The Bricklayers Arms
The Bricklayers Arms is a culinary oasis set in an expanse of beautiful Hertfordshire countryside. After a tentative double take, hungry walkers are pleased to find that this gorgeous pub is not, in fact, a mirage, and they have actually hit upon one of the finest restaurants for miles. The Bricklayers Arms is currently The Good Pub Guide’s Hertfordshire Dining Pub of the Year and has an AA rosette to its name. Secreted down an unassuming country road, this inviting, ivy-covered 18th-century pub is a popular spot for those in the know, and equally worth visiting for a leisurely pint as it is for a three-course meal. Opt for the latter and you can look forward to the likes of chicken, bacon and walnut terrine, and pan-fried Cornish king scallops with celeriac purée and dry pancetta to start, and ox cheek slow cooked in ale and honey to follow. The Bricklayers Arms’ award-winning head chef, Claude Paillet, crafts beautiful seasonal menus, and he and the team smoke all fish and meat in-house.