The Maidens Head

The Maidens Head

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
69 High Street, Whitwell, Nr. Hitchin, SG4 4AH
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The Maiden's Head is a traditional British pub with a welcoming, cosy bar and restaurant and large garden - home to adorable resident miniature horses, Pebbles and Bam-Bam. One of my favourite things about this pub, apart from its lovely rural setting (popular with walkers), is its menu. Designed by bright young chef Adam Mowlem, it is compact and concise, yet bursting with tempting options. It changes seasonally and everything is home-prepared, reasonably priced and, wherever possible, locally sourced.

We had the good fortune to dine at The Maiden's Head at the launch of their new winter food and wine menu and were treated to a taster of the entire menu, including a selection of wines thoughtfully chosen to complement the dishes. Favourites were the homemade Bloody Mary soup - a masterpiece - and the soft and flavoursome devilled whitebait and succulent scallops with black pudding.

We joined with the locals in marvelling over the chicken with wild mushrooms and sherry wine sauce. Meanwhile, the tagliatelle in cream sauce with chestnuts was probably the nicest vegetarian pasta I've ever tasted. I must confess, I'm not much of a pudding person, but the iced coffee parfait was quite extraordinary - and, of course, it would have been rude not to accept a snifter of the fabulous accompanying dessert wine.
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Opening Hours:
Mon:12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-12am
Tues:12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-12am
Weds:12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-12am
Thurs:12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-12am
Fri:12pm-3pm, 5.30pm-12am
Sat:12pm-12am
Sun:12pm-10.30pm