return.

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D
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our first time at the Candlestick. Nice country views outside but had to sit in due to inclement weather. First seat was nice location with oak beams above but somehow very noisy so we asked to move to another part of the pub and that was nice and quiet. Service was good. Food took a long time to arrive (over an hour). My roast chicken was excellent. The veg was very flavour-some if a little over-cooked. I had asked for an extra Yorkshire pudding and they generously obliged with two extra! My wife had the beer battered fish and chips. Chips nice but batter on the fish not crisp enough. My children had the homemade burger and it was very good - the quantity also defeated them both and they could not finish! Not amazing but a pleasant afternoon was had by all of us. Many thanks.

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GS
New Zealand
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly staff provided speedy service and the food was plentiful and wholesome. It is a pet friendly establishment and a great outdoor area.

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M
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant and quiet evening. Unfortunately, disappointed in the Menu as it was not the same as I had been shown on the Internet, and I had been looking forward to a particular choice.

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TK
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were greeted friendly when we first arrive and was able to choose where we sat. The menu was clear and the meals arrived in good time.

The food was very good and value for money.

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DH
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Been here a few times for lunch with friends, for which the menu is o.k. However, the 'A La Carte' menu is just the lunch menu with bigger portions. What may be suitable for lunch does not translate into a meal that is in any way special for an evening. The chef specials are usually sold out early because (I suspect) clientele are disappointed with the mundane fare on offer. I also think that the meal was expensive for what was on offer.
Disappointing, because I like the location and the staff are friendly enough.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Visited the Candlestick for Father's Day late lunch. Had also been before the change of ownership and can see the changes. On the plus side the outdoor area is much improved, nice seating options and play area. The service was very friendly, welcoming and attentive. Sadly the food was only ok, where on previous visits it had been great. We ordered a small version of a dish from the adult menu for our daughter (had been told this was possible when booking) but she was brought the next nearest thing from the children's menu without the waitress checking if that was ok or we'd like to choose something different. We had the middle table which is right by the main entrance and thoroughfare to the toilets. Overall not fantastic but not awful, improve the food to justify the prices and it will be worth the drive.

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v
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice food beautiful setting. I went with family for Father's day and really enjoyed it. Will be visiting more often!

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LH
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food and service! The workers are very nice and the food came quickly.

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TO
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely dinner with very friendly staff. I was a chilled relaxing evening with friends

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PK
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

we had the Sunday lunch, and as it was not shown as a menu online based our choice on the regular daily menu, which seemed reasonable. Generally the food was tasty, although the portions were a little small for the price paid on the main course. Service was a bit hasty, being asked if we were ready to order twice within the first 3 minutes of sitting down, put this down to enthusiasm & lack of experience by the staff. Overall a nice place to eat with friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at his restaurant

Really packed Mothersday lunchtime

They were super accommodating and helpful with my son’s egg allergy, and the spoke to us and sorted out a special dessert

Portions were great

We left comfortable not cramped, nice people serving too.

Definitely recommend and return THANK YOU for making it such a nice day

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Having read the reviews I thought this might be ok for a Mother's Day lunch. I should have been warned when they had a table available at only 2 week notice for Mother's Day.

Food. There is no point asking how you want your beef cooked. Medium rare = well done. Well done kids meal = medium/ rare in places. Kids meals - there were none, no fish fingers, no chicken tenders. A sausage beans and mash came as sausage peas and chips! We were charged for a random Ice cream that appeared on the table.

Service. You have to laugh when your waiter comes out with a starter and says I have no idea what this is. A roast pork was described as lamb, no success were made available without asking at the bar, despite the beef being billed as with horseradish. When the waitress asked what was wrong with the peas that had been left, and we advised they weren't beans this was simply meet with a shrug.

Fundamentally it seems that this is somewhere that just needs to train the staff and have a bit of organisation in the kitchen. At the moment however it is shocking. You'd eat better in a Beefeater or possibly even a Wetherspoons.

Or if you want to look at it another way, this is the place to go if you want to take yourself back to the early 90's.

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H
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for Mother’s Day which was lovely although OpenTable didn’t provide menu so I thought there would be more option than there was. Tad expensive for what it was - around £15-20 for a roast dinner. Although saying that it was lovely food.

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B
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The chef spoke to my son about gluten free options. He decided on the duck but when placing the order was told the duck was not available having just been told it was an option. The food was indifferent to poor. My son asked for gluten free bread with his soup, no bread was served for him. My mash was tepid and vegetables burnt. My son's girlfriend's meal was supposed to come with sauté potatoes but arrived with mash, which she is unable to eat due to digestive problems. I asked for cheese cake and it took 30 minutes for a waitress to come back to tell me it was not available. I then selected a crumble and the fruit was burnt I suspect before being made into a burnt crumble. My husband asked for clotted cream ice cream and was given lemon and vanilla, my son's girlfriend ordered chocolate and orange dessert with clotted cream ice cream, it was delivered with cream poured over it and no ice cream. These 2 desserts were replaced. The whole shambolic meal took 3 hours which I wouldn't have minded if it had been worth the wait. We were not offered any compensation.

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SI
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pretty good food at a reasonable price for Sunday lunch - both fish and 3xroast were enjoyed by our table. Would go back if I was in the area again.

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OT
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very good and excellent choice of menu. Only slight delay due to the location but telephoned and received prompt directions

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OT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

We went for sunday lunch a week ago
The roast lamb was very thin and tasteless
We ordered three adult portions and one child .even the waitress couldn't tell which one was the childs. They were all small.
I sent an e-mail via there website twice,both times it failed. So i called the restaurant to get there correct address
twice,to be told both times ,the owners were out,no-one knew the web adddress
And they would call me on there return.
I can only asume they are still out,as i didn't get a call back. Very poor show.

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TC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great , nice open fires and comfortable seating

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OT
Brighton
7 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Had the leek and potato soup it was so peppered it could have been anything,chicken salad was nothing special and very salty,a disappointing experience!

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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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MH
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good and great portion size. Service also good.

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C
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic meal , great options and wonderful service

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OT
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

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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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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AH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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HP
Hertfordshire
12 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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