The Red Lion
Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
The Crooked Chimney has been serving Lemsford for the past 200 years, and none of the traditions of welcome and warmth have been forgotten. The country setting makes it an ideal base for walkers eager to explore the neighbouring magnificence of the Brocket Hall estate. Freshly prepared food is always the order of the day, and you can tuck into classic gammon steak and eggs, seafood cobb salad, a Sunday lunch with all the trimmings or signature dishes like twice-roasted duck with apricots.
The stately exterior of The Red Lion gives way to an interior of roaring log fires and a cosseting welcome. A few miles northwest of Welwyn Garden City, The Red Lion is popular with a mixture of golfers, tourists, business folk and locals looking for a spot of respite and general rest and relaxation. Visits to the Welwyn Roman Baths or Knebworth House couldn't be better rounded off than with a meal and a drink here. Explore the blackboard specials of fresh fish, tender meat from the hot grill and veggie delights, or indulge in something from the full lunch or dinner menu.
Nestled near the market town of Hitchin, the market of which has been running since the 14th Century, the cottage-like Royal Oak serves up hearty pub fare and country hospitality. Dinner or lunch can be as substantial or light as you like, with Caesar salad or a sandwich of rustic bread crammed with something like hot smoked salmon with cucumber and lemon creme fraiche.
The Three Horseshoes can be found on the road between Hatfield and St Albans, its white-washed facade making it easy to spot. Convenient in its location, it boasts exposed beams and many other traditional features, making it both charming and characterful. The medieval Hatfield Nature Reserve is close by - The Three Horseshoes providing some much needed sustenance after a lengthy walk. So whether for pleasure or a business meeting or lunch, The Three Horseshoes is furlongs ahead of the rest.