The Marchmont Arms

The Marchmont Arms

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
Piccotts End, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 3AT
The 18th-Century Marchmont Arms was initially a private house but, having morphed into an inn and then a hotel over time, it was completely refurbished in 2007. Now it is an impressive looking restaurant with attractive gardens, where one can eat in the summer, and also boasts a conservatory for dining when the British weather does its worst. The restaurant and garden are available for private functions, including events requiring a marquee.

Alternatively, you can eat in the bar area and choose from the restaurant menu with its wide choice, in terms of both food and price. Our meal began with complimentary warm bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping, deliciously increasing our anticipation of the meal to follow.

Starters include a range of sharing dishes and salads, which can also be eaten as main courses. The asparagus with dried Cumbrian ham was succulent and flavoursome - the quality of taste reflecting The Marchmont Arms' policy of carefully choosing suppliers and using local produce wherever possible. Main courses range between a choice of pizzas, salads, pasta, fish and grills. My wife chose a tomato, pea and goat's cheese risotto, which was cooked to perfection - finishing it was a challenge due to the generous helping. I opted for swordfish loin, which was offered with a choice of sauces - the mango and spring onion chilli relish was new to me but proved an exciting complement to the fish. The accompanying chips were delightfully fresh and crisp yet fluffy.

For dessert, we chose a chocolate brownie with double chocolate ice cream - a generous and wickedly rich portion - and an Eton mess, which arrived thoughtfully presented and with lots of sweet fruit. The cappuccino to finish was the best I have tasted in a long time, and the wine list provided plenty of choice at very reasonable prices - there is something here for all tastes and pocket sizes.

Finally, the service was very friendly and accommodating - we will certainly be back for more good food at excellent value-for-money prices.
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