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The Candlestick Pub

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Bar, British, Pub
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The Candlestick West End | Essendon, Hatfield AL9 6BA, England
Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Buntingford, United Kingdom
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96 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The pub had been booked to receive our walking group, but we found out shortly before that it had changed hands. A quick phone call and visit from the walk leader assured us that the booking would be ok. So we turned up as usual and were sorted out with our meal orders (the chef was press ganged into doing... More 

Thank John H
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I were gardening and decided to treat ourselves to an evening meal together.The Candlestick had been recomended and was so pleased with the good menu. We enjoyed every mouthful and my partner enjoys local and new Ales so he was happy to wait while i enjoyed my scrumy desert. Gardens nice to sit in, and new landlord... More 

Thank Carol G
London, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The pub has literally just changed hands. Had an excellent Sunday roast beef with several slices of rate roast beef, lots of perfectly cooked vegetables, roasties and a good Yorkshire pudding. Very filling and great value but we did manage to share a home made treacle tart with ice cream. This was fantastic and not overly sweet. Friendly staff, dogs... More 

Thank 35yaya
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were in the area so I looked for a well rated pub on tripadvisor and came across the candlestick pub. From the moment we walked in there was a stench of deep fat fryer and we were close to walking out, but given the reviews we thought we would stick it out. I have to say my husband and... More 

2 Thank Michelle F
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here before but just for a drink and have seen the food being brought out. Well, last night we decided to give it a go. We were not disappointed. The menu is small but enough I believe to cater for most people. It is true pub food cooked and presented well. The service is friendly and polite... More 

Thank Gha50
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

OMG this pub is amazing might be in the country but the food is truly amazing and the staff are so friendly and you can have a great laugh with them. we were so full but still fancied there dessert so no problem they gave us take away. dog friendly also and when warm plenty of room to sit outside.... More 

Thank moncherie76
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice food albeit pricey, beautiful surroundings and a real air of authenticity about the place but the staff will not make you feel special in any way whatsoever. Everything is too much for them. If you're a minute late - they won't serve you anything, if you want a slight change to the menu - they will not make any... More 

Thank MamaMia M
Hatfield, United Kingdom
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227 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

Set in beautiful countryside. This quaint old public house. Serves up some superb food. We were very impressed. Slightly quieter than I would of liked. Difficult to have an intermate conversation.

Thank Damonwalker666
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

It's a long time since I've had a meal this bad. Ok apparently it was new staff but the food was bland. I had ordered a chicken and mushroom pie. The steak and ale pie that turned up ( I accepted the apology) was a steak and tomato pie with stalks of some herb in. My partner ordered a chicken... More 

4 Thank midef67
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

Belated 70th birthday lunch for husband and his twin sister in the pub they last visited 50 years ago! We received a very friendly welcome and interest in husband's reminiscences from his earlier visits. The pub was very busy for a Thursday lunch time but this didn't detract from the great service we received (even though brother-in-law's mustard never arrived)... More 

Thank Kate Y

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Candlestick West End | Essendon, Hatfield AL9 6BA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Hatfield
  • Phone Number: 441707261322

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?