The Rose and Crown Sandridge

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British
A beautiful 400 year old village pub just outside St Albans. A proper welcome, lovely fresh cask ales, and excellent modern British comfort food are what you can expect. We have ample parking, a lovely beer garden and some fabulous open fireplaces to keep you warm in winter! Try our British Tapas selection for a twist on bar food, or simply come down, grab a pint and watch the world go by. Kids, muddy boots and mucky paws always welcome.

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3.9
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4.1
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4.1
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vipKath61
London
85 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We were very disappointed with our meal at The Rose and Crown . My husband had the sausage and mash. Very basic and no vegetables and you couldn't order sides. My sister in law had the pie it was dry and only with mash. Small portions. Very disappointed as this pub is meant to serve better food than The Green Man and Queens Head in Sandridge. having looked at reviews the quality and quantity has reduced.

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AliceM
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue, get very cosy and welcoming! Will defo be back

PJ
PJAM
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a family lunch with our puppy on a Saturday in January, having read that the pub was dog friendly. It was idyllic. We had a friendly welcome (including the puppy) and a lovely big round table next to an open log fire. The food was great - everything home cooked including the bread - and we were not rushed (we ended up staying nearly 3 hours). We will definitely be back again soon. Thank you for looking after us so well

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RobertS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

A real pity.

A lovely pub. Good atmosphere.

Staff just can’t manage busy Sunday lunches.

Waited 1+ hour for Sunday roast which was luke warm.

Shame.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived for our pre booked family New Year’s Day lunch to discover that the chef was ‘off sick’ and there was a very limited, reduced menu. We decided to have one drink and leave, as the choice was so poor. Unfortunately the pub didn’t ring ahead to pre warn us and give us the option to find somewhere else.

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KPNUTTY
Hertfordshire
17 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boxing Day lunch for 4 and 2 dogs was outstanding. We all had the same goats cheese and beetroot salad and for mains, 2 had turkey, 1 had Salmon and I had the Vegetarian Wellington. Everyone enjoyed the food on their plate, all served with a smile AND at such a reasonable cost. This was our 3rd year of dining on Boxing Day and I think it was the best experience so far. Well done Rose & Crown

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ChrisW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good old fashioned pub with pleasant helpful staff

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JohnS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We went for Sunday Lunch. The staff were friendly, food came quickly. However the food was not to a very high standard, the meat in the roast dinners was tough, the gravy lukewarm at best (it was actually congealing). 4 of us had fish and chips and that was overcooked, and the chips were very very salty. The roast potatoes were good!

LH
LaureenH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

There was just another large table in our section and it did seem a long wait between courses - fortunately we were quite relaxed about it.
Despite the fire, it was cold near the window and I ended up with my coat over my knees to keep warm

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AbiLT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic roast including great kids options, perfect cosy setting, friendly helpful service would totally recommend

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vipMarkR
London
88 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The Rose and Crown was a very popular place on Sunday with dogs welcome. This made for an energetic atmosphere which suited us. Nice menu options. Starters were tasty. Sunday Lunch was delicious. Great looking desserts but we were full. Service was friendly and attentive.

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JennyS
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our table for eight was set and ready for us, even though we turned up early. The staff were very welcoming and all the food was made freshly for us. This did mean quite a long wait: we probably should have ordered earlier in the morning, but all our meals arrived at once, despite a wide variety. The food was plentiful, well cooked and with interesting flavours. Our drinks came promptly and altogether, this is a great place for a walking group or a place to meet up for lunch mid-week. We're very glad we chose the Rose and Crown.

CJ
CJBS
Hertfordshire
42 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, loved the tapas starters especially.

CJ
CJBS
Hertfordshire
42 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, not rushed. Lovely evening.

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RachaelR
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always like it at the Rose and Crown and really enjoyed the roast dinner. The meat was tasty and tender, the veg fresh and cooked just right. The girls serving were very friendly and helpful. Sat in the garden with quiet a full occupancy however noise not a problem.

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RogD
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is a lovely old English pub, just right for the Polish visitors we brought with us. They loved the food, it was totally new to them. Some of the English contingent had been served better in other pubs, however. But then, they'd had worse. too! We're glad we ate there, though, and I'm sure our Polish friends would go there again.
Service was very good, friendly and attentive. What surprised me was that they couldn't give us long spoons for Knickerbocker Glories, and getting to the bottom of the tall glass with an ordinary dessert spoon was something of a challenge!

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OccasionalDiner
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They fitted in a party of 14 at short notice and made excellent sandwiches for us.

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PaulaH
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this pub and the new menu. So friendly and welcoming x

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Not the best experience I have had here. The service standards used to be higher I felt. A couple of times items were forgotten from our order. I booked several days in advance. We had requested a table outside but weren’t informed until we arrived that they are not able to reserve tables outside. Disappointing. I would have thought I deserved an email or phone call regarding the request before the booking date, if my request was not possible.
All my previous visits here have been much better and most have been exceptional with staff only too pleased to try to accommodate every request. Hopefully this was a one off. I will definitely go back and would recommend it as a great family pub that does great food. A bit on the pricey side for a pub but I think the menu here is deserving.

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HannahM
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. We had all 10 (plus 2 of them twice) of the 3 for £12 dishes and they were amazing and plenty of food for the 5 of us! The fish cakes, sausage roll and scotch egg were particularly tasty!!!!
Puddings were fabulous as usual!
Staff are super friendly, helpful and patient! They don’t rush you at all.
We had a lovely time.
Thank you!!!

KB
KatherineB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a Mexican themed menu when we dined here- food was delicious and reasonable priced. We had a lovely afternoon in the pub.

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MelodyG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our roasts came quickly which we really appreciated as we had just walked 7 miles and were hungry. We had a lovely round table in the snug and could relax over a delicious lunch with friends. A very pleasant and enjoyable Sunday lunch.

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PaulineE
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a find! We were recommended this pub by some friends, we had a delicious lunch and then a lovely walk. We'll be back!

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Norma
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Very disappointing. Took a visiting family group here on Easter Saturday, cramped round a too small table even though rest of room empty, service at bar unfriendly, food below par generally but the 'special' fish & chips was unbelievably small - more a fish finger & a bit of battered skin. I mentioned this to the waitress but said I didn't want to wait for something else & make the group wait, particularly as 3 of us all had the fish & chips & all 3 were bad, she just shrugged. They were completely disinterested in us, we didn't make a big fuss having been brushed off before but definitely will not go back. Such a shame.

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Beanie5856
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening...food was great..staff were amazing as rushed off their feet due to the fundraising quiz that we were there for. Lovely pub

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Zzzt4
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The gravy was gloopy, we got charged extra for a few more potato’s. No one asked how our food was. Wine glass was dirty, Won’t be rushing back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Went on a Sunday. Starters were excellent: roast parsnip soup and crispy squid. Roasts were bland and unexciting. One of our party was vegetarian and they'd run out of the mushroom tartlet so had to settle for "ghost roast" which is roast without the meat which seemed a bit lame.
Excellent and friendly service. Great beers.

LC
LouiseC
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roast chicken was really good, great roast potatoes too. The only negative was the kids meals were really expensive at £10 each.

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EmilyW
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic lunch here, all the food was very fresh and homemade. Will definitely be back soon!

SJ
SophieJ
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and lovely food. Great night out with friends.

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Sloum
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Poor Sunday roast, meat and gravy not even warm - beef extremely chewy. Veggies undercooked, especially the boiled parsnips. Roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings were ok.

Service was very rushed and not particularly friendly.

Would not recommend and will not be back

DH
DerekH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great and waitresses were very helpful and friendly. Would have got 5 stars but as our 2.5yr daughter was saying hello to a dog sitting by the fire one of the guys from behind the bar thought it was a good idea to throw another log on the fire causing embers to fall out across the floor. A warning would have been nice...

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JaneC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Starters of whitebait was lovely but perhaps a slice of bread ir a bit of garnish would just finish it off
As for the mains we all had coq au vin the chicken and mash was lovely but the fine beans were raw, when we said something we just got oh sorry
The desserts
Ordered Almond pie fot 3 but only 1 bit left but was very nice
Swapped pie for poached pear yet again under cooked and had to cut them with a knife
Apple Tart wea not warmed up enough so the apple was cold

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vipKath61
London
85 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a superb meal here on Saturday night. The service was excellent. We liked the fact there was a good gap between getting our starter and main course. Food was obviously cooked there on the night and not mass produced. We would recommend.

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GeoffV
London
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Warming village pub with open fire. We atrted with a shared plate of baked Camembert which came with a sizeable snout if accompanying crudités. I had a really lean and tasty lamb and rosemary pie and my partner had mushroom risotto. All the food really well prepared. Service very friendly but not overbearing. A really nice evening out.

CJ
CJ75
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the rose & crown....nice fire....good service...goid food

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Helen
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The drinks and staff are great but the Sunday Roast we had was really disappointing, veg was hard and just steamed, other than the potatoes and the lamb was three dry slices when it was stated as 'leg of lamb'. Very disappointing as my brother and his wife had driven an hour to see us and we were taking them for lunch :(

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful very dog friendly pub in a lovely part of the world . Pub was very busy with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The Sunday roast was fantastic. Will be returning regularly without doubt .

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Minnielanka
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The R&C is a lovely friendly cosy pub. I have been lots of times in the week or on a Saturday and every time has been wonderful. The food is amazing and there’s always lots of choice. However I probably wouldn’t return on a Sunday as it was so busy and noisy.

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KarV
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely Sunday lunch spot. Clearly super busy but we were seated quickly and all food orders were taken quickly and delicious roast and pudding served in good time. We weren’t rushed at all. Very friendly staff considering how busy it was. Would definitely go back

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