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  • Pouchen End Lane Winkwell
    Hemel Hempstead

    Hertfordshire HP1 2RZ
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  • Phone number 01442 862585

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    • Qype User jamiec…
    • Bristol
    • 3 friends
    • 78 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    The Three Horseshoes in Winkwell is a fantastic pub. It is in the most picturesque setting of any pub I know. Its right on the canalside, with lots of tables outside for when the weather is warmer.

    Inside the pub has a really authentic character, and a great feel to it. The menu is great, and it has a ton of drinks on offer.

    Last time I went, the prices were fantastic, mainly due to a lunch deal of any 2 courses for £7. This may have changed since then, but you can always phone to check.

    There was parking, however in summer I believe it can get really busy.

  • 2.0 star rating
    First to Review

    I was very disappointed with this place. The setting is OK, but not as picturesque as some would have you believe. Yes, it's next to the canal, but at the front it is just lots of concrete next to a tiny road. The benches next to the canal are tired and the chain fence alongside does little to set the tone or offer confidence that your kids won't go for a burton. It was winter when I went so it may be better in the summer but it wasn't a great start. The approach to the pub is tricky too. It is tucked away down a single track road, and there are frequent episodes of reversing of traffic that has to give way to a vehicle coming from the other direction.

    Lots of people recommended the food. I had the lasagne, and it was filling and tasty, but took an absolute age to be brought to the table. The wholemeal garlic bread that came with it was small, dry and tastless too. We went on a Saturday and there was no kids menu, just smaller portions of a selection of the food, so not great for families.

    As I said, we went in the winter admittedly, but I'm afraid the authentic character stretches to the heating as well, it was freezing in there. They do have a log fire but it was unattended and even when someone did look after it they would put on a couple of very small half logs and leave it to fend for itself for another long period.

    This isn't somewhere I'll be going back to in a hurry.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Enjoyed a very nice evening meal here and some very good beer. It is beside the Grand Union Canal and there are canalside tables in a lovely location.

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