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An attractive Victorian pub beside the village green. The menu follows the seasons and offers a broad array of dishes, so alongside British classics yo...
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Simple restaurant
A warm and welcoming country dining pub with open fire. Muddy boots welcome! People often describe the Alford as a gastro-pub, but we're not really comfortable with that tag. The term sounds too restauranty and cheffy. We've always wanted the Alford to be a great pub, where you just happen to be able to get great food. So tables in the dining room are available to book, but there's also the bar for drinkers with tables available on a first come, first served basis. The seasonal menu and daily specials balance originality with more traditional fare and we are firm believers in using local produce wherever possible. Hanging baskets and window boxes adorn the terrace and provide an alfresco dining
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Bar, British, Gastropub
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Dog Friendly
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great to find the Alford Arms joining the government's 'tenner off' deal. We would have gone anyway because the AA is such a lovely place tucked away, all but out of sight in beautiful countryside. The Covid menu is a bit limited, and the Frithsden...More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent relaxed atmosphere. Food excellent and the beer wonderful. Overall a beautiful pub. Didn't feel effected by covid at all.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our friends suggested the Alford Arms and it was a lovely place for a late lunch after driving supercars in the morning! The food was superb and service spot on too. The only downside for us was the very limited menu. I'm not sure if...More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch here with friends recently. It looked mostly like the usual menu and the food was very good as always. It all feels a little clinical though with tables not laid up and staff having to wear masks. Guess we'll have to get...More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited for lunch after a delightful walk on the Ashridge Estate and were delighted to find that The Alford Arms has reopened with the same terrific standard of food and drink, and the same warm welcome that we had grown used to in the...More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed April 2, 2020 via mobile

We booked a large group for my wife’s birthday lunch, and the both the service and the food quality were really very good.

Date of visit: April 2020
Reviewed March 14, 2020 via mobile

Great place for a quality dinner set in an informal but pleasant gastropub setting. The service was first class too, and the food was lovely. The bar had some good ales, while the wine list was also decent.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 1, 2020

We've been here a number of times over the last few years but the food seems to have gone downhill. Given that it is quite expensive it is not good enough. My fish (pollock) was dry and overcooked as was my potatoes. I had a...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 17, 2020 via mobile

We spent a lovely time with our friends and their kids in the Alford Arms. The food was superb, the ambiance amazing and the staff friendly and really service oriented. This is English countryside and hospitality as it should be. We will come back.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020

This is a pretty pub, food is fairly good. However, the pub gets very busy and service rather slow. It's worth a visit but you may not want to go in the height of summer.

Date of visit: August 2019
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January 4, 2019|
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Response from Vivvy1 | Reviewed this property |
No private room and not sure if they could accommodate 30, best to call them direct.
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April 26, 2016|
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Response from Jason W | Property representative |
Hi, the fire was very serious and the current estimate is that the Alford Arms will re-open at the end of August 2016 after a complete refurbishment of the trading floor and rebuild of the living accommodation - which is... More
October 9, 2015|
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Response from Cheryl G | Reviewed this property |
The Alford Arms is one of the most popular Sunday Lunch destinations and booking is essential. The dining room is appropriately sized to ensure customers who have made reservations are properly attended to. And they are... More
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