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The Alford Arms

Frithsden, Berkhamsted HP1 3DD, England
+44 1442 864480
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, British, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Frithsden, Berkhamsted HP1 3DD, England
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Called in for an early dinner & the restaurant was already busy at 6.30pm. The staff were welcoming & I was able to order a pint from a good selection of real ales. Some gastropubs have overly fussy menus but I was impressed with the...More

Thank M2BTJ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been here several times before and it never disappoints. Food is stunning, tasty and original. Service is excellent and overall the restaurant offers good value for money. Lovely ambience. You usually have to book, as this place is so popular.

Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well - what can I say? A restaurant that is packed at lunch-time on a Monday must be good. It wasn't good. It was great! The Alford Arms offers a great menu with excellent service in first class surroundings. I was wondering where to go...More

Thank Ann2shoes1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having had several very nice meals over the years, went for a special treat for my husbands birthday. Ordered from the Specials Menu our favourite Dover Sole and got rubbery cold 'fish' with bitter pickled cabbage & black olives. Definitely NOT Gastropub. Having complained only...More

Thank Adventurous68
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Alford Arms is a classy understated pub. The pub itself it set in a beautiful country location but the food is as good as any top London restaurant. It's not the cheapest pub food you'll ever eat but trust me you certainly get what...More

Thank Nigel D
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

Very popular place. Saturday lunchtime the place was very busy. I guess reservations would be essential. Log fires in the pub. Lots of indoor and outdoor seating. Good selection of beers and cocktails. Food menu and specials menu have something for everyone with good vegetarian...More

Thank drdave10
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

Walking the Ashridge Estate Boundary Walk I sheltered here from some Spring rain. Ordered the brownie from the pudding menu. As it was Easter Sunday I was given some mini eggs with my coffee, a very nice touch. Super friendly staff. Sat outside under the...More

Thank Caroline B
Reviewed April 13, 2017

I have been a massive fan of the Alford since it first opened . Since its reopening last August I have eaten there several times . It still has the same wonderful atmosphere and helpful friendly staff . The food is if anything slightly better...More

Thank alistairbudd
Reviewed April 8, 2017

Having eaten here many times over the years with some lovely meals we returned recently. Very disappointed. Completely flavourless starter and dry steak for me. My husbands starter similar and tasteless main course! Over rated and over priced, tasteless food! . Sadly won't be returning...More

Thank Marilyn F
Reviewed April 2, 2017 via mobile

After a fab lunch here last year my husband and I had a very disappointing lunch. The service was extremely slow and the cauliflower and garlic soup was green, tasteless and oily. I questioned whether it was actually cauliflower and was told that cauliflower was...More

Thank Anne503866
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Baz B
Is it really temporarily closed? For how long?
April 26, 2016|
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Response from JW1000M | 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
Hi Claire, You say that there was a 3 hour wait, and the service was slow. Could this not just be down to it being a sunday? from the look of previous reviews it seems that this is a great establishment, but struggles to deal with the high numbers with only a set amount of staff on a sunday. Is it not worth mid week visit?
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
Alison W
vegetarian options on a Sunday?
February 4, 2015|
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Response from Cliff T | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I do believe they do a vegetarian option on Sundays. There would be something on the menu for you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Frithsden, Berkhamsted HP1 3DD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Hertfordshire  >  Berkhamsted
  • Phone Number: +44 1442 864480
  • E-mail
A warm and welcoming country dining pub with open fire and muddy boots and dog friendly. 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 area. Alongside is the village green and historic Ashridge Estate is right on our doorstep. Ramblers, dog walkers, bluebell admirers, mushroom foragers and cyclists regularly emerge from the surrounding countryside ready to combine their activity with a refreshing stop at the Alford Arms.