I've eaten at the Bridgewater Arms on numerous occasions over the last 10 years and apart from being turned away when its been too busy, I've never been let down. We had lunch there recently, its the first time we've eaten indoors there for well over a year (we ate in the garden during the summer) and its obviously had a bit of a refurb at some point recently. We sat in the front dining room to the right of entrance, next to the fireplace and enjoyed lunch -service was good and unlike most pubs, the BA doesn't rip off customers with cordials, we paid about a quarter of the price for cordial with soda water that what we normally pay in our local Ember Inn. We shared a starter platter with was fantastic and by the time id finished my main course (steak) I was unfortunately too stuffed for dessert. We paid £36 for 5 drinks between us, 2 courses each and a side dish great value and although the BA is a bit further out of Hemel than places like the Red Lion in Water End where we go more often, we'd have certainly paid a lot more there.
This pub/restaurant has a lovely warm, cosy feeling, particularly during the winter months, and is set in a lovely village location.
During a recent visit the waiter who greeted us was slightly unwelcoming, stating that he hadn't got enough staff because no one had booked - customers had just arrived. However, the waitress serving our table didn't seem rushed and we were generally happy with the service thereafter.
The Old English Inn's menu is extensive and offers a great choice of meals, including a set menu and specials board, as well as the main menu.
Overall it is a pleasant pub to visit with a great range of food to taste. However, I have visited some nicer pubs in the surrounding area.
I used to live in this village and went back for the first time in years. I was expecting a cosy, friendly village pub. What a let down. The bartender was immediately rude and unwelcoming, the seats were really uncomfortable (a choice of a wooden church pew or a backless pouf stool). I was so disappointed. It's such a shame cause it doesn't represent the beautiful village that the pub is in at all :(
Recently refurbished throughout. Lovely to take the dog here after a nice walk in the woods opposite. Car park is large, but gets busy, so get here early!
This is an adorable country pub with a really friendly atmosphere. Cosy and warm in winter with a beautiful cottage-style garden in summer; it's great for good value pub food or a quiet drink. There's plenty of parking and a good choice at the bar.
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