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The Candlestick Pub

West End Lane | Essendon, Hatfield AL9 6BA, England
01707 261322
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Ranked #3 of 61 restaurants in Hatfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: English
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Decent pub food, appeared home made and cooked to a high standard. First visit here and we'll certainly go back. Not yet found a better country pub in the area. Nice for sitting outside.

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Writtle, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Very friendly service & decent quality food make this a good place to eat. After we went on a local walk for a couple of hours (much recommended) we sat outside so had to choose from the 'Outdoors' menu, which was a little limited, but we both found the food to be good. There were plenty of dogs around, so... More

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North London
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've taken to this place like a duck to water. The food is always good, the service warm and friendly, the beers / ales get the thumbs up from my other half and there are always plenty of smiley faces and waggley tails. In fact, you'll often find a pony outside too. Sunday lunch is the best with generous portions... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Very average, needs a revamp decor wise, average food, doesn't deserve to be so high up on places to eat in and around Hertford. We were recommended the house burger because of it's apparent popularity but it was quite bland and overcooked, nothing special at all. Makes me doubt the authenticity of the previous reviews. We only visited based on... More

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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Interesting menu, something for everyone. Reasonably priced for Hertfordshire. Can be extremely busy so there is a need to book. Pleasantly decorated. Service is good but not intrusive. Good range of beers and wines. The soup I had last night was amazingly tasty and so was the salad I had to follow. Friends had the mango mouse to follow and... More

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Salisbury Plain
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32 reviews 32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We have been to the Candlesticks pub on many occasions and have found it to be consistently good and that is why we continue to patronise the pub. We have found the service friendly and good. Their cask conditioned beer is always excellently kept. The only time service has been slow is, for example, on a very busy Sunday lunchtime... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Book a table to avoid being disappointed as The Candlestick does get busy. Today the 3 of us had a roast (4 on offer), the vegetarian nut roast ( which was one of the most delicious) and a burger and chips. The food was fresh, homemade, hot and well presented. The desserts were also delicious. One of our favourite places... More

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herts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Poor services waited over one hour for food. Tables not cleared away. The portion sizes are very small for the high prices they are charging. £16 for a rib eye steak, that was so thin, it was smaller than the burgers we ordered, handful of chips and half a mushroom. Plenty more pubs in the area, serving better quality food... More

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watford
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115 reviews 115 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I go to this pub about 5 times a year for lunch and am always greeted as though they'd just seen me yesterday. The food is excellent, well prepared and presented. The warm chicken and avocado salad is a particular favourite of mine. it is light and airy and in the winter the fire is a great comfort

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This was our second time at The Candlestick after a good long dog walk. Food (Sunday Lunch) was excellent - very generous portion sizes - and there was good choice for adults, children and the vegetarians in the part were well catered for too. Overall I would highly recommend - the service was excellent too, very attentive and efficient.

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