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The White Horse, Harpenden, Hertfordshire

The White Horse

4.2
4.2
397 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
The White Horse is a delightful old pub in Hatching Green. Five minutes from the bustling centre of Harpenden on the one hand and Junction 9 of the M1 on the other, the pub has a lovely country setting, surrounded by a large leafy garden and terrace.

The bar is warm and cosy, with old parquet and low beams hung with antique copper jugs, while the dining room is light & fresh, its French windows opening onto a sunny terrace. In our charming private dining room, up a winding stair in the oldest part of the pub, we can comfortably host a dinner party for twelve.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, British
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 10:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 10:00–23:00 Sun 10:00–21:00
  • Phone number
    01582 469290
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Robert Button
  • Private party facilities
    If you’re looking for a space to host a dinner party, family get-together, or Birthday celebration, talk to us about booking our hideaway. Make it your own, with all the comforts of having a party in your own home, without any of the hard work.
  • Private party contact
    Sam: 01582 469290
  • Area
    Harpenden
  • Parking Details
    The White Horse has a large car park to the side of the pub.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 397 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Hertfordshire

    Child-friendly

  • Hertfordshire

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Hertfordshire

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Hertfordshire

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Hertfordshire

    Lively

397 Reviews
  1. MarkS

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very poor breakfast experience. Some of the food cold or not cooked at all. Items missed off order too. Servers were polite but generally inattentive. Will not be returning.

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  2. JimT

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Only downside was starter special Cherizzo Bon Bon which was a bit bland, steaks were great, Shiraz was lovely and the service was unhurried and attentive. Would definitely recommend and will be back.

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  3. SimonAB

    Hertfordshire

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are long time diners at the White Horse over its many changes of hands. It is currently the best it has ever been with great food and service. Recommended.

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  4. Disappointing

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Catch of the day, sea bass, with boiled new potatoes and rocket salad, on the specials menu. Lunch outside, pleasant setting, good service. But, the food was disappointing. The sea bass was one small filet, cooked nicely, occupying abour one third of the plate; at least three medium sized potatoes, halved, taking up most of the rest of the plate, they were floury, tasteless, and definitely not new. And a pile of rocket, taking up the rest of the plate, with possibly some oil on it. The was a slice of lemon, and the potatoes had a little oil or butter.

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  5. EmmaS

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic (as always) and service attentive. Also recommended the delicious non-alcoholoc cocktails.

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  6. HenryT

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely meal at the White Horse. Only reason I have knocked one start of was because, the special I ordered - Roast Pork Belly, whilst lovely, the piece of pork I got was tiny. I was wondering when they would bring the rest out! A real shame, because what i did get was so good. Staff are very attentive. Was served by this big guy - Jamie, very good service, and happy chap.

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  7. Liverbird

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely Mother’s Day Brunch here. The food was good and the staff were very welcoming and friendly. The gave all the Mother’s a mini bottle of gin as a gift which I thought was a really nice touch. We would definitely go back.

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  8. JE1970

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and attentive staff.

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  9. luv2eat

    Hertfordshire

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waitress was very good plus the food was good. Had a nice evening

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  10. TOMBO

    Hertfordshire

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent, as always. Food and service just excellent....nothing more to say....except give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

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  11. Margaret

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, a wonderful meal. Thank you to Brontë and the team

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was super loud in there because of Christmas meal parties which freaked out my 4 year old disabled grandson. But the staff were really understanding and moved our party of 6 to a different area.

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  13. SallyA

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, staff friendly, great place to catch up with friends for dinner

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  14. TOMBO

    Hertfordshire

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always...food, drink and service. Throughly recommended......

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  15. petersaul

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch time meal , I recommend you start using proper mash potato not the packet stuff , all four meals had mash potato which was terrible , but the rest of the meal was above average, service was tip top , well done Joe .

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  16. DavidC

    Hertfordshire

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m a regular diner but today felt that the cooking wasn’t up to its usual standard. Pork crackling was hard and stale Rump steak uneven cooked ( medium one end rare the other) Chicken wings very dry
    The White HorseResponded on 28 October 2023
    We're very sorry to hear that David! We do hope this won't put you off, I've spoken to the Chef on duty that day to ensure we're always keeping up to our usual, high standards!

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  17. AbrahamZ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fantastic food; fantastic service for Sunday roast!
    The White HorseResponded on 28 October 2023
    Thank you very much for 5 stars! We hope to see you again soon.

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  18. DavidC

    Hertfordshire

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Daniel was very efficient and made sure we got our orders promptly as we were time limited

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  19. Mike

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The only problem was a more limited menu than usual after the venue had a very busy Sunday in the very warm and sunny weather.
    The White HorseResponded on 10 October 2023
    Thank you for 4 stars Mike! We do apologise about the limited menu! I'd love to get you a drink on me when you're in next as an apology. Just show the manager on duty this comment. Thanks, Bronte General Manager

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  20. RayM

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 October 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We have been to the White Horse many times as we live close by. The last couple of times have been poor overall. First two meals picked were unavailable, and following the actual meal l was very ill. We won’t repeat our experience.
    The White HorseResponded on 10 October 2023
    Hi Ray, this really doesn't sound up to our usual standards. Could you give me an email directly at bronte.bell-ward@peachpubs.co m So I can investigate this for you! Thanks, Bronte General Manager

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  21. leslie

    London

    254 reviews

    5.0

    254 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Really warm welcome with a smile for a late lunch booking. Interesting menu options service was very good and we enjoyed the lunch menu
    The White HorseResponded on 15 September 2023
    Thank you so much for 5 stars!

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  22. Ajc4

    London

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Limited choice for a Sunday lunch and uninspiring. My fish was ok there no choice of vegetables as a side. They offered my roasted vegetables to go with sea bass and they came as a plate of parsnips and carrots from the Sunday Roast. Not great on a super hot afternoon. There were no side salads or anything else. . Staff helpful and friendly, food very average
    The White HorseResponded on 15 September 2023
    Hi Ajc4, This doesn't sound like our usual Peachy standards! If you could email us directly at thewhitehorse@peachpubs.co m with some more details of your visit, we're always open to listening.

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  23. TOMBO

    Hertfordshire

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely experience as always. Worth the few extra pounds for excellent food.
    The White HorseResponded on 5 September 2023
    Thank you so much for your lovely words! We always love hosting you!

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  24. RichardH

    London

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 September 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Many items off the menu Kitchen and staff overloaded - took 40 minutes to place our order and another 30 minutes for food to arrive Nibbles never arrived Food was served in drinks and drabs A starter and a main did not come and had to be ordered again Staff were stressed and not welcoming Got some items thrown in to compensate, but did not make up for spoiling our evening.
    The White HorseResponded on 5 September 2023
    Hi Richard, I'm so sorry to hear of your experience with us, this absolutely does not like up to our standards or values. If you could email me directly at bronte.bell-ward@peachpubs.c om with the details of your visit i'd love to look into this for you and restore your faith. Thanks, Bronte General Manager

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  25. Patsy

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hi not bad my chicken dish was a bit put off the way it was probably thigh could see veins didn't like it .my other half had hake no flavour service was brill though.
    The White HorseResponded on 31 August 2023
    Thank you for 4 stars! I'm glad you loved our peachy service but sorry the food let you down on this occasion. If you email me directly at bronte.bell-ward@peachpubs.co m I'd love to look into this for you. Thanks, Bronte

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic Sunday lunch. Great food and service - will definitely be back!

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  27. Helenl

    Hertfordshire

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 20 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was a little slow and to wait a long time for desert but overall good

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  28. CT888

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 10 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Don’t know what’s happened to The White Horse but standards have significantly dropped, sadly. Food was overcooked, poorer ingredients, service was poor primarily due to understaffing. Two people serving the entire restaurant. Very disappointing as this was a firm favourite previously. Ho hum.
    The White HorseResponded on 17 August 2023
    I'm very saddened to hear your feedback, we pride ourselves on always serving the good stuff and delivering a high standard of service. If you could email me directly with the details of your visit I'd love to look into this further. bronte.bell-ward@peachpubs.co m

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  29. Meggy

    Hertfordshire

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 9 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate outside in the sun. There were 4 of us and it was a bit of a squeeze at the small tables. There was 1 large table occupied by 2 ladies only - I thought the staff might have noticed & asked them to move. Three meals were good ; one of our party had the trout fillet which was overdone & looked unappetising with greasy pan juices covering the plate.
    The White HorseResponded on 14 August 2023
    Hi Meggy, Our lovely outside tables are first come, first served but our friendly team would have been more than happy to help you find a larger table or join another across, please don't hesitate to ask next time! I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the trout dish, I have spoken with the Head Chef on presentation. If you'd like to email me directly at bronte.bell-ward@peachpubs.co m I'm always open to feedback to help our business grow!

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  30. AliS

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Warm welcome by staff especially manager. Nice chilled bar area with additional seating for drinks. Outside garden area looked beautiful unfortunately the evening was wet n miserable so wasn’t able to take advantage of this space. Wide choice on menu and all food was beautifully presented hot and very tasty. Very attentive waiting staff without being overbearing. Good value for money, and prices are reasonable in comparison to similar settings. Overall a very pleasant evening had by all. Will definitely return.
    The White HorseResponded on 14 August 2023
    Thank you for the lovely review, we hope to see you again soon!

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  31. MartinK

    Hertfordshire

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent and the service was extremely good, once seated. The noise within the restaurant was very loud and so made it difficult for me to hear. Would not put me off from coming again and top marks to all concerned.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    A burger arrived instead of a vegan burger. The re-ordered vegan burger arrived after everyone else had finished eating. Whilst it was removed from the bill, it defeated the purpose of going for a family meal.
    The White HorseResponded on 19 June 2023
    We're so sorry to hear that your meal was so disrupted, We had a much busier than expected week and unfortunately this did impact the flow of our service, I'm glad to hear you weren't charged for the burger but as gesture of goodwill I'd like to buy you a drink on me the next time you visit us. Please email me directly at bronte.bell-ward@peachpubs.co m with your details. Thanks, Bronte General Manager

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  33. deanw

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Sunday roast pork with crackling. The dinner was out within 5 minuets of ordering, Pork was dry, couldn't eat the crackling as it was so hard. the potatoes were soggy and had obviously been under warm lights for ages or had been microwaved as was the veg. Needless to say we were very disappointed with the food. As for the pub itself nice setting very friendly staff great service and nice cocktails, shame about the food. I would recommend for a drink, not for the food.
    The White HorseResponded on 19 June 2023
    I'm delighted you love our friendly team as much as we do but I'm so sorry to hear we didn't quite hit the mark with your roasts! Please don't avoid us for food, if you email me directly at bronte.bell-ward@peachpubs.co m about your experience i'd love to restore your faith in us!

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Hertfordshire

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty meal, pleasant waiting staff, lovely sunny garden. What’s not to like?

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  35. TOMBO

    Hertfordshire

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can't go wrong...bit pricy but food worth it. Good service too

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  36. KamC

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent little find. Very friendly attentive staff, great Sunday roast and a nice clean Castro pub Definitely worth a visit and definitely go back

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  37. RayC

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    impromptu Friday night meal - all very nice - thanks
    The White HorseResponded on 23 May 2023
    Thank you for the lovely feedback! We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday lunch for mother in law and with our four year old daughter in tow. Staff were excellent, made us feel very welcome and offered smaller and amended menu options for our daughter. Food was delicious and high quality.

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  39. DanF

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We started with a couple of drinks outside on the terrace where there was music providing a great atmosphere. Sunday dinner was very good, a small choice of roasts however the quality was great. The drinks service for dinner was a little slow but other than that a very enjoyable afternoon evening. Will definitely be back to sample the normal evening menu. 👍🏻

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  40. Phill

    London

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice and varied menu - catering for a wide range of tastes and dietary requirements. Very polite and attentive service - plus excellent food

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The White Horse is rated 4.2 stars by 397 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for The White Horse

Redbourn Lane, Hatching Green, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 2JP

Additional information

  • Area
    Harpenden
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 10:00–22:00 Fri, Sat 10:00–23:00 Sun 10:00–21:00
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    Gastro Pub, British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    The White Horse has a large car park to the side of the pub.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Robert Button
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01582 469290
  • Private party facilities
    If you’re looking for a space to host a dinner party, family get-together, or Birthday celebration, talk to us about booking our hideaway. Make it your own, with all the comforts of having a party in your own home, without any of the hard work.
  • Private party contact
    Sam: 01582 469290
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