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“Faultless” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Alford Arms

The Alford Arms
Frithsden, Berkhamsted HP1 3DD, England
01442 864480
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Ranked #6 of 51 Restaurants in Berkhamsted
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Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Faultless”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

If you ensure you book well in advance for a weekend dinner, you will be guaranteed an excellent meal at the Alford Arms. The food is consistenly excellent and the service is relaxed and friendly. We love the cosy and inviting atmosphere, the wonderful wine list and the fabulous menu. We have dined there many times and have never been disappointed. A little gem!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Edinburgh
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
“Enjoyable visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I explained to a friend that visiting the area would mean a visit to a country pub. My definition of a country pub was a pub with a dog by the fire. Despite it being a freezing cold February evening I was delighted to discover an enormous dog enjoying pride of place by a glowing fire, so my first criteria was met! We had a lovely evening with good service and enjoyable food. I had fish and chips and my fish was cooked to perfection!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Watford, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“An Enjoyable Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

This was our first visit to The Alford Arms as recommended in Dog Friendly Magazine, although we did not have our dog with us. We visited with friends on a Friday and I did book a table for lunch in the restaurant which was just as well as arriving at 12.30 p.m. there was only one table in the bar left and this was occupied almost immediately. The restaurant was also very busy. The bar area is not large but very cosy. The staff were excellent, very friendly and helpful. The menu was a step up from the normal "pub" food and had a very good selection with some tempting specials. This was reflected in the price but you get what you pay for and all four of us thoroughly enjoyed our meal which was well presented and cooked to perfection.
We will certainly be visiting again, probably with our dog as this eating house is very convenient for walks on the Asridge Estate. (Dogs are allowed in the bar but not the restaurant).
As this pub is one of four in a chain we are looking forward to trying their sister establishments.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Warm atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Very friendly, charming pub with excellent quality food which is a bit more expensive than usual pub food, but, generally worth it. If you want to eat in the restaurant then you will need to book, otherwise you have to wait for a table in the pub, or, you can opt to eat outside weather permitting! Dog friendly too1

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Another excellent meal in Frithsden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We went to the Alford Arms again for lunch and it was as fabulous as we remembered it. The menu changes regularly here but the food is consistently good and the staff are accommodating. They do small plates and big plates here so you can mix and match starters and mains. The bubble & squeak is great as a starter and I had the baked sea bass with cherry tomatoes which was cooked perfectly. Also recommend the pork belly. Coffee is served with a shot glass full of maltesers which is a nice touch. You are allowed to take dogs to the bar o outside seating areas as well which is useful as you can eat there, but reservations are only for the restaurant

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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